Opinion



  • Another Delay of Crucial Refinery
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    Another Delay of Crucial Refinery

    The tender to build an olefin refinery at TPPI becomes a polemic because of lack of transparency. President Joko Widodo’s model of state capitalism proves to be inefficient.

  • Equal Partnership in Protecting Wildlife
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    Equal Partnership in Protecting Wildlife

    The conservation of Sumatran tigers is threatened with failure because the government puts pressure on partner organizations. There needs to be a more equal relationship free of prejudice.

  • Back Roads for the Commander
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    Back Roads for the Commander

    As Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto nears retirement age, President Joko Widodo has yet to put forward the name of his replacement to the DPR. There have been political maneuvers by high rank officers in with a chance of the job.

  • Another Failure to Fight Corruption
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    Another Failure to Fight Corruption

    Political reforms are needed to make the KPK strong again. What happened with commissioner Lili Pintauli Siregar is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • The Pandemic's Ups and Downs
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    The Pandemic's Ups and Downs

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Closing the Loophole
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    Closing the Loophole

    The regulation on the moratorium of filings for bankruptcy and the debt payment postponement has the potential to bring about a crisis in the future. It is prone to abuse by crooked debtors.

  • Cautiously Reopening Schools
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    Cautiously Reopening Schools

    Classroom teaching resumes on a limited scale at the beginning of August. Detailed guidelines for mitigation are needed to ensure that schools do not become new clusters for the spread of Covid-19.

  • The Politics of Interpellation of Formula-E Race
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    The Politics of Interpellation of Formula-E Race

    Jakarta DPRD’s maneuver of its right of interpellation over the Formula E race against Governor Anies Baswedan carries an aroma of political competition for 2024. Rather than becoming a source of disagreement, the race should just be cancelled.

  • Questions around the Azis Syamsuddin Case
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    Questions around the Azis Syamsuddin Case

    Despite having evidence of bribery, the KPK has not declared Azis Syamsuddin a suspect. There is increasing lobbying and politicization.

  • Munir’s Murder Mystery
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    Munir’s Murder Mystery

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Protecting Forest with the People
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    Protecting Forest with the People

    The Sunda Hejo Farming Association turns deforested land into a coffee plantation. This is a model for social forestry.

  • Stopping Political Dynasties
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    Stopping Political Dynasties

    Probolinggo Regent Puput Tantriana Sari is detained by the Corruption Education Commission for taking bribes. This is a drawback of political dynasties.

  • Booster Vaccines for the Wrong People
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    Booster Vaccines for the Wrong People

    A number of officials have been given a third Covid-19 vaccine. This is a result of the inability of the health ministry to sort out the vaccine disarray.

  • Settling Old Scores
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    Settling Old Scores

    Jokowi's administration is once again pursuing the debtors who received Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) totaling Rp110.4 trillion. There must be no seeking of political benefit.

  • Serve And Protect
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    Serve And Protect

    Cartoon: Toni Malakian

  • The Rise of Local Mobile Game
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    The Rise of Local Mobile Game

    The mobile gaming industry has been growing at a time of economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. There is still much untapped potential.

  • Law of the Jungle in Our Seas
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    Law of the Jungle in Our Seas

    Theft of fish from waters around Natuna is on the rise again. A security, economic and diplomatic solution is needed.

  • Dangerous Pandemic Corruption
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    Dangerous Pandemic Corruption

    The West Sumatra police stop the investigation into alleged corruption of Covid-19 pandemic funds despite clear evidence. This move would only encourage more corruption.

  • The Taliban Effect
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    The Taliban Effect

    There are indications that the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan triggers a revival of euphoria among ‘radical Islamic’ groups in Indonesia. The potential for intolerance should be anticipated.

  • Saved by the Curses
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    Saved by the Curses

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

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