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Readers Forum

  • Comments on other issues: Minister in hot water for encouraging smoking

    With the Health Ministry stepping up efforts to reduce tobacco use in the country, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has drawn criticism for her decision to hand out cigarettes to leaders of the Orang Rimba, an indigenous community located in the Bukit Duabelas National Park in Jambi.

  • Issues of the day: Executions near as MA rejects petition

    Attorney General M. Prasetyo praised the Supreme Court’s (MA) decision to reject a second case review petition filed by Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, adding that the decision helped clear the way for the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to carry out a second batch ofexecutions.

  • Your letters: Impact of the new visa policy

    This letter refers to an article titled “New visa policy to aid rupiah,” (The Jakarta Post, March 17, p1).

  • Your letters: From third-world thinking to first

    Singapore was the third country I had the privilege of visiting during my childhood. I visited in 1977.

  • Comments on other issues: Religious leaders to help block radical sites

    Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said his ministry had established a team to examine websites allegedly containing radical teachings to curb the widespread influence of radical movements in Indonesia.

  • Comments on other issues: No executions in near future

    High-ranking government officials said on Wednesday that no executions of drug convicts would take place in the next few months, as the country’s judiciary was still processing their appeals and case reviews. Attorney General M. Prasetyo said that although all preparations for the drug convicts’ executions had been completed, prosecutors were still waiting for the final verdicts on their appeals.

  • Text your say: The end of the saga?

    Your comments on the issuance of a gubernatorial regulation on the city budget by Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, after he failed to secure approval from the City Council following a long dispute between the governor and the majority of city councilors:

  • Your letters: Many aspects neglected in education

    What is the objective of education? We should never stop asking ourselves this question. Nowadays, education is intended merely to obtain knowledge from books and acquaintances. Education is too focused on science and technology. Ethics and spirituality are absent from the curriculum. Consequently, there are many life aspects neglected in today’s education. The result is the calamity we can see today.

  • Your letters: Cradle-to-cradle for energy efficiency

    This letter below is in reference to an article titled “SMEs urged to be more energy efficient,” (The Jakarta Post, March 25).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Citizen journalism: Saving youths from drugs

    The number of drug addicts has sharply increased. Based on latest reports issued by the nation’s antidrug agency (BNN), 50 people — mostly young people — die each day from drug abuse. BNN predicts that this year the number of drug addicts will exceed five million.

  • Citizen journalism: Ignite Cup in our school

    Our school recently organized an inter-school level event called “Ignite Cup 2015”, with students participating in sports and games like soccer, basketball and dance competitions.

  • Your letters: Nightmarish pursuit for justice

    The judicial process in Indonesia is a nightmarish pursuit for justice.

  • Your letters: Problem behind biodiesel production

    I refer to an article titled “A new plan to support biofuel blend,” (The Jakarta Post, March 17, p13).

  • Text your say: The end of the saga?

    Your comments on the issuance of a gubernatorial regulation on the city budget by Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, after he failed to secure approval from the City Council following a long dispute between the governor and the majority of city councilors:

  • Issue of the day: IMF suggests intervention to stabilize rupiah

    Continued exchange-rate flexibility and limited market intervention on the rupiah could create a safety buffer for Indonesia ahead of the global financial shocks likely to occur this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised.

  • Comments on other issues: Golkar sees worsening tensions

    Tensions between two opposing factions in the Golkar Party have escalated as Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly validated the leadership of Agung Laksono on Monday.

  • Comments on other issues: The calm before the silence

    A lecturer remarked to me recently, while reading a student event proposal, “The KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] is limping and a faculty member is facing possible prosecution. Why aren’t you guys protesting?” (By Ibrahim Hanif, Yogyakarta)

  • Comments on other issues: Smart city index coming to Indonesia

    Decades ago, urban conglomerations competed to clinch “global city” or “world city” status by luring big corporations to establish headquarters in their city. Now, the global “smart city” concept has reached Indonesia.

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