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Indonesia's enterprising army

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Army chief of staff General Ryamizard Ryacudu has revealed that army businesses, particularly those which are part of foundations, 'only' generate 30 billion rupiah ($3.28 million) per year: 'That's if [we're] lucky. Perhaps this amount could decline further in the future.' Speaking personally, Ryacudu said while this amount represents a large amount of money, it has little meaning for individual soldiers. 'After it is divided among the soldiers it translates into 100,000 rupiah ($10.93) per person per year,' he said.

Dimas Adityo/Tempo (Translated by James Balowski)

New Internationalist issue 376 magazine cover This article is from the March 2005 issue of New Internationalist.
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