Success in Fighting the Pandemic: Hopes from Jakarta

Note: Since first time it was published, this article has been updated from time to time, so that readers can have better comprehension in the reading. [Sejak awal diterbitkan, tulisan ini mengalami perbaikan dari waktu ke waktu, agar pembaca mendapatkan informasi terbaru.] AFTER 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic, it still seems not easy to … Continue reading Success in Fighting the Pandemic: Hopes from Jakarta

The Bigger Threat the Better in Pandemic

With the new wave threatening countries like Indonesia after the Idul Fitri long holiday (May-June 2012), it is paramount for the Indonesian government to emphasize the 'bigger threat perception' strategy to the citizen. This article, written in The Jakarta Post last February 24, 2021, tell us why. Although there has been an increase in COVID-19 … Continue reading The Bigger Threat the Better in Pandemic

Wasiat Terakhir Imam Ali – The Last Will of Ali

Setelah ditikam Ibnu Muljam saat solat di masjid Kufah (Irak) pada dini hari 19 Ramadhan 40 Hijriah , berikut di antara wasiat Khalifah Ali: "Perjuangkan kebenaran. Perangi para penindas, dan bantulah yang didzalimi. Jaga persatuan. (Bersatu kembali di atas perbedaan yang ada lebih berharga ketimbang semua solat dan semua jenis puasa -reconciliation of your differences … Continue reading Wasiat Terakhir Imam Ali – The Last Will of Ali

Ikut Al-Shugairi Keliling Eropa

Wartawan Arab Ahmad Al-Shugairi, punya program televisi yang menarik berjudul "Khawatir" di stasiun TV Aram. Ia sering keliling dunia.           Beberapa tahun silam Al-Shugairi keliling Eropa, dan berhasil menunjukkan banyak pelajaran yang menarik -- khususnya yang terkait dengan nilai-nilai Islam, termasuk 'persaudaraan sesama Muslim'. Ahmad Al-Shugairi lahir di Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Setelah lulus … Continue reading Ikut Al-Shugairi Keliling Eropa

Ketika Burger Digebukin

Apa yang Anda lakukan kalau melihat ada anak yang di-bully teman-temannya? Sebagian orang mungkin diam saja, tidak tahu mau ngapain. Tapi sebagian yang lain barangkali akan tergerak untuk membela anak yang dibulli itu. Perkara perundungan (bullying) sering terjadi di depan kita -- dan lazimnya yang jadi korban adalah anak-anak, baik SD, SMP atau pun SMA. Pelaku … Continue reading Ketika Burger Digebukin

PRASANGKA

Tentang PRASANGKA "Prasangka" buruk adalah penilaian negatif terhadap sesuatu kelompok atau individu yg dilakukan sejak awal dan terus berlanjut walaupun faktanya tdk sesuai dgn penilaian tersebut... Gordon W. Allport dalam 'The Nature of Prejudice' menyatakan bahwa prasangka merupakan pernyataan yang hanya didasarkan pada suka dan tidak suka, mendukung dan tidak mendukung, hingga pandangan yang emosional … Continue reading PRASANGKA

Kekuatan Media Sosial

Benarkah media sosial bakal makin penting saat pemilu tahun 2014 mendatang? Boleh jadi. Bisa jadi pula, media konvensional seperti koran, televisi dan radio, tetap menjadi andalan para politisi untuk berkampanye saat itu. Sekarang kita belum tahu pasti.Yang jelas, belakangan ini media sosial itu terasa kian berperan, khususnya setelah muncul pernyataan presiden awal Oktober lalu yang … Continue reading Kekuatan Media Sosial

Mencari Suami

Alkisah, sebuah department store menjual calon suami baru diresmikan. Baru sampai di sini, si Kiwir tertawa ngakak:" huahaha...ada-ada saja. Toko jualan calon suami..." Benar. Menjual lelaki, calon pengantin pria. Bangunannya mewah, bertingkat enam. Segera sesudah dibuka, toko itu diserbu kaum wanita. (Mungkin karena sekarang ini lebih sulit cari calon suami ketimbang calon isteri, kaleee?) Di … Continue reading Mencari Suami

Ketika Ikan-ikan Ngumpul

Mengenang tsunami Aceh 26 Desember 2004, baiklah kita doakan ratusan ribu korban yang telah meninggal: semoga Allah SWT mengampuni dosa-dosa mereka dan memasukkan mereka dalam surga-Nya. Doa yang sama buat orang tua dan guru-guru kita, serta kita sendiri. Amin Ya Robbal 'Alamin. Tulisan di bawah ini juga saya unggah kembali -- karena mengaitkannya dengan bencana … Continue reading Ketika Ikan-ikan Ngumpul

Memuaskan Bos atau Karyawan?

