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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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APEC senior officials endorse consensus for more  inclusive growth

APEC Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting held in Singapore on Saturday (December 7, 2019). (APEC Secreatriat)

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members will make concerted, sustained efforts in the path to achieving more inclusive and sustainable growth, APEC Senior Officials pledged at the concluding event for Chile’s host year of APEC.

At the APEC Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting, taking place at the forum’s Secretariat in Singapore, Chile put forth the three plans for collective action – or ‘roadmaps’ – that member economies agreed on during the year on key issues for regional prosperity.

These three plans pertain to the issues of women’s economic empowerment; marine debris; and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, according to a written statement issued by the APEC Secretariat and received Jakarta on Monday.

"The APEC enables our economies to foster and build consensus – and that’s critical for the region in times of challenges. At a time when the needs of our people are evolving, multilateral and regional fora, such as the APEC, can provide inclusive and sustainable solutions and create new opportunities for all our people,” 2019 Chair of APEC Senior Officials Mathias Francke remarked.

"Senior officials also focus on ways to deepen engagement with stakeholders," he stated.

Constituting 60 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and half of the global trade, APEC’s 21 economies are vital to global economic growth.

The forum, marking three decades of cooperation, is one of the oldest and most resilient vehicles for economic collaboration and integration.

Francke noted that Chile’s host year was all about reverting to the essence of APEC -- or "back to basics" -- by promoting informal, open dialog between economies to advance complex issues. This approach enabled the forum to achieve important outcomes, including a consensus statement by the ministers responsible for trade.

Along with addressing the forum’s achievements and long-term vision, senior officials also pressed for action by the APEC Digital Economy Steering Group, formed earlier this year to spearhead the forum’s work on an increasingly critical sector.

A new APEC report on structural reform and the digital economy is also projected to serve as a guiding beacon for the region’s economies to garner greater benefits and better adapt to the fourth industrial revolution.

APEC Senior Officials also lauded the completion of the La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth that defines concrete goals and recommendations to reduce existing gaps between women and men in the Asia-Pacific. Chile is the first APEC economy to elevate women’s empowerment as a region-wide priority.

"To truly achieve inclusive growth, the APEC must ensure that everybody, including women and vulnerable groups, are able to fully participate in the economy and benefit from any progress. We thank Chile’s leadership in raising awareness on this pressing issue and vow to continue this important work," Rebecca Sta. Maria, executive director of the APEC Secretariat, stated.

Following the final meeting, led by Chile, APEC Senior Officials will convene in Langkawi, Malaysia, for the first events in the host economy for APEC 2020. (ANTARA)


President welcomes World Stop TBC Action delegation at Merdeka Palace

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a delegation of the World Stop TBC Action at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday. (ANTARA)

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a delegation of the World Stop TBC Action at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday.

At the meeting, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister/State Secretary Pratikno, and Health Minister Terawan Agus  Putranto accompanied President Jokowi, while the Stop TBC Action delegation was flanked by Chief of the Stop TB Partnership Forum for Indonesia (FSTP) Arifin Panigoro.
The global tuberculosis report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that no single country is free from the disease.

In 2017, an estimated 842 thousand Indonesians had contracted TB caused by the mycobacterium tuberculosis, of which 23 thousand developed drug resistance to the disease.

Almost 75 percent of TB sufferers in Indonesia are from the productive age group.
The situation is a threat to fulfilling one of the agenda of the medium-term development plan 2020-2024 in which the country is striving to improve the quality and competitive edge of human resources.

TB is a global disease found in every country in the world. It is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide.

In 2018, an estimated 10 million people had contracted TB worldwide constituting 5.7 million men, 3.2 million women, and 1.1 million children. The cases transcended countries and age groups. (ANTARA)



Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim spoke of his keen intent to give university students the freedom to learn in line with their aspirations, capabilities, and interests.

"University students should study in accordance with their respective wishes and interests. We must make this change," the minister noted in his remarks at the inauguration of the new rector of the University of Indonesia (UI) Prof. Ari Kuncoro at UI Campus, Depok, here, Wednesday.

The minister stressed on the need for university students to also have the freedom to conduct various activities beyond the realm of education programs.

A university capable of providing education to students plays a crucial role in realizing President Joko Widodo’s vision to produce sound human resources, he remarked.

"The president's vision has two interpretations, specifically freedom in learning and teachers as activators," he stated.

Streamlining regulations and bureaucracy are deemed necessary for freedom in study, from the lowest educational level until university, Makarim remarked.

"Within the next five years, indeed, it would not be convenient at all for various education institutions. However, the change must be brought about," he stated.

Speaking in connection with teachers and lecturers as the stimuli, Makarim said they would strive to seek knowledge and science to bring about improvements in learning activities in classes.

