Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Debt Debacle

President Joko Widodo should not be concerned about the accusations that his government is too fond of borrowing money. Although government debt has risen by more than Rp1,000 trillion in the two and a half years of his administration, Indonesia’s ratio of debt to GDP is still less than 30 percent, far below the average for developed countries such as Japan and the United States.

The small size of…

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.