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Readers Forum

  • Comments: Ryamizard named defense minister

    Despite strong opposition from human rights activists, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially appointed former Army chief of staff Ryamizard Ryacudu as defense minister.

  • Comments: Yohana is first female Papuan minister

    When she was defeated in her attempt to to become the 2014-2019 Biak Numfor regent in Papua, Yohana Susana Yembise may have swallowed a bitter pill, but she was headed for a better future after being appointed as women’s empowerment and child protection minister in the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. She replaced Linda Amalia Sari.

  • Text your say: Jokowi’s Cabinet

    Your comments on the swearing in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of the 34 ministers of his new Cabinet on Monday, which some observers say constituted a compromise between choosing ideal figures and employing realpolitik:

  • Your letters: Toward better water management

    This is a comment to a letter titled “Water: Prerogative or privilege,” (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 27) by Vanshika Virmani.

  • Comments: The vision of outspoken Ahok

    This is a comment on an article titled “The dilemma facing Jakarta’s incoming governor” (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 4, p.6), by Hendro Suwito.

  • Comments: Timor Leste atrocities not forgotten

    The human rights violations that occurred in Timor Leste, formerly known as East Timor, during the period of 1974 to 1999, when the country was still a part of Indonesia, may no longer be in the spotlight, but the memories remain.

  • Issue of the day: Kids say poverty pushes them to drive buses

    Sixteen-year-old Randa relaxed in the driver’s seat of a Metromini bus on route S62, traveling from Manggarai bus station to Pasar Minggu Bus Terminal in South Jakarta, while waiting for passengers in Manggarai on Thursday.

  • Text your say: Jokowi’s Cabinet

    Your comments on the swearing in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of the 34 ministers of his new Cabinet on Monday, which some observers say constituted a compromise between choosing ideal figures and employing realpolitik:

  • Your letters: Answer-key orientation in student tests

    I just had the chance to read some test results from my nephew who is in the first grade of elementary school. Sadly, I found a question that was very key-oriented.

  • Comments: KMP looks to dominate House

    Recent efforts at reconciliation from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and losing presidential contender Prabowo Subianto do not appear to apply to the two political coalitions that support them, with the fiery rivalry between the two coalitions alive and well at the House of Representatives.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi’s Cabinet announced

    After taking the oath of office on Oct. 20, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Sunday his Cabinet lineup after delaying the announcement last Wednesday night, prompting speculation that he was wrangling with leaders of political parties in his coalition who were insisting on nominating problematic candidates.

  • Text your say: Eight delisted from ministerial posts

    Your comments on the scrapping of eight ministerial candidates by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo because they were suspected by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of being implicated in corruption cases:

  • Your letters: Making ‘made-in-Indonesia’ competitive

    This refers to an article titled “Competent FM ‘a must for Jokowi’” (The Jakarta Post Online, Oct. 17).

  • Your letters: An excellent new leader

    As a foreigner living in Jakarta, I have been very impressed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s selection process for his new Cabinet. He used the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to get rid of improper candidates before the announcement of his Cabinet.

  • Your letters: Jokowi’s five-year term

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet was finally announced on Sunday. At first glance, most of the ministers have been aptly positioned; they have the requisite background knowledge and experience. It’s not clear whether all the names in the Cabinet have been checked by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), but hopes are high.

  • Citizen journalism

    Young adults, traveling on a Greater Jakarta commuter train from Jakarta to Bogor, occupy seats prioritized for the elderly, pregnant women and the disabled, ignoring the older man standing next to them

  • Your letters: First Family stays cool, won’t parade wealth

    The children of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may have no reservations about showing off their luxurious lifestyles, but the children of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who will be sworn in as President on Monday, are on the other side of the fence.

  • Issue of the day: Abbott optimistic about success of new govt

    Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed amazement over the enthusiasm displayed by the Indonesian public in welcoming the new government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • Text your say: The party of the people

    Your comments on the hundreds of thousands of people who took part in an unprecedented street celebration on Monday to welcome President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla into office, signaling their high hopes for the new leaders:

  • Your letters: The vision of outspoken Ahok

    This is a comment on an article titled “The dilemma facing Jakarta’s incoming governor”, (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 4, p6), by Hendro Suwito.

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