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April

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Vice Minister, A.M. Fachir met Andorra Foreign Affairs Minister, Maria Ubach Font in Andorra La Vella on Monday (9/4). The meeting is meant to increase bilateral cooperation, especially in economic sector and people-to-people contact. On the occasion, Vice Minister Fachir invited Minister Ubach to increase trade and investment of the two countries. According to Fachir, trade and investment of the two countries is very dynamic in the last three years. Meanwhile, Minister Maria Ubach invited Indonesia to be a new partner in the economic diversification process of her country. Indonesian Vice Minister A.M. Fachir also encouraged relation among citizens, through Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship Program and interaction among entrepreneurs, and also artist exchange of the two countries.

The Indonesian embassy in Tokyo held an event, Gathering of Indