Sunday SundererHock Chuan Ong
has "Observations about the media, current affairs, communications issues and life in Indonesia."
A journalist and occasional contributor to the Jakarta Post, his thoughts echo mine.I often wonder about the tolerance level of Indonesians to incompetent authority.
For weeks, the state electricity company PLN ignored my office's requests for them to come repair some electricity cables that were dislodged during a heavy storm in Jakarta.
Finally, tiring of asking for them to do their job we wrote to the Jakarta Post.
Lo and behold! Even before the letter was published we spied some PLN workers outside looking busy trying to fix what they should have done weeks ago. On checking with the Post it seems that one of the editors had tried a whole day to get to PLN to follow up on our inquiry.
The Jakarta Post published Hock's letter one week after he posted the above.
I am now beginning to wonder about the competence of the Post. A month ago I also wrote to them
because, you may recall, I was having problems
in getting my satellite TV provider to accept my money. I cc'd my email to Indovision and it worked wonders; for a month now I have had a good relationship with their Customer Care division.
Three days ago the Jakarta Post sent me an acknowledgement of my letter requesting proof of my existence (which had been attached to my original email).
In the immortal words of my grandfather, if a job's worth doing, do it yourself.
Jakarta Daily Photo
is just what it says.
There are photos of shopping malls ~ wow ~ but if you want to know what really goes on in them, read Aussie in Surabaya Mall
is obtainable ~ for a price.
The New World Atlas
is aptly named. I think it's about a parallel universe as it lists Indonesia's main agricultural products as ice
(eh?), cassava (tapioca), peanuts, rubber, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, copra; poultry, beef, pork, eggs.
Pork? Don't tell any of the Islamic fundamentalist groups.