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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: Micro credit and politics

    Muhammad Shodiq, author of “Next generation of microfinance: Leveraging Indonesian experience”, (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 11) left out some of the most important lessons in microfinance in Indonesia and the world.

  • Your letters: Dreams of a romantic Scotland

    The Scottish National Party (SNP) dreams of a romantically misty, glowing, idyllic Scotland that never really existed.

  • Text your say: Addressing the haze

    Your comments on the ratification of a decade-old regional haze treaty by the House of Representatives, following pressure from neighboring countries over forest fires on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan:

  • Issue of the day: ‘Indirect elections based on Pancasila’

    Gerindra Party deputy chief Fadli Zon says the country’s founding philosophy, Pancasila, legitimizes indirect elections.

  • Comments on other issues: SMA 70 students skip school in ‘solidarity’

    Gerindra Party deputy chief Fadli Zon says the country’s founding philosophy, Pancasila, legitimizes indirect elections.

  • Comments on other issues: Attempt to form rights task force blocked

    The hope of bringing closure to human rights abuses has been dashed now that the transition
    team of president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla has turned down the proposal to reopen investigations into unresolved rights violations.

  • Comments on other issues: KPK to charge Anas’ father-in-law

    The hope of bringing closure to human rights abuses has been dashed now that the transition
    team of president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla has turned down the proposal to reopen investigations into unresolved rights violations.

  • Comments: Australia elevates terrorism threat level

    The Australian government elevated on Friday its terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters.

  • Comments: KPK zeroes in on SBY’s inner circle

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is going after people inside President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) inner circle.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi criticized for allotting 16 posts to parties

    President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to award 16 seats in his Cabinet to political party members has drawn criticism, with some saying that Jokowi has failed to form the politically impartial Cabinet he promised.

  • Your letters: Funds for research

    This letter refers to “Researchers complain about lack of funds,” (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 6).

  • Your letters: Jakarta not ready for bike lanes

    This is a comment on an article, “Cyclists say lanes not enough, bylaws to ensure safety needed,” (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 16). As a bicycling commuter (pedaling for 30 kilometers per day), this is my opinion.

  • Your letters: Wrong debate on local election bill

    Recently, the Red-and-White Coalition led by Prabowo Subianto has been making trouble again. They are trying to re-enact the election of local leaders through city/district councils instead of by direct election. Their intention is loud and clear. Their combined representatives dominate the councils, so they have the biggest chance of retaining the regional top jobs all over Indonesia. The coalition’s hidden motive is to exact revenge for losing the presidential election. However, their move, which jeopardizes Indonesia’s nascent democracy, must be stopped.

  • Your letters: Why can’t we pay market price for fuel?

    For years, I have been following the endless discussions in Indonesia about the price of fuel. I think it is time now for us to face facts. The price of crude oil and its derivatives are determined by the worldwide supply-and-demand situation.

  • Your letters: More funds for research

    This refers to “Researchers complain about lack of funds,” (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 6). I appreciate knowing that president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is supportive of increased research funds.  Along with an increased budget, it is worth making efforts to optimize funds.

  • Text your say: Justice for Lapindo victims

    Your comments on the fate of the people in Sidoarjo, East Java, who are still seeking justice as many have not received compensation from PT Lapindo Brantas, the company deemed responsible for the mudflow, which began in 2006:

  • Issue of the day: 34 policemen to enter rehabilitation center

    Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Friday that his institution would rehabilitate 34 West Jakarta Police officers proven to have consumed methamphetamines through urine tests, instead of imposing firm punishments on them or dismissing them.

  • Comments on other issues: Car Free Day more popular, commercial

    As Jakarta’s Car Free Day (CFD), which closes off the capital’s main roads in Central Jakarta to vehicles on Sunday mornings, grows more popular, not only are hordes of Jakartans flocking to the streets but so are a long line of commercial brands.

  • Comments on other issues: Blurred lines over interfaith unions

    A meeting of leaders from several religious groups provided no definite opposition on Friday to people of different faiths from marrying without having to convert.

  • Comments: Exploring the world of ‘bule’ hunters

    After dating many Caucasian guys, locally known as bule, since she was a teenager, 27-year-old writer Elisabeth Oktofani settled down when she married a Canadian three years ago.