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Readers Forum

  • Comments: China shocked by fatal riot in Madagascar

    Dec. 14, Online/AP

    The Chinese Embassy in Madagascar expressed shock Sunday at a deadly riot involving local workers at a Chinese-run sugar plant and criticized the island nation’s government for failing to protect Chinese interests.

  • Comments: Middle class adjusts to increased taxi fares

    Dec. 11, p2

    Less than one month after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo increased subsidized-fuel prices, a number of taxi operators in Jakarta have started to adjust fares by around 25 percent.

  • Comments: Half-hearted support for direct elections

    Dec. 14, p2

    Despite its pledge to support the government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on direct regional elections, the opposition Red-and-White Coalition has indicated that it will not give the ruling coalition an easy ride during the deliberation of the Perppu at the House of Representatives next year.

  • Comments: Ministry takes time to train teachers

    Dec. 15, p2

    Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan has said that it may be three or four years before a revised curriculum can be implemented nationwide.

  • Your letters: Expressing sarcasm through comedy

    There are many ways of expressing ideas, thoughts, opinions, feelings and emotions about something or someone. One way of doing so is by telling a joke. Stand-up comedy provides an outlet for people to share ideas and emotions in a humorous way.

  • Text your say: Dozens killed as landslide buries hamlet

    Your comments on a giant landslide that killed dozens of people in a hamlet in Banjarnegara, Central Java, and the government’s anticipatory measures as the rainy season continues and landslides and flooding remain a threat in many parts of the country:

  • Your letters: Principals and the curriculum

    This refers to an article “Ministry takes time to train teachers,” (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 15, p2)

  • Your letters: Poor garbage management

    I refer to an article titled “Pekanbaru stiffens penalties against littering”, (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 17).

  • Comments: ‘Magic mushrooms’ are narcotics: Police

    Dec. 12, p1

    The Bali Police have warned all residents, as well as tourists vacationing on the island, to avoid consumption of “magic mushrooms”, stating it could lead to a prison term.

  • Comments: Culture can make or break strategy

    Dec. 13, p18

    Without a deep and accurate assessment of their organization’s culture, boards and management teams will find it very challenging to initiate and implement strategic change.

  • Issue of the day: Aussies offer support to Muslims

    Dec. 16, Online/AP

    Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney café siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit.

  • Text your say: Dozens killed as landslide buries hamlet

    Your comments on a giant landslide that killed dozens of people in a hamlet in Banjarnegara, Central Java and the government’s anticipatory measures as the rainy season continues and landslides and flooding remain a threat in many parts of the country:

  • Your letters: Education for responsible students

    I refer to an article titled “Curriculum blues: struggling for solid ground”, (the Post, Dec. 14) by Pandaya.

  • Your letters: Untapped tax revenue

    This is a comment on an editorial titled “Huge untapped tax revenue”, (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 15).

  • Your letters: Airport interrogation

    I arrived at Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan in late October.

  • Your letters: Rupiah fall a blessing in disguise

    Rupiah falls? The grassroots level does not understand; it is only the speculators who know about it. So what can we do? In recent days, the rupiah has experienced tremendous pressure, closing at 12,725 per US dollar on Dec. 16, the lowest since 1998. Economists say the cause is that our economic fundamentals are not strong and it is also due to how easily foreign investors withdraw their money in the form of dollars, so we lack dollars.

  • Comments: City to revitalize public transportation system

    Dec. 11, p9

    The Jakarta administration plans to revitalize the city’s public transportation with help from the Australian government’s overseas-assistance program AusAID’s Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII).

  • Comments: Ministry seeks to instill patriotism in students

    Dec. 11, p3

    The Defense Ministry is proposing to make patriotism a subject in schools in a bid to revive nationalism among students.

  • Comments: Osteoporosis affecting younger people

    Dec. 13, p9

    The Indonesian Osteoporosis Association (Perosi) and the Indonesian Healthy Bone Foundation (Perwatusi) have warned of the lack of awareness of the danger of osteoporosis among urban residents.

  • Comments: Thousands protest police killings

    Dec. 14, Online/AP

    Tens of thousands of protesters across the US marched on Saturday — to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to police killings of unarmed black men and urge lawmakers to take action.

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