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Readers Forum

  • Comments: Jokowi should ‘stand up’ to pressure

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should be able to break free from the pressures imposed on him by political parties, since he enjoys considerable support from the public as well as from other forces in the administration.

  • Comments: Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP race in Australia

    Valentino Rossi of Italy won his sixth Australian Grand Prix MotoGP — and first since 2005 — when he claimed a 10-second victory over Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.

  • Issue of the day: Youngest driver

    A 15-year-old boy (name withheld), who works as a driver, waits for passengers on his Metro Mini public bus at the Manggarai bus terminal in Jakarta on Tuesday.

  • Text your say: The party of the people

    Your comments on the hundreds of thousands of people who took part in an unprecedented street celebration on Monday to welcome President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla into office, signaling their high hopes for the new leaders:

  • Your letters: The illegal use of TV frequency

    For two days in a row, for more than 10 hours each day, Trans TV broadcast Raffi Ahmad’s wedding ceremony, live. I have to antecede “live” with a comma, for this deservedly made the Menuju Janji Suci (Toward holy vow) show receive more criticism.

  • Your letters: The threat of Ebola

    The media including The Jakarta Post have published various articles about the threat of Ebola.

  • Your letters: Peatland management failures

    We are now just realizing the big economic, social and ecological costs that we have to bear as a consequence of our government’s inability to manage our peatland ecosystem in a sustainable and wise manner. Scientific communities have been telling policymakers for years that precautionary measures needed to be taken to better manage the peatland ecosystem.

  • Your letters: The duty of solidarity in fighting Ebola

    This letter refers to the article entitled “Ebola: Africa’s image takes a hit”, published in The Jakarta Post on Oct. 20.

  • Your letters: Emphasize grammar in the curriculum

    The Indonesian curriculum has undergone several changes over the years. It is fortunate that a lot of schools are teaching the subject of English extensively from elementary to senior high school levels.

  • Text your say: The party of the people

    Your comments on the hundreds of thousands of people who took part in an unprecedented street celebration on Monday to welcome President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla into office, signaling their high hopes for the new leaders:

  • Issue of the day: Man gets 3 months for attacking Catholics

    Your comments on the hundreds of thousands of people who took part in an unprecedented street celebration on Monday to welcome President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla into office, signaling their high hopes for the new leaders:

  • Comments on other issues: Thousands join for cleaner Jakarta

    In a bid to increase awareness of green issues, around 5,000 locals and foreigners from more than 100 community groups, schools and private firms took part in the annual Clean Up Jakarta Day on Sunday morning, picking up trash at several sites across the city.

  • Comments on other issues: Government pledges to reduce deforestation

    The government has pledged to reduce deforestation, following a report showing that Indonesia has a higher deforestation rate than that of Brazil. Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto said on Thursday that the ministry had taken several actions to reduce deforestation rates in Indonesia, especially in deforestation-prone areas such as Riau and Kalimantan.

  • Comments on other issues: Police defend shooting policy

    The Jakarta Police defended on Friday their firearms policy after their deputy chief, Brig. Gen. Sudjarno, made a controversial comment on Tuesday suggesting that police officers should shoot suspects while chasing them down to make an arrest.

  • Comments: Thanks to ‘Pak’ SBY, democracy remains intact

    When Joko “Jokowi” Widodo takes his oath of office as Indonesia’s seventh president on Monday Oct. 20, it will be a testament to the peaceful and orderly succession of the country’s leadership.

  • Issue of the day: Child obesity in Jakarta sparks concerns

    More and more children in Jakarta are increasingly overweight and obese due to an unhealthy diet and lack of supervision from parents, raising concerns of long-term degenerative diseases. Indonesia Medical Nutritionists Association (PDGMI) secretary-general Yusnita Anie said that the trend was worrisome.

  • Text your say: Welcoming new leaders

    Your comments on the swearing-in of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla (JK) as President and Vice President and the greatest challenge for the new leaders in the next five years:

  • Your letters: Oktoberfest: Festival of democracy

    Oktoberfest is a funfair that occurs in Munich, Germany where Germans celebrate with unlimited beer.

  • Comments: Thousands join for cleaner Jakarta

    In a bid to increase awareness of green issues, around 5,000 locals and foreigners from more than 100 community groups, schools and private firms took part in the annual Clean Up Jakarta Day on Sunday morning, picking up trash at several sites across the city.

  • Comments: First Family stays cool, won’t parade wealth

    Although they are far younger than the Yudhoyonos, there is no indication that [the First Family] is fond of the latest Apple iPhones, Land Rover SUVs or high-end fashion, despite the fact that their parents can certainly afford such things.

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