The following stories talk about the subject ‘Poverty’.
A child death through lack of money in one of the world’s most resource rich countries.
Reading Ambassador (Duta Baca Indonesia), television celebrity Tantowi Yahya said at the proclamation event in Pontianak for the "West Kalimantan Reads" movement that Indonesians were not voracious readers for largely reasons of poverty:
"Above all it's based on economic factors, on whether families can afford to buy books and newspapers."
Poor families would naturally prioritise food, school fees, and school textbooks, over the purchase of recreational reading material.
He suggested two methods to ameliorate the problem:
Tantowi Yahya extolling the virtues of reading
However on at least the first point - libraries - Tantowi said Indonesia still had very far to go in providing adequate public facilities, and that most regional government heads had little interest in developing library facilities:
How many local politicians campaign on building up library infrastructure?
The example of Riau has to be followed in other regions.
Movement of village dwellers to cities like Jakarta to be welcomed say urban planners.
Jakarta's anti begging law in the light of constitutional freedom of speech.
Is Jakarta one of the worst third world hellholes?
Another East Timor in Papua, lack of development in the province, and racism by other Indonesians towards Papuans.
Politicians waging war on poverty via billboards, and bus riding buskers in Jakarta.
Timdog on popular stereotypes about Madura and the Madurese, and the rumoured sexual prowess of the women.
Purba Negoro on how expats in Indonesia can lend a hand by helping and contributing to charitable organizations.