Edition 07 June 2021

  • The Civic Knowledge Test Maneuver
    Cover Story

    The Civic Knowledge Test Maneuver

    Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chair Firli Bahuri allegedly already created a list of employees to be dismissed in November 2020. It is suspected that he pressured other KPK leaders to approve the civic knowledge test and inserted an article on it into KPK’s regulation. The dismissal of 75 employees was the final step in the complete disabling of the anti-corruption agency. 

  • Suspended Search for Suspects
    Cover Story

    Suspended Search for Suspects

    The dismissal of a number of investigators and preliminary investigators for failing a civic knowledge test hampers the handling of several cases. This is advantageous to those implicated in cases investigated by the KPK.

  • What Would Be My Interest in Making a List?
    Cover Story

    What Would Be My Interest in Making a List?

    Corruption Eradication Commission Chairman Commissioner General Firli Bahuri is suspected to have initiated the elimination of 75 employees. There are reports that Firli had created a list of names of people to be dismissed from the KPK even before the status transfer to civil servants was discussed. Firli denied these allegations in this interview.

  • Towering Budget for New Weapons

    Towering Budget for New Weapons

    Budget for primary weapons systems is suspected only known to the defense ministry. The government is preparing a legal structure so that the budget is not disturbed until all debts will have been paid off.

  • Turmoil at Krishna’s Shrine

    Turmoil at Krishna’s Shrine

    Hare Krishna’s followers in Bali suffer from intimidation, which was supported by Governor I Wayan Koster.

  • Stuck in Authority Formation

    Stuck in Authority Formation

    Discussion on the Personal Data Protection bill is slow. The Indonesian government insists that the supervision is under the Ministry of Communication.

  • Life Line for Garuda

    Life Line for Garuda

    The government is making plans to bring out flag carrier Garuda Indonesia from a critical situation, threading a steep path between mountains of debts to many creditors.

  • Garuda’s Bitter Pill

    Garuda’s Bitter Pill

    A massive financial crisis is forcing Garuda to downsize its workforce. Many expenses can be reduced.

  • Last Year’s Pandemic Impact was Insane

    Last Year’s Pandemic Impact was Insane

    Hit by a storm of crisis, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s revenue has fallen drastically during the pandemic, with mounting debts to aircraft lessors and banks. To Tempo, Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra reveals the roots of the airline’s problems, and what the management is planning for debt restructuring. 

  • No Fear of the Inflation Specter
  • National


    Prabowo’s Speed Train Arms Deal

    Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto plans to place a large order for sophisticated military equipment. It is suspected that this procurement does not involve the Indonesian Military (TNI). There is concern that companies filled with people close to Prabowo will monopolize the procurement of military equipment.


  • Letters

    Pancasila in the National Education

    Pancasila in the National Education

    Tempo readers write a view on national education and complain to the Ciomas River View developer in Bogor, West Java.

  • Cartoon

    Lord of War

    Lord of War

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Opinion

    Finding the Mastermind

    Finding the Mastermind

    The expulsion of 75 employees of the Corruption Eradication Commission using a nationalism test completes the neutralization of the institution. There is a major power in action.

  • Interview

    Our Data Are Everywhere

    Following an investigation into the leak of personal data belonging to 279 million Indonesian citizens on May 20, Population and Civil Registration Director-General Zudan Arif Fakrulloh ascertained that it was not population data. As Indonesia’s Population and Civil Registration (Dukcapil) data is the world’s fourth largest big data after those of China, India and the United States, Zudan is constantly worried about the threat of hackers. Albeit Dukcapil’s system which is more sophisticated nowadays, Zudan admits that his agency’s infrastructure on the other hand is already out of date. To build a stronger system and upgrade the infrastructure, the home affairs ministry is planning to collect non-tax revenues from private companies that access Dukcapil data.




    ON June 4, at 7am local time, 81 Rohingya refugees are stranded in the coastal area of Kuala Simpang Ulim, Simpang Ulim, East Aceh, Aceh after several months at sea in perilous conditions. These Myanmar refugees are believed to have departed from Bangladesh on February 11. ANTARA/Hayaturrahmah



    Back to Grind

    WORKERS produce noodles made from tapioca flour at the Garuda Brand noodle factory in Bendo, Srandakan, Bantul, Yogyakarta, Friday, June 4. In one day, the factory is able to produce up to 900 kilograms of noodles and sell it to a number of regions in Indonesia at a price of Rp90,000 per kilogram. ANTARA/Andreas Fitri Atmoko


  • Strategic Weapons' Shopping Spree

    Strategic Weapons' Shopping Spree

    Strange, opaque and not in accordance with the state finances that are in a mess, the plan by the defense minister to buy weapons must be cancelled. The finance minister must not remain silent.

  • The End for Garuda

    The End for Garuda

    Garuda’s financial problems must be resolved based on careful commercial considerations. Liquidation of the state-owned airline would not be the end of the world.

  • Protecting Minorities' Rights

    Protecting Minorities' Rights

    The religious and traditional authorities in Bali banned the activities of the Hare Krishna sect. The government must not remain silent.

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