The Political Horror of Jakarta's Election
AFTER the three pairs of Jakarta governor and deputy governor candidates, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama-Djarot Saiful Hidayat, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni and Anies Rasyid Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno, registered with the Jakarta General Elections Commission, the political atmosphere in the capital has been in an uproar.
A written statement by Sudi Silalahi, former state secretary under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was both shocking and embarrassing. According to Sudi, he never received the final report documents on the death of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib made by the fact-finding team (TPF).
The current state secretariat ministry's…
I swear to God, swear to God," said Setya Novanto when he was asked if it was true there was Rp150 billion for the Golkar Party's coffers from money embezzled out of the e-KTP (electronic ID cards) in 2011. Without denying or confirming it, he held up his index and middle fingers to form a 'victory' sign.
Setya Novanto demonstrated this oath to Tempo editors when he visited this magazine's office on Wednesday last week, a day before the prosecution read the criminal charges filed in the massive corruption case surrounding the e-KTP project at the Jakarta Corruption Court.