Special Report



  • Kiai Naga Siluman Dagger Cuts on Both Sides
    Interlude

    Kiai Naga Siluman Dagger Cuts on Both Sides

    THE keris (dagger or kris) belonging to Diponegoro, also known as Raden Mas Ontowiryo, was returned by the Dutch government to Indonesia on March 10. The dagger, known as Kiai Naga Siluman, was believed to have been given to the Dutch by Diponegoro. Dutch and Indonesian researchers who studied the kris verified that it was Naga Siluman based on a letter from Diponegoro’s former officer Sentot Alibasya Prawirodirdjo, and a description of the dagger by Javanese painter Raden Saleh, who lived and worked for many years in Europe in the mid-19th century. However, Indonesian kris specialists have casted doubt on whether the old weapon is indeed Diponegoro’s Naga Siluman as mentioned by Sentot. From the details, they say, it seemed that the dagger is a Naga Sasra, which has quite distinct characteristics from a Naga Siluman. These Indonesian experts deem it impossible that Prince Diponegoro would not know the difference between a Naga Siluman and a Naga Sasra. Thus, the National Museum will be waiting for a compromise between kris specialists and historians before exhibiting the dagger, together with other items owned by Diponegoro, at a certain point after the corona pandemic subsides.

  • Horticulture Director-General Prihasto Setyanto:  Who Says It’s a Failure?
    Investigation

    Horticulture Director-General Prihasto Setyanto: Who Says It’s a Failure?

    THE government’s dream to reach garlic self-sufficiency in 2021 seems far-fetched. Importers have been required to plant garlic since 2017, but the program has not been able to overcome the annual garlic deficit of 500,000 tons.

  • The Cirebon Connection
    Investigation

    The Cirebon Connection

    THE connection between Ifan Effendi and 2016-2019 Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita, was discovered during a Corruption Eradication Corruption (KPK) search.

  • Layers of the Garlic Corruption Scandal
    Investigation

    Layers of the Garlic Corruption Scandal

    The price of garlic skyrockets at the start every year, going over Rp50,000 per kilogram. Due to government’s requirement to plant garlic in the import quota system, garlic prices in the country are consistently high, even when prices in its exporting country, China, are under Rp10,000 per kilogram. With an annual profit of up to Rp8.4 trillion, garlic import regulations are creating illegal fees in the permit issuing process. As a result, prices continue to soar and the commodity is controlled by a number of companies with import quotas and the power to withhold or pour garlic into the market.

  • In Between the Shark Fins
    Investigation

    In Between the Shark Fins

    DESPITE their endangered status, sharks listed in CITES Appendix II are still being hunted. Exporters look for ways to export their fins to overseas markets.

  • From  Den Kisot to Patos Alley
    Special Report

    From Den Kisot to Patos Alley

    By all appearances, 2019 did not produce many surprising works of art. Nevertheless, the Indonesian art scene still managed to come up with some strong gusts of fresh air, and several efforts were made to explore new aesthetic realms. Tempo invited a handful of art scene observers to select and discuss nominees before we elected them to become the works and our artist selection of the year.

  • Dangerous Waste Mismanagement
    Investigation

    Dangerous Waste Mismanagement

    There are problems with the entire management process for hazardous and toxic waste from hospitals in East Java. It is endangering public health.

  • Anggi, History, And Meta-History
    Special Report

    Anggi, History, And Meta-History

    Tempo chose The Science of Fictions by Yosep Anggi Noen as 2019 best film.

  • From Siman to Susi
    Special Report

    From Siman to Susi

    Besides films adapted from books and biopics, the year 2019 has harvested grass-root indie movies. Several of these indie movies have even broken through at international festivals. Tempo has the annual tradition of selecting films as an alternative to the annual Indonesian Film Festival, and as a way to celebrate quality cinema. These are our picks.

  • Susi Susanti’s Reincarnation
    Special Report

    Susi Susanti’s Reincarnation

    Laura Basuki succeeded in becoming Susi Susanti, and presented this Indonesian badminton player’s psychological dilemmas which were little known to the public.

