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Readers Forum

  • Comments on other issues: KPK prepares next moves

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has said it is preparing its next legal actions in response to the South Jakarta District Court’s decision to reject its appeal against the court’s ruling over a pretrial request submitted by Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan.

  • Comments on other issues: Fear of US rate hike hurts rupiah

    The rupiah was the worst performer in the Asian currency market on Tuesday as it plunged to its lowest level in six years amid fears that the US central bank would raise its interest rate.

  • Your letters: The plight of the plebs

    The world, as we know, is full of wonderful kind-hearted people who live their lives peacefully and go about their business in a more than acceptable way.

  • Your letters: Clean water problem in Jakarta

    As we all know, Jakarta has a lot of problems. Problems that have been ongoing for decades, yet apparently there are still no solutions for them. One of the problems that Jakarta is facing is the lack of clean water and poor sanitation.

  • Your letters: Rice mafia at work again

    This refers to an article titled “No imports despite rice price rise,” (The Jakarta Post, Feb. 24, p1.)

  • Comments on other issues: Govt earmarks billions for mental revolution

    National Development Planning Minister Andrinof Chaniago said that the government had earmarked Rp 149 billion (US$11.4 million) for programs billed as part of a “mental revolution” campaign. Andrinof said that the program, which was inspired by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s presidential campaign slogan, would be aimed at improving people’s behavior.

  • Comments on other issues: 567 nabbed over weekend

    The Jakarta Police arrested 567 people in raids across the city on Saturday and Sunday, 80 of whom had been detained, a police spokesperson said on Monday.

  • Comments on other issues: Boat capsizes, three die, several missing

    A ferryboat overturned and sank in Jeneberang River, Gowa regency, South Sulawesi, killing three passengers. As many as 21 passengers survived when the ferryboat capsized and sank in the river on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. local time.

  • Topic of the day: KPK gives up on Budi’s graft case

    The KPK has made a questionable move by handing over the corruption case of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), but according to Attorney General M. Prasetyo, his office will hand the case to police for early investigation. What do you think?

  • Teks your say: Ahok vs councilors

    Your comments on the prolonged dispute between Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and the City Council as the council wants to investigate the alleged irregularity of the city administration for submitting a draft budget to the Home Ministry without the signatures of the council’s leaders:

  • Your letters: Imagining Indonesia without KPK

    This refers to an article titled “New police detectives may hamper KPK investigations” (The Jakarta Post, Feb. 23, p3)

  • Your letters: Blood donation: A social cause

    You cannot make a better resolution than to promise yourself to donate blood every year. There is no better option to return something to society, which has given you so much, and the best part is, it won’t cost you a penny. By donating blood, you can give someone an opportunity to live on with their loved ones.

  • Comments on other issues: Efforts to prosecute agro-forestry firms

    With forest fires in Sumatra challenging the country’s aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 41 percent by 2020, the government has rolled out a plan to boost law-enforcement measures against agroforestry firms.

  • Comments on other issues: New KPK leaders seek help from AGO, police

    The new interim leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have continued to reach out for allies and to mend fences, requesting the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) provide more prosecutors to accelerate investigations.

  • Issue of the day: KPK chief cedes ground after top cop crisis

    Acting Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Taufiequrachman Ruki has vowed to pursue corruption cases less aggressively “to help government programs keep running” in the wake of the crisis between the antigraft body and the National Police.

  • Topic of the day: KPK sidelines BLBI, focuses on Bank Century

    KPK leaders have said they will focus on investigating the Bank Century case, which occurred during Yudhoyono’s tenure, but will sideline a probe into the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case, which occurred under Megawati’s presidency. What do you think?

  • Your letters: Don’t urge President to execute

    There are easy solutions and then there are effective solutions. Unfortunately, the easy solutions are rarely effective and the effective solutions take a great deal of thinking and take a while to work.

  • Your letters: Fractions in public’s news preferences

    When Allan Stuart reaffirmed that news from the streets would be favorable, I should have just agreed. Since it is disappointing to prove that, to some extent, mass media has succumbed to the public’s preferences in news coverage. It was a pity to discover that readers and downloaders prefer to peruse bombastic headings with shallow content and popular words. It was inevitable to observe that audiences prefer to discern less informative broadcasted shows. However, the ultimate poignant fact I witnessed was that the press and many of its relatives chose to perpetuate the preferences by keeping publishing similar news content.

  • 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.

  • Comments on other issues: Three provinces to face blackouts

    The provinces of North Sumatra, Aceh and Riau will likely face temporary blackouts due to a lack of power following the collapse of three high-voltage transmission towers from Pangkalansusu power plant in Tangungparis subdistrict, Langkat, North Sumatra, on Feb. 17.

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