Tempo Magazine | English Edition

Edition 30 December 2019

  • The Dissidents
    Cover Story

    The Dissidents

    TWO decades after reformasi (the reform), student protesters have returned. With the civil society’s support, university students again reasserted their historical role as the nation’s conscience. Activists, academicians, artists and concerned citizens worked together to ensure that their act of protest would disrupt those in power. Amid the polarized political atmosphere as of late, with the nation divided into two opposing camps, and the increasingly banal oligarchy, the series of protests by university and secondary school students in over ten cities across the country at the end of September give us hope. They are still here.

  • After the House’s Rush Job
    Cover Story

    After the House’s Rush Job

    Tens of NGOs initially focused on their own distinct issues ended up joining hands. They resisted the House’s plan to pass various bills and law revisions.

  • A Night of Planning at the Reform University
    Cover Story

    A Night of Planning at the Reform University

    Seeds of the student resistance that ended in massive protests on September 23-24, 2019, had been planted long ago. Trisakti University, among the 1998 reform’s motors, again became the center of planning activities.

  • The Student Alliance’s Resistance
    Cover Story

    The Student Alliance’s Resistance

    A group of students worked hand in hand helping their peers during the September protests. Some were threatened with expulsion by their schools.

  • Two Shots Fired on Silondae
    Cover Story

    Two Shots Fired on Silondae

    Randi and Muhammad Yusuf Kardawi fell victim to violence during a protest in Kendari. One of the perpetrators has yet to be found.

  • Meals From the People
    Cover Story

    Meals From the People

    Ananda Badudu and the Efek Rumah Kaca band collected money from the public for the protest movement through Kitabisa.com. They gained sympathy, but not from the police.

  • Seizing the Streets
    Cover Story

    Seizing the Streets

    The student and civil society alliance protests to reject the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law revision, the Criminal Code bill and a series of other controversial bills erupted in Jakarta and several other cities.

  • The Year of Gloomy Democracy

    The Year of Gloomy Democracy

    A year filled with riots and furor.

  • A Parting of the Ways

    A Parting of the Ways

    Squabbling has disrupted several National Mandate Party meetings held before the upcoming election for a new party general chair. A falling out between Zulkifli Hasan and Amien Rais is increasingly evident. No longer supporting Zulkifli for party general chair, Amien is helping raise support for his favorite candidate.

  • Police Arrest Novel’s Suspected Attacker
    News Capsule

    Police Arrest Novel’s Suspected Attacker

    JAKARTA'S Metropolitan Police have arrested two active policemen on Thursday, December 26, for allegedly carrying out the attack on KPK investigator Novel Baswedan.

  • Interview


    Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo, Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency: Public safety is the highest law

    EARLY this December, together with more than a thousand earthquake and tsunami survivors, the National Disaster Mitigation (BNPB) chief Lt.


  • Economy

    End of PLN’s game of Thrones

    End of PLN’s game of Thrones

    Zulkifli Zaini has been chosen to head Indonesia’s state electricity company PLN. Communication between President Joko Widodo and former vice president Jusuf Kalla shadows the removal of former prime contender Rudiantara.

  • Economy

    Why Fewer International Tourists?

    Why Fewer International Tourists?

    Indonesia failed toreach its target for international tourist arrivals. Expensive domestic flights contributed to this.

  • Law

    One In-Law, Three Cases

    One In-Law, Three Cases

    The Corruption Eradication Commission has named former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi Abdurachman a suspect in three cases. His in-law is suspected of being involved.

  • Opinion

    Keeping the Flame

    In the midst of a growing pessimism about democracy in Indonesia, the #reformasidikorupsi (reform corrupted) student movement was a small flame of hope.



    Picture Window

    Solar Eclipse Prayers

    Muslim adherents perform a mass prayer to mark the annular solar eclipse sighted in Siak, Riau province, Sumatera, December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan


  • Preventing Jakarta from Sinking

    Preventing Jakarta from Sinking

    SEVERAL coastal zones in Indonesia, including Jakarta, Semarang and Demak, face the threat of disappearing because of rising sea levels and subsiding land.

  • Dad, where are you going?

    Dad, where are you going?

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Ending Violence in Papua

    Ending Violence in Papua

    A security approach has not ended the violence in Papua. The government needs to prioritize dialog.

  • Lessons from Uighur

    Lessons from Uighur

    The Indonesian government needs to take an active role in seeking peaceful closure in Xinjiang. It also needs to pay attention to similar problems in-country.

  • Tourism in Disarray

    Tourism in Disarray

    The number of foreigners tourist visiting Indonesia has once again missed the mark. The government failed to do its homework.

  • Sidelines

    THE date of that extraordinary day was May 19, 1824, or 21st of the fasting month 1751 in the Javanese calendar.

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