"He would not waste time in class. Hence, in class, he would organize a discussion or group study and implement various projects outside though by involving his students to enable them to have different experiences," he stated.

Teachers and lecturers should feel a sense of pride if their students are smarter than them, and they would not feel threatened, he remarked.

In the meantime, on Nov 19, while speaking at the commemoration of the 107th anniversary of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's second-largest Muslim organization, Makarim voiced his commitment to freeing the country's education system to drive novel innovations in the education sector.

"In accordance with the president's directives, our mission in the Education and Culture Ministry is to free the education unit, to free teachers, and to free students. This is my commitment," he remarked.

Freedom is paramount to materializing innovations in every education unit.

To prepare future national leaders, the former boss of Gojek Internet technology-based company vowed to further promote character building education.

However, character building education cannot merely be taught but must be applied on an ongoing basis.

"Character education cannot be taught. The best character education is to give example and to lead by it," he noted.


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the Indonesian Congress of Women (Kowani) to thwart the spread of false news and spread education that can positively contribute to growth of the nation's children.

President Jokowi made the statement that was addressed to Chairwoman of the Indonesian Congress of Women (Kowani) Giwo Rubianto Wiyogo while opening the 25th Kowani Congress in Jakarta, Tuesday.

"We thank the president for once again receiving Kowani for the opening of the congress at the palace," Kowani Chairwoman, Giwo Rubianto Wiyogo, noted in a statement received in Jakarta, Wednesday.

The Kowani Congress themed, "The Role of the Nation's Mothers Towards Indonesia Onward," was held in Jakarta on December 3-4. The Congress featured election of a new chairman and synergy with several women's organizations.

According to the statement, President Jokowi believed it was time for women, as the nation’s mothers, to don an active role in averting the spread of false news.

He cautioned that the circulation of several news, particularly on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, can have a detrimental impact on the mindset of the young generation. "The president urged Kowani to spread more educational news. This is especially true for women, as the first educators to the nation's generations," she emphasized.

She stated that during the 2014-2019 period, Kowani had conducted activities in accordance with government programs, specifically, those that President Jokowi had planned for building the character of human resources in ushering in and realizing an advanced Indonesia. (ANTARA)


Indonesia's national team has temporarily collected at least 12 gold medals, 20 silver medals, and 18 bronze medals at the 2019 Southeast Asia (SEA) Games competition but stays at fourth in the medal tally.  

The host country the Philippines ranked as the top medal collector at the biennial multi-sport event with 47 gold medals, 31 silver medals, and 13 bronze medals. It was followed by Vietnam at the second-best, and Malaysia at the third-best of the medal tally.

On the third day, Indonesia's contingent collected six gold, nine silver, and six bronze medals from various sports disciplines, including Wushu, shooting, Pencak Silat martial arts, weightlifting, and gymnastics.

Despite grieving on the death of his father, Indonesia's Wushu athlete, Edgar Xavier Marvelo managed to maintain a strong performance by snatching two gold medals in individual Taolu Daoshu/Goshu number and group Dullian number.

In the shooting category, a gold medal was added by Vidya Rafika in the women's 10M RF number. She had succeed in subduing two of Singapore's athletes, Xiu Yi and Adele Qian Xiu.

In the Pecak Silat martial arts category, Indonesia's female athlete Puspa Arum Sari managed to add the first gold medal during the tournament at the Subic Bay Exhibition.

Last month, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo appealed to the athletes to grant the country the second-best medal tally of the multi-sport event from November 30 to December 11.

"I want us to emerge as the top two at the Philippines 30th SEA Games," President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said in his speech, delivered at a ceremony releasing the Indonesian contingent at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java.

At the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Indonesia's contingent managed to collect 38 gold medals.

Below is the list of Indonesia's medal tally on the third day of the 2019 SEA Games:

Gold medal:

1. Wushu - Men’s Daoshu Gunshu Combine (Edgar Xavier Marvelo);

2. Wushu - Men’s Duilian (Edgar Xavier Marvelo, Harris Horatius, and Seraf Naro Siregar);

3. Shooting - Women’s 10m Air Rifle (Fidia Rafika);

4. Pencak Silat - Women’s Single (Puspa Arum Sari);

5. Weightlifting - Men’s 67 kg (Deni);

6. Artistic Gymnastics - Women’s Vault (Rifda Irfanaluthfi);

Silver medal:

