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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Whose Land is This?

Economic disparity between rich and poor in Indonesia over the past decade has increased rapidly compared to other countries in Southeast Asia. Economic growth during that time, according to a World Bank report, has been enjoyed by the top 20 percent of the richest citizens. Indonesia belongs to them.

2014: Consumption 10% wealthiest= consumption 54% poorest

2002 : Consumption 10% wealthiest= consumption 42% poorest

10%: of the…

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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.