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The Mysterious Wealth Of Indonesian Fugitive Gayus Tambunan

Gayus Tambunan’s life story shows a rise from rags to riches. At age 30, the former tax official already owned luxury cars and an upscale home in Jakarta.


Gayus did not come from a wealthy background. According to Tempo magazine, his parents’ former house in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta was humble. A neighbor said Gayus and his family lived there for decades.

In 2004, Gayus married Meliana Anggraeni and moved out of the family home. They bought a house in upscale Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Gayus’ new house was worth Rp 4 billion rupiah ($440,000) according to VIVAnews.

It is unclear how a bureaucrat making only some Rp 157 million (about $17,000) yearly could afford the high-end property as well as luxury cars reportedly including a BMW, Toyota Alphard and Ford Everest. The money did not come from Gayus’ wife, who was a staff member at the Jakarta Provincial Council (DPRD).

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Older humanoids found in hobbit island

Scientists say humanoid life in Indonesia's Flores Island, known as the residence of hobbits, is 120,000 years older than expected.


According to the report, published in Nature, researchers have found some tools belonging to human-like creatures other than hobbits who lived in the area at least one million years ago.

"What's really exciting about this is that we effectively have no idea how long hominids have been on Flores," Lead author Adam Brumm told the BBC.

The remains of the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, were discovered five years ago at Liang Bua cave in the west of the Flores Island.

The new findings however were made in the Soa Basin, in central-west Flores, where an international team has found old artifacts.

The tools are dating back some 120,000 years before hobbits lived in the island and were found 500 meters away from the Mata Menge dig site of the former excavations.

The new site, known as Wolo Sege, has yielded more than 40 stone tools which were buried under a layer of volcanic ash dated to over one million years ago.

"Anything inside that bedrock, or within any layers we identify in the bedrock, if they contain stone tools they must be at least 1.86 million years old," said Brumm.

The new finding has brought up new theories concerning the origin of hobbits and researchers have suggested the idea that Homo floresiensis might have evolved from more ancient humanoids who left Africa to colonize Asia even before Homo erectus.

"Our discovery at Wolo Sege will certainly open the door to this contentious theory," said Brumm.

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Pemkab Setengah Hati Bangun Parlilitan

Pemkab Humbang Hasundutan (Humbahas) dinilai setengah hati dalam mewujudkan pembangunan sarana dan prasarana ke Kecamatan Parlilitan. Alokasi dana pembangunan ke Parlilitan terbilang sangat kecil.


Hal itu dikatakan tokoh pemuda Kecamatan Parlilitan, Lamro Meha kepada METRO, Senin (25/1). Dengan alasan tersebut dia merasa kecewa atas pelaksanaan pembangunan yang dilakukan Pemkab Humbahas yang masih sangat jauh dari harapan masyarakat.

Dicontohkannya seperti Proyek Pengaspalan Jalan/Pemeliharaan Periodik Jalan Parlilitan -Pearaja -Ambalo TA 2009 yang memakan biaya yang hampir mencapai Rp300 juta oleh Dinas Prasarana dan Wilayah Humbahas oleh kontraktor CV KS, namun
terkesan asal jadi dan pengerjaan proyek terkesan cukup dipaksakan sehingga hasilnya tidak maksimal, akhirnya badan jalan yang baru selesai dikerjakan sudah banyak yang berlobang juga kuat dugaan tidak sesuai bestek seperti halnya pemasangan pasangan material dan aspal yang hanya setipis kertas.

"Itu masih contoh kecil dari sekian banyaknya proyek pembangunan," ujar Meha. Ditambahkannya lagi salah satu contoh pembangunan sarana air bersih di Desa Sihas Tonga Kecamatan Parlilitan yang telah menelan biaya yang hampir mencapai nilai milyar
rupiah oleh Dinas Tarukim Humbahas, namun semenjak dibangun hingga saat ini belum dapat dimanfaatkan masyarakat. "Kondisi tersebut sudah berulangkali saya sampaikan kepada Dinas terkait, bahkan langsung kepada Bupati Humbahas, namun tidak ada realisasi dan tanggapan serius," ujarnya.

"Percuma saja dilakukan pembangunan jika hasilnya asal-asalan tanpa ada rasa tanggung jawab. Situasi tersebut barang tentu menjadi bahan masukan kepada Pemkab Humbahas dan untuk ditindaklanjuti demi pembangunan Humbahas menuju Hutamas," kata Meha mengakhiri

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Parlilitan

Tano Palilitan Na Uli, Alam Yang Mempesona, Parlilitan merupakan Negeri Si Onom Hudon, Dulu Masuk Dalam Kerajaan Barus Hulu Kemudian Onderafdeling Bhoven Barus, Asisten Demang di Pakkat. Sekarang Menjadi Bagian dari Kab. Humbang Hasundutan

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