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Readers Forum

  • Comments: ‘Dark forces worried over PDI-P’s rise’

    After quick counts indicated the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) as the winner in last week’s legislative election, the party claims it has fallen victim to a smear campaign launched by rivals vying to undermine the party and its presidential candidate, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • Comments: PKB offers to fill VP role on PDI-P ticket

    The National Awakening Party (PKB) has offered to form an alliance with the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) by putting forward a candidate to fill the vice-presidential position, an offer it said was reasonable due to the PKB’s good performance in the legislative election.

  • Comments: PDI-P confident despite election fumble

    The country’s political parties have everything to play for following a less-than-stellar performance by the pre-poll favorite, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), in Wednesday’s legislative election.

  • Issue of the day: Challenges from South China Sea, borders

    Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko said the country’s main challenges in the near future were the disputes over areas of the South China Sea and border security. He made the statement after being asked what challenges Indonesia’s new leadership would be facing.

  • Text your say: The Jokowi and Rhoma effects

    Your comments on the analysis that the “Jokowi effect” had little impact on the recent legislative election, even less so than the “Rhoma Irama effect”:

  • Your letters: The naked country

    There are probably just a few of us left today who can remember watching the long-running American television series, The Naked City. It was so long ago I don’t think it even made it into the color TV era.

  • Your letters: Food resilience in Indonesia

    The Food and Agriculture Organization in the United States defines food resilience as food security when people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and are able to live an active and healthy life.

  • Comments: Grounded foreign plane airborne again

    A foreign plane, which has been grounded for four days after entering Indonesian airspace without authorization, was released on Sunday after its pilot and owner paid a fine of Rp 60 million (US$5,256).

  • Comments: Official gets 8 years in Koran graft


    The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced on Thursday Ahmad Jauhari, a former senior official at the Religious Affairs Ministry, to eight years in prison for his role in rigging the procurement of Korans.

  • Issue of the day: ‘TNI vows to only hunt Papuan insurgents’

    Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko has given his assurance that his men will only pursue armed groups that fled across the border into Papua New Guinea (PNG) after being involved in a shootout with TNI soldiers at the Indonesia-PNG border a few days ago.