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When Power Corrupts

Another scandal has rocked the Constitutional Court. This time, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Patrialis Akbar, one of the court's nine justices, on bribery charges. After a similar case involving former chief justice Akil Mochtar a few years back, this latest scandal places the credibility of the country's highest…

A Few Good Men

Good men are hard to find, as one saying goes. The proverb proved true once again when Tempo prepared its annual tradition of picking the best regional leaders for this special edition.

It proved to be a difficult endeavor. According to home affairs ministry data, since the regional autonomy law…

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Don't Stop with Emirsyah

The revelation that Rolls-Royce had bribed Garuda Indonesia's top executive did not come as a surprise. The rumors of suspicious frauds at Garuda first surfaced in 2006, a year after CEO Emirsyah Satar—currently indicted for the Rolls-Royce bribery case—took over the reins.

At that time, Anwar Nasution, Supreme Audit Agency…

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End the Dual Management in the State oil And Gas Company

Pertamina needs to resolve the convoluted problems plaguing its organization now, not later. The first internal conflict that led to the formation of groups at the top level of this state oil and gas company may have resulted in the second problem, the management's failure to prevent the recurrence of…

Pill

There has probably been a type of pill circulating in Indonesia over recent years, leading thousands of people to renounce their own reason. The tablet, as I recall, is Murti-Bing.

I read about this pill in a story in The Captive Mind, a book published in the 1960s. The author…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Many Faces of Conservatism

Playing With the Fire of Conservatism

The most recent study by the State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta yielded surprising -- and worrying -- results: over 80 percent of the respondents rejected the idea of a non-Muslim leader and the establishment of other houses of worship in their areas.

UIN's Islamic and Social Studies Center (PPIM) conducted the study on 500 schoolteachers of (the Muslim) religion in five provinces at the end of last year. Some respondents also rejected the idea of educators of other faiths teaching in a public school.