STATUES and sculptures in public places have been met with fierce rejection in several spots of the country over the past few years. Groups have dismantled and burned down statues or requested for these ‘offending’ items to be covered up or relocated, citing idolatry and incompatibility with local culture.
HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.