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Readers Forum

  • Comments: Bad loans in mining almost triple

    The fallout from a sustained decline in commodity prices and the government’s recent ban on raw mineral ore exports have caused non-performing loans (NPLs) in the mining sector to jump almost twofold in the first half of the year.

  • Comments: Rival camp may forge opposition

    President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s camp continued on Monday to solicit support from members of Prabowo Subianto’s Red-and-White Coalition ahead of [Jokowi’s] inauguration in October.

  • Comments: Underage factory worker raped by boss

    A 12-year-old girl filed a police report with the Tangerang Police, Banten, on Friday evening against her boss, identified only by the initials AT, at a shoe factory in Tangerang for allegedly raping her at the factory on July 9.

  • Issue of the day: Why Indonesia should legalize abortion

    The government has issued a new regulation on abortion, Regulation No. 61/2014, based on the 2009 Health Law. In terms of content, the new regulation on abortion contains no new policy. Abortion in Indonesia remains prohibited in most cases, unless the mother’s life is in danger or in the case of rape. (By Shela Putri Sundawa, Jakarta)

  • Your letters: The background of Baha’i

    The article by Pradipa P. Rasidi is most interesting. As a religion, Baha’i fulfills two requirements: a prophet and a sacred book.

  • Your letters: Florence, Jafar and double standards

    Florence Sihombing was arrested by police last Saturday and I can’t stop asking why. Let’s say Florence’s statement was considered detrimental by some people.

  • Your letters: Jokowi may be Papua’s hope

    Since its foundation as a modern state in the 1940s, Indonesia has been plagued by a series of conflicts that have threatened the dream of a united republic, inflicted human rights violations and poisoned perceptions of the country, not least in Australia.

  • Comments: Jokowi-Kalla aims to set up rights court

    In a move to bow to pressure from human-rights campaigners, president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is pushing for legal instruments to allow the establishment of an ad hoc human rights court to hear cases of past human rights violations.

  • Comments: Parties push Jokowi to prioritize his allies

    As rival parties slowly crystallize into an opposition to match the incoming government of president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, his political allies are calling for a significant presence in the Cabinet.


  • Text your say: Pondering Ahok’s new partner

    Your comments on the debate about the would-be deputy to Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who will soon take over the gubernatorial post, as he has proposed two female bureaucrats as his deputy, while political parties push for their own candidates.

  • Your letters: A critical priority for ASEAN

    I refer to the article “Bracing for the ASEAN Community,” (The Jakarta Post, Aug. 27).

  • Your letters: The hijacking of Islam

    Islam forbids the taking of any human life, except for a just cause under the law (i.e. the Koran and Sunah) — that is, capital punishment for convicted murderers, fighting in wartime and self-defense.

  • Text your say: Jokowi and Kalla prepare Cabinet

    Your comments about a report on an alleged difference of opinion between president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla as they prepare their future Cabinet:

  • Issue of the day: Alleged corruption at the airport

    Your comments about a report on an alleged difference of opinion between president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla as they prepare their future Cabinet:

  • Comments on other issues: KPK warns Anas for witness threat

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said that it is looking into the possibility of charging disgraced former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum and his loyalists with obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening a witness not to come forward to testify at a trial hearing.

  • Comments on other issues: China defends intercepting US plane

    China’s Defense Ministry rejected US accusations that a Chinese fighter jet’s intercept of a US Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast was dangerous, and blamed Washington for mounting large-scale and frequent close-in reconnaissance operations.

  • Comments on other issues: Underage factory worker raped by boss

    A 12-year-old girl filed a police report with the Tangerang Police, Banten, on Friday evening against her boss, identified only by the initials AT, at a shoe factory in Tangerang for allegedly raping her at the factory on July 9.

  • Your letters: Scrapping barriers to our development

    Our archipelago provides a variety of beautiful attractions both on land and at sea, yet strangely, only foreign tourists seem able to see this clearly; only they, too, seem able to see the business opportunities of this country.

  • Your letters: US motives in Iraq

    The United States isn’t escalating military action in Iraq in order to prevent a humanitarian disaster or prevent innocent minorities from being mistreated. Those are just ploys to win public support. Propaganda to convince the masses that good is prevailing over evil.

  • Your letters: Exporting skilled nurses

    This refers to “Japan to increase RI nurse quota in 2015, (The Jakarta Post, Aug. 26)