1. Wushu - Men’s Nanquan (Haris Horatius);

2. Bowling - Women’s Single (Tanya Roumimper);

3. Wushu - Men’s Sanda 48 kg (Ade Permana);

4. Wushu - Men’s Sanda 52 kg (Laksamana Pandu Pratama);

5. Wushu - Men’s Sanda 56 kg (Yusuf Widiyanto);

6. Chess - Women’s Rapid (Ummi Fisabilillah);

7. Badminton- Women’s Team (Gregoria Mariska, et al);

8. Ice Skating - Men’s Short Track Speed 500 m (Steavanus Wihardja);

9. Ice Skating - Women’s Short Track Speed 3000 m Relay (Nur Indah Ratu, et al);

Bronze medal:

1. Weightlifting - Women’s 59 kg (Putri Aulia Indriani);

2. Weightlifting - Women’s 64 kg (Bernadicta Study);

3. Wushu - Men’s Sanda 65 kg (Abdul Haris Sofyan);

4. Wushu - Women’s Sanda 48 kg (Rosalina Simanjuntak);

5. Chess - Women’s Rapid (Irene Kharisma Sukandar);

6. Artistic Gymnastics - Men’s Still Rings (Dwi Samsul Arifin). (ANTARA)


North Korea said on Tuesday the United States was trying to drag out denuclearisation talks ahead of the US presidential election next year and issued a veiled threat to Washington to soften its demands, state media reported.

Ri Thae Song, North Korea's vice foreign minister in charge of US affairs, accused Washington of being "keen on earning time" instead of making concessions.

"The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favour of the political situation and election in the US," Ri said in a statement on state news agency KCNA, referring to the initials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name.

"What is left to be done now is the US option and it is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get."

Ri singled out a US State Department statement calling for "sustained and substantial dialogue" after North Korea's test of its new multiple rocket launchers on Thursday.

Negotiations between North Korea and the United States have hit a stalemate after a day-long working-level meeting in October in Stockholm broke down.

Kim has set an end-year deadline for Washington to show flexibility in its position, but US officials have described the deadline as artificial.


The Jakarta Metropolitan Police confirmed that security around the National Monument (Monas) Square's outer area would not be increased after a smoke grenade blast, Tuesday morning, at this capital city's landmark, injuring two army personnel.

Jakarta Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector General Gatot Eddy Pramono conveyed the decision on not tightening security around the outer area of Monas Square where the State Palace and other important government buildings are located.

Pramono also urged the public to return to their routine activities and not harbor any feelings of trepidation regarding the blast, caused by a smoke grenade that injured Sgt Major Fajar and Master Private Gunawan.

"The smoke grenade can be held by anybody, including those from the Community Control (Dalmas) team," he remarked without further expounding on it.

The blast took place a day after the Monas Square served as a venue for convening this year's 212 reunion rally. To secure this annual event, some 9,023 police and military personnel were deployed at several strategic areas, including the Monas Square area.

The 212 reunion rally ran peacefully, and the peaceable conduct of the participants garnered praises from the Jakarta Metropolitan Police and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who affirmed that the event reflected Indonesia's unity in diversity.

In the meantime, the Jakarta Military Command (Kodam Jaya) confirmed that the smoke grenade blast that inflicted injuries on two army personnel engaged in sports at the Monas Square area, Central Jakarta, was not an attack.

"No one launched an attack on them," Lt Col Zulhadrie, the Kodam Jaya spokesman, stated while adding that Sgt Major Fajar and Master Private Gunawan were partaking in sports and a fun walk at the area along with their colleagues from the Jakarta garrison.

During the fun walk, they came across a plastic bag containing a smoke grenade. However, it exploded abruptly and caused injuries to the two ill-fated army personnel, who were then hospitalized at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD).

In connection with this case, the Jakarta Metropolitan Police stated that Sgt Major Fajar and Master Private Gunawan were the eye witnesses in the blast since they were among those who firstly knew of the blast and heard it.

However, they continue to receive medical treatment for their injuries, Jakarta Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector General Gatot Eddy Pramono had noted earlier


The Tana Toraja Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) in South Sulawesi has issued a fatwa declaring a local organization led by a man named Paruru Daeng Tau, who claims to be the final prophet, a heretical organization. The council filed a police report against the leader alleging blasphemy.

Paruru, who comes from the neighboring Gowa regency, is the spiritual leader of an organization called the Customary and Pancasila Implementing Agency (LPAAP) in Tana Toraja.

The group’s presence has caused disquiet among local residents because although the organization declared itself Islam-based, its teachings appeared to be against Islamic tenets.

The religious group chose Mambura village in Lembang Bantu Datu, Mengkendek district, as its headquarters. Its followers reportedly believed that Paruru was the final prophet of Islam rather than the Prophet Muhammad.

Tana Toraja MUI chairman Ahmad Zainal Muttakin said the edict was issued in response to reports from local residents and local authorities who grew suspicious of the group’s teachings.

