Edition 08 February 2021

  • The Eagle in Munich
    Cover Story

    The Eagle in Munich

    In 2019, oil palm tycoon Sukanto Tanto purchased the Ludwigstraβe 21 building in Munich, Germany, for Rp6 trillion. The purchase, which went unrecorded by the Financial Reports and Analysis Center, is believed to have been made through a shell corporation affiliated with Sukanto’s Royal Golden Eagle Group. This report is a collaborative effort by Tempo, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), and Süddeutsche Zeitung daily.

  • Ihan Batak in a Eucalyptus Woods
    Cover Story

    Ihan Batak in a Eucalyptus Woods

    Entangled in a conflict with Toba Pulp Lestari company, a customary tribe in North Tapanuli continues to fight for rightful ownership to their land. They are fearful of betraying their ancestors.

  • No Follow-Up to Asian Agri’s Tax Scandal
    Cover Story

    No Follow-Up to Asian Agri’s Tax Scandal

    Investigation into the Asian Agri Group’s tax scandal went no further than the Attorney General’s Office. The tax directorate-general lost in a civil tax case. 

  • News of a Coup at Gunung Gede

    News of a Coup at Gunung Gede

    It is said that Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko intended to take over leadership of the Democrat Party. He is suspected of involving Muhammad Nazaruddin, a former corruption case convict, to lobby regional party officials. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is monitoring the counter-offensive measures against Moeldoko.

  • Loyalty Letters to the Cikeas Party

    Loyalty Letters to the Cikeas Party

    Some regional Democrat Party officials are signing letters stating their loyalty to Agus Yudhoyono. Others are dissatisfied with Agus’ leadership.  

  • There Is an Assumption That I Am Not Ready to Lead

    There Is an Assumption That I Am Not Ready to Lead

    Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the General Chairman of Democrat Party, answered various accusations on his leadership and disorder in his party.

  • Bitter Aftertaste of Sugar Import Licensing

    Bitter Aftertaste of Sugar Import Licensing

    The government issued permits to import raw sugar for the refined sugar industry in order to cover demand. This policy, however, is deemed insufficient to solve supply shortage for high-quality raw material suffered by a number of food and beverage companies.

  • Anticipating Sugar Regulations

    Anticipating Sugar Regulations

    Regulation guaranteeing the availability of basic material for the sugar industry has yet to be issued. Plans to limit importers remain a big question mark.

  • Clamor in a Yangon Corner
    Asean & Beyond

    Clamor in a Yangon Corner

    The Myanmar military once again took over power via a military coup. The public fight back with a deafening cacophony in a show of defiance.

  • The Angel's Lost Haven

    The Angel's Lost Haven

    The construction of smelter and nickel mines in Central Weda, North Maluku, threatens the population of protected endemic birds. The lush primary forests in mining concession areas are still full of large trees. This coverage is a collaborative work of Tempo and the Pasopati Project 2020 fellowship.

  • Interview


    We Can’t be Dependent on Government

    The traditional arts sector has been one of the most battered industry by the pandemic adversely affecting those who depend on stage performances for their livelihoods. Many traditional artists in rural areas have no choice but to turn into farmers, traders or online taxi drivers as they cannot rely only on government assistance to sustain themselves.


  • Letters

    Semarang State University’s Right of Reply

    Semarang State University’s Right of Reply

    Semarang State University writes a right of reply to the article A University Car for Mr. Minister in Tempo, February 1, 2021 edition. 

  • Cartoon



    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Interlude

    Who Made the Sarinah Relief?

    Workers renovating Sarinah building last year found a relief from Sukarno’s era, 3 x 12 meters in size, hidden in the building’s electrical room. The relief depicts the atmosphere of the old market: women in traditional kebaya strolling the market and men in conical hats carrying wares. Records of the relief could not be found, leading to speculation from enthusiasts and experts regarding the origin of the relief and how it was abandoned in the building's generator room. Was the relief deliberately hidden by the New Order because it was deemed 'leftist' or did someone decide the depictions of the relief did not fit with the more modernized Sarinah? 

    Tempo interviewed children of famous artists from the 1960s to explore the possibilities of who made the relief. Tempo also interviewed the minister of manpower during the New Order era, Abdul Latief, who was an employee at Sarinah at the beginning of its establishment.



    Dead Water

    A fisherman paddles his boat through a sea of dead fish on the shores of Lake Maninjau, Nagari Bayur, Agam Regency, West Sumatra, Friday, February 5. Local fishery and food security office recorded that at least 15 tons of fish in floating net cages (KJA) were found dead in the last four days due to strong winds hitting the area. ANTARA/Iggoy el Fitra



    Praying With Fire

    People burn the Kim Cua gold paper during the Sang Sin ritual at Siu Hok Bio Temple, Semarang, Central Java, Friday, February 5. The ritual is a series of events to welcome Chinese New Year on February 12. ANTARA/Aji Styawan


  • Tanoto’s Suspicious Transactions

    Tanoto’s Suspicious Transactions

    The purchase by the Sukanto Tanoto business group of an office building worth trillions of rupiah in Germany has prompted many questions. The proceeds from natural resources exploitation should be returned to Indonesia.

  • The Democrat Party Drama

    The Democrat Party Drama

    Moeldoko intervened in leadership maneuvers at the Democrat Party to conduct an extraordinary congress. This could lead to the establishment of a political cartel.

  • The Bitter Tale of Sugar Imports

    The Bitter Tale of Sugar Imports

    Inconsistency in the regulations governing sugar imports caused food and drink companies scrambling to find supplies. Investment projections could be affected.

  • Democracy Grows and then Dies in Myanmar

    Democracy Grows and then Dies in Myanmar

    The military coup d’état killed the democracy that had never really flourished in Myanmar. ASEAN must not remain silent.

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