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Various peculiarities appeared in the nationalism test for KPK employees. As many as 75 people who did not pass the test are said to have already been targeted. KPK leadership is suspected of inserting an article on the nationalism test into KPK’s regulations.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mohammad Mahfud Md said he has communicated with Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Tjahjo Kumolo regarding the status of Corruption Eradication Commission employees. The salaries of those who will become civil servants will stay intact.
The National Zakat Agency (Baznas) encourages digital transformation as a strategy to strengthen the performance of alms management. However, Baznas CEO Mohamad Arifin Purwakananta views that the digitalization that has been seriously developed since 2016 has not really been evenly distributed.
Tendency for Gender-Biased Interpretations Still High
If nothing else, the Covid-19 pandemic has not managed to disrupt Nur Rofiah’s Qur’anic Recitation Session on Gender Justice in Islam. Through the da’wah forum she initiated in the Ramadan two years ago, the professor in Qur’anic studies and interpretation fights for gender justice for Muslim women by raising awareness that women’s humanity is equal to men’s. She first got acquainted with the gender justice issue when she was studying at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic Institute in Yogyakarta in the 90s when the gender issue was a hot topic and people were associating it with Islam. Her interest in the issue grew stronger as she immersed herself in the world of activism. Apart from being active as a lecturer and an activist, Nur Rofiah also helped launch the country’s first female Muslim clerics’ congress in 2017.
The passing of Toriq Hadad constitutes a big loss to Tempo. His last message serves as a legacy for us all.
Nazi Graves and the Story of Deutsche Schule
GERMAN author Horst Henry Geerken follows the trace of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi ideology in Indonesia through the third and fourth volume of his book Hitlers Griff nach Asien. These two newest editions, published last year, continued what Geerken started in his previous volumes with the same title. In his recent books, Geerken delved into the diaries of Otto Coerper, which gave detailed descriptions on some 300 Germans who had been jailed in the Dutch Indies. According to Coerper’s notes, those prisoners were released after the Japanese entered the territories in 1942. They then settled in Sarangan by Mount Lawu in East Java, and set up a German school, or Deutsche Schule. Coerper also formed an officer’s training academy for military police.
The president at the time, Sukarno, sent navy cadets from Yogyakarta to learn German at the Deutsche Schule, so that they could understand military equipment, many of which originated from Germany. Among alumni from the Deutsche Schule are Raden Eddy Martadinata dan Donald Isaac Pandjaitan.
Police officers catch a truck loaded with vegetables and travelers trying to evade the mudik (homecoming) ban while passing through a checkpoint on the West Cikarang Toll Road, Bekasi, West Java, Thursday, May 6. The government is imposing a homecoming ban for end-of fasting-month Idul Fitri celebration to break the spread of Covid-19. ANTARA/Fakhri Hermansyah
Patients take food and medicine while a medical officer is resting on a couch at the Athlete’s Dormitory Emergency Hospital (RSDC), Kemayoran, Jakarta, Wednesday, May 5. Based on data from management, the number of Covid patients at the RSDC is currently declining to 1,364 patients or 22.7 percent of the hospital’s total capacity of 5,994. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat