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Edition 26 March 2019

  • Cash in the Minister’s Drawer
    Cover Story

    Cash in the Minister’s Drawer

    The Corruption Eradication Commission suspects Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin to have played a role in bribery for promotions. Cash in the amount of Rp180 million and US$30,000 found in his office drawer are believed to be connected to the bribery. Lukman insists that the money came from honorarium fees.

  • Merely Forwarding Aspirations
    Cover Story

    Merely Forwarding Aspirations

    A number of candidates for heads of regional religious affairs offices claim to have been requested billions of rupiah in order to be selected. The selection process for state religious university rectors also fall under the spotlight.

  • One Boat, Two Politicians
    Cover Story

    One Boat, Two Politicians

    Lukman Hakim Saifuddin became minister when Muhammad Romahurmuziy was obstructed by Joko Widodo’s ban on double appointments. He is believed to have almost been ousted from the cabinet because of the 212 rally.

  • This is a Serious Warning
    Cover Story

    This is a Serious Warning

    Religious Affairs Minister, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin

  • The Bully Pulpit
    National

    The Bully Pulpit

    Supporters of the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin presidential campaign are going from mosque to mosque to neutralize religious sermons with political content. The police are aiding the effort.

  • A “212” Pre-Dawn Movement
    National

    A “212” Pre-Dawn Movement

    A group opposing Joko Widodo is mobilizing a congregational dawn prayer on Election Day. It is supposed to benefit the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno presidential bid.

  • A Low-Key Talangsari Declaration
    National

    A Low-Key Talangsari Declaration

    The coordinating ministry for political, legal and security affairs is encouraging out of court resolution of serious human rights violation cases. They asked the Attorney General’s Office and the National Human Rights Commission to make case reviews.

  • The European Offsets Jokowi’s Luck
    Market Pulse

    The European Offsets Jokowi’s Luck

    Patience is the Earth. In financial markets, this verse from the poem Paman Doblang by the late WS Rendra can be altered to ‘patience is fortune’. Patience comes from the Federal Reserve. Fortune comes to emerging markets, Indonesia included.

  • The State Should Not Bear Losses
    Economy

    The State Should Not Bear Losses

    Dwi Soetjipto, Chairman of the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force

  • Yamdena Island’s Prima Donna
    Economy

    Yamdena Island’s Prima Donna

    Since the gas development scheme was changed from sea to land, many investors are looking for lands to purchase at Tanimbar Islands; from family-run companies to plantation investors.

  • Economy

    Economy

    Expert-Hunting in Houston

    The SKK Migas sought external help to examine Masela’s development costs. Internal auditor questioned their capacity.

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  • Economy

    Limbo at the ‘Immortal’ Field

    Limbo at the ‘Immortal’ Field

    Three years had passed after the Masela Block’s LNG development plan was changed from offshore to onshore, but the government has yet agreed to the revision. Deputy Energy Minister Arcandra Tahar asked contractors to lower cost estimates, but the SKK Migas recently raised the figures.

  • International

    Peace Returns in Christchurch

    Peace Returns in Christchurch

    Voices of support for the victims of a terrorist attack on a mosque in New Zealand have come from numerous circles, including a motorcycle club and “Egg Boy”.

  • Interview

    We Will Step On The Gas

    We Will Step On The Gas

    Freeport Indonesia President Director, Tony Wenas:

  • Photo

    Picture Window

    The Force of Nature

    A surviving victim sits next to a broken plane that was swept away by the flash flood in Sentani, Jaya Pura, Papua, Monday, March 18. At least 4,000 people were displaced by the flash flood that inundated Sentani since Saturday, March 16, and must take refuge at several temporary shelters. ANTARA/Zabur Karuru

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  • Disappointed by Indonesian Law
    Letters

    Disappointed by Indonesian Law

    ON June 29, 2013, I purchased kiosks at Laris Market in Cibodas, Tangerang, Banten, in cash. My order numbers were 00448 and 00449 to Bina Berkat Bersama.

  • *No oil palm, Sir... Indonesian forests are still dense. He he he...
  • A Plunder Plot
    Opinion

    A Plunder Plot

    The move by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to unravel the case of alleged bribery involving former chairman of the United Development Party (PPP) Romahurmuziy deserves support.

  • Tearing Mosques Apart
    Opinion

    Tearing Mosques Apart

    The movement against campaigning in mosques should be the responsibility of religious organizations. It is a mixing of worship and democracy.

  • Learning from New Zealand
    Opinion

    Learning from New Zealand

    After the nation was rocked by a terrorist attack, the government of New Zealand immediately embraced the Muslim community and banned the sale of automatic weapons.

  • Reversed Act in Masela
    Opinion

    Reversed Act in Masela

    The cost of developing the Masela block using an onshore LNG refinery has proved to be more expensive than the offshore option. The original scheme should be readopted.

  • Sidelines

    IN 1818, more than 200 years before the world enthusiastically and anxiously welcomed the age of ‘artificial intelligence’, a novel was published: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.

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