Readers Forum

  • Comments on other issues: Indonesia’s government is wasting the sun’s rays

    Some good news for renewable energy supporters came from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo when he announced his commitment to allocate Rp 1 trillion (US$75 million) this year to build various renewable energy plants.

  • Issue of the day: Radicals disperse Christian camp in Yogyakarta

    The Islamic Jihad Front (FJI), with police backing, has broken up a camping event of 1,500 Christian elementary and junior high school students at the Wonogondang camping ground in Cangkringan, Sleman, Yogyakarta.

  • Your letters: Circumcision to curb HIV/AIDS?

    I refer to an article on page 3 of The Jakarta Post’s July 7 edition titled “230 Papuans circumcised to curb HIV/AIDS”.

  • Your letters: Gender – a social perception

    Sex is a biological category that an individual is born into, while gender is comprised of behaviors that one learns through socialization and societal expectations.

  • Comments on other issues: A people’s tribunal

    Activists and researchers, mostly in the Netherlands and Indonesia, are preparing an “International People’s Tribunal” on the 1960s violence. Researchers have come up with more documentation beyond the large body of evidence collected by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) in its report issued in mid-2012. (Ati Nurbaiti, The Jakarta Post)

  • Your letters: Lowest mandatory pension

    This is a comment on an article titled “Workers rally against controversial pension plan,” (The Jakarta Post, July 4, p4).

  • Your letters: Mixed marriage families’ land ownership

    The government plans to give foreigners the right of property ownership purely for the aim of encouraging foreign investment in Indonesia. However, instead of doing this, the government should open its eyes and give priority to solving existing problems concerning land ownership that have resulted from two current laws, the Agrarian Basic Law and Marriage Law.

  • Your letters: Be a sportive winner or loser

    It has been days since the last MotoGP 2015 race in Assen. An interesting and tense battle went on between two currently renowned riders: Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. They were chasing, catching up, and overtaking one after another throughout the race.

  • Comments on other issues: 700 illegal cars to get airport licenses

    As many as 700 illegal cars that operate in the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, will be granted licenses in the near future, airport officials said on Thursday.

  • Issue of the day: Teachers struggle to write scientific papers

    A government policy that requires teachers to write academic papers or scientific work to qualify for promotion has resulted in 800,000 teachers across the country struggling to earn promotion, according to the Indonesian Teachers Union (PGRI).

  • Text your say: Fatal Hercules crash

    Your comments on the crash involving an aging C-130 Hercules military transport plane, shortly after takeoff, killing more than 110 in Medan on Tuesday:

  • Your letters: Foreign currency controls

    I refer to “Bank Indonesia’s no-dollar rule may create distortion: Govt,” (The Jakarta Post, June 29, p13).

  • Your letters: Same-sex marriage and its future

    Whether or not you back it, we could all feel the euphoria sweeping across the globe on and after June 26, when the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

  • 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.

  • Your letters: Teachers’ scientific papers

    These two letters refer to “Teachers struggle to write scientific papers,” (The Jakarta Post, June 29).

  • Your letters: Food self-sufficiency

    I refer to an article titled “Rice output soars, Jokowi’s policy successful: BPS,” (The Jakarta Post, July 1).

  • Text your say: Foreigners can own apartments

    Your comments on the governments move to allow foreigners to own apartments in Indonesia. The government plans, however, to limit the assets to those valued at a minimum of Rp 5 billion (US$375,000).

  • Issue of the day: Ill-fated Hercules C-130 aircraft too old: VP

    The government has admitted that a Hercules C-130 aircraft owned by the Indonesian Air Force that crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday, was too old at over 50 years of age.

  • Comments on other issues: Pinning hopes on KPK selection committee

    For the third time, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) must admit defeat. Hadi Purnomo’s pretrial challenge was upheld by the South Jakarta District Court and presents yet another test for the KPK in its struggle to remain in the hearts and minds of the public as a credible institution for eradicating corruption. (By Hery Firmansyah and Adam James Fenton)

  • Comments on other issues: ‘Difficult for RI to legalize gay marriage’

    For the third time, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) must admit defeat. Hadi Purnomo’s Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said on Thursday that gay marriage was unacceptable in Indonesia because of religious norms.