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Edition 10 September 2019

  • Revisions to Limit the KPK
    Cover Story

    Revisions to Limit the KPK

    The House of Representatives (DPR) is quietly proposing the draft revision of Law No. 30/2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Supporters of the revision are pro-government parties, who have the support of opposition parties. The draft revision was discussed in a plenary session attended by only around 70 legislators on Thursday, September 5.

  • House Wishes  to Restrict  the KPK
    Cover Story

    House Wishes to Restrict the KPK

    The DPR is quietly making efforts to revise the KPK law while the selection process for the anti-corruption commission’s leadership is ongoing. With articles to restrict its authorities, the KPK is already in a precarious position. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle had already prepared the revision for some time and now has the agreement of all political parties.

  • Going Ahead Despite the Red Ink
    Cover Story

    Going Ahead Despite the Red Ink

    The KPK leadership selection committee is still including Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri in the top 10 candidates despite his problematic track record. The State Palace made a request.

  • DPR Deputy Speaker Utut Adianto:  All Factions Agree on Revising the KPK Law
    Cover Story

    DPR Deputy Speaker Utut Adianto: All Factions Agree on Revising the KPK Law

    IN a House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session on Thursday, September 5, Deputy Speaker from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Utut Adianto, asked for factions to express their stance in regard to the revisions of two laws—one of which is the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law—in writing. All 10 faction representatives agreed.

  • A Bittersweet Family Connection
    Investigation

    A Bittersweet Family Connection

    In the name of national sugar self-sufficiency and to cover the 1.1 million ton shortage in annual demand, the government called on companies to invest in the development of sugar cane plantations and processing plants. Of 10 locations in Java, Sumatra, and Nusa Tenggara, one of the largest of these producers is found in Bombana, Southeast Sulawesi. The concession there is held by Andi Syamsuddin Arsyad, a man in the coal business. He is a cousin of Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman and a former deputy treasurer of the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin election campaign team. Amran was directly involved in taking care of authorization down to the regency level, an action which broke zoning regulations and went against the ministry’s own program.

  • Quotas for Sugar Shortages
    Investigation

    Quotas for Sugar Shortages

    Over the past decade, imported sugar has flooded the Indonesian market due to low domestic production. In 2008, for instance, 1.01 million tons of sugar were imported.

  • Who Deserves the President’s Ire?
    Market Pulse

    Who Deserves the President’s Ire?

    Bemoaning one’s own fate after losing a competition is just a human nature.

  • I Chased It Down to Regencies
    Investigation

    I Chased It Down to Regencies

    AMRAN SULAIMAN, AGRICULTURE MINISTER:

  • If we cannot afford it anymore, we will just shut it down
    Investigation

    If we cannot afford it anymore, we will just shut it down

    ANDI SYAMSUDDIN ARSYAD, OWNER OF JHONLIN GROUP:

  • Embers in the Ashes
    National

    Embers in the Ashes

    Issue of racism burned a long-hidden sentiment between Papuans and non-Papuan, overshadowed by horizontal conflict.

  • Economy

    Economy

    Rumblings in Blora

    The people of Blora are demanding their share of the Cepu oil profits. At the height of its production, the Banyu Urip oil field is Indonesia’s biggest oil contributor.

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  • Economy

    On soeS’s Chopping Board

    On soeS’s Chopping Board

    Suprajarto’s shift from BRI CEO to BTN’s sparked controversy after he refused his appointment. This opens up competition among state-owned banks.

  • Outreach

    Re-greening Former Gold Mine

    Re-greening Former Gold Mine

    Several bamboo varieties are used to revive a plot of land in critical condition, formerly the site of illegal goldmining, in Dharmasraya, West Sumatra. Besides being good for re-greening, bamboo absorbs mercury.

  • Religion

    Interpretations of Extra-Marital Sex

    Interpretations of Extra-Marital Sex

    A State Islamic University of Yogyakarta student in his dissertation concluded, extra-marital sexual relations do not violate Islamic law. In the end he had to revise his position for being too controversial.

  • Photo

    Picture Window

    Troubled Waters

    A fisherman is picking plastic junks and wood scraps caught in his trawl net in the Kampung Jawa waters in Banda Aceh, Aceh, Tuesday, September 3. Traditional fishermen in the area have moaned about the drastically declining catch with waste materials polluting the waters. ANTARA/Ampelsa

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  • Sermons for the Environment
    Letters

    Sermons for the Environment

    ULEMAS and ustad (religious teachers) should intensify their discourses on the environment. Friday sermons, religious lessons at dawn or during office breaks can be a forum to discuss environmental fiqh (Islamic law) obligating humans to take greater care of their environments in the effort to save the earth. In this way, the ongoing campaigns for environmental awareness will be more effective.

  • Gecko VS Crocodile
    Cartoon

    Gecko VS Crocodile

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Rescuing the Anti-Corruption Commission
    Opinion

    Rescuing the Anti-Corruption Commission

    The House of Representatives (DPR) has just approved a proposed revision of Law No. 30/2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). This revision breaks one of the important foundation stones of the battle against corruption by the anti-graft commission.

  • The Sugar Acrobatics
    Opinion

    The Sugar Acrobatics

    In pursuit of the target of self-sufficiency in sugar by 2024, the agriculture ministry allowed sugar came to be planted in the wrong place.

  • Don’t Apologize, Abdul
    Opinion

    Don’t Apologize, Abdul

    The author of a controversial dissertation from the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University deserves appreciation. There is no need for the Indonesian Ulema Council to label him misguided.

  • Minister Rini’s Poor Management
    Opinion

    Minister Rini’s Poor Management

    Minister Rini Soemarno failed to implement good governance in the replacement of the board of directors of state-owned banks. This could lead to the public losing out.

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