22
February

Of the total 540 regencies and cities, 440 have been connected with bandwidth and the remaining will be followed in the end of the year. Besides bandwidth, 50 regencies and cities in Indonesia will also be connected with Palapa Ring which until now still continues to be developed.

 

“…From 530 or 540 regencies and cities, 440 have been connected with bandwidth. This means that they are ready to be involved in digital economy. Around 50 regencies and cities  are being connected with Palapa Ring; its target will finish in 2019. Then, 20 are built by private operator so that in 2019, practically almost all regencies and cities have been connected,” Chairman of National Development Planning Agency, Bambang Brodjonegoro to the press in Jakarta on Wednesday (February 21).

Bambang Brodjonegoro further said that the connection shows the readiness of  Indonesia in facing the rapid development of the digital world. He views that all cities which have been connected with bandwidth and Palapa Ring become big capital for Indonesia to utilize digital economy which has big potential. Palapa Ring is a national fiber optic network construction project which will reach throughout Indonesia, with sea and land wires. The Palapa Ring will support bandwidth connection throughout Indonesia. (Rezha/Trans-Yati)

22
February

Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said that Malaysian government will monitor and guard the death case of an Indonesian migrant worker from East Nusa Tenggara, Adelina Jemira Sau. Even, the Malaysian government makes sure that the perpetrators, found guilty, will be processed legally in accordance with the local law.  Meanwhile,  the trial process of 2 suspects who were Adelina's employers, was held at Bukit Mertajam Court, Penang, Malaysia on Wednesday (21/2). When holding a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday, Ambassador Zahrain Mohamed Hashim explained that one of Adelina’s employers is charged on immigration case because of hiring non-procedural foreign worker.

 

“….It is humanitarian issue, which we must fight together. The Malaysian government will not compromise with the crime. And we will make sure that the criminals, who are responsible for the death, are arrested and on trial in accordance with the law in Malaysia. And if found guilty, they will have maximum penalty of hanging to death," Zahrain Mohamed Hisham said.

                  

Ambassador Zahrain Mohamed Hisham further stated that Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi invited Indonesian Minister of Manpower, Hanif Dhakiri  next April to hold a bilateral meeting to discuss improvement of operational standard procedures for Indonesian workers working in Malaysia. The Deputy Prime Minister added that the meeting will discuss the main focus related with employers and workers' interests, better payroll standards, and protection for Indonesian workers. (Retno M./Trans by Yati)

22
February

President Joko Widodo acknowledges that his meeting with chairmen of political parties was held to discuss the implementation of the Simultaneous Regional Head Election in 2018 and the Presidential Election in 2019. The President said that he held the meeting to ensure that the elections both regionally and nationally can run safely and peacefully. However, he affirmed that the meeting with the chairmen of the political parties has not discussed the list of candidates for president and vice president who will fight in the 2019 Presidential Election.

“…The meeting with Mega, Romi, Surya Paloh, Muhaimin Iskandar,  Oesman Sapta, and the meeting with Zulkifli was a routine one. We discuss all about how to ensure the safety and peaceful condition of the Presidential Election,” the President said.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo met with Chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, Megawati Soekarnoputri at Batu Tulis Palace in Bogor, West Java. More recently, the President has also met the Chairman of the National Mandate Party who is concurrently the Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly, Zulkifli Hasan. Both held a closed meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta. In addition, on several occasions, President Joko Widodo also met Chairman of the United Development Party (PPP) Romahurmuziy, Chairman of the National Democratic Party -Nasdem, Surya Paloh, Chairman of the People's Conscience Party-Hanura, Oesman Sapta Odang, and Chairman of the National Awakening Party-PKB, Muhaimin Iskandar. (Ndy)

22
February

 

Indonesian Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla stated that any conflict-hit country or territory should dare to involve a third party to act as a mediator to help resolve its problems. Kalla conveyed his ideas when giving a public lecture entitled "Dissatisfaction between Conflict and Civilization," as he had received the Honoris Causa Doctorate degree in the fields of peace and development from Hiroshima University of Japan on Wednesday. He received the title for his peace efforts to resolve a number of conflicts in Indonesia. The title was one of several similar titles that Kalla has received in various fields, such as politics, economics, management, government, and decentralization, both domestically and abroad.

"Every conflict always involves a big ego from each side, and each party has a vanity to continue the fight. Hence, a mediator can serve as a bridge to lower the ego and arrogance," he stated in a written speech received by ANTARA News in Jakarta on Wednesday. He remarked that every time a conflict occurs, especially an internal conflict within a country, the government must involve itself to stop it. The government should not assume that every community group in conflict always has a way of resolving the conflict.

"In a conflict, the assumption does not apply. The country must use its authority to stop the conflict as soon as possible, without any condition. The state should not give an opportunity to prolong the conflict," he remarked while sharing his experiences on resolving conflicts in Indonesia to academic leaders in Japan. He also stated that during a conflict, the principle of take and give must be implemented, which is used to persuade the parties to stop the conflict.

"Resolving conflicts should not use the principle of zero sum game. The methods of giving and receiving are always successful for resolution of a conflict. The mediator must find the point, so that no one feels superior to the others," he explained. (ANTARA)