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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: RI suitable for animal husbandry

    The large Indonesian archipelago is located in the best part of the world, where things easily grow. The constant hot weather guarantees the feed needed for breeding livestock all year round.

  • Your letters: Generation Y key to achieving SDGs

    The youth of today are a group of individuals playing many roles in an effort to create change in every aspect of life. Aspects of the changes they produce will then start to disseminate to their families and even out to the world. An interesting fact is that the majority of youth today are of Generation Y, the generation that grew up in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the development of wireless technology. Exposure to technologies ultimately affects the sensitivity of Generation Y to change.

  • Your letters: Friendly business to prevent layoff

    “We will try to keep the economy running to reduce the magnitude of layoffs”– it won’t work unless they revoke the unfriendly policies towards businesses (local and foreign). Unfortunately, the government has not yet managed to reduce excessive bureaucracy for foreign businesses to open and operate in this country.

  • Your letters: Australia’s treatment of refugees

    It has been reported that an Australian court made a ruling that has paved the way for the deportation of asylum seekers to an offshore camp. This camp is notorious for sexual abuse and systematic child abuse.

  • Text your say: Comprehensive approach to boost tourism

    Your comments on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s demand for regulatory breakthroughs and accelerated development of 10 of the nation’s key tourist destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Morotai in North Maluku, to boost the tourist sector:

  • Issue of the day: PDI-P bullish over KPK law revision

    The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) insisted on Tuesday that it would not alter a draft revision of Law No. 30/2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) despite vociferous opposition.

  • Comments on other issues: Ba’asyir asks court to be fair

    Terrorism convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has said it will not be a problem for him to receive a prison sentence as long as his trial is fair. “One thing that I ask from this court is, it can be honest in judging my guilt,” the firebrand Muslim cleric said as quoted by Antara news agency during his follow-up second case review hearing at Cilacap District Court, Central Java, on Tuesday.

  • Comments on other issues: Govt grants guarantee for high-speed railway

    Feb. 10, 2016

    The government has agreed to provide a legal guarantee for the country’s first high-speed railway project, assuring that the project will not be affected by regulatory changes and that the government will not unilaterally cancel the concession agreement.

  • Text your say: Comprehensive approach to boost tourism

    Your comments on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s demand for regulatory breakthroughs and accelerated development of 10 of the nation’s key tourist destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Morotai in North Maluku, to boost the tourist sector:

  • Your letters: The pen is mightier than the keyboard

    Before continuing my studies abroad, I was a teaching assistant at a public university in Indonesia. While the instructors gave lectures, I sat in the back and noticed that some students were surfing the internet to check social media, shop online and play video games. From the instructor’s viewpoint, the students were taking notes with their laptops.

  • Your letters: Time for US to reach out to N. Korea

    Isn’t it time for America to forge diplomatic relations with North Korea? Let’s put things in perspective. When George W. Bush was president, he called Iraq, Iran and North Korea the “axis of evil”. Yet he only invaded Iraq, the weakest of the three. So naturally Iran and North Korea feel they have to be as strong as possible in order to avoid being next on America’s hit list.

  • Your letters: IMF report needs more bite

    I refer to the press articles on the preliminary International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Report on the Malaysian Economy which was released on Feb 5. This report followed intense IMF annual consultations held between Jan. 11 and 22 in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching.

  • Your letters: Academic pressure on adolescents

    Surely every teen is worried about their body image, being popular, and being the first in class. Nonetheless teens face huge stress around academic studies, athletic performance and other areas. They are pressured early on to do everything right, to get into the best school. As a way to escape from their pressurized lives, stress may lead teens to use drugs or consume alcohol.

  • Comments on other issues: A lesson from Jakarta bomb attack

    Still fresh in our mind is a horrible incident — the recent attack on Jl. MH Thamrin in Jakarta.

  • Comments on other issues: Your letters: Outlaw homosexuality

    Feb. 9, p8

    Indonesia should join 80 other countries in the world in outlawing homosexual activity. Such practices are against Islamic teachings and Christian values.

  • Text your say: Comprehensive approach to boost tourism

    Your comments on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s demand for regulatory breakthroughs and accelerated development of 10 of the nation’s key tourist destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Morotai in North Maluku, to boost the tourist sector:

  • Your letters: Stop China’s hegemony in South Asia

    Apropos the excellent proposal by Kip Keino (“Protection of China Sea islands”, The Jakarta Post, Feb. 5); it is important to mention that the way China has been trying to spread its hegemony and dominance in South and Southeast Asia needs to be severely condemned. If China does not wish to respect any international rules, regulations and protocols and the sovereignty of its neighbors, ASEAN should unite and give a clear signal to the Chinese authorities that the covert approach of China in occupying the South China Sea is not acceptable and heavily contested.

  • Your letters: The importance of writing

    I always feel impressed after reading an article published in newspapers or social media. How did the writer get the best words and then arrange them elegantly? Is it a skill that can be learned, or a talent afforded to a rare few?

  • Your letters: UN treading on thin ice in Assange case

    It is shocking that the United Nations is supporting Julian Assange, a computer hacker, who published hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables, now wanted in Sweden for a rape investigation. He had on his own free will got holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy asking for asylum and electing to stay put there indefinitely to escape extradition to formally face charges in Sweden. The UN is treading on very thin ice in providing support for fugitives whose member countries are seeking to try them for serious offenses. Imagine the UN trying to defend Assange by saying that he was arbitrarily detained, which argument does not hold water by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Your letters: Jakarta’s sanitation

    Recently, as I was traveling with my family, my eyes alighted on the congested and cramped condition many slum areas endured. The first thought that struck me was, what were the problems these poor people dealt with and how did they overcome them? Most of us would undoubtedly agree that sanitation as a whole is a major idea, which covers many aspects of cleanliness in a country.