Syafiq Basri Assegaff. Tulisan asli dapat dibaca di Inilah.Com, 15 Desember 2011. Ini adalah tentang komunikasi di tempat Anda bekerja. Tentang komunikasi internal. Boleh jadi Anda akan mengaitkannya dengan organisasi semacam PSSI, yang pelatihnya, Rahmad Darmawan, belum lama ini mengundurkan diri. Kalau pun begitu, mungkin Anda tidak keliru. Sebab tampaknya komunikasi internal memang merupakan kunci … Continue reading Memuaskan Bos atau Karyawan?

Di Mana Wajah Tuhan?

Alkisah, serombongan pendeta datang ke Madinah. Mereka bertanya kepada Khalifah Abu Bakar tentang Nabi saww dan Kitab yang dibawanya - Al-Qur’an. Abubakar berkata,”Betul, telah datang kepada kami Nabi kami dan ia membawa Kitab suci.” Lalu terjadi dialog berikut: + Adakah dalam Kitab Suci itu disebut wajah Allah? - Betul. + Apa tafsirnya? - Ini pertanyaan … Continue reading Di Mana Wajah Tuhan?

The Tale of Kampung Akuarium

Why live in one of the world's most populated capital cities if you continue to get evicted because the local government says you are occupying its land illegally? Despite being there since the 1970s, how can you live there comfortably knowing your children's future is at stake, with no fair access to primary life services? … Continue reading The Tale of Kampung Akuarium

Fighting the Pandemic with Up-to-Date Data

People wearing masks in Jakarta: winning the race. Health experts in the world advise that accurate and current data is crucial in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, many provinces in Indonesia are showing tardiness in inputting data on active cases in their areas, so they badly need to make improvements. Among seven provinces in Jawa … Continue reading Fighting the Pandemic with Up-to-Date Data

Between political legacy and the pandemic

Indonesia is swimming in Covid-19. The curve rocketed significantly in the past two months, added with the news that a doctor opposed the handling of the pandemic. The original article was published in the New Straits Times, Malaysia, on 25 July 2021. Pictures added separately. This is exacerbated by vaccination hoaxes and the denial of … Continue reading Between political legacy and the pandemic

List of Publication

Please find many articles in English and Indonesian languages published in the following media: English Publications: The Jakarta Post: The Jakarta Post, 23 June 2021 -- Flattening the Curve by Increasing Perceived Risk. The Jakarta Post, 2 June 2021 -- Five Future Strategies for Fighting COVID-19.The Jakarta Post, 2 May 2021 – Mudik: You Want … Continue reading List of Publication

Five future strategies for fighting COVID-19

Syafiq Basri Assegaff (The Jakarta Post) Jakarta Wed, June 2, 2021 It seems we may have to reconsider our optimism, which blossomed thanks to the mass vaccination program, following the recent Idul Fitri holiday in mid-May. The likelihood of achieving herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2 has remained low due to two important factors: not all individuals … Continue reading Five future strategies for fighting COVID-19

You Want Me to Turn Back from this “Mudik”? No Way!

By: Syafiq Basri Assegaff. [The writer is a medical doctor who teaches at the LSPR Communication & Business Institute in Jakarta.] It needs 5 minutes to read. Please check the original article in the Jakarta Post (3 May 2021) which was also republished by The Star Malaysia (9 May 2012) via this link. In the … Continue reading You Want Me to Turn Back from this “Mudik”? No Way!

How Jakarta Fights the Pandemic

Syafiq Basri Assegaff *) AFTER a year of the Covid-19 pandemic, it still seems not easy to get a sheer picture of the outbreak in Indonesia. But its capital, Jakarta, is showing transparent data including the way it is treating the situation. What Jakarta has been doing in responding to the pandemic seemingly is based … Continue reading How Jakarta Fights the Pandemic

Improve Vaccination Program

In fact, the disease will persist for the next few years, and it looks likely to turn into an endemic in some countries, not pandemic (worldwide) anymore. The original article published in Kompas daily, 26 March 2021; can be accessed via this link in Kompas.id. Baca versi asli dalam bahasa Indonesia (read the Indonesian version … Continue reading Improve Vaccination Program