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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: The giant jobs of new government

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made a great speech, particularly about the benefits of investors to develop infrastructure. That sounded very encouraging and inspiring, but I find it very difficult to follow, in more ways than one.

  • Your letters: The Australian asylum-seeker policy

    I am referring to an article titled “RI to monitor impact of new Australian asylum-seeker policy,” (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 19).

  • Your letters: Does Jakarta need a sea wall?

    It’s hard to believe the Jakarta administration is still preoccupied with massive infrastructure projects as a way to address environmental issues: US$40 billion for new islands and a sea wall.  Have I missed something?

  • Your letters: Protecting Indonesian workers

    The scope of the agreements should not be just with these domestic institutions, which I agree need to be tightened, but more importantly, cooperation sought should be with the host countries’ governments or law enforcement agencies.

  • Text your say: Fuel-price hikes

    Your comments on the announcement by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about an increase in the prices of subsidized fuels — from Rp 6,500 (53 US cents) to 8,500 for premium gasoline and from
    Rp 5,500 to 7,500 for diesel fuel:

  • Issue of the day: Govt to improve teaching methods

    Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan says the government is going to immediately improve teaching methods at schools to boost education quality in the country.

  • Comments on other issues: Historic buildings in peril amid changes

    A sign in a construction site located on Jl. Pekojan Raya 61 in Kota Tua (Old Town) area in West Jakarta, popularly known as the Kampung Arab, indicates that a four-story office building is about to be built, replacing a historic private home built in the 1920s.

  • Comments on other issues: Detained, former regent suddenly sick

    The former regent of Karanganyar in Central Java, Rina Iriani Sri Ratnaningsih, has been admitted to hospital following an abrupt decline in health after the Semarang Corruption Court ruled to detain her.

  • Comments on other issues: ‘Govt to lower poverty rate by 6 percent’

    The poverty-alleviation program carried out by the government is expected to lower the poverty rate by five to six percent by 2019, according to Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

  • Comments: Motorcycle accident fatalities reach 3,000

    According to the Transportation Agency, as many as 3,000 people have died in the past five years in Jakarta because of accidents involving motorcycles.

  • Comments: Indonesia’s sambal love affair

    Sambal, which the dictionary describes as a hot relish in Southeast Asian cuisine made of vegetables or fruit and spices, is not merely a condiment that goes with food for Indonesians.

  • Comments: Transportation minister to involve private sector

    Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has pledged to provide more opportunities for the private sector to develop transportation infrastructure, saying that the government could use the assistance from businesses to realize the sea-highway initiative.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi installs Ahok as governor

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta’s new governor at 2 p.m. at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

  • Text your say: Fuel-price hike

    Your comments on the announcement by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about an increase in the prices of subsidized fuels — from Rp 6,500 (53 US cents) to 8,500 for premium gasoline and from Rp 5,500 to 7,500 for diesel fuel:

  • Comments: 2 Indonesians enlisted in Singapore army

    Two Indonesian citizens who hold permanent resident status in Singapore were deported to the neighboring country after their status was discovered during joint-military training between the two countries in Magelang, Central Java.

  • Comments: Jakarta begins preparations for floods

    The Jakarta city administration has begun preparations for flooding that might hit the capital city during the rainy season, an official said on Thursday.

  • Issue of the day: ‘Virginity test’ is discriminatory: HRW

    “Virginity tests” applied to female applicants to the National Police are discriminatory and degrading, a New York-based human rights advocacy group has said.

  • Text your say: Eliminating the oil and gas mafia

    Your comments on the appointment by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said of noted economist Faisal Basri to lead the Oil and Gas Management Reform Team, whose tasks include eliminating the so-called oil and gas mafia:

  • Your letters: Banning FPI may not be a good idea

    The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) has been in the headlines frequently of late and for all the wrong reasons. The headlines always feature the same few words: protest, radical, extreme, violent and, of course, Islam.

  • Your letters: Still on creationism vs. evolution

    I refer to a letter titled “Creationism and evolution”, (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 14) by Atom.

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