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Edition 18 February 2020

  • Ahok’s PDI-P Membership
    Cover Story

    Ahok’s PDI-P Membership

    With his prison sentence behind him, Ahok is now expanding his business and again embarking into politics. He decided to join the PDI-P following Megawati’s frequent visits while he was in prison. His relationship with the PSI is deteriorating. The former Jakarta governor was once courted by Prabowo’s camp.

  • Gifts for the Terrorist Block
    Cover Story

    Gifts for the Terrorist Block

    Ahok experienced all kinds of pressure during his time at the Brimob HQ. But money poured in from book sales.

  • Fracture Post-Reclamation
    Cover Story

    Fracture Post-Reclamation

    Sunny Tanuwidjaja became Basuki Tjahaja Purnama’s right-hand man when the latter was Jakarta’s deputy governor. Their close relationship ended after the KPK exposed the bribery surrounding the Jakarta Bay reclamation project.

  • Jokowi’s Mission for Ahok
    Cover Story

    Jokowi’s Mission for Ahok

    After he was appointed Pertamina’s president commissioner, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has had to deal with various production and distribution issues. He now shoulders Jokowi’s mandate to curb oil imports.

  • Basuki Tjahaja Purnama: I Was Treated Like A Political Prisoner
    Cover Story

    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama: I Was Treated Like A Political Prisoner

    CONVICTED of religious blasphemy, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, former Jakarta governor, spent 625 days in the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) detention center. On May 9, 2017, after the North Jakarta district court sentenced him to two years in prison, Ahok—as Basuki is familiarly called—was immediately taken to the Cipinang Prison in East Jakarta. The following day, for security reasons, he was moved to the Brimob headquarters in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java.

  • Rejected


    The government will not repatriate Indonesians who had joint ISIS in Syria, regardless of their citizenship status.

  • Appeal from a Syrian Camp

    Appeal from a Syrian Camp

    A British court has rejected the appeal of Shamima Begum, a former ISIS member whose citizenship was revoked. She is considered a threat to national security.

  • The Formula E Debate

    The Formula E Debate

    THE state secretariat, through the Medan Merdeka Development Steering Committee, is protesting the Formula E race scheduled to be held this year.

  • Half-Baked Solution to Boost Investment
    Market Pulse

    Half-Baked Solution to Boost Investment

    THIS is government’s solution to Indonesia’s economic problems.

  • Another Insurance Scandal

    Another Insurance Scandal

    After Jiwasraya and Asabri, it is now Taspen’s turn to fall under scrutiny for its investments management. A subsidiary once had troubles with bad bonds transaction.

  • Economy


    Tardy Import Permit

    Industrial and consumer sugar prices soared following scarce supply. The cause is believed to be delays in import permits from the trade ministry.


  • Law

    KPK Spokesman Ali Fikri: We Will Detain Nurhadi

    KPK Spokesman Ali Fikri: We Will Detain Nurhadi

    Investigationn into the case against former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi Abdurrachman began under the previous leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

  • Health

    The Hunt for a Remedy

    The Hunt for a Remedy

    Doctors are testing various drugs to treat patients infected with the Covid-19 virus. Eijkman and Bio Farma are exploring vaccine development.

  • Law

    Babe’s Designer Watches

    Babe’s Designer Watches

    Former secretary of the Supreme Court, Nurhadi Abdurrachman, tried to transfer ownership of his assets after he was targeted by the KPK. He has assets in the form of an oil palm plantation, a tissue paper factory, to various luxury watches.

  • Outreach

    Waste No More

    Areca palm frond midribs used to be nothing but waste for the residents of Mendis in South Sumatra. But now, they make them to be eco-friendly eating utensils and sell them to various cities in the country.




    RUDI Hartono, a man dressed in Spiderman costume, collects rubbish at a beach in Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi province, Indonesia. “With great power comes great responsibility,” a proverb popularised by the fictional superhero character Peter Parker who doubles as Spider-Man, takes on a twist in Indonesia by a 36-year-old citizen who is harnessing the “power” to encourage his countrymen to take responsibility for his city’s problem with waste. Dressed in his Spider-Man costume as Rudi goes through sewers, beaches and streets to clean up trash mostly made up of plastic./REUTERS/Stringer


  • Gianto Wijaya’s Objection

    Gianto Wijaya’s Objection

    Regarding article Layers of the Garlic Corruption Scandal in Tempo of the February 11-17, 2020, I herewith convey the following matters.

  • Good Boss

    Good Boss

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Ahok is Back

    Ahok is Back

    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is a controversy without end. After all the political turbulence that ended with him in jail, now he is back. His book, Call me BTP: Ahok’s Psychological Journey at the Brimob HQ, the story of his experiences while he was imprisoned, was launched this week and is bound to trigger a new debate.

  • Cautious on ISIS Returnees

    Cautious on ISIS Returnees

    The government has said it is open to the possibility of bringing home children and orphans of former ISIS combatants. There needs to be a strict selection procedure and an effective deradicalization program.

  • Ecocide Threat in Jakarta

    Ecocide Threat in Jakarta

    The large scale cutting down of trees in Jakarta must be stopped. Economic development needs an ecological perspective.

  • Negligence in Sugar Import

    Negligence in Sugar Import

    The trade ministry is late in signing sugar import permits that were scheduled for the end of 2019. This has the potential to disrupt the economy.

  • Sidelines

    Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness—Meister Eckhart

    Easy to Read and Trustworthy


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