Readers Forum

  • Your letters: Why can’t we pay market price for fuel?

    For years, I have been following the endless discussions in Indonesia about the price of fuel. I think it is time now for us to face facts. The price of crude oil and its derivatives are determined by the worldwide supply-and-demand situation.

  • Your letters: More funds for research

    This refers to “Researchers complain about lack of funds,” (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 6). I appreciate knowing that president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is supportive of increased research funds.  Along with an increased budget, it is worth making efforts to optimize funds.

  • Text your say: Justice for Lapindo victims

    Your comments on the fate of the people in Sidoarjo, East Java, who are still seeking justice as many have not received compensation from PT Lapindo Brantas, the company deemed responsible for the mudflow, which began in 2006:

  • Issue of the day: 34 policemen to enter rehabilitation center

    Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Friday that his institution would rehabilitate 34 West Jakarta Police officers proven to have consumed methamphetamines through urine tests, instead of imposing firm punishments on them or dismissing them.

  • Comments on other issues: Car Free Day more popular, commercial

    As Jakarta’s Car Free Day (CFD), which closes off the capital’s main roads in Central Jakarta to vehicles on Sunday mornings, grows more popular, not only are hordes of Jakartans flocking to the streets but so are a long line of commercial brands.

  • Comments on other issues: Blurred lines over interfaith unions

    A meeting of leaders from several religious groups provided no definite opposition on Friday to people of different faiths from marrying without having to convert.

  • Comments: Exploring the world of ‘bule’ hunters

    After dating many Caucasian guys, locally known as bule, since she was a teenager, 27-year-old writer Elisabeth Oktofani settled down when she married a Canadian three years ago.

  • Comments: BPOM confiscates illegal drugs, cosmetics

    The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) confiscated thousands of illegal drugs and cosmetics worth Rp 31.66 billion (US$2.6 million) after conducting raids across the archipelago from June to August.

  • Issue of the day: Hashim slams Ahok for leaving Gerindra

    Gerindra Party deputy chief patron Hashim Djojohadikusumo has lambasted Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for his abrupt resignation from Gerindra, the party that nominated him for deputy governor during the Jakarta gubernatorial election in 2012.

  • Text your say: Justice for Lapindo victims

    Your comments on the fate of the people in Sidoarjo, East Java, who are still seeking justice as many have not received compensation from PT Lapindo Brantas, the company deemed responsible for the mudflow, which began in 2006:

  • Your letters: Jombang youth vs. ‘yellowization’

    A busy graduate life in Bandung has made me unable to visit my hometown, Jombang, regularly. I usually return to Jombang bimonthly but last semester was so busy that I wasn’t able to pay a visit for the whole semester.

  • Your letters: West versus the rest

    Is it really the West against the rest? And if it is, who will come out on top?  Our history obviously favors the West as they spent a considerable amount of time trampling all over the East and in doing so plundered its wealth, women and works.

  • Your letters: Ugly look of Bandung car-free day

    I would like to share my thoughts which are along the same lines as the Sept. 16 article in The Jakarta Post, titled “Jakarta car-free day more popular, commercial”.

  • Comments: ‘53 RI’s nationals joined IS movement’

    The Iraqi Ambassador to Indonesia, Abdullah Hasan Salah Al-Jubori, has urged Indonesian people to not go to Iraq to join the Islamic State (IS) organization, as dozens of Indonesians are currently joining the radical Islamic group to fight against Iraq’s forces.

  • Comments: New ministers in the same old limos

    When the new ministers under president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo drive off after their installment in October, they will be driven in the same old limousines that their predecessors used. One can assume that Jokowi and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla too will be chauffeur-driven in old cars after their inauguration on Oct. 20.

  • Issue of the day: Violence not solution to IS: Indonesia

    The Indonesian government will refrain from direct military action in dealing with the Islamic State (IS) movement in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Thursday.

  • Text your say: Ahok quits Gerindra Party

    Your comments on the decision of Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama to quit the Gerindra Party as he could not accept the party’s attempt to end direct elections for governors, mayors and regents:

  • Your letters: Jazz for the people in Yogyakarta

    In August, I visited Yogyakarta. During the week I really enjoyed the peaceful city and friendly smiles of its citizens. Yogyakarta, when I heard the name of that beautiful city, just peace and art came to my mind, this is the reason I wanted to visit there. Yogyakarta is a city that is known in all corners of this country as a city full of culture and a wide variety of art, everyone is free to express their artistic style.

  • Your letters: Why are trees cut?

    As I was walking my dog by the river on Jl. Duta Indah 1 in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, on a recent afternoon, I noticed that several huge and very old trees had been cut down, with one of the last standings trees still being worked on.

  • Your letters: Scottish independence referendum

    A copy of John Arnold’s article on the Scottish referendum (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 10) was sent to me for comment, and, as a Scot now resident in Scotland, and someone possibly more informed on what is happening today throughout the Scottish nation, if I may, I would like to have the opportunity to reply.