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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Red Carpet for Tycoons

LUKITO Andi was stunned when he learned that thousands of hectares of nature conservation area in South Kalimantan had been turned into oil palm plantations, early last year. Lukito, who heads the South Kalimantan Natural Resource Conservation Center, seeing that something strange was happening with the process of changing land function, acted quickly. He wrote to the directorate-general of natural resources conservation at the environment and forestry ministry about his…

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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.