Attended by about three million participants, the implementation of the 212 Alumni Reunion at the National Monument Square (Monas) on Sunday lasted safely and peacefully in an orderly manner.

The orderly implementation of the event was lauded by the National Police, the Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and the Jakarta Governor.

National Police Spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said his side appreciated the peaceful implementation of the rally which proceeded in an orderly manner. "It is very conducive. This is the success of the cooperation between the Indonesian National Police and the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) that secured the activity, so that it is running very conducive," Brig. Gen Prasetyo said on Sunday.

He said that the conducive situation could not be separated from the role of the 212 Reunion participants who helped maintain order during the event. "Communities are increasingly aware and smart that security has become their shared responsibility," he said.

Appreciation of the peaceful and orderly implementation of the gathering also came from the MPR Speaker, Zulkifli Hasan. "Thank God, it went in an orderly manner, we appreciate it," Hasan said.

He called on the reunion participants and organizers to pioneer such an orderly manner for the April, 2019 presidential elections.

"I invite all of you that in this political year all would help create a conducive condition for a peaceful election and friendly competition. The presidential election is for us to be sovereign, and united. I hope that it is friendly and it can be pioneered by the 212 (alumni)," he said.

The Jakarta regional government also lauded the implementation of the 212 gathering as very orderly event. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the important reunion of the 212 alumni program was organized neatly.

Baswedan said the 212 Alumni Reunion event provided tremendous economic benefits for Jakarta residents. "Jakarta received the arrival of people who helped drive the economy. Many hotels are full, culinary stalls get extraordinary benefit, so this gathering is a lot of blessings for the economy," the governor said.

The 212 Reunion event suddenly sent a lot of customers to food and beverage businesses, so for small and micro businesses, the movement was extraordinary, he said.

In addition to MPR Speaker Zulkifli Hasan, there were a number of other figures who also attended the 212 reunion, including Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Chair of the Honorary Council of the National Mandate Party Amien Rais, Deputy Speaker of the MPR Hidayat Nur Wahid and Presidential Candidate No. 02 Prabowo Subianto.

The 212 Alumni Rally was established to gather people who were involved in the rally on Dec 2, 2016 which called for the prosecution of then-Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok for blasphemy. When the rally was held for the first time, it was attended by about seven million.

This time, the organizers have estimated that some three million participants took part in the Sunday gathering. "We estimate that three million are taking part in this morning 212 Alumni Reunion, or the same number as that last year," Novel Bamukmin, the event chief organizer, said.

Bamukmin explained that participants had been arriving since Saturday (Dec 1) from a number of regions. The organizers had prepared command posts to accommodate them at a number of mosques around Monas. "This a momentum of togetherness and peace," he remarked.

Participants came from Jakarta and its satellite towns (Jabodetabek). They thronged the rally places at Monas square and packed thoroughfares of Jl HM Thamrin and others roads leading to Monas.

Clad in white clothes, the rally participants came to Monas by public transportation and KRL commuter trains. On a number of thoroughfares, some participants who took part in the rally came using motorcycles. They flew flags with tawheed word.

According to Chief organizer Bamukmin, the gathering this time was an event of togetherness and was very important to be attended by Muslims. It is also related to the commitment of Muslims to keep the 2019 Presidential Election full of peace.

However, Bamukmin said there was no political agenda in this rally. "There can be no flags other than the Red and White flag and the `Tawheed` flag," he stressed.

The absence of political agenda was also pointed out by Prabowo Subianto when addressing the rally.

"As you know, I have received the mandate as a presidential candidate, and therefore I must obey and follow all regulations, I may not speak politics on this occasion, I may not campaign. So I just want to say thank you for the invitation. I was invited today by the organizing committee," said Prabowo.

"I am proud of you all for this orderly and peaceful gathering," he said.

The presence in the event of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential candidate number 02 in next April presidential race, attracted the attention and enthusiasm of the 212 alumni reunion masses.

The participants of the gathering raised their thumbs and index fingers up to form number two as if they wanted to show political support as Prabowo arrived at in the location.

The masses who had thronged the Monas areas since the wee hours on Sunday yelled uninterruptedly "Long Live" Prabowo as the presidential candidate entered the Monas area.

