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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: Disappointment with Jakarta Marathon

    I registered for the 2014 Jakarta Marathon in the 10K run category and was so excited to join the event.

  • Your letters: Asian markets brace for fresh turmoil

    The exploitation of abundant shale oil has brought the US to an era of cheaper energy, less energy dependence and improved industrial competitiveness. For now, the US is no longer a consumer of the first resort for emerging markets, particularly Asian countries.

  • Your letters: Goodbye Jakarta

    I have written this letter on the eve of my departure from Jakarta, and in all probability I have now already left my final job there!

  • Text your say: Chaos in the House

    Your comments on chaos in the House of Representatives when a lawmaker from the United Development Party (PPP), which has experienced internal conflict, overturned a table during a House plenary session to protest the plenary chairman’s decision on the lineup of the House commissions, which favored rival politicians in the PPP:

  • Issue of the day: A man arrested for defaming President

    Teguh Samudra, a member of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s legal team, revealed on Wednesday that his team had reported a satay skewer seller with the initials MA, to the police for allegedly defaming the country’s President on social media platform Facebook. He said his team had reported the 27-year-old man to the police on July 27, adding that it had yet to revoke the report as of today.

  • Comments on other issues:

    Teguh Samudra, a member of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s legal team, revealed on Wednesday that his team had reported a satay skewer seller with the initials MA, to the police for allegedly defaming the country’s President on social media platform Facebook. He said his team had reported the 27-year-old man to the police on July 27, adding that it had yet to revoke the report as of today.

  • Comments: Retno still to learn the ropes, no clear vision yet

    Although Retno LP Marsudi’s appointment as the new foreign minister has won praise, questions linger over her ability to support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s maritime-axis doctrine, particularly given her lack of experience as a negotiator.

  • Comments: Kalla insists Puan got Cabinet job on merit

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla has rebuffed allegations that Indonesian Democratic of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Puan Maharani was appointed as a coordinating minister solely to please her mother, Megawati Soekarnoputri, the party’s chief patron.

  • Text your say: Jokowi’s Cabinet

    Your comments on the swearing in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of the 34 ministers of his new Cabinet on Monday, which some observers say constituted a compromise:

  • Your letters: Winding road toward tobacco cessation

    I went to sleep the other night feeling happy. Happy because we have a great person assigned as the new health minister, Prof. Nila Moeloek. Happy because she focuses on the preventive approaches of public health and is especially interested in stamping out the use of tobacco.

  • Comments: Ryamizard named defense minister

    Despite strong opposition from human rights activists, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially appointed former Army chief of staff Ryamizard Ryacudu as defense minister.

  • Comments: Yohana is first female Papuan minister

    When she was defeated in her attempt to to become the 2014-2019 Biak Numfor regent in Papua, Yohana Susana Yembise may have swallowed a bitter pill, but she was headed for a better future after being appointed as women’s empowerment and child protection minister in the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. She replaced Linda Amalia Sari.

  • Text your say: Jokowi’s Cabinet

    Your comments on the swearing in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of the 34 ministers of his new Cabinet on Monday, which some observers say constituted a compromise between choosing ideal figures and employing realpolitik:

  • Your letters: Toward better water management

    This is a comment to a letter titled “Water: Prerogative or privilege,” (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 27) by Vanshika Virmani.

  • Comments: The vision of outspoken Ahok

    This is a comment on an article titled “The dilemma facing Jakarta’s incoming governor” (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 4, p.6), by Hendro Suwito.

  • Comments: Timor Leste atrocities not forgotten

    The human rights violations that occurred in Timor Leste, formerly known as East Timor, during the period of 1974 to 1999, when the country was still a part of Indonesia, may no longer be in the spotlight, but the memories remain.

  • Issue of the day: Kids say poverty pushes them to drive buses

    Sixteen-year-old Randa relaxed in the driver’s seat of a Metromini bus on route S62, traveling from Manggarai bus station to Pasar Minggu Bus Terminal in South Jakarta, while waiting for passengers in Manggarai on Thursday.

  • Text your say: Jokowi’s Cabinet

    Your comments on the swearing in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of the 34 ministers of his new Cabinet on Monday, which some observers say constituted a compromise between choosing ideal figures and employing realpolitik:

  • Your letters: Answer-key orientation in student tests

    I just had the chance to read some test results from my nephew who is in the first grade of elementary school. Sadly, I found a question that was very key-oriented.

  • Comments: KMP looks to dominate House

    Recent efforts at reconciliation from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and losing presidential contender Prabowo Subianto do not appear to apply to the two political coalitions that support them, with the fiery rivalry between the two coalitions alive and well at the House of Representatives.

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