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Readers Forum

  • Comment: Collecting DNA from families of MH17 victims


    The National Police said on Saturday they would continue to communicate with the families of the 12 Indonesians who died in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 incident, to collect more DNA samples from victims’ relatives to expedite the identification process.

  • Comment: Export taxes paid by small miners


    Amid the prolonged battle between the government and big miners over a policy to ban the export of raw mineral ore, two smaller miners have agreed to ship their raw ore overseas, despite having to pay hefty export taxes.

  • Comment: FM ‘shocked’ by plane crash


    Malaysia’s premier expressed “shock” at reports a Malaysia Airlines flight may have been shot down over troubled eastern Ukraine as his nation reeled from another wrenching air tragedy just months after MH370 disappeared.

  • Comments: Student orientation no place for bullying


    After a long holiday new students across Jakarta started their first day at school with mixed feelings because on the one hand they would make new friends and have new teachers, but on the other they would have to undergo three days of orientation, which has become synonymous with bullying carried out by senior students on younger ones.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi launches survey to select ministers

    President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his team have introduced a survey called “People’s choices for an alternative Cabinet”, published on jokowicenter.com just a few days after being declared winner of the 2014 presidential election.

  • Text your say: President-elect Jokowi

    Your comments on the declaration by the General Elections Commission (KPU) that the ticket of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla won the July 9 presidential election, despite protests from rival ticket, Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa:

  • Your letters: Unprotected employment

    It seems that the author of the article “Jokowi needs to step up” (The Jakarta Post, July 24) Michele Ford, director of Sydney’s Southeast Asia Centre, is either not well aware of the situation of Indonesia’s employment and economy, or she is just eager to be the first one to try throwing rocks at the president-elect.

  • Citizen journalism: Higher than the mountains

    If you drive for 20 minutes (which only happens in a perfect world without vicious traffic) away from the West Bekasi tollgate, you will find Bantar Gebang district, part of which is a highland. However, the unique odor that greets you as you get closer to the highland whisks away the portrait of a mountainous land full of green grass, edelweiss and butterflies. The highland is apparently the Sumur Batu landfill, which is filled with mountains of trash.

  • Comments on other issues: Export taxes paid by small miners

    Amid the prolonged battle between the government and big miners over a policy to ban the export of raw mineral ore, two smaller miners have agreed to ship their raw ore overseas despite having to pay hefty export taxes.

  • Comments on other issues: ERP fails to detect local license numbers

    The trial electronic road pricing (ERP) system on Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta, which has been going on for several days, has shown certain weaknesses in its gantry or physical framework, especially in detecting cars’ license numbers.