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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…

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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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…

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, February 14, 2017

Clash of Party Chiefs

Election Campaigning for Today and Tomorrow
Candidates and their supporters are putting everything on the line to win the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election and perhaps a warm-up for the presidential election in 2019.

Before discussing the charges leveled against him, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) talked about how a leader can regress to become a tyrant. A dictator, said SBY, who was Indonesia's sixth president, can emerge when he begins to fear the loss of his power.