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  • He Never Betrayed Poetry
    In Memoriam

    He Never Betrayed Poetry

    ESTEEMED poet Sapardi Djoko Damono breathed his last on Sunday, July 19. Esthetically speaking, his work achieved a level of its own in the Indonesian literary firmament.

  • Kusnandi Rusmil, Chief, Covid-19 Vaccine Research & Clinical Trial Team: We Got a Head Start to Develop the Vaccine Faster
    Interview

    Kusnandi Rusmil, Chief, Covid-19 Vaccine Research & Clinical Trial Team: We Got a Head Start to Develop the Vaccine Faster

    The phase III clinical trial of Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s Covid-19 vaccine has generated a lot of interest from prospective volunteers. Four days after the open registration began, over 1,000 volunteers have signed up for the trial conducted by the research team from the faculty of medicine of the Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java.

  • Johnny Gerard Plate, Communication and Informatics Minister:  Don’t Hinder Digital Transformation
    Interview

    Johnny Gerard Plate, Communication and Informatics Minister: Don’t Hinder Digital Transformation

    A Mid government’s efforts to speed up digitalization of broadcasting, the House of Representatives (DPR) decided to drop the broadcast law revision from its 2020 national legislative priorities.

  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister: This is an Extraordinary Dilemma
    Interview

    Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister: This is an Extraordinary Dilemma

    As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict major public activities, the government predicts the national economic growth to take a nose dive to minus 4.3 percent in the second quarter. “For the most part, the drop is attributed to a sharp decline in consumer spending,” said Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, 57, during a special interview with Tempo on July 17.

  • Government Doesn’t Take Ombudsman Seriously
    Interview

    Government Doesn’t Take Ombudsman Seriously

    Amzulian Rifai, Chairman of Indonesian Ombudsman:

  • I Need to Create a Friendly Business Climate
    Interview

    I Need to Create a Friendly Business Climate

    Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto spoke openly about his policies, his conflict with his former close confidant at a nickel mining operation in Central Sulawesi and his strategy in the midst of corona-virus pandemic.

  • Rappler CEO Maria Ressa: Journalists Can’t Work,  If They Are Afraid
    Interview

    Rappler CEO Maria Ressa: Journalists Can’t Work, If They Are Afraid

    Since Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte came to power four years ago, Maria Ressa’s life has never been the same. Harassment and persecution—from cyber attacks to arrest warrants—keep coming in turn.

  • Rev. Benny Giay, Chairman of Synod of Indonesian Gospel Tabernacle Church in Papua:  Do We Have to Change the Color of Our Skin?
    Interview

    Rev. Benny Giay, Chairman of Synod of Indonesian Gospel Tabernacle Church in Papua:  Do We Have to Change the Color of Our Skin?

    Chairman of the Synod of Indonesian Gospel Tabernacle Church (Kingmi) Church in Papua, Rev. Benny Giay regretted the conviction of seven Papuan political prisoners who were tried for treason.

  • Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary-General,  Indonesian Archipelago Indigenous People Alliance: Indigenous People’s Rights Exist Only in Constitution
  • Muhammad Syarifuddin, Chief Justice, Supreme Court: Judges Face Temptations Everyday
    Interview

    Muhammad Syarifuddin, Chief Justice, Supreme Court: Judges Face Temptations Everyday

    JUST like government institutions’ heads in other countries, Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Muhammad Syarifuddin does not know what it is like to work from home even as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. He still goes to work and has familiarized himself with video conferencing from a designated cubicle at the corner of his office.

  • Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry: There Is No Good Option
    Interview

    Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry: There Is No Good Option

    The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) is pushing the government to implement the ‘new normal’ sooner and ease the restrictions so as to bring the economy back to life.

  • Nadirsyah Hosen,  Young Intellectual, Nahdlatul Ulama:   Don’t Use Clerics As Mere ‘Fire Fighters’
    Interview

    Nadirsyah Hosen, Young Intellectual, Nahdlatul Ulama:  Don’t Use Clerics As Mere ‘Fire Fighters’

    Nadirsyah Hosen observes that the Indonesian public has been split into two major groups as the country grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Foreign Minister: Protection of WNI Doesn’t Get Easier
    Interview

    Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Foreign Minister: Protection of WNI Doesn’t Get Easier

    Early this month, a news report coming out of South Korea sparked furor across the archipelago.

  • Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, Governor of West Java:  Incomplete Data Will Get Me into Trouble
    Interview

    Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, Governor of West Java: Incomplete Data Will Get Me into Trouble

    West Java Governor Mochamad Ridwan Kamil has ordered large-scale social restrictions—or PSBB as widely known—across the entire West Java region starting May 6 following the successful implementation of the same measures in Bogor-Depok-Bekasi and Greater Bandung.

  • All-Indonesia Labor Union Confederation President Elly Rosita Silaban:   It’s As If We Were Side-stepped
    Interview

    All-Indonesia Labor Union Confederation President Elly Rosita Silaban: It’s As If We Were Side-stepped

    After waiting for two days on tenterhooks, the President of the All-Indonesia Labor Union Confederation (KSBSI) Elly Rosita Silaban obtained the good news from the Merdeka Palace on Friday, April 24.

  • Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo: Returnees Will Be Sent Back
    Interview

    Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo: Returnees Will Be Sent Back

    While several governors and regional heads sought permission to apply the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) to waylay further spread of the coronavirus, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has a different take.

  • Daeng Mohammad Faqih, Chairman, Indonesian Medical Association: Patient Information Should Be Released
    Interview

    Daeng Mohammad Faqih, Chairman, Indonesian Medical Association: Patient Information Should Be Released

    Following the March 22 announcement of the death of six doctors, the Indonesian Medical Association’s executive board (BP IDI) began posting on its social media pages obituaries for doctors who succumbed to the Covid-19, complete with a black and white portrait of the deceased doctors next to their names and academic titles.

  • Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of National Development Planning: We Should Not Create Any Moral Hazard
    Interview

    Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of National Development Planning: We Should Not Create Any Moral Hazard

    As the threats from the Covid-19 pandemic on the national economy looms, the government has modified this year’s state budget posture and details.

  • Mohammad Syahril,  chief executive officer,  Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital: Not All Doctors Are Prepared
    Interview

    Mohammad Syahril, chief executive officer, Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital: Not All Doctors Are Prepared

    Rising number of Covid-19 patients reminds Mohammad Syahril of the time the pandemic began to unfold last January. He had just been appointed the chief executive officer of the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI) that time.

  • Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo, Chairman, Taskforce for Accelerated  Covid-19 Pandemic Management:  Don’t Entirely Depend on the Central governemnt
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