Prior to issuing the edict, the MUI opened an investigation of the group. MUI representatives visited its headquarters in October.

The MUI said the LPAAP taught that the five daily prayers, fasting, paying alms and embarking on a pilgrimage – some of the core principles of Islam – were not obligations for the group’s followers. The MUI also found that the followers were only required to pray two times a day.

Based on the findings, the MUI issued an edict maintaining that the group had spread heretical teachings.

“The leader, Paruru Daeng Tau, refuted the edict so the Tana Toraja MUI and the Religious Ministry office summoned him to explain his objections last Tuesday,” Zainal said on Monday, as reported by

The MUI filed an official report to the police against Paruru’s alleged blasphemy on Monday.

The MUI asked local authorities to close down the headquarters and revoke the LPAAP’s permit, which was first issued in 2016.

Zainal explained that, from residents’ testimonies, Paruru was first brought to Tana Toraja by a villager named Syariffudin who worked as a teacher at the SMPN 3 state junior high school in Lamasi, Luwu regency.

“The LPAAP in Tana Toraja currently has eight families or about 50 people as its followers,” he added.

Tana Toraja Police spokesman First. Adj. Insp. Erwin said the police had only apprehended Paruru for his safety to prevent backlash from local residents following the MUI’s edict. Paruru was not detained further. After his release, Paruru left his home and there were no longer any LPAAP activities in the neighborhood, according to Erwin.

“From our latest information, he has traveled to Palopo and Luwu,” Erwin said.

Tana Toraja Police criminal investigation unit head Adj. Comr. Jon Paerunan said the police would begin an investigation.

“We will summon related parties for the investigation,” he said, adding that local authorities had started to give guidance to Paruru’s congregation to return to traditional Islamic beliefs. 


The government plans to revise a regulation and issue a ministerial decree to improve the performances of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to a minister.

SOEs Minister Erick Thohir said during a meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VI on Monday that his ministry was still reviewing Government Regulation No. 41/2003 on the transfer of authorities for overseeing of SOEs from the Finance Ministry to the SOEs Ministry.

"The 2003 regulation prevents us from merging or liquidating companies, while there are a number of problematic companies," he told the commission overseeing SOEs, trade, investment, industry, cooperatives and small and medium enterprises.

According to chapter three of the regulation, the transfer does not include the authority to provide SOEs with state capital injections (PMN) nor the authority to establish new companies.

Erick said the planned revision was necessary so that his ministry could address the problems faced by a number of SOEs. A recent example is state-owned insurance company PT Asuransi Jiwasraya’s liquidity problem.

Many SOEs’ problems stem from low productivity. The country’s 142 SOEs and their subsidiaries last year made Rp 210 trillion (US$14.92 billion) in total revenue, of which 70 percent was contributed by just 15 companies.

Furthermore, Erick said, SOEs had too many subsidiaries, many of which operated in sectors outside of the parent company’s core line of business.

For example, many SEO have subsidiaries that operate hotels, industrial estates and hospitals. Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, for instance, has a subsidiary that provides ground handling services, while ship financing company PT Pengembangan Armada Niaga Nasional (PANN) has a subsidiary that leases aircraft.

“How can a ship financing company survive if it also operates aircraft leasing and hotel businesses?” Erick said.

The minister said his office had prioritized revising the 2003 regulation during the first six months of his term.

He said he would also issue a relevant decree to formulate the steps that needed to be taken to improve the performances of SOEs and to oversee their subsidiaries.

The minister told the commission he had simplified the bureaucracy within his ministry and within SOEs by reducing the number of ministerial deputies and SOE commissioners. For example, he has cut the number of PT Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) commissioners to seven from eight and the number of its directors to eight from nine. (dfr)


The work to construct the International Islamic University of Indonesia, as a place of Islamic study, will be completed in 2020, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

"As a National Strategic Project, construction of the campus is expected to be completed by December 2020," Jokowi noted on his official Twitter account as quoted by ANTARA on Monday.

The president expects the university to become a place of study and research of Islamic civilization.

The government is building a campus, spanning 142.5 hectares of land, in Cimanggis, Depok, West Java in three stages.

Under stage one, the construction work comprises the rectorate building, faculty building, and the three pillar area, while the second phase entails the construction of five lecturer housing units, student dormitories, and renovation of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) engineering Building, and the third stage is the construction of a perimeter fence and the infrastructure of the campus area stage one.

The president had conducted the groundbreaking in June 2018.

The total budget to develop the university was estimated to reach Rp3.97 trillion.

In addition to buildings for academic activities, it will also house libraries, sports centers, religious asylum parks, and conservation parks.

The campus will have seven faculties: the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Islamic Economics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Education, and Faculty of Architecture and Art.

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