Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Seeking an Equitable Way to tackle Inequality

There are no short-cuts to ending economic inequality or disparity. This problem cannot always be addressed through the market mechanism and therefore government intervention is needed. But for this to succeed, it must be done in a way that is consistent and based on sound economic principles.

But what we see now is precisely the opposite: the administration of Joko Widodo has fallen for a populist approach, seeing it…

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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.