08
March

President Joko Widodo visited the construction of Mass Rapid Transit -MRT project in the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout and Senayan area, Jakarta on Wednesday. He said that the visit was aimed to ensure that the project is running on schedule. He also stated that his visit was also to ensure Jakarta’s readiness ahead of Asian Games to be held in August. The President stated that the MRT construction project has been running according to the schedule and will start operating in March 2019. Ahead of the Asian Games, the President hopes that the traffic in Jakarta, especially in Senayan area, will not be disturbed by the construction of MRT.

“I came to see the development of our big project namely MRT. I want a certainty that according to the schedule and according to the time that has been set since the beginning. I asked the Director that this project will be completed on time. That can be commercially operated next year in March. Then, the second one relates to the Asian Games in August 2018. The Jakarta governor also conveyed that the wide pavement in Semanggi to Senayan area will be finished as well. It's already started. So really when we welcome the Asian Games guests as many as 30 thousands of athletes and guests later. Jakarta is really ready, clean, beautiful, and we expect everything on time,” President Joko Widodo said.

According to data from PT MRT Jakarta, the total project of MRT development has finished more than 91 percent. It is including the elevated and the underground construction that connect from Lebak Bulus to Hotel Indonesia Roundabout. The first phase of MRT construction reaches 16 kilometers connected by double track railway. During the visit, President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, President Director of PT MRT Jakarta, William Sabandar, and Chairman of the Nasdem Party, Surya Paloh. (VOI/Ndy)    

08
March

Secretary General of the Asian Muslim Action network Indonesia, Ruby Kholifah said in Jakarta on Wednesday said that there are 3 important achievements in Women’s Protection during 20 years of reform. They are in the fields of institutional reform, legal reform, and the development of the women's movement.

“I can mention, like three important achievements for Indonesia. Number one is the institutional reform, relating with the women empowerment and gender equality. The second improvement that I can say in Indonesia, of course, is relating with legal reform. We already have the Presidential Instruction No. 9/2000; it’s about gender mainstreaming that is actually the baseline how the government can do gender mainstreaming in all levels of decision making in this country. And the third one is achievement in the field of women movement themselves. They are working very hard on ensuring that the agenda of decentralization is really touching the women empowerment and child protection. We say about achievement, we already have a lot on the protection side,” Ruby Kholifah said in a special interview at the Voice of Indonesia Wednesday (07/03/2018).

Ruby Kholifah further stated that there has been slow implementation of gender mainstreaming policy and realization of women's empowerment agenda. Therefore, she hopes that the government that is responsible for the protection of women has to pay more attention to women's rights. Because, if the government does not respond well, it will lose the opportunity to protect women. (VOI/Steve/Trans by Ndy)

08
March

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani held a bilateral meeting with the Head of the Organization Board-Girls not Brides, Princess of the Netherlands, Mabel van Oranje-Nassau at the office of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture in Jakarta on Wednesday (7/3). In the meeting discussing child marriage in Indonesia, Minister Puan disclosed that in Indonesia, the number of underage marriages is still relatively high. One of the government's efforts to overcome this is through education.

“Yes the number is currently still relatively high, because we still have problems. One of the problems is dropping out of school. Thus, the government is carrying out one thing by providing smart Indonesian cards, so that the children of Indonesia can avoid dropping out of school to obtain education,” Minister Puan Maharani said.

Furthermore, Minister Puan Maharani said that the age at the first marriage should be minimal after graduating from senior high school. Girls who have underage marriage are considered not ready to get married because their reproduction and mentality are not ready yet. Meanwhile, The Dutch Princess highly appreciates the efforts of the Indonesian government, and offers her support as the Head Council of the global organization -Girls not Brides to support all programs in Indonesia. (VOI/Rifai/Trans by Rhm)

08
March

The Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia in collaboration with Education Malaysia Global Services and Education Malaysia Indonesia will hold a carnival "Let's Study in Malaysia" at the Malaysian Embassy Complex in Jakarta on March 10 and 11. Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the education sector is the best sector to forge friendships between Indonesia and Malaysia. The Ambassador also ensured that there will be the best cooperation offered for Indonesia.

“I believe that the education sector is the best sector for strengthening both countries’ friendship. The proximity of Malaysia, as its nearest neighbor, recognized higher education quality, as well as affordable tuition, ensures the best possible cooperation  for all Indonesian citizens,” Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said.

Datuk Zahrain added that the carnival will offer 5000 scholarships for graduate, post-graduate and doctoral degree in 300 different Study Programs for 2018-2019 academic year. Currently, there are 29 State and Private Universities participated in that carnival. (Egi/Trans by Ndy)