Edition 12 April 2021

  • Fees for Positions in Kalibata
    Cover Story

    Fees for Positions in Kalibata

    Expert staff member, Ahmad Iman Syukri, is suspected of trading echelon I and II positions at the villages, disadvantaged regions and transmigration ministry. As someone placed at the ministry “on behalf” of PKB General Chairperson Muhaimin Iskandar, Ahmad is also suspected of collecting project fees, which has negatively impacted the ministry’s budget absorption and programs.

  • Party Politicians in the Villages Ministry
    Cover Story

    Party Politicians in the Villages Ministry

    Problems abound for village assistants. These problems are in part due to structural changes at the villages ministry.

  • There is No Positions Trading
    Cover Story

    There is No Positions Trading

    Minister of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar provides an explanation regarding allegations of positions being traded at his ministry.

  • Back to Live

    Back to Live

    The government and event organizers are preparing to bring back live music performances in times of a pandemic. It has been a long and winding road towards the revival of tourism.

  • Low Tourism, Slow Economy

    Low Tourism, Slow Economy

    Central tourism regions are having a hard time recovering after the pandemic struck. New problems emerged in other sectors of the economy.

  • The Dream of Cinema’s Recovery

    The Dream of Cinema’s Recovery

    National film business is still reeling from the impact wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. The government is campaigning for moviegoers to return to cinemas to help the industry recover.

  • President at Atta-Aurel Wedding
  • Promises of Heaven

    Promises of Heaven

    The Jamaah Ansharut Daulah group is using the prospect of marriage to lure in new female members. One woman tells how she nearly went to Syria after being promised marriage and being indoctrinated with the ideology of ISIS.

  • Bringing Women into the Fold

    Bringing Women into the Fold

    The involvement of women in terrorism has increased since the influence of ISIS first reached Indonesia in 2015. The government does not yet have a dedicated program for the deradicalization of women.

  • Back From Extinction
    Science & Technology

    Back From Extinction

    Residents of Kotabaru, South Kalimantan, discovered a bird identified as pelanduk kalimantan, or the black-browed babbler. This species has not been seen since it was first discovered in the 1840s.

  • Opinion


    Fiasco at the Villages Ministry

    Alleged trading of postings within the Villages Ministry shows a major flaw in the practice of good governance. Placement of politicians in ministries are most often problematic.


  • Opinion

    Women in Acts of Terrorism

    Women in Acts of Terrorism

    Women conducting acts of terrorism are themselves the victims of terrorism. There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift in deradicalization programs.

  • Opinion

    Republic of Content

    Republic of Content

    President Jokowi validated hedonistic sensibility on social media when he attended the wedding of social media celebrity Atta Halilintar. It showed scant regard for social empathy.

  • Opinion

    The Tourism Dilemma

    The Tourism Dilemma

    In the middle of the pandemic, the government is allowing music concerts and sporting events to be held. This is inconsistent with government’s prohibition for homecoming or mudik in Idul Fitri.

  • Interview

    Demands Cannot Be Met without Cost Sharing

    State Health Care and Social Security Agency’s (BPJS Kesehatan) CEO Ali Ghufron Mukti revealed that his agency was still in the red with a deficit of Rp6.3 trillion as of December 2020. The increased premiums starting last January coupled with the decline in the use of BPJS services during the pandemic are expected to help reduce the deficit. Given the pandemic as a non-natural disaster, the government has borne coronavirus treatment costs. Ghufron said that to increase public’s participation, BPJS Kesehatan was exploring an innovative funding mechanism via cooperation with philanthropic institutions with the hope to help fund prospective National Health Insurance-Healthy Indonesia Card (JKN-KIS) holders or even assist settle arrears. This way, the entire population will eventually have access to health care.




    A Number of residents mourned over their relatives who were found dead due to flash floods in East Adonara, East Flores Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Tuesday, April 6. The flash flood that hit Adonara on Sunday, April 4 has caused dozens of people to die and forced hundreds to take refuge. Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra



    Battered & Broken

    An aerial photo of damages caused by flash floods in Waiwerang, East Adonara, East Flores Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, on Tuesday, April 6. Based on local government data until Tuesday afternoon, as many as 50 people died, 29 were still missing, and hundreds of residents were displaced by the floods that occurred on Sunday, April 4. /Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra



    Ramadan Routine

    A child carries flowers and water in a plastic bag which are sold to pilgrims at a public cemetery in Rumbai, Pekanbaru City, Riau, Wednesday, April 7. Children around the public cemetery use their spare time after school to sell packages of flowers at a price of Rp5,000 per bag, to take advantage of the traditional moments of Muslims visiting the family graves ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan./Antara/FB Anggoro




    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Julia and Feminism

    Julia and Feminism

    Julia Suryakusuma received an award from the Kingdom of Belgium for her struggle to voice human rights through writing. She is uncomfortable with being called a feminist.

  • Budget Discipline under Threat
  • Happy Anniversary, Tempo

    Happy Anniversary, Tempo

    Readers’ aspiration on the future of Tempo digital and inputs regarding legislation corruptions in the House of Representatives.

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