Tempo English Weekly

Monday, January 08, 2018

To Hammer An Activist

WITH his head bowed, Heri Budiawan left the courtroom of the Banyuwangi District Court in East Java on Thursday last week. Guarded by at least 10 armed police officers, the 37-year-old man was rushed to a prisoner transport vehicle taking him back to the Banyuwangi Correctional Facility. "I’m very disappointed," he said before entering the vehicle.

The man, who is often addressed as Budi Pego, had just attended an…

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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.