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Readers Forum

  • Comments: ‘Magic mushrooms’ are narcotics: Police

    Dec. 12, p1

    The Bali Police have warned all residents, as well as tourists vacationing on the island, to avoid consumption of “magic mushrooms”, stating it could lead to a prison term.

  • Comments: Culture can make or break strategy

    Dec. 13, p18

    Without a deep and accurate assessment of their organization’s culture, boards and management teams will find it very challenging to initiate and implement strategic change.

  • Issue of the day: Aussies offer support to Muslims

    Dec. 16, Online/AP

    Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney café siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit.

  • Text your say: Dozens killed as landslide buries hamlet

    Your comments on a giant landslide that killed dozens of people in a hamlet in Banjarnegara, Central Java and the government’s anticipatory measures as the rainy season continues and landslides and flooding remain a threat in many parts of the country:

  • Your letters: Education for responsible students

    I refer to an article titled “Curriculum blues: struggling for solid ground”, (the Post, Dec. 14) by Pandaya.

  • Your letters: Untapped tax revenue

    This is a comment on an editorial titled “Huge untapped tax revenue”, (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 15).

  • Your letters: Airport interrogation

    I arrived at Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan in late October.

  • Your letters: Rupiah fall a blessing in disguise

    Rupiah falls? The grassroots level does not understand; it is only the speculators who know about it. So what can we do? In recent days, the rupiah has experienced tremendous pressure, closing at 12,725 per US dollar on Dec. 16, the lowest since 1998. Economists say the cause is that our economic fundamentals are not strong and it is also due to how easily foreign investors withdraw their money in the form of dollars, so we lack dollars.

  • Comments: City to revitalize public transportation system

    Dec. 11, p9

    The Jakarta administration plans to revitalize the city’s public transportation with help from the Australian government’s overseas-assistance program AusAID’s Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII).

  • Comments: Ministry seeks to instill patriotism in students

    Dec. 11, p3

    The Defense Ministry is proposing to make patriotism a subject in schools in a bid to revive nationalism among students.

  • Comments: Osteoporosis affecting younger people

    Dec. 13, p9

    The Indonesian Osteoporosis Association (Perosi) and the Indonesian Healthy Bone Foundation (Perwatusi) have warned of the lack of awareness of the danger of osteoporosis among urban residents.

  • Comments: Thousands protest police killings

    Dec. 14, Online/AP

    Tens of thousands of protesters across the US marched on Saturday — to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to police killings of unarmed black men and urge lawmakers to take action.

  • Comments: Fewer working hours for women?

    Dec. 14, p1

    There is still time for one of the country’s top figures in gender affairs to step in and prevent the reduction of working hours for women — an idea likely to constitute a setback for gender fairness in the country.


  • Cafe siege ends: 3 dead, including gunman

    Dec. 16, Online

    The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia’s largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 people hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window’s festive inscription of “Merry Christmas”.

  • National e-shopping day

    As Indonesia is set to become a hotbed for e-commerce, it organized Online Shopping Day on Friday for the third time since 2012, offering discounts of up to 80 percent:

  • Your letters: Cutting against the grain

    The idea of cutting working hours for women to make them shorter than those of their male counterparts seems a rash, thoughtless idea. To think that the reason behind the careless statement by Vice President Jusuf Kalla was to offer an opportunity to women to care more for their children and family, as that is their traditional role, is even irksome. Noble it might be, yet it amplifies the mainstream idea that the duty to look after the kids and family is reserved only for mothers and fathers can be happy-go-lucky parties. It’s like watching The Stepford Wives movie in which the men take the role of the traditional wife very seriously. Men need to realize women are not something they can mold into their perfect housewives.

  • Comments: The threat from the Blasphemy Law

    Dec. 5, p6

    The 1965 Blasphemy Law is a tough challenge to human rights. Contrary to the protection of the right to worship, it raises the risk of human rights violations. Not only can it be used to criminalize someone, the law is also easily manipulated by various actors. (By Ayu Mellisa, Jakarta)

  • Comments: Inviting S. Korea to help revitalize Jakarta rivers

    Dec. 12, Online

    During his three-day visit to Busan, South Korea, on Dec. 10-12 to attend the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-South Korea Dialogue, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he was impressed by the South Korean government’s success in revitalizing rivers in Seoul, prompting him to invite the South Korean government to work together to develop rivers in Indonesia’s capital city.

    He said that based on the information he had, Seoul’s rivers were once similar to the rivers in Jakarta today.

  • Comments: Dozens killed in landslide

    Dec. 14, Online

    With search efforts suspended due to heavy rain, at least 91 residents remained unaccounted for on Saturday following Friday evening’s landslide in an upland area of Sampang subdistrict, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java.
    National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the ground at the site of the disaster was still unstable. “The rain could lead to more landslides,” Sutopo said.

  • Issue of the day: Thousands of workers protest minimum wage

    Dec. 11, p2

    Hundreds of thousands of laborers across the country joined street rallies on Wednesday, demanding reviews of minimum wages. Workers from factories in Greater Jakarta demonstrated in several areas in the city, including gathering at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle. The members of various labor organizations then continued to convoy to the State Palace and City Hall.

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