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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: News on AirAsia recovery

    This is a comment from The Jakarta Post website to the article entitled “Debris, bodies from QZ8501 found in waters off Kalimantan” which appeared on Dec. 31 on p3.

  • Your letters: Review the death penalty

    Executing criminals is the right of the nation under the law, but the law also allows rehabilitation and reduction of sentences. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have not only been reformed but have proved productive in helping reform many drug addicts and gangsters in the prison.

  • Your letters: Floods in Jakarta

    Flood-prone Jakarta needs either a reservoir like a recreational high-ground lake, or a Batavia Bay full of foreign colorfully flagged sailing ships to inaugurate.

  • Your letters: Jokowi buys time in KPK row

    Most educated Indonesians hate democracy. They aren’t much different from their counterparts in Thailand. The fact is if you asked the military to overthrow President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, you would end up with something far worse.

  • Text your say: The floods are coming

    Your comments on the rainy season that has hit its peak in Jakarta and its surrounding cities as flooding started to affect many parts of the city, causing severe traffic congestion.

  • Issue of the day: Thumbs down on 100-day government

    After 100 days in power, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Cabinet have been given a thumbs-down from politicians, activists and political analysts who say that the current government has yet to enact tough policies on law enforcement, corruption and bureaucratic reform, and that the President remains in thrall to his political benefactors.

  • Comments on other issues; Wanted: Better policies

    Researchers are pushing for more evidence-based policies from the current government, arguing that the quality of policies born from research are often superior to those born from mere observation or knee-jerk reactions.

  • Comments on other issues; Lawmaker slams Jokowi’s policies

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is under fire from some members of his own party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), who deem that he has failed to deliver fruitful programs as he approaches his first 100 days in office.

  • Comments: People starting to lose faith in Jokowi

    A new public opinion survey has found that only three months after taking office, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is losing popularity, with his approval rating starting to drop. The survey, conducted by the Social and Political Study Center (Puspol) Indonesia and released on Wednesday, showed that 51 percent of respondents were losing faith in Jokowi’s presidency.

  • Comments: Parenting directorate ‘unnecessary’

    The Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Ministry is currently brewing up the details for a new directorate on parenting education, which critics have said is unnecessary amid the country’s education reform.

  • Text your stay: KPK commissioner arrested

    Your comments on the arrest of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Bambang Widjojanto by the National Police on Friday over his alleged role in a perjury case, following the KPK’s move to name sole National Police chief candidate Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan a graft suspect:

  • Your letters: KPK vs Polri

    Perhaps we are underestimating the capacity of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for finesse. He has serious powers to contend with, and coming out strong is more important than going in strong when the risks are high.

  • Comments: Bambang submits resignation

    Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto submitted his resignation on Monday following his naming as a suspect in a case related to a regional election dispute case in Waringin Barat, Central Kalimantan.


  • Issue of the day: No entity allowed to feel ‘above the law’

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said the National Police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) must stand shoulder to shoulder in corruption eradication and that neither is allowed to feel superior to the other.

  • Text your say: KPK commissioner arrested

    Your comments on the arrest of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Bambang Widjojanto by the National Police on Friday over his alleged role in a perjury case, following the KPK’s move to name sole National Police chief candidate Corm. Budi Gunawan a graft suspect:

  • Your letters: Cut off supply routes for IS

    We certainly cannot tolerate the massacre of the Yazidi people in Iraq. Nor can we allow all our hard work in Iraq come to naught or allow the Islamic State organization (IS) to gain a stronger foothold in Syria and thus truly challenge Assad.

  • Your letters: On the death penalty

    My wife and family live in Australia. Our only two children, now adults, have both been terribly affected by the impact of heroin and methamphetamine. My entire family remains dysfunctional and our situation is terribly stressful and sad.

  • Your letters: When in Rome

    Of late, in fact this week, British Prime Minister David Cameron has instructed the secretary of state for communities and local government to write to 1,100 imams and Islamic leaders in Britain urging them to publically condemn the al-Qaeda terrorists behind the Paris massacres, as it is felt that Muslim leaders have a responsibility to prevent young Muslims from becoming radicalized.

  • Comments on other issues: Best solution to past rights abuses: AG


    Although President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has yet to formally discuss measures taken to end prolonged unresolved human rights abuses in the past, Attorney General HM Prasetyo has suggested ruling out the judicial process.

  • Comments on other issues: Firing squad could wound Aussie-RI ties

    The sometimes strained bonds between Indonesia and its southern neighbor have been relaxed since the election of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. He has visited Australia, met Prime Minister Tony Abbott — who also attended the presidential inauguration — and seems to have been well received.

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