Edition 19 July 2021

  • Controversial Vaccination
    Cover Story

    Controversial Vaccination

    The paid vaccination program for individuals was canceled following criticism. Cabinet members are divided in their position on the program. Meanwhile, businesses complain that the private vaccination program for companies has various leaks. They are preparing to independently import vaccines.

  • Aid from Overseas
    Cover Story

    Aid from Overseas

    The government lobbied several countries to meet Indonesia’s demand for vaccines. Vaccine supply in the regions is diminishing.

  • Waiting for Independence
    Cover Story

    Waiting for Independence

    The government aims for a high vaccination rate until August. But the vaccine supply is low.

  • I Did Not Push for Paid Vaccines
    Cover Story

    I Did Not Push for Paid Vaccines

    A Tempo special interview with State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir regarding the flack surrounding paid vaccination.

  • One Down, Three to Frown

    One Down, Three to Frown

    Telkom could lose its investment in Tiphone Mobile Indonesia, a company on the verge of bankruptcy. New problems raise back suspicions over a peculiar transaction made seven years ago, involving the Sinar Mas Group. 

  • When the King of Vouchers Goes Bankrupt

    When the King of Vouchers Goes Bankrupt

    Hengky Setiawan is nicknamed “The King of Vouchers” due to his success in selling mobile phone credit top-up vouchers. He is known for his tenacity and skill in establishing business relations.

  • Wavering from Heart Failure

    Wavering from Heart Failure

    Poor cellular phone sales performance further added to the difficulties of Tiphone Mobile Indonesia. Its subsidiaries are overburdened by debt.

  • Commodity Exchange Utilization Is Not Yet Optimal

    Commodity Exchange Utilization Is Not Yet Optimal

    The number of gold, oil, and foreign exchange investors at the Indonesian Commodities and Derivatives Exchange jumped 1,520 percent in 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. An interview with ICDX CEO Lamon Rutten.

  • A Bogus Sense of Crisis
    Market Pulse

    A Bogus Sense of Crisis

    Yopie Hidayat (Contributor)

  • Indonesia Urges Acceleration of Global Vaccination
    Diplomatic Bag

    Indonesia Urges Acceleration of Global Vaccination

    Issues on COVAX meeting, Non-Alignment Movement ministerial meeting, and G20 Sherpa meeting.

  • Law


    New Milestone for Environmental Fighters

    The Bangka Belitung High Court, citing anti-SLAPP law, acquits six residents of Sungailiat after having been found guilty for demanding their right to live free from air pollution. It is a legal precedent to protect environmental activists.


  • Law

    Jakarta Elites Caught with Crystal Meth

    Jakarta Elites Caught with Crystal Meth

    The police arrested celebrity couple Nia Ramadhani and Ardi Bakrie for suspected drug use. Their supplying network might be connected with an international drug ring. The family asked they be put in rehab.

  • In Memoriam

    Tapol Founder’s Deep Humanist Footprints

    Tapol Founder’s Deep Humanist Footprints

    Carmel Budiardjo loudly demanded human rights justice when it was difficult for people in Indonesia to raise their voices. A consistent human rights activist until the day she died.

  • Letter From

    Meet Tempo Media’s New Leaders

    Meet Tempo Media’s New Leaders

    Tempo selects new leaders in digital transformation amid Covid-19 Pandemic period.

  • Interview

    We Will Provide More Vaccines

    Below are excerpts from an interview with Sung Y. Kim, new United States Ambassador to Indonesia. Ambassador Sung Kim was born in Seoul to South Korean parents. Having spent the majority of his diplomatic career in Asia, he has a deep understanding of the region. This is his first interview with the local media since his arrival in Jakarta last June. He discussed vaccine assistance (to Indonesia), the weapon system procurement as well as cooperation for mitigating climate change issues.



    Safety First Two

    Sacrificial goats wear masks put on by the trader selling them in Pucang Sawit, Solo, Central Java, Sunday, July 11. The mask-wearing goats are part of the marketing gimmick, as well as to encourage people doing activities outside their homes to wear a mask during the emergency public activity restrictions or PPKM./Antara/Maulana Surya



    Fill and Spill

    A BARGE filled with nickel almost got overturned on the shore of Batu Gong Beach, Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi, Tuesday, July 13. It is suspected that the barge’s rope broke when it was hit by big waves and strong winds not far from the Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry (VDNI) nickel refining plant. The owner of the barge has not been identified./Antara/Jojon


  • BNPB’s Right of Reply

    BNPB’s Right of Reply

    BNPB responds to Questionable Quarantine report.

  • Out of Control

    Out of Control

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Pandemic Profit Seekers

    Pandemic Profit Seekers

    President Joko Widodo cancels the plan to allow individuals to pay for vaccinations, but retains the commercial vaccination program for corporations. The health minister must have the courage to say no.

  • Protecting Environmental Activists

    Protecting Environmental Activists

    The appeal court in Bangka Belitung freed the people who had protested against environmental pollution in their area. This gives hope for environmental activists, who have frequently been criminalized.

  • No More Jail for Drug Users

    No More Jail for Drug Users

    Jailing celebrities for taking drugs is not an achievement. In pandemic time, tracking down people hoarding medicines and oxygen tanks should be the priority for the police.

  • Telkom’s Questionable Transaction

    Telkom’s Questionable Transaction

    Telkom is facing the threat of losing its Rp1.3 trillion investment in Tiphone Mobile. There were indications of bribery during the 2014 share buying process.

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