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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Under The Shadow of Disparity

Indonesian President Joko Widodo seemingly never tires of discussing economic disparity. Over the past year, he has repeatedly highlighted problems of inequality. At the Presidential Palace, last week, Jokowi again conveyed the importance of the government taking measures to reduce disparity.

This can be done, according to Jokowi, by distributing land to traditional community groups and Islamic boarding schools, as well as expediting land certification. By having land…

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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.