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Readers Forum

  • Comments: Most corrupt country title

    Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Emerson Yuntho said on Thursday that his group was not surprised that the United States-based Gallup polling company had named Indonesia the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia.


  • Comments: Jokowi, Ahok show off bromance at event

    Days prior to the inauguration of the country’s seventh president, president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and acting Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama shared some light moments on Thursday at Istora Senayan, Central Jakarta, as Jokowi and city officials said their goodbyes.

  • Text your say: Burning issue

    Your comments on the failure of the government in handling the forest and peat fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, while smoke and haze continue to prevent students from attending school and disrupt flights in the region:

  • Your letters: Reviving the traditional market

    Traditional markets have for the most part been part of my life. Having relocated into a market from being a street vendor, my mum once was a permanent occupant of a small traditional market in my hometown. She used to bring me along to her small stall while I was on holiday. In fact, every morning before school, I helped her bring her merchandise to the market. It provided the bread-and-butter income for my family.

  • Your letters: Jokowi and socialism

    The word socialism is often heavily affiliated with communism, but is socialism really a bad thing for Indonesia? It seems that socialism will have a big impact on Indonesia during Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, especially since he has promised 12 years of basic education and improvement to the national healthcare system, among other things.

  • Citizen journalism: Be a public eye!

    With your cellphone 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.

  • Your letters: After Zuckerberg’s visit, what’s next?

    Indonesian netizens were amazed by a picture of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg enjoying the sunrise at Borobudur on Oct. 13. President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told Zuckerberg that Indonesia should also benefit from internet.org, the platform Zuckerberg was promoting on his trip.

  • Your letters: Child obesity alarming

    This refers to an article titled “High prevalence of child obesity in Jakarta sparks concerns” (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 16, p2).

  • Citizen journalism: Food vouchers for Gaza families

    It took several years for Ahmad Bihar to build a home and a shop for his family. Then, in just the blink of an eye, it was bombed into rubble.

  • Text your say: Burning issue

    Your comments on the failure of the government in handling the forest and peat fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, while smoke and haze continue to prevent students from attending school and disrupt flights in the region:

  • Supervision of expatriates to be intensified

    The city administration will intensify the supervision of foreign workers ahead of the ASEAN economic community (AEC) scheduled for the end of 2015 to ensure that certain strategic positions are not occupied by staff from overseas. “The position of human resources manager or director may not be held by an expatriate as they deal with personnel recruitment and compliance with the labor laws,” head of the Manpower and Transmigration Agency Priyono said on Saturday.

  • Comments on other issues: Jokowi’s ‘silent operation’

    The decision by president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to remain secretive about the selection of his Cabinet members has fueled speculation over potential political interference from political elites.

  • Comments on other issues: ‘Giant Sea Wall to inflict losses on Jakartans’

    The Giant Sea Wall, an Rp 600 trillion (US$49.07 billion) construction project in the Masterplan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI) that started on Oct. 9, poses serious problems for Jakarta’s residents, NGOs have said.

  • Comments on other issues: Modern humanity may have begun in RI

    A team of researchers has found prehistoric cave images in Maros, South Sulawesi, that it says were drawn almost 40,000 years ago.

  • Comments: No deal yet for Jokowi, Ical

    Less than a week before his inauguration, president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a meeting on Tuesday with Golkar Party chairman Aburizal “Ical” Bakrie; the first of several that he plans to have with other party leaders from the rival Red-and-White Coalition.

  • Comments: Kindergarten accepts garbage as school fees

    The parents of pupils at Junjung Biru kindergarten in Tuan Kentang subdistrict, Sebrang Ulu I district, Palembang, South Sumatra, can keep their money in their pockets as they can pay their children’s school fees using recyclable garbage. The kindergarten, which belongs to Syalfitri, a resident concerned about waste management, has been operating for five years.

  • Comments: Zuckerberg, Jokowi meet, go on ’blusukan’

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with president-elect and Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at City Hall on Monday, to discuss potential cooperation under the latter’s administration.

  • Comments: City prepares Old Town for world heritage list

    The city administration and the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC), a consortium of private and state-owned enterprises, is gearing up to nominate the Kota Tua (Old Town) area in West and North Jakarta as a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • Comments: Rp 1m to regulate polygamy in Lombok

    East Lombok regency in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) has issued a regulation (Perbup) requiring male civil servants to pay Rp 1 million (US$81) if they wish to marry a second wife, a move critics say is likely to increase divorce rates and trigger an uptick in cases of domestic violence.

  • Issue of the day: Identify those behind bullying video

    The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has urged the government and the National Police to seek and arrest those responsible for uploading a video showing the classroom beating of a fourth grade female student at SD Trisula Perwari elementary school in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra.

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