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Politician Budiman Sudjatmiko promises to build a tech complex called the Bukit Algoritma, or Algorithm Hill. Touted to be the Silicon Valley of Indonesia, the new project means to attract investors to the currently neglected Sukabumi Special Economic Zone.
THE Cikidang Plantation Resort run by PT Bintangraya Lokalestari in the Sukabumi Regency, West Java, will be transformed into a research and tech innovation complex dubbed Bukit Algoritma. To Dhanny Handoko, owner of Bintangraya, the project is a new hope after the company’s old plan to turn its land in Cikidang into the Sukabumi Special Economic Zone continues to fail. “Not just to return to how things were, but also to become more relevant in the future in the field of technology,” Dhanny said to Tempo journalist, M. A. Murtadho, in Cikidang, Wednesday, April 14.
Pressure to hold an extraordinary congress is mounting among cadres of the National Awakening Party (PKB). There are indications that Yenny Wahid and Yaqut Cholil Qoumas are gathering support to take over the position of general chair. Muhaimin Iskandar is maneuvering, asking for the support of the Presidential Palace and grooming his older brother to lead the party.
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The Indonesian Ombudsman finally intervened in the rice import polemic last March. Agency Chair Mokhammad Najih said the government’s planned rice import ahead of the prime harvest season had discomposed the public, particularly farmers, while in fact the import would not become necessary until May. Moreover, the agency also found maladministration in the policy making process. Najih added that the Ombudsman had strengthened its role in helping improve the public service quality. In addition to following through with public reports and complaints, it will continue to enhance oversight of the ministries and state agencies. The focus of the watchdogs’ new board will be on economic development issues and their impact on public services. Najih also highlighted the need to expand his agency’s authority.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mohammad Mahfud Md. is threatening debtors of the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) funds, including Sjamsul Nursalim, with sequestering (gijzeling) if they fail to pay what they owe to BLBI. They can also face criminal charges.
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Fast with a Bang!
Children playing with bamboo cannons in Kampak village, Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Islands, Tuesday, April 13, at dawn. The bamboo cannon, made using carbide and water, is a traditional toy usually played during the fasting month of Ramadan. ANTARA/Anindira Kintara
Female surfers wearing traditional Balinese kebaya snap a photo before surfing on Kuta Beach, Badung, Bali, Friday, April 16. The activity, which was attended by dozens of women, including foreigners, was carried out to commemorate Kartini Day and to revitalize tourism in Bali which was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. ANTARA/Fikri Yusuf
Recreating Silicon Valley is not as easy as turning the back of one’s hand. Without a solid ecosystem in place, the Algorithm Hill project in Sukabumi, West Java, could well be mere business cunning out to grab tax deductions and import duty waivers while establishing a special economic zone.