Friday, October 31, 2014

For Cheaper Internet, Stop Telkom Monopoly

A comment worth posting

I have to be thankful first of all to all readers who beside spare their busy time reading this blog also drop a comment every now and then. Some of the comments are really insightful that I decide to put them as a separate posting not only as appreciation to what they're doing (putting comment here) but also to give them a more exposure for everyone concerned to know. A good comment with at least a two paragraph length and written in English are worth a posting.

Here is the first quality comment from Andre, an Indonesian who's apparently in the US right now. He commented on my piece here, despite he's apparently commented on another.

"Actually, it's not the lack of Indonesian News Feeds (or Indonesian content providers) that bothers me most, but the fact that most of Indonesians Internet-literate still tied to slow-ineffective-dial-up connection does concern me. And this is not to mention how small the number of Internet users in Indonesia is (according to the Internet World Stats website, it is less than 10% out of 220 million people).

Looking at the fact that Internet is still considered as an expensive vehicles to the ocean of information, I am not surprised to know that Indonesians limit their Internet experience compared to their counterparts in neighbouring countries, such as Malaysia and Singapore.

With limited access to the Internet, it's no surprise as well to know that Indonesian content providers (and in our context, media industry) are not staying abreast with the latest development in Internet technology. Why do they have to devote lots of efforts to catter a small amount of readers when most of customers read their traditional newspaper?

I was one of typical dial-up user before moved to the U.S. As a college student, my budget for the Internet was so limitied; hence going to broadband option was abolutely out of question. Hence, if the situation forced me to go online from home using Telkomnet Instant, I disconnected it as soon as I got what I wanted. And like most other Internet users, I went online most of the time from school (or offices for others) which was notorious for its super slow connection during daytime. And I think it's worthless mentioning now how my Internet experience is after residing in the U.S.

In my opinion, the government should realize that providing low-rate high-speed internet is a necessity to help form an established civic society. If wiping out Telkom's monopoly in providing access to the Internet will do the trick, go ahead and do it. With current pricing system imposed by PT Telkom where unlimited broadband internet access costs home users millions of rupiah per month, or even several hundreds of thousands of rupiah for only 750MB access every month, it is understandable why most people turn to dial-up connection or even discouraging them at all from getting internet access at home. So, our leader, please do something. This nation needs affordable high-speed internet access..."

(just a voice from one corner of the world)
Andre

Iraqi Teenager Raped and Murdered by US Soldiers

Four US soldiers have been charged with raping and murdering a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her family.

Documents showed that the rape victim was aged 14, and not over 20 as US officials had said.

Court documents had given the raped girl's estimated age as 25, although US military officials in Iraq say their documents have her as 20.

In the meantime, Five more GIs charged in Iraqi rape, murder case in the widening investigation into the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman and the killing of three of her family members in Mahmoudiya, the military confirmed Sunday.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Death

Would the death of Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, make any difference at all as far as the civil war in Iraq is concerned? Unlikely. But as far as President Bush poll rating goes, it certainly does make an impact one way or another. For Bush and Blair to some extent, that's what matters.

See what the exited Bush had to say

"Through his every action, he sought to defeat America and our coalition partners and turn Iraq into a safe haven from which al-Qaeda could wage its war on free nations...Now Zarqawi has met his end and this violent man will never murder again."

And Blair doesnt want to be left behind

"The death of Zarqawi is a strike against al-Qaeda in Iraq, and therefore a strike against al-Qaeda everywhere. But we should have no illusions. We know that they will continue to kill. We know there are many, many obstacles to overcome."

This is the different between state-terrorism led by both, and non-state terrorism under Usamah bin Ladin and his peers: while the former can murder freely hundreds of thousands of innocent people under the disguise of "nation on war" and supported fully by their embedded-prostituted journalists, the latter does not have such luxury. Yet the result is the same: the victims are innocent civilians all over the world.

The definition of justice and truth are decided by the conqueror and history record are written by the winner, the more powerful forces. It's just the-strongest-survive-the-competition kind of things that actually happen since time immemorial, this time is not excluded

Soetardji Calzoum Bachri and Anti-Porn Bill

Interesting to read the statement made by Soetardji Calzoum Bachri, unofficially crowned as President of Indonesian poet and more known for his liberal opinion. As reported by Republika daily he seems to gives his nod over the controversial anti-porn bill popularly known as RUU APP after he read the reviewed version.

