Drunken Republic Cartoons 2008

December 2008

Kompas – December 31, 2008

Man: Better if we look at it as being half-full...

Woman: ...In anticipation of [using] fire wood

Widespread shortages of bottled LPG and kerosene – which is used by the poor as cooking fuel – is forcing many households to go back to cooking with firewood.

Kompas – December 27, 2008

Happy New Year 2009

Kompas – December 20, 2008

Man: End of year holiday? Sure thing!

Woman: Were we goin’ honey?

Man: To queue for LPG!

Supply problems in the lead up to the holiday season have further dented public confidence in the government’s ill conceived and poorly implemented plan to replace kerosene with bottled LPG as household cooking fuel.

Kompas – December 13, 2008

Kid: Watch out Mr, there’s a commemoration of World Anti-Corruption Day!!

Man with bank notes stuffed in jacket pocket: Great!... That means... In the world, I’m not alone!

November 2008

Kompas – November 22, 2008

Sign in rice field: Here will be built the Trans Java highway

Kid: Yahoo...! With the compensation we can buy a car right dad!

Kompas – November 19, 2008

Writing on semi-trailer: 2028. Rice imports.

Experts are warning that the failure to invest in infrastructure and a steady decline in arable land due to environmental degradation and land conversion for housing and industry will result in Indonesia becoming almost entirely dependent upon food imports to meet its needs.

Kompas – November 12, 2008

Man: Hey, don’t forget to arrest the hoodlums in ties Mr...!

Writing on shirt: hooliganism

October 2008

Kompas – October 29, 2008

Writing on worm: KKN – Corruption, Collusion, Nepotism

Caption: One basket full, the Indonesian basket [case]. A play on words taken from the October 28, 1928 Youth Pledge: one state, one nation and one language – Indonesia.

Kompas – October 23, 2008

Background: House of Representatives building

Badges read: Legislative candidate

The large number of family members of party leaders contesting the 2009 elections has raised concerns that it will further erode the quality and image of the House, dubbed as one of the most corruption and incompetent institutions in the country.

Kompas – October 18, 2008

Woman: ...Global financial crisis, local crisis, high prices...

Man: ...No problem... Our economic foundations are solid you know...

Badge reads: Vote for me.

Writing on drum reads: 2009 elections.

Kompas – October 15, 2008

Black hose reads: Infrastructure

White hose reads: Bureaucracy

Writing on pot plant: Investment

Kompas – October 11, 2008

Man: Mr JK’s conundrum: The chicken or the egg, which came first? A job or an ID, which comes first? An ID of course! They can be bought right!... Safe! ... Jakarta! This is me!

Kompas – October 8, 2008
Investors Wall Street Greedy

September 2008

Kompas – September 27, 2008

Man: 70 year retirement age, what’s wrong with that?! I’m not taking advantage of it... but at 70 year’s of age, we’re loved by the angels and God!... Don’t you know! (Sign on chair: Supreme Court)

Kid: So, you’re getting close to heaven’s gate right Mr!

Kompas – September 24, 2008

Legislators: Supreme Court justice retirement age becomes 70 years... Agreeeeed!

Legislators: Remember me okay... (right 67-year-old Supreme Court chief justice Bagir Manan).

Kompas – September 20, 2008

Top: Queuing for alms...

Bottom: Queuing for bribes!

21 women were killed on September 17 in a stampede during the distribution of alms to a crowd in Pasuruan. Scores of former and current lawmakers meanwhile have been linked with a massive bribery scandal involving the deliberation of a bill on the central bank.

Kompas – September 17, 2008

Writing on wreath of flowers: Pasuruan Tragedy.

Basket on right: 20,000 rupiah note.

Kompas – September 13, 2008

Kid: Lucky we don’t have to bother about visiting our home village at the end of the fasting month, right Dad!

Sign in mud: Lapindo – referring to the Lapindo mud disaster in East Java that has now inundated 700 hectares and displaced some 36,000 people.

Kompas – September 10, 2008

New! Superior Seed. Happy Farmer Brand. Harvest every month! Does not contain political materials.

The Supertoy HL2 rice hoax linked to the presidential office has revealed nepotism and cronyism among President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s inner circle.

Kompas – September 3, 2008

Arm band reads: Global capitalism.