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The election of the regional heads –Pilkada has ended. Although the results have not been officially announced by the General Elections Commission –KPU, the quick count results of the names of candidates for regional heads who get the most votes can already be known.

It’s very ironic that the election of regional heads may be said to succeed. There are still voters who are "not smart" in determining their choice. The reason is that there are nine candidates for regional leaders, who have been designated as suspects by the Corruption Eradication Commission –KPK, managed to obtain significant votes.

In fact, two of them can win elections held simultaneously throughout Indonesia on 27 June. In seven other regions, though not winning, the corruption suspects are also successful enough to obtain more votes. Take for example, one candidate for governor of East Nusa Tenggara -NTT who is also involved in corruption case appears a second winner in votes from four candidates.

The significant vote cast of corruption suspects is a reflection of the failure of thought among the voters. In fact, the state losses that are so large due to corruption do not make them reject the corruptors.

The general public may reason the principle of presumption of innocence. But, they have to keep in mind that the Corruption Eradication Commission-KPK certainly does not just determine a person as a corrupt suspect.

The facts show that at the level of grassroots, the danger of corruption has not been understandable. Maybe, the people do not receive correct information related to candidates who participate in the elections. So, what happened is that they did not know whom to elect.

The General Elections Commission -KPU will open the registration of legislative candidates for the 2019 General Election from July 4 to 18 and announce the regulation No. 20/2018. The contents are that KPU forbids the former convicted corruptors to advance in legislative elections. This regulation has been uploaded on the official page of the KPU although it has not been agreed by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

Whether the KPU's decision will be controversial or not is that the public are expected to be smarter during the legislative and presidential elections next year.



World Bank President Jim Yong Kim invites other countries to learn from Indonesia about stunting handling efforts. This he pass the time together with President Joko Widodo to the village of  Tangkil in Bogor, West Java 


President Joko Widodo inaugurated the wind power plant in Indonesia located in Regency Sidenreng Rappang South Sulawesi province.


The Bali police have deported 105 Chinese nationals who were part of an alleged cyber fraud ring that targeted people living in China. The fraudsters would call up people and extort money by pretending to be government officials who had uncovered wrong-doing by the victims living in China.

The 105 Chinese nationals had tourist visas and they were deported aboard two planes chartered by the Chinese authorities at 12.00 local time," said the head of the Ngurah Rai immigration office, Amran Aris, here on Wednesday. The deportees had also overstayed in Bali, he said. "We did not charge them with immigration crime but they were deported for committing cyber crime." Aris said his office would continue to watch closely the inflow of foreigners to the resort island.

The Bali Deputy Police Chief, Brig.Gen I Wayan Sunartha, said the legal process against the deportees -- 11 women and 94 men -- would be conducted under Chinese law.

"The arrest of 105 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in cyber fraud was based on investigation conducted by the Bali regional police, the Denpasar police and the Chinese police," he said. The police had also worked with the Ngurah Rai Airport immigration office to deport them.

An official of the Bali Police`s special crime directorate, Agung Kanigoro, said investigation showed the Chinese nationals had entered the country through Ngurah Rai airport on tourist visas. They were not linked to any specific crime syndicate as yet.

"We have also arrested 11 Indonesians and questioned them as witnesses. They worked as domestic help in three locations rented by these Chinese nationals," he said.

The Chinese police would continue investigations to see whether they were linked to certain syndicates. "They (the perpetrators) targeted Chinese nationals living in China. They got at least Rp2 billion from the victims," said Agung. A joint team of the Bali Police`s special crime directorate, the Counter Transnational and Organised Crime (CTOC) task force and the SABATA antibandits, street crime and anarchism unit arrested the 105 Chinese nationals from three locations in May.

As many as 43 suspects were arrested in Jalan Perumahan Mutiara Abianbase in Badung. The police seized 51 telephones, one laptop, 43 passports, five cellular phones, two routers, two printers and 26 units of hub. In a raid in Jalan Bedahulu XI no. 39 Denpasar, the police arrested 30 suspects and seized 20 telephones, two laptops, one passport, and 13 routers. In a raid in Jalan Gatsu I no. 9 Denpasar, the police arrested 32 suspects and confiscated 28 telephones, two laptops, 38 passports, three routers and one hub. ( ant )