KPU-BAWASLU MEMBER SELECTION

Government Will Not Easily Issue Regulations

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BANDAR LAMPUNG, KOMPAS – The government will not easily issue regulations in lieu of law (perppu) to extend the office term of the General Election Commission (KPU) and Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) commissioners for the 2012-2017 period. The current KPU commissioners also hope that the...

Opinion

Jokowi the Game Changer

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Within 2.5 years of the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, tens of thousands of kilometers of state highways and toll roads have been and are being built.Within the next two years, several airports, seaports and railways in regions outside Java will open. Border posts have been...

Taxes

Six More Days for Tax Amnesty

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JAKARTA, KOMPAS – Taxpayers have six more days to join the tax amnesty program. So far, the amount of declared assets and the penalty payment are large enough. However, the number of participants and the value of repatriated funds are relatively low compared to their potential.In a text...

“Klithih” Incident

They Are All Victims

It was 2 p.m. when Beni, 16, drove his motorbike home from school on Jl. Kabupaten in Sleman, Yogyakarta. Some 800 meters from his home, on the crowded street, two bikers on an automatic scooter approached him.They were wearing white-and-grey uniforms. The one on the back seat shouted, “Stop!...

I Ketut Soki

Painting as a Duty

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I Ketut Soki is an icon among painters in Penestanan, Ubud, Bali. He would rather let people purchase his paintings at a cheaper price than see them go home empty-handed if they don’t have enough money. He also buys paintings from his neighbors who need money. For him, good relations are far more...

Editorial

Human Development Index Decreases

Indonesia’s Human Development Index (HDI) decreased amid stable economic growth in 2016, which indicates structural problems.In the 2016 HDI Report, Indonesia plummeted from the 100th position to the 133rd position out of the 188 countries included in the United Nations report.Seen from...

HOMELAND

“Pelung” Chicken Contests Prevent Extinction

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Local tradition in the form of pelung chicken singing contests helps the chicken compete with imported chicken. Farmers are enthusiastic to breed this chicken because the contest increases its price to millions of rupiah.Edi Ron Ron, 50, a resident of Baleendah, Bandung regency, West Java, left...

Opinion

The Destroyer of Democracy

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The enemies of democracy we are facing are actually not foreign parties that deliberately damage, undermine and then knock down democracy. They are none other than members of this nation’s family who have the heart to eat the carcass of their own relatives: the corrupt people. They are the...

Charms of the Archipelago

Traversing Mangrove Forests, Celebrating Nature

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Traversing the primary mangrove forest at the Balikpapan Mangrove Center in East Kalimantan is a journey of letting go of your worldly worries and fulfilling your longing for natural splendor. The smooth breeze, rustling mangrove leaves and the complete silence interspersed with the sounds of...

Editorial

House Must Obey the Law

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The House of Representatives’ move to not immediately hold screenings for members of the General Elections Commission (KPU) and Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) is questionable.The delay in choosing seven people for KPU candidate commissioners from the pool of 14 names proposed by...

DISASTER MITIGATION

At Peace with Nature, Making a Living without Greed

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Living on disaster-prone land forces people to adapt to nature. Some farmers in Padalarang, West Bandung regency, have proven that the slopes of the landslide-prone hills they live on can provide them with sustainable living.The guava harvest period has just passed. For Atep, 43, this is an...