As quoted by Republika he reportedly said that the reviewed bill seems to be qualified and accomodate the points opposed by the anti-RUU APP. For example, pornography does not apply to any activities relating to do with development of science and/or education, for the purpose of art, healing, and health (Chapter III, article 34, 36).

Also exempted from porn-act (Chapter 25-32) are any activities that relate to certain ethnic customs, faith, sport or for the purpose of education (e.g. for medical student who are doing research, etc).

Soetarji seems not only agreed with the new anti-porn bill, but even emphasizes the important of it. He said,

It's important for Indonesia to have an anti-porn law. Because, a nation without law or rules concerning this thing will cause anarchy.

In the meanwhile the Parliament speaker, Agung Laksono, confirm that DPR (Indonesian MPs) strongly determine to make the ratification of the bill happen.

Well, is it a good or bad news for the anti-porn bill forces? You tell me.

Maria Sarapova

Many people like Maria Sharapova for various different reasons. Mostly her beauty. But beauty becomes cheap and means nothing when it's not combined with something more substantial than that of mere superficiality. Pure physical appearance only attracts those who couldn't see something beyond the temporary-yet-attractive flesh and move on deep within.

Physically speaking Maria is beautiful. Yes, no doubt about that. But frankly, many more beautiful girls outthere, even in tennis in particular and sport in general not to say in modelling world, with more sex appeals get no such attention as Maria does. Why?

I think her life story, her struggle toward achievement, her mental toughness, resilient, perseverance in handling pressure cooker situation on and off the court had created a lot of admiration from every corner.Maturity and good attitude you see in an individual is enough requirement to be admired. Physical appearance regardless. Finding both combination in a person certainly a one way ticket into sort of 'immortality.' If you feel physically attractive, brainly smart, high in achievements and yet people around you think that you are a humble and mature person, you deserve to be an angel because those three things are hard to come together. And that's why I am one of those Maria's and Roger Federer's fans. And that's one of the reasons why sporting personalities deserve appreciation much more than, say, the celebrities who only know how to sell their bodies.

Iran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Interesting to read a column of Prof. Dr. Azumardi Azra, Rector of Jakarta Islamic University (UIN) in Republika daily regarding the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Indonesia recently which very warmly and enthusiastically welcomed by many Indonesians, people and students alike, contrary to Iran and his own image in the West. According to Mr. Azra, who had done his PhD in the US, if one single factor could explain this phenomenon that should be what he called 'the psychology of the weaks.'

Iran and he are regarded to represent the weaks community against the powerful (US and the West).

He wrote,

In the psychology of the weak thesis, Ahmadinejad emerges as a symbol of resistance. They see him as an oracle against the superpower who has done injustices and oppression, as though the US is invincible. For Iranian people particularly, following the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatullah Khomeini, America is not an invincible superpower.

... the world is on the verge of a new conflict which will be much worse, while the ongoing violences are still prevalent in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and some other places.

Therefore, he concludes:

... dialog need to be done continuously; particularly when intercivilizations dialogs had been one primary agenda of previous Iranian president, Muhammad Khatami.

Any dialog carried out with honest intention and good-will will make this world a much better place.

I could'nt agree more.

Indonesia Bird Flu

A new friend (I regard everyone who sends email to me as my newly-found friend) from Canada sent me email a few days back asking me whether I could tell her about someone in Indonesia who run a blog on bird flu. She desperately wants to know the latest development of bird flu outbreak in Indonesia as she feels two main sources of Indonesia media, Jakarta Post and Antara, are not enough in covering the news.

In case you know someone who run such a blog you can contact her through her email at crof [at] shaw [dot] ca.

Here's her email to let you have a more clear picture of what she wants us to help:

I've visited your blog several times, and enjoyed it. Given your interest in
English-language Indonesian blogs, perhaps you can advise me.

I run H5N1 (http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1), a blog about avian flu. The outbreak of cases in Tanah Karo has been very worrying--and flu bloggers in the west are trying hard to find persons who speak both English and Bahasa Indonesia (or Javanese).

It's clear that Indonesia's English media, like Antara and Jakarta Post, aren't covering the story very well. Some of us are using computer translations from other Indonesian sources, but these are confusing and hard to trust.

If you're aware of any Indonesian bloggers in English who are following the flu story, I would be grateful if you would contact them and invite them to get in touch with me. Anyone who could translate news stories into English would have an audience of thousands--including reporters for major western media, who also visit my site.

Best wishes from Vancouver,
crof


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