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

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

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

12 Pencapaian Jokowi

Dalam waktu kurang dari dua tahun, Gubernur DKI Joko Widodo dan Wakilnya, Basuki Tjahaya Purnama (Ahok), telah berhasil mencapai banyak hal. Meski harus diakui belum semuanya tuntas, tetapi orang jujur mestinya bisa melihat sendiri perubahan-perubahan itu. Yang belum tuntas itu, di antaranya adalah masalah banjir dan kemacetan -- karena keduanya adalah masalah yang kompleks, dan … Continue reading 12 Pencapaian Jokowi

Tawa Bapak Buta dan Kekuatan Kata

Bapakbuta mengemis di pinggir jalan. Di sampingnya ia letakkan papan bertuliskan: "Saya buta. Tolonglah Saya." Seharian itu ia hanya dapat sembilan ribu. Benar... sembilan ribu. Rupiah tentu saja, bukan Ringgit Malaysia (RM), apalagi dolar. Setiap hari ketika mengemis, jumlah yang didapatkannya hanya berkisar 8-10 ribu saja. Jarang sekali lebih dari itu. Esoknya Pak Kiwir lewat … Continue reading Tawa Bapak Buta dan Kekuatan Kata