Readers Forum

  • Comments on other issues: Efforts to prosecute agro-forestry firms

    With forest fires in Sumatra challenging the country’s aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 41 percent by 2020, the government has rolled out a plan to boost law-enforcement measures against agroforestry firms.

  • Comments on other issues: New KPK leaders seek help from AGO, police

    The new interim leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have continued to reach out for allies and to mend fences, requesting the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) provide more prosecutors to accelerate investigations.

  • Issue of the day: KPK chief cedes ground after top cop crisis

    Acting Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Taufiequrachman Ruki has vowed to pursue corruption cases less aggressively “to help government programs keep running” in the wake of the crisis between the antigraft body and the National Police.

  • Topic of the day: KPK sidelines BLBI, focuses on Bank Century

    KPK leaders have said they will focus on investigating the Bank Century case, which occurred during Yudhoyono’s tenure, but will sideline a probe into the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case, which occurred under Megawati’s presidency. What do you think?

  • Your letters: Don’t urge President to execute

    There are easy solutions and then there are effective solutions. Unfortunately, the easy solutions are rarely effective and the effective solutions take a great deal of thinking and take a while to work.

  • Your letters: Fractions in public’s news preferences

    When Allan Stuart reaffirmed that news from the streets would be favorable, I should have just agreed. Since it is disappointing to prove that, to some extent, mass media has succumbed to the public’s preferences in news coverage. It was a pity to discover that readers and downloaders prefer to peruse bombastic headings with shallow content and popular words. It was inevitable to observe that audiences prefer to discern less informative broadcasted shows. However, the ultimate poignant fact I witnessed was that the press and many of its relatives chose to perpetuate the preferences by keeping publishing similar news content.

  • Citizen journalism: Be a public eye!

    With your cell phone camera, you can take photographs of anything that you think is interesting. You may also send reports on any events or other topics of interest.

  • Comments on other issues: Three provinces to face blackouts

    The provinces of North Sumatra, Aceh and Riau will likely face temporary blackouts due to a lack of power following the collapse of three high-voltage transmission towers from Pangkalansusu power plant in Tangungparis subdistrict, Langkat, North Sumatra, on Feb. 17.

  • Issue of the day: Ex-minister aims to repeat Budi’s success

    Following in the footsteps of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, former religious affairs minister Suryadharma Ali on Monday filed a pretrial petition at the South Jakarta District Court to challenge his being named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

  • Topic of the day: KPK sidelines BLBI, focuses on Bank Century

    The Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) leaders have said they will focus on investigating the Bank Century case, which occurred during former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s tenure, but will sideline a probe into the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case, which occurred under former president Megawati Soekarnoputri’s presidency. What do you think?

  • Text your say: Diplomatic tensions

  • Your letters: We have no right to show outrage

    I am Australian and I must apologize for those we have in charge of our country. I am a voter, so must share the blame with all of my countrymen.

  • Your letters: Myths related to capital punishment

    There are some issues and laws that are acceptable to all citizens of the nation without much resistance, but few are always a subject of debate among the common masses.

  • Your letters: Uniting against violent criminals

    Motorcycle theft has become a violent criminal trend in Greater Jakarta and Cilegon, Banten, over the past month. Most of the victims were driving alone at night.

  • Comments on other issues: Policeman gets driving ban after incident

    A member of the Jakarta Police’s Sabhara rapid response unit, Second Brig. Ricky Alexander, has been banned from driving any four-wheeled vehicle following a traffic accident involving a police bus that killed a teenager.

    South Jakarta Police traffic unit chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sutimin said the ban had been issued directly by Ricky’s supervisor and emphasized that the investigation into the case was still ongoing.

  • Issue of the day: Worried residents say lynching is ‘necessary’

    Recent news stories on violent groups that brutally attack victims on the street have unsettled the public. Increasing insecurity has caused some locals to see the lynching of these thugs in a positive light.

  • Topic of the day: Ahok vs councilors

    The dispute between Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and the City Council has worsened as 80 out of the 106 councilors want to investigate the alleged irregularity of the city administration submitting a draft budget to the Home Ministry without the signatures of the council’s leaders. What do you think?

  • Text your say: Heating up diplomacy

    Your comments on the heating up of Indonesia’s diplomatic relations with Brazil and Australia due to the execution of a Brazilian drug trafficker and the plan to execute two Australian convicts involved in a similar crime.

  • Your letters: They are different men now

    When I first saw television coverage of the group of young people since called The Bali Nine, I was horrified. As someone who has worked with young people in schools, I was mindful of the terrible toll that illegal drugs take on our society.

  • Issueof the day: Proton saga and science inferiority complex

    The collapse of the national car (Mobnas) project under Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra Soeharto came in 1998. After 17 years, opposition mounted to another Mobnas project that reminded the public of the New Order’s cronyism.

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