6:32 pm January 8, 2015 | 8 Comments
It would be problematic for me to say I encourage Charlie Hebdo's way of lampooning, but I do know that I’m a proponent for freedom and liberty of speech. No killing is justified.
5:27 pm October 16, 2014 | 8 Comments
The recent filing of a judicial review to the Constitutional Court, arguing that interfaith marriage should be allowed in Indonesia, has re-triggered the voicing of some diverse views on Indonesia’s founding principles.
4:27 pm October 14, 2014 | No Comment
To the people of Hong Kong, the grass may be greener in Indonesia. But were they to look into the real course of Indonesia’s democracy, the discovery may well be disappointing. To say the situation is an irony would be an understatement.
3:22 pm July 25, 2014 | 4 Comments
So, why is it that my friends who do not happen to observe the Words of Islam do not receive the respect they deserve as they choose to nourish their body during this month of tolerance? Why are they not tolerated for the choices they make?
6:55 pm July 10, 2014 | 1 Comment
Each Indonesian has his/her own set of privileges; these privileges will make us appreciate different things. An Indonesian who grew up in Sengkang, South Sulawesi, might appreciate the Bugis culture’s recognition of five genders.
3:26 pm July 4, 2014 | No Comment
Indonesia needs pro-growth fiscal and monetary policies, but economic growth does not necessarily equate to an increase in the standard of living of Indonesia’s poor families.
12:47 pm June 30, 2014 | No Comment
Ramadhan is the fasting month for those who observe it among the muslim communities. The word fasting in Arabic is “sawm”, which means “to refrain.” According to Al Ghazali, ordinary fasting is observed as abstaining from food, drinks and sex from sunrise to sunset. Special fasting is observed as abstaining — the ears, eyes, tongue, […]
10:30 am June 30, 2014 | No Comment
In 2012, the Education and Culture Ministry, Finance Ministry and the Religious Affairs Ministry joined forces and established what is called the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP), an institution aimed at shaping leaders and professionals as the locomotive of Indonesia’s progress.
6:08 pm June 17, 2014 | 1 Comment
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo once said: “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.” In Sunday night’s presidential debate, held at the Hotel Gran Melia in Kuningan, Central Jakarta, presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo were challenged to translate their incredibly poetic campaigns thus far into substantive policy measures in two of […]
6:47 pm June 10, 2014 | No Comment
The deals have been finalized, the documents verified, health conditions checked upon, ballot numbers drawn and the talking heads on most television channels determined to indulge Indonesians with nauseating doses of the country’s favourite pastime: analyzing politics.
1:45 pm May 28, 2014 | 1 Comment
It is about time for Jakarta to start caring for its people, especially pedestrians. Walking in Jakarta’s sidewalks can be dangerous. It requires bravery to fight against motorcyclists who drive guilt-free as well as street vendors making a living on the street sides, not to mention stretches of it that are unevenly constructed and dotted […]
2:51 pm May 6, 2014 | No Comment
In the fast pace of this digital era, information technology business is a promising land where everyone has a shot to be successful. NXT CON, a new annual tech event, is coming to town bring together entrepreneurs, investors, corporations and media in Jakarta on May 7-8, 2014. The two-day conference will hold panel discussions from […]
12:00 pm May 6, 2014 | No Comment
The recent molestation case of a six-year-old Jakarta International School, or JIS, student has sparked yet another fiery discussion on the issue of sexual violence. A lot of what we heard or read in the media recently are questions regarding JIS’s security measures and how an elite education institution was unable to prevent the unfortunate […]
7:30 am May 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
Indonesia’s April 9 parliamentary election was relatively peaceful and clean, which shows how far democratization has come in the last 15 years despite the deep psychological and structural damages wrought by former Indonesian President Suharto. But as the presidential vote nears, it is increasingly clear that the process remains limited. The popular movement that overthrew […]
11:30 am May 5, 2014 | No Comment
Dear Pak Tabiin, Before I met you, I have always thought that the concept of having a great teacher who would change your life forever only existed in films like “Dead Poets Society” and “Mona Lisa Smile”, but within the span of three years in high school you proved me wrong, and you have done […]