Edition 25 January 2021

  • Aid Packages for the Red Party
    Cover Story

    Aid Packages for the Red Party

    A number of PDI-P’s elite members allegedly benefiting from the social affairs ministry’s aid project meant for people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. With several businessmen in their pockets, the party’s officials received quotas of millions of packages. Puan Maharani’s name is mentioned in the investigation.

  • A Palmerah Tofu Factory Worker
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    A Palmerah Tofu Factory Worker

    Legal Affairs Commission Chairman Herman Hery began his political career when he joined the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle in 1999. He has been reported to the police twice.  

  • I’m Staying Out of It
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    I’m Staying Out of It

    INDONESIAN Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Herman Hery is allegedly involved in the social aid corruption case. On January 8, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators searched the office of Dwimukti Graha Elektrindo, a company affiliated with Herman. The company is believed to have obtained the largest social aid provisions quota of 7.6 million packages worth Rp2.1 trillion. On Saturday, January 16, the House of Representatives’ (DPR) Legal Affairs Commission chairman visited Tempo’s office to provide explanation. Excerpts of the interview have been published in Koran Tempo daily newspaper.

  • Aid Packages for the Elections
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    Aid Packages for the Elections

    Regional head election candidate pairs allegedly took advantage of social aid packages from the social affairs ministry for their campaigns. It is brought to the Constitutional Court as evidence of regional election lawsuits.

  • PDI-P's Tsunami
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    PDI-P's Tsunami

    Several members of the House of Representatives' Social Commission are worried that they will be dragged into the social assistance bribery case. Business people lobbied to participate in the distribution of the aid.

  • Long Holiday Blues

    Long Holiday Blues

    The government extends public activity restrictions (PPKM). Business owners lobby for the PPKM not to be extended.

  • Surrounded by Complaints

    Surrounded by Complaints

    The Election Organizer Ethics Council fired Arief Budiman as chairman of the General Elections Commission. It was the culmination of a previous dispute.  

  • Ahead of Rules

    Ahead of Rules

    Supported by the capital strength of technology companies, a number of banks are preparing to become digital banks. Regulations are running behind.

  • A Roundabout Route to the Market

    A Roundabout Route to the Market

    Amidst the digital banking trend, the strategy of state financial services companies expand the conventional way. Their goal is the same: efficiency, and bolstering the reach of their services.

  • New Police Chief to Revive Civilian Security Force
  • Profile


    Malaysian Advocate of Indonesian Migrants

    Alex Ong has supported migrant workers in Malaysia for 20 years. He sold his company in order to focus on helping workers from Indonesia. 



  • Cartoon

    Blame It on the Rain

    Blame It on the Rain

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrahman

  • Letters

    Threat of Medical Waste

    Threat of Medical Waste

    A reader takes issue with used medical waste during the pandemic. 

  • Interview

    This Is Our Opportunity to Raise Capital

    In the midst of a flurry of activities to procure and distribute Covid-19 vaccines, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has additional responsibility of overseeing the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) and the selection of the fund’s board members. The government is confident that the fund will help restore the national economy.



    The Red Trails Lava

    Flowing down from the top of Mount Merapi, seen from Turi in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Wednesday, January 20. During the observation period on January 20, between 12am and 6am Indonesia Western Time (WIB), the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) recorded three separate pyroclastic flows reaching as far as 1,200 meters and 47 molten lava discharges. /Antara/Hendra Nurdiyansyah



    Looks Can Be Deceiving a Health

    Care worker administers Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine to a recipient clad in wayang (shadow puppet) costume—who could be seen as afraid of getting injected that his friends have to help restrain him using a chain—at the Bung Karno Regional Hospital, Solo, Central Java, Friday, January 22. The theatrical act is meant to show support for the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program using safe vaccine./Antara/Maulana Surya


  • The Root Cause of Embezzlement

    The Root Cause of Embezzlement

    The embezzlement of social assistance shows there are fundamental weaknesses with the protection offered to the poor in Indonesia. It is proof of the lack of commitment from the government and from the party that claims to care about the little people.

  • Overbearing Ethics Council

    Overbearing Ethics Council

    By firing the chairman of the General Elections Commission, the Election Organization Ethics Council is seen as having gone too far. An ethics body should not have the power of dismissal.

  • The Scapegoat Called Nature

    The Scapegoat Called Nature

    The government is insisting that the flooding in South Kalimantan was caused by extreme natural events. This ignores the massive change of function of upstream forests.

  • The Certainties of Digital Banking

    The Certainties of Digital Banking

    Interest rates for banks in Indonesia are the highest in Southeast Asia. Digital banks could lower the cost of borrowing. 

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