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View Point : When even kindergarten pupils lose their appetite for our (beloved) police
It has been years since I have seen the Jakarta Police’s regular program with kindergarten pupils on TV. Wearing police uniforms, the children used to visit the Jakarta Police headquarters.
Living dinosaurs found in Asia are usually arrested
I hate bugs. When I was a kid I heard a radio news report about “the 100-meter butterfly” and spent years avoiding parks.
The week in review : Political roller coaster
The Great Indonesia Coalition, the political bedrock of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, was widely expected to promote clean governance in line with the President’s pro
Magnifying impact OF health coverage to save women’s lives
The high maternal mortality rate (MMR) remains a global public health issue.
Merging REDD+ into ministry should be more effective
For almost five years, a scheme to mitigate climate change called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+) has gained great momentum in Indonesia, particularly afte
Your letters: Luhut’s appointment
Your letters: News on AirAsia recovery
This is a comment from The Jakarta Post website to the article entitled “Debris, bodies from QZ8501 found in waters off Kalimantan” which appeared on Dec. 31 on p3.
Your letters: Review the death penalty
Executing criminals is the right of the nation under the law, but the law also allows rehabilitation and reduction of sentences.
Your letters: Floods in Jakarta
Flood-prone Jakarta needs either a reservoir like a recreational high-ground lake, or a Batavia Bay full of foreign colorfully flagged sailing ships to inaugurate.
Your letters: Jokowi buys time in KPK row
Most educated Indonesians hate democracy. They aren’t much different from their counterparts in Thailand.
Text your say: The floods are coming
Your comments on the rainy season that has hit its peak in Jakarta and its surrounding cities as flooding started to affect many parts of the city, causing severe traffic congestion.
Editorial: Lucrative street business
The Jakarta government has never stopped looking for breakthroughs in its bid to increase revenues from, among other things, parking fees.
Editorial: After 100 days
The past week has shown citizens and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo alike the rocky road ahead.
Editorial: Prompt action needed
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has added two more figures to an independent team he will mandate to conduct a fact-finding mission in connection with the conflict between the Corruption Eradica
Editorial: Investment licensing expedited
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should closely monitor the One-Stop Integrated Services (PTSP) launched on Tuesday by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM); otherwise, this facility could tur
Editorial: Jailing tax debtors
Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro is understandably feeling under pressure because President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has specifically instructed that tax receipts for the current fiscal year b
Commentary: Forget Jokowi — this is our fight against the old guard
It’s been more than two years since Joko “Jokowi” Widodo first set foot in Jakarta on his way to becoming the most popular Indonesian politician of all time, yet we still don’t know who the
Commentary: ‘Bapak’ Jokowi, Megawati isn’t our president; you are!
When my father died on Jan. 11, 1991, at the age of 69, he left his six children a strong political message: do not ever abandon the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI)!
Jokowi’s evolution into a ‘Teflon president’
Indonesian politics is characterized by its hugger-mugger nature, filled with distortions, strange associations, devious scheming and inflexible standpoints.
Paris to Jakarta, a war of religious dogma vs theology of freedom
“The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future,” wrote the late Samuel P.
Commentary: No more big-bash weddings, thank God
If President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has his way, expect fewer invitations to lavish wedding parties this year. In fact, expect fewer wedding invitations altogether.
Challenging the President, consolidating Jokowi’s power base
The political crunch this past week was a crisis waiting to happen.
News Analysis: Jokowi’s fresh take on an erstwhile foreign policy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has repeatedly proven his detractors wrong in his rise to power. With an unimposing style, too many had written him off as a simpleton.
News Analysis: The politics of transitions and transactions in the new govt
As losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s Constitutional Court case becomes a national sideshow, and with president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refocusing himself on gubernatorial du
News Analysis: Wanton rhetoric heating up East Asia rivalry
News Analysis: The peacock and the squid in a week of mating rituals
With the General Elections Commission (KPU) confirming on Friday the results of the April 9 legislative election, and the deadline for the presidential/vice presidential nominations just a week awa
Returning Islamic State extremists pose risk to RI
The extremist Islamic State (IS) organization, already seizing large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has attracted support from Muslims around the world.
One-stop service to boost competitiveness
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first impromptu visit as President was to the office of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), which says a lot about his focus on accelerating investment,
All Indonesian political parties are pragmatic: Sarwono
Former president Soeharto once strongly reprimanded Sarwono Kusumaatmadja for being outspoken in expressing his political stances, both in his capacity as Golkar secretary-general
Discourse: RI now has firm foreign policy standpoint, says Retno
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has wrapped up his nine-day overseas trip, attending the APEC Summit in Beijing, the ASEAN and East Asia summits in Naypyitaw and the G20 Summit in Brisbane,
Mental revolution unveiled: Ending ‘priyayi’-minded bureaucrats
Besides tackling poverty, one of the priorities of the new government is streamlining the country’s sprawling bureaucracy.
RI urgently needs tobacco control
Despite international pressure, Indonesia is among the few countries in the world that have neither signed nor ratified the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored Framework Convention on Tob
To bolster rule of law, pay RI judges decent salaries
As the reform era enters its 12th year, government institutions are increasingly expected to carry out extensive changes needed to advance Indonesia’s progress towards democracy.
Integrate biodiversity values into 2015 development goals
Endang Sukara, deputy chairman for life and sciences at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), spoke to The Jakarta Post recently on the state o
Extraordinary measures to stop poll offenses
The current local elections have been marred with power abuse by incumbent candidates, money politics, negative campaigns and “cheap tricks”, which are against the spirit of democracy,
Golkar accuses political opponents of hypocrisy
The Golkar Party’s alleged “pork barrel” program, which proposes that each legislator receive Rp 15 billion per year to be distributed in their electoral districts, has been opposed stron
Executive Column: BlackBerry to renew focus on enterprise market
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has been struggling to turn its cash flow to neutral or positive and aims to regain its market share, which has been eroded by rivals iOS and Android-based
Executive column: ‘Govt should lead by example’
It is projected that consumers worldwide would have to spend US$22 billion on identifying, repairing and recovering from the impact of malicious software (malware) and global enterprises spend
Executive Column: Better pricing structure needed for geothermal development: Chevron
Executive Column: Discretionary spending to drive insurance purchase: Manulife
Indonesia continues to lag behind its Southeast-Asian peers in terms of insurance coverage, with gross domestic product (GDP) penetration of only 1.77 percent being markedly lower than Malaysia
Executive Column: ICDX to enhance trade system
Established in 2010, the Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) has increasingly gained a reputation in commodity trading in Southeast Asia, particularly with its contracts of palm
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