Graft and bad policies fuel Indonesia's obsession with coal

Graft and bad policies fuel Indonesia’s obsession with coal

The arrest of an MP and a businessman by anti-graft investigators has shone a spotlight on the country's boom in 'mine-mouth' power plants

September 1, 2018 1:42 PM (UTC+8)
An open-pit coal mine in Jambi, south Sumatra.
The Widodo government's preference for coal-power plants is an environmental and public health disaster, critics say. Photo: AFP / Goh Chai Hin
An open-pit coal mine in Jambi, south Sumatra. The Widodo government's preference for coal-power plants is an environmental and public health disaster, critics say. Photo: AFP / Goh Chai Hin