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Readers Forum

  • Comments: Motorcycle accident fatalities reach 3,000

    According to the Transportation Agency, as many as 3,000 people have died in the past five years in Jakarta because of accidents involving motorcycles.

  • Comments: Indonesia’s sambal love affair

    Sambal, which the dictionary describes as a hot relish in Southeast Asian cuisine made of vegetables or fruit and spices, is not merely a condiment that goes with food for Indonesians.

  • Comments: Transportation minister to involve private sector

    Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has pledged to provide more opportunities for the private sector to develop transportation infrastructure, saying that the government could use the assistance from businesses to realize the sea-highway initiative.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi installs Ahok as governor

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta’s new governor at 2 p.m. at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

  • 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 8,500 for premium gasoline and from Rp 5,500 to 7,500 for diesel fuel:

  • Comments: 2 Indonesians enlisted in Singapore army

    Two Indonesian citizens who hold permanent resident status in Singapore were deported to the neighboring country after their status was discovered during joint-military training between the two countries in Magelang, Central Java.

  • Comments: Jakarta begins preparations for floods

    The Jakarta city administration has begun preparations for flooding that might hit the capital city during the rainy season, an official said on Thursday.

  • Issue of the day: ‘Virginity test’ is discriminatory: HRW

    “Virginity tests” applied to female applicants to the National Police are discriminatory and degrading, a New York-based human rights advocacy group has said.

  • Text your say: Eliminating the oil and gas mafia

    Your comments on the appointment by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said of noted economist Faisal Basri to lead the Oil and Gas Management Reform Team, whose tasks include eliminating the so-called oil and gas mafia:

  • Your letters: Banning FPI may not be a good idea

    The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) has been in the headlines frequently of late and for all the wrong reasons. The headlines always feature the same few words: protest, radical, extreme, violent and, of course, Islam.

  • Your letters: Still on creationism vs. evolution

    I refer to a letter titled “Creationism and evolution”, (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 14) by Atom.

  • Comments: Council to announce Ahok as governor

    Despite the objection of Jakarta City Council deputy speakers and several other faction leaders, speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi unilaterally announced Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta governor in a plenary session on Friday.

  • Comments: Obama: ‘Rohingya,’ displeasing hosts

    Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are among the most persecuted people on Earth, and advocates of their cause were hoping President Barack Obama would not only press the issue during his visit this week — they were hoping he would simply say their name.

  • Text your say: Developing maritime defense power

    Your comments on the revelation of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s maritime doctrine, which will hinge on five pillars of action, including the development of maritime defense power:

  • Your letters: A way to Palestinian statehood

    The call from Europe’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, for a Palestinian state on Nov. 8 has furthered Palestinians’ dreams of founding their own country. The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia at the end of 2010 motivated the Middle East’s desire for reform, and inspired the Arab spring.

  • Comments: City asks US to help develop electric vehicles

    The Jakarta administration has asked a United States delegation to help the city develop electric vehicles and power-generating stations fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an endeavor to minimize the use of dirtier fuel.

  • Comments: Unhas vice rector caught using ‘shabu-shabu’

    Police caught Hasanuddin University’s (Unhas) vice rector for academic and student affairs, Musakkir, allegedly in the act of using shabu-shabu (crystal methamphetamine) at the Grand Malibu Hotel in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Friday at 3 a.m.

  • Comments: Hatta to be made into film

    The biography of one of the Republic of Indonesia’s founding fathers, Muhammad Hatta, will be made into a movie, expected for an August release next year.

  • Comments: Coalitions to seal deal to protect Jokowi

    After refusing to meet demands from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)-led Great Indonesia Coalition, the Red-and-White Coalition has agreed to amend part of the 2014 Legislative Institutions (MD3) Law.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi asks more of China

    Appearing upbeat and dressed in a stylish suit, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met China’s President Xi Jinping on Sunday on the first leg of his first overseas trip since taking office on Oct. 20. Jokowi suggested the leader of the world’s second-biggest economy bolster ties through “concrete” actions.

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