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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: Selfies, why not?

    Sunday must have been a slow news day, as your “By the way” column by Bambang Widodo titled “Unbearable lightness — and pointlessness — of selfies” (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 23) was exceedingly pointless and irrelevant.

  • Your letters: Eureka not Halloween!

    You will hear many excuses about why Australians should celebrate Halloween, from our Celtic ancestry to our desire to pay homage to the dead on All Hallows’ Eve. Others simply claim it is a fun opportunity for kids to get dressed up and build community spirit.

  • Your letters: Human rights violations in Gaza

    Israeli human rights violations and the brutal use of force against unarmed civilians have become big challenges for the conscience of the modern world and human rights organizations.

  • Text your say: Newly appointed attorney general

    Your comments on the appointment of Muhammad Prasetyo, a member of the NasDem party, as attorney general, which many said to be a setback for law-enforcement efforts:

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi flies economy class to Singapore

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana are scheduled to fly to Singapore on Friday to attend the high school graduation ceremony of their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep.

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    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana are scheduled to fly to Singapore on Friday to attend the high school graduation ceremony of their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep.

  • Your letters: Jakarta, sea of motorcycles

    As the country that has the third largest motorcycle population in the world after China and India, Indonesia can’t be separated from traffic jams. Especially in the capital Jakarta, there are many motorcycles. A great number of motorcycles will surely result in a great number of traffic violations, which sometimes lead to accidents. Starting from not using a helmet until running red traffic lights, these motorists are putting their lives on the line just to reach their destinations at the right time.

  • Your letters: Democratic city in a communist country

    Politics is a messy word. Democracy is more than just a dictionary explanation. Every country’s government structure is complex because there are so many issues to be considered. The primary consideration must be to address the majority’s needs to enable the country to progress. There has to be compromise and accommodation.

  • Your letters: Improving teaching methods

    This refers to an article entitled “Govt to improve teaching methods”, (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 13).

  • Text your say: Newly appointed attorney general

    Your comments on the appointment of HM Prasetyo, a member of the NasDem Party, as attorney general, which many said was a setback for law-enforcement efforts:

  • Issue of the day: Poor military leadership in Batam

    An armed attack by soldiers on the Riau Islands Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters stems from the failure of leaders within the Bukit Barisan Military Command to control their personnel and to act sternly against insubordination in the past.

  • Comments on other issues: Growth tops agenda in G20 summit

    An armed attack by soldiers on the Riau Islands Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters stems from the failure of leaders within the Bukit Barisan Military Command to control their personnel and to act sternly against insubordination in the past.

  • Comments: ‘Think big’, Jokowi tells ministers, state firms

    During his first Cabinet meeting after a week-long state visit to several international forums, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo discussed the nation’s most pressing economic issues: infrastructure, fuel subsidies and the investment climate.

  • Comments: AGO confiscates Gayus’ assets

    The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Monday confiscated the assets of high-profile graft convict Gayus Halomoan P. Tambunan in the form of Rp 74 billion (US$6.05 million) worth of cash held in Bank Indonesia (BI). “At 9 a.m., prosecutors confiscated evidence in the form of cash and foreign currencies at BI,” AGO spokesperson Tony T. Spontana said, as quoted by Antara news agency in Jakarta on Monday.

  • Text your say: Fuel-price hike

    Your comments on the announcement by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about an increase in the prices of subsidized fuels — from Rp 6,500 (53 US cents) to Rp 8,500 for premium gasoline and from Rp 5,500 to
    Rp 7,500 for diesel fuel:

  • Your letters: Why do you blame Jokowi?

    In a perfect world, the government would keep the fuel subsidies. However, here is what happened: fuel subsidies had been budgeted under the 2014 budget and it was predicted the situation was unsustainable. One reason was that income from taxes was Rp 115 trillion (US$ 9.58 billion) short of the target.

  • Your letters: The good old days

    When asked if the “good old days” have any relevance I am more than tempted to say yes, as today we live in constant fear of terrorism, which affects almost everything we do and where we go.

  • Your letters: The problems of illegal fishing

    One can only agree with the government’s will to curb illegal fishing. However, the problems of illegal fishing and fish-stock depletion will not be solved by destroying the boats of a number of foreign fishermen. Illegal fishing involves foreigners and Indonesians alike. If only foreign boats are stopped, most of the illegal fishing in Indonesian waters will continue.

  • 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.

  • Your letters: The giant jobs of new government

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made a great speech, particularly about the benefits of investors to develop infrastructure. That sounded very encouraging and inspiring, but I find it very difficult to follow, in more ways than one.

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