  • The Mute Astronaut
    Special Report

    The Mute Astronaut

    Despite not having even one line of dialogue, Gunawan Maryanto delivered a convincing performance as a person suffering life-long trauma.

  • An Honor for an Old Javanese Literature Expert
    Literature

    An Honor for an Old Javanese Literature Expert

    The National Library and the Archipelagic Manuscripts Society invited Stuart Owen Robson to Malang. He and Peter Josephus Zoetmulder compiled the monumental work of the Old Javanese to English dictionary.

  • Indonesia’s Diplomacy and the Paintings of Mohammad Toha
    Interlude

    Indonesia’s Diplomacy and the Paintings of Mohammad Toha

    THE directorate of culture at the ministry of education and culture launched a new book titled Art & Diplomacy on August 17. The book contains rare pictures from the independence movement taken by photographers under IPPHOS—the nation’s very first photojournalism news agency—and posters, caricatures and cartoons created by artists of the day.

  • Amarzan, Sokotra is Who Knows Where
    Interlude

    Amarzan, Sokotra is Who Knows Where

    THE life and times of Amarzan Loebis was much like a long, winding road. From Tanjungbalai, Asahan, North Sumatra, he landed in Jakarta with an aim to continue his studies. But Amarzan, at the time just 23 and already known as a poet under the moniker Amarzan Ismail Hamid, was drawn to being reporter for the daily, Harian Rakyat Minggu, instead. At the newspaper, which happened to be affiliated with the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), Amarzan edited the culture page.

  • Amarzan, Sokotra is Who Knows Where
    Interlude

    Amarzan, Sokotra is Who Knows Where

    THE life and times of Amarzan Loebis was much like a long, winding road. From Tanjungbalai, Asahan, North Sumatra, he landed in Jakarta with an aim to continue his studies. But Amarzan, at the time just 23 and already known as a poet under the moniker Amarzan Ismail Hamid, was drawn to being reporter for the daily, Harian Rakyat Minggu, instead. At the newspaper, which happened to be affiliated with the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), Amarzan edited the culture page. When the PKI established the People’s Culture Institute, better known as Lekra, Amarzan was one of a long line of artists who lent their support to the initiative. This involvement ended up with the New Order regime detaining him and finally throwing him to Buru Island after the political melee of 1965, without a trial. In 1979, after being released and returning to Jakarta, he began working for Tempo. After a year or so struggling with his stroke, the poet breathed his last on September 2 at the age of 78 years.

  • Quotas for Sugar Shortages
    Investigation

    Quotas for Sugar Shortages

    Over the past decade, imported sugar has flooded the Indonesian market due to low domestic production. In 2008, for instance, 1.01 million tons of sugar were imported.

  • If we cannot afford it anymore, we will just shut it down
    Investigation

    If we cannot afford it anymore, we will just shut it down

    Andi Syamsuddin Arsyad, owner of Jhonlin Group

  • I Chased It Down to Regencies
    Investigation

    I Chased It Down to Regencies

    AMRAN SULAIMAN, AGRICULTURE MINISTER:

  • A Bittersweet Family Connection
    Investigation

    A Bittersweet Family Connection

    In the name of national sugar self-sufficiency and to cover the 1.1 million ton shortage in annual demand, the government called on companies to invest in the development of sugar cane plantations and processing plants. Of 10 locations in Java, Sumatra, and Nusa Tenggara, one of the largest of these producers is found in Bombana, Southeast Sulawesi. The concession there is held by Andi Syamsuddin Arsyad, a man in the coal business. He is a cousin of Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman and a former deputy treasurer of the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin election campaign team. Amran was directly involved in taking care of authorization down to the regency level, an action which broke zoning regulations and went against the ministry’s own program.

  • Sustyo Iriyono, Director of Forest Prevention and Security Affairs, Environment and Forestry Ministry: Smuggling Done Through Small Ports
    Investigation

    Sustyo Iriyono, Director of Forest Prevention and Security Affairs, Environment and Forestry Ministry: Smuggling Done Through Small Ports

    Even though a five-year prison sentence awaits anyone who hunts and trades the Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), many still risk breaking the law.

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