Tempo English Weekly

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

National Narcotics Agency Chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso: All Kinds of Illegal Drugs are Available in Indonesia

Last June, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle one ton of crystal methamphetamine into the country from Taiwan via the Anyer port in Banten. As the chief of the agency, Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso was showered with compliments, including from President Joko Widodo, for what is being dubbed as the largest drug bust in Indonesian history. Waseso responds coolly to all of those praises. "That…

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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.