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Readers Forum

  • Your letters: Happy Teachers’ Day

    “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”, William Arthur Ward.

  • Your letters: Pros and cons of Abenomics

    I would like to respond to “Abenomics undelivered” [referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe] in the Opinion section on Nov. 19 as a Japanese citizen. Regarding the relationship with neighboring countries, such as China and Korea, I think it is difficult to improve our relationship with both countries if they insist upon their present stances, because, in the case of the Senkaku Islands, which are disputed with China, they were owned by a Japanese family, and the family sold them to the Japanese government.

  • Text your say: House of Representatives’ right of inquiry

    Your comments on a move by a number of lawmakers to file a petition to request that the House of Representatives exercise its inquiry right into President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to increase the prices of subsidized fuel:

  • Issue of the day: Litterbugs to be fined or imprisoned

    Watch out litterbugs: Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil will impose fines for littering starting on Dec. 1. Over the past nine years, Bylaw No. 11/2005 on public order, cleanliness and beauty (K3) and Bandung Mayoral Regulation No. 522/2007, which regulates the fines and guidelines, remained toothless as nobody got punished for illegal littering.

  • Comments on other issues:

    The Jakarta Traffic Police will focus on ticketing motorcyclists who ride against the flow of traffic and public transportation vehicles that stop recklessly in this year’s Operation Zebra, which is set to commence on Wednesday.

  • Your letters: Foreign ownership in real estate

    Allowing foreign direct purchases in the property market has been a common practice for quite a while in many countries.

  • Your letters: BPJS may end like fuel subsidy

    I refer to an article titled “Buying time on BPJS health”, (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 25). The US health care system began long time ago and saw a miserable decline in the 1960s with Lyndon B. Johnson’s MediCare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield programs.

  • Your letters: Learning arts to keep minds open

    I am a Surabaya-born pianist, currently in the final year of my doctoral studies in music at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.

  • Text your say: Newly appointed attorney general

    Your comments on the appointment of Muhammad Prasetyo, a member of the NasDem party, as attorney general, which many said to be a setback for law-enforcement efforts:

  • Issue of the day: Middle class shifting to non-subsidized fuels

    Since the price gap has narrowed, following the government’s decision to raise subsidized fuel prices, middle-class motorists have shifted to non-subsidized fuels.

  • Comments on other issues:

    Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has left a lot of work to do for the new government in relation to blasphemy prosecutions.

  • Your letters: Selfies, why not?

    Sunday must have been a slow news day, as your “By the way” column by Bambang Widodo titled “Unbearable lightness — and pointlessness — of selfies” (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 23) was exceedingly pointless and irrelevant.

  • Your letters: Eureka not Halloween!

    You will hear many excuses about why Australians should celebrate Halloween, from our Celtic ancestry to our desire to pay homage to the dead on All Hallows’ Eve. Others simply claim it is a fun opportunity for kids to get dressed up and build community spirit.

  • Your letters: Human rights violations in Gaza

    Israeli human rights violations and the brutal use of force against unarmed civilians have become big challenges for the conscience of the modern world and human rights organizations.

  • Text your say: Newly appointed attorney general

    Your comments on the appointment of Muhammad Prasetyo, a member of the NasDem party, as attorney general, which many said to be a setback for law-enforcement efforts:

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi flies economy class to Singapore

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana are scheduled to fly to Singapore on Friday to attend the high school graduation ceremony of their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep.

  • Comments on other issues:

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana are scheduled to fly to Singapore on Friday to attend the high school graduation ceremony of their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep.

  • Your letters: Jakarta, sea of motorcycles

    As the country that has the third largest motorcycle population in the world after China and India, Indonesia can’t be separated from traffic jams. Especially in the capital Jakarta, there are many motorcycles. A great number of motorcycles will surely result in a great number of traffic violations, which sometimes lead to accidents. Starting from not using a helmet until running red traffic lights, these motorists are putting their lives on the line just to reach their destinations at the right time.

  • Your letters: Democratic city in a communist country

    Politics is a messy word. Democracy is more than just a dictionary explanation. Every country’s government structure is complex because there are so many issues to be considered. The primary consideration must be to address the majority’s needs to enable the country to progress. There has to be compromise and accommodation.

  • Your letters: Improving teaching methods

    This refers to an article entitled “Govt to improve teaching methods”, (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 13).

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