*)is a Yogyakarta-and Sydney-based writer.
YOUNG people have always had their own way of talking, and their own fast-changing vocabulary. It is part of marking themselves off from the older generation. The faster their vocabulary changes, the less chance the oldies will catch up. For instance, in English, trendy talk of the 1920s jazz age so marked the young generation that special dictionaries were…
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.