Certainly it is too early to say if the current popular uprising in Tunisia will lead this country into democracy. Nevertheless, there is enough ground to assume that the dramatic scenes from the Mediterranean country, in particular the removal from power of an authoritarian ruler, Zine el-Albidine Ben Ali, have caught the attention of many in Indonesia, taking them almost 13 years back in time to the downfall of another authoritarian ruler, Soeharto.
I did my Master’s degree in The Hague in the late 1980s. One sunny spring day, I was walking home through the Scheveningen Woods when a little man with a little dog on a leash caught up with me. He started to chat, asking me where I was from. “Indonesia,” I said. “Ah,” he said, and started to ask me questions about my country.
Indonesia has the potency to be a superpower in electricity generation from geothermal energy, a clean source of locally available, though not exportable, energy. Yet challenges loom large in realizing this dream that has been shared by many — including Nobel laureate and former US vice president Al Gore.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) along with Indonesian ministries including the Trade Ministry and the National Development Planning Ministry, held a symposium on “Asia's Development Agenda in Regional and International Forums” on Jan. 18, 2011, and a consultation meeting on “Asia 2050” on Jan. 19, 2011.
We, Adnan Buyung Nasution and Adnan Buyung Nasution & Partners Law Firm, lodge our strong protest against an article in The Jakarta Post, Friday, Jan. 21, on page 1 entitled “Gayus’ wild claims ‘won’t shield big fish’,” particularly the fifth paragraph, which stated: “Gayus’ lawyer Adnan Buyung Nasution, who received Rp 10 billion (US$1.1 million) in legal fees for defending Gayus, unexpectedly turned on the taskforce, with which he had previously had good ties.”
Every beginning is a delicate time, even more so, when this beginning is a first in every sense, as in the case of Hungary. As my country and Indonesia are assuming their Presidency of the EU (European Union) and Chairmanship of ASEAN, respectively, we must ponder our achievements and the state of our partnership — between both our countries and communities — and the common goals that we should strive to achieve during this period.
It is obvious that the “virus” of corruption has penetrated all levels and groups in society. While it is common that the amount of money involved in a corruption case is on a par with the rank or position that one holds — a high-ranking official is associated with a huge amount of embezzled money while a low-ranking one usually has a much smaller amount — the recent discovery of a non-commissioned police officer implicated in corruption involving a huge amount of money is, therefore, extraordinary and, at the same time, suspicious.
The confession by a young woman that she was paid Rp 10 million (US$1,050) to have sex with a flamboyant defendant in a corruption scandal that has rocked a political party, which itself claimed to be corruption-free and based on religious ethics, was a startling relevation for millions of television viewers during a broadcast trial hearing on Friday.
Alarming segregation among the Chinese, non-Muslim and Malay communities, the rising frustration of the Malaysian people against the government’s slow pace in combating corruption and an increasing demand by young people for democracy marked the installment of Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday.
The elites of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) finally allowed the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday to confiscate five cars believed to be connected to a money laundering case allegedly involving the party’s former chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq.
It is almost unthinkable that Toro Hashimoto, mayor of Osaka — Japan’s second largest city after Tokyo — has no sense of shame in repeating the irresponsible habits of several ultranationalist or right wing politicians who continue to irritate Japan’s neighbors, which suffered at the hands of Japanese military occupation before and during World War II.
Support the President, scholars said, in a rare statement supporting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In an open letter to Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr, the scholars from campuses across Australia urged their government “to publicly support President Yudhoyono’s willingness for a peace dialogue with Papuans as a way to find a peaceful solution” in the long term for Papua.