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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: Do we have something to offer?

    I refer to an article titled “Foreign policy vs. Indonesia Inc.: Time to reap diplomatic dividends“, (The Jakarta Post, July 27) by Tantowi Yahya, Jakarta.

  • Your letters: RIP, APJ Abdul Kalam

    Two days ago, India lost an eminent scientist in APJ Abdul Kalam, our “Missile Man”. A devout Muslim by birth, he knew the whole Hindu holy book Bhagawat Geeta by heart and died on a Hindu festival and at a hospital run by Christian missionaries: truly a great coincidence.

  • Your letters: State profligacy

    Is there any reason why some executives of state-owned enterprises and high-ranking government officials have to travel with someone to carry their bag?

  • Your letters: Import tax hike

    I refer to an article titled “Import tax hike applauded”, (The Jakarta Post, July 24, p1).

  • Text your say: Ethical development in schools

    Your comments on the issuance of a ministerial decree by Culture and Primary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan, underlining the importance of the ethical (budi pekerti) development/character building of students amid concerns over the lack of ethical comprehension among the nation’s youth:

  • Issue of the day: Muslim groups condemn Tolikara incident

    Despite a peace agreement after an incident in Tolikara, Papua, thousands of Muslims from various groups in Surakarta, Central Java, staged a rally on Friday to protest the violence.

  • Comments on other issues: N. Sumatra governor, wife suspects in bribery

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday stepped up its investigation into a bribery case involving two Medan State Administrative Court (PTUN Medan) judges by declaring North Sumatra Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho, a Prosperous Justice Party politician, and his second wife Evi Susanti suspects.

  • Comments on other issues: Executions not a priority: AG

    After executing over a dozen drug convicts amid international outrage since January, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) claims that it has yet to schedule a third round of executions, following the most recent one in April.

  • Comments on other issues: Reserve funds to fend off fluctuating prices

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has revived plans to provide special funding to cushion the impact of fluctuating global prices on the nation amid losses suffered by state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina.

  • Text your say: Ethical development in schools

    Your comments on the issuance of a ministerial decree by Culture and Primary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan, underlining the importance of the ethical (budi pekerti) development/character building of students amid concerns over the lack of ethical comprehension among the nation’s youth:

  • Your letters: All-out efforts to collect funds

    In its all-out effort to seek as much funding as possible, the Finance Ministry has done the unexpected.

  • The problem with refugees

    In reference to “Policies that kill those who flee for their lives,” (The Jakarta Post, July 26) by Arjan Hehenkamp, Geneva.

  • Comments on other issues: Persis pledges to protect churches

    The Persatuan Islam (Persis) Muslim group, which has a stronghold in West Java, has guaranteed the safety of churches in the province following the Tolikara tragedy in Papua.

  • Comments on other issues: Govt has yet to meet Sarpin, KY

    Although the government prefers that South Jakarta District Court judge Sarpin Rizaldi withdraw his libel lawsuit against two Judicial Commission (KY) members, no officials have come forward to mediate between the disputing parties.

  • Issue of the day: Import tariff hike applauded

    Business groups have cheered import duty rises on a wide range of manufactured goods that became effective on Thursday, expressing hope of a boost to domestic industry amid the current economic slowdown.

  • Your letters: Seeking my mom

    My name’s Sherly, a 19-year-old girl now studying at the State University of Jakarta. I am looking for my mom and my brother. My mother’s name is Anisah and my brother’s name is Agil Gayo Firmansyah.

  • Your letters: On ‘foreign policy vs. Indonesia Inc.’

    The two letters below refer to an article titled “Foreign policy vs. Indonesia Inc.: Time to reap diplomatic dividends”, (The Jakarta Post, July 27) by Tantowi Yahya.

  • Comments on other issues: Reserve funds to fend off fluctuating prices

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has revived plans to provide special funding to cushion the impact of fluctuating global prices on the nation amid losses suffered by state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina.

  • Comments on other issues: Persis pledges to protect churches

    The Persatuan Islam (Persis) Muslim group, which has a stronghold in West Java, has guaranteed the safety of churches in the province following the Tolikara tragedy in Papua. Persis West Java chapter vice-secretary Dadang Fahmi urged every Persis member across the country to do the same thing. “We understand the Tolikara issue is not a religious issue, but there are parties that would like to divide Indonesia,” Dadang said after addressing around 400 Persis members at the West Java legislative building in Bandung on Thursday.

  • Comments on other issues: Incidents mar festive mood

    The mood was generally joyful over the past week as Muslims and the rest of the nation enjoyed the post-Ramadhan Idul Fitri holiday. Some of the millions of holidaymakers have already made their way back to town and started work again on Wednesday — in compliance with the six-day national holiday set by the government — after spending time with their relatives and friends in their respective hometowns. But, many others took longer leave to enjoy more relaxation or travel before they resume work on Monday. (By Imanuddin Razak)