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Raymundus Rikang joined Tempo in 2014 and is now the editor of Majalah Tempo.
He graduated from the University of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta and is part of the writer’s team that won the 2020 Adinegoro Award.
Rikang participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) "Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists" from the U.S. Department of State.
After failing to pass the Phase 1 clinical trial, researchers continue to work on the Nusantara vaccine pioneered by Terawan Agus Putranto, but under a new arrangement. The Indonesian Military is said to be divided in its stance on the polemic over the vaccine. In the United States, this research is also said to be problematic. Tempo investigation found that some of the claims made by Aivita, the company that developed the dendritic cell method, did not match reality.
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko continues maneuvering to take over the Democrat Party. He once asked to become general chairman to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after he was no longer commander of the Indonesian Military. He is suspected of actively seeking the support of Democrat regional officials and cadres of other political parties. Some who are supportive of the current government administration have shown support for him on social media.
The Electronic Information and Transactions Law is being used to indict people for making public criticisms. The President asked his administration to study options for revising the law, not long after some criticisms of the government were made. There is more support to issue directives on interpreting the law rather than revising it.
Some universities are generously awarding honorary degrees to politicians and officials. The selection process is considered to be non-transparent, with underlying political motives. Several officials have also aggressively lobbied for the adjunct professor titles at universities.
The government is attempting to expedite mass vaccinations to alleviate the pandemic’s great economic burden. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin asks the Indonesian Ulemas Council to quickly issue an edict for the vaccine. But mass vaccinations are being held back by technical issues and inadequate cold chain facilities. Rejection toward the vaccine is emerging in various regions.
Six Islam Defenders Front members died from gunshot wounds, all in the left chest. Prior, they were allegedly involved in a gunfight with the police, who had been following them from Rizieq Shihab’s home in Sentul, Bogor, West Java. According to witnesses and crime scene investigation, the victims were still alive when they were apprehended.