Readers Forum

  • Citizen journalism: Be a public eye!

    With your cell phone camera, you can take photographs of anything that you think is interesting. You may also send reports on any events or other topics of interest.

  • Citizen journalism: Saving youths from drugs

    The number of drug addicts has sharply increased. Based on latest reports issued by the nation’s antidrug agency (BNN), 50 people — mostly young people — die each day from drug abuse. BNN predicts that this year the number of drug addicts will exceed five million.

  • Citizen journalism: Ignite Cup in our school

    Our school recently organized an inter-school level event called “Ignite Cup 2015”, with students participating in sports and games like soccer, basketball and dance competitions.

  • Your letters: Nightmarish pursuit for justice

    The judicial process in Indonesia is a nightmarish pursuit for justice.

  • Your letters: Problem behind biodiesel production

    I refer to an article titled “A new plan to support biofuel blend,” (The Jakarta Post, March 17, p13).

  • Text your say: The end of the saga?

    Your comments on the issuance of a gubernatorial regulation on the city budget by Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, after he failed to secure approval from the City Council following a long dispute between the governor and the majority of city councilors:

  • Issue of the day: IMF suggests intervention to stabilize rupiah

    Continued exchange-rate flexibility and limited market intervention on the rupiah could create a safety buffer for Indonesia ahead of the global financial shocks likely to occur this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised.

  • Comments on other issues: Golkar sees worsening tensions

    Tensions between two opposing factions in the Golkar Party have escalated as Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly validated the leadership of Agung Laksono on Monday.

  • Comments on other issues: The calm before the silence

    A lecturer remarked to me recently, while reading a student event proposal, “The KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] is limping and a faculty member is facing possible prosecution. Why aren’t you guys protesting?” (By Ibrahim Hanif, Yogyakarta)

  • Comments on other issues: Smart city index coming to Indonesia

    Decades ago, urban conglomerations competed to clinch “global city” or “world city” status by luring big corporations to establish headquarters in their city. Now, the global “smart city” concept has reached Indonesia.

  • Comments on other issues: Iran: No inspections of nuclear sites

    An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the UN atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported.

  • Comments on other issues: Abolishing laws targeting minorities

    A rights activist is demanding President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s government declare its intention to abolish any laws that target minorities and to prosecute those who commit violence against them.

  • RI accepts credentials of Australian envoy

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo accepted on Thursday the credentials of new Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson, who was among six foreign envoys arriving for their new assignments in Jakarta.

  • Your letters: Jakarta — the disabling city

    As a physically able 16-year-old student in a world full of adults, I am so utterly amazed and disappointed by the total lack of consideration for the physically disabled in Indonesia.

  • Comments on other issues: NU students reject IS

    School and university students joined with the Semarang chapters of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) wing organizations, namely the Indonesian Islamic Students Movement (PMII), the NU Students Association (IPNU) and the NU Female Students Association (IPPNU), to stage a rally against the Islamic State (IS) militant group on Sunday.

  • Comments on other issues: Australia a puzzling hotbed of IS recruiting

    A nightclub bouncer who reportedly became a terror group leader. A man who tweeted a photo of his young son clutching a severed head.

  • Text your say: Five extremists linked to IS arrested

    Your comments on Saturday’s arrest by the Densus 88 counterterrorism squad of five alleged extremists linked to 16 Indonesians apprehended by Turkish authorities, who suspected them of intending to cross the border into Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) organization:

  • Your letters: When law becomes impotent

    Our hearts mourned with deep anguish to see the 63-year-old Asyani, an elderly woman from Situbondo, East Java, wailing in the courtroom, begging for mercy not to be put in jail. The idea that the fragile, hunched, elderly woman could even lift the teak wood she was accused of stealing from state forestry company PT Perhutani seemed ludicrous.

  • Your letters: RIP Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

    Singapore is an example to the whole world of how a state should be run; with tough laws making all sectors of the economy run smoothly and strict enforcement to punish those who do not abide by them. All these measures are showing the world that success can only be achieved by future planning, tough laws and serious work ethic.

  • Comments on other issues: Detained cop fears inmate attacks

    A police officer with the East Jakarta Police who was charged for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl has been detained at a detention center at his own office to avoid being assaulted by other inmates.

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