Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trafficking Humans to Malaysia

TEN months after she ran away from home, Yufrinda Selan finally came back, one day before her 19th birthday, on July 14 last year. But it was not a cause for celebration for her family in south-central Timor in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), where she was born. Instead, they mourned her untimely death. After secretly working in Malaysia, Yufrinda, who never finished high school, came home in a coffin, wrapped…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Plundering Parliamentarians

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.