Prabowo was accompanied by a number of political leaders and the organizers of the 212 Alumni Reunion rally.

In the meantime, Deputy Secretary General of the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) Tengku Zulkarnain called on younger generation who attended the 212 alumni to help protect the Unitary State of Indonesia (NKRI).

"It is you all who will have the task of protecting the NKRI in the future. We do not want the country to become depraved that justifies homosexuality. We want Indonesia to become a peaceful and prosperous country blessed by God," Zulkarnain said.

He said the Unitary State of Indonesia is based on the `Belief in One God` philosophy. Therefore, state policies or those of individuals should not be against religion, including justifying brothels.

The crowed began to slowly disperse shortly after Probowo delivered his speech and left Monas. (ANTARA)


Indonesia has called for the strengthening of multilateralism at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 30 to December 1.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla made the call when he spoke after being appointed as a key speaker on "Building Consensus" on the second day of the meeting, according to a press statement received in Jakarta on Sunday.

"Sustainable development and climate change are two closely-linked global issues that need to be overcome together," he said in the statement.

The G20 Summit that ended on December 1 reached an agreement on G20 Leaders’ Declaration on Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development.

The agreement that was reached following tough negotiations that had been done marathon and intensively since a week ago contains important issues needing immediate action at global level.

The important issues include international trade that could affect global econmic growth, multilateral cooperation based on international rules, stable international financial system, migration and refugees, climate change, energy and agricultural resilience, economic digitalization that could support distribution of development and inclusive financr, corruption and efforts to stop funding related to terrorism and other crimes.

Indonesia has been able to include issues about financial innovation development through business model with economic digitalization and renewable energy.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla who spoke on the theme of "Embracing the Opportunities" said Indonesia urged G20 countries to strengthen partnership in mobilizing private sector`s investment, innovation and technology transfer.

The conclusion of G20 Summit ended Argentina`s G20 presidency in 2018 which will later be taken ovet by Japan.

G20 is a cooperation forum of big economies in the world comprising 85 percent of the world`s gross domestic producy, 75 percent world trade and two thirds of global population.

It has 19 countries as members including the US, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, Japan, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and one regional group, the European Union. (ANTARA)


Indonesian Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto said the government encourages the empowerment of millennial generation human resources, which were considered very important in implementing industry 4.0. Speaking at the Creative Industries Movement in Denpasar, Bali, on Saturday (1/12) the  Minister  stated, the millennial generation plays an important role in industry 4.0, especially since Indonesia will also enjoy a demographic bonus period until 2030. This means that as many as 130 million productive-aged people can take new opportunities to develop business in the digital era. In a   press release received by Antara in Jakarta, Saturday (1/12). The Minister said to prepare the millennial generation of Indonesia that is able to face the era of industry 4.0, the Ministry of Industry has facilitated through several incubators owned to grow creative industry players. Because, creative industry sectors are able to make a significant contribution to the national economy. (antara trans by PUTRI)


Sukabumi Airport in West Java will be built in early 2019, a local official said on Sunday.

"After officially opening the Bogor-Ciawi-Sukabumi (Bocimi) session I Toll Road, Ciawi-Cigombong on Saturday (Dec 1), President Joko Widodo stated that the construction of Sukabumi Airport will be carried out in 2019, and this is good news for all people in Sukabumi District," vice head of administration of Sukabumi, Adjo Sardjono, said.

According to Adjo, the construction of the airport will support the development in Sukabumi District in the transportation sector, especially now that the district administration is intensifying the promotion of Ciletuh Palabuhanratu Geopark tourist attraction.

The airport is expected to help increase the number of domestic and foreign tourist visits as there will be access to reach the district.

The airport will strengthen connectivity in Sukabumi District with other areas, Adjo said.

"People in Sukabumi should be ready to welcome this development because the impact is very positive and of course it should be used as maximum as possible to improve the local economy and people`s welfare," he added.

Earlier, Acting Head of Cimanggu Village, Cikembar Sub district, Haris, said the Transportation Office of West Java had put some stakes in the land that would be used as the construction site of Sukabumi Airport.

The stakes are believed to mark the area for physical development, such as runways and other facilities.

"The stakes show that it is very likely that construction will begin soon," Haris said. (ANTARA)

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