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Rizieq Shihab finally returned to Indonesia after living in Saudi Arabia for three and a half years. He lobbied the Saudi government to allow him to return. The Indonesian intelligence and police appear to have lobbied the cleric repeatedly to negotiate his plan to return home and run-in with the law. Rizieq claims he signed an agreement with the intelligence agency.
The government will restructure regulations of refined sugar imports. However, the ministry of industry’s draft regulation is deemed not in line with the cabinet meeting, which had aimed to give direct import licenses to industry users. There are regulations which can potentially make this sector increasingly oligopolistic.
It is only a matter of time for foreign doctors to start work in Indonesia. According to Chairman of the Medical Council of the Indonesian Medical Council (KKI), Taruna Ikrar, sooner or later, Indonesian doctors across the archipelago must prepare themselves for tough competition.
For over three decades, the tradition of planting upland rice had disappeared in the villages of Samo, Posi-Posi, and Gumira, all located on the outer edges of Halmahera Island in North Maluku. The people of those three villages prefer to buy rice to be consumed as a variation rather than take the effort to grow it themselves. Some left this practice after going to work for a lumber company which cut down forests in their area, and they began using their daily wages to purchase rice. Others initially stopped farming rice to raise funds to rebuild a mosque which had collapsed in their community. The PakaTiva Association, with the support of the EcoNusa Foundation, has been working to revive this tradition, not only for local food self-sufficiency, but also for the purpose of maintaining the forest. Tempo joined the Maluku Expedition, an activity organized by the EcoNusa Foundation, which among other things visited those three areas.
Ahmad Ali’s Clarification
SCUPPERING away from Indonesia as a criminal suspect, Muhammad Rizieq bin Hussein Shihab returned on Tuesday, November 10, lauded like a homecoming hero.
Rooting Out the Rent Seekers
A diver from the Tunas Bahari Maluku community holds plastic garbage in the Haruku Island waters, Maluku, Tuesday, November 10. The sea-cleaning movement is carried out to commemorate the National Heroes Day./ANTARA/Muhammad Adimaja/pras.