Indonesia’s Scientists Hold Their Breath

Some Indonesian scientists have wary eyes on President Joko Widodo’s re-election lead ahead of tomorrow's vote.

Widodo’s administration has already ruffled the scientific community—requiring academics to publish in international journals or risk salary cuts; introducing laws to penalize foreign scientists without proper permits; and backpedaling on funding promises. If re-elected, he plans to create a huge National Research Agency that would soak up most of the country’s research centers and funds.

The Quote: “This centralization approach is not compatible with our democracy,” says Berry Juliandi, the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences’s secretary-general, who sees similarities to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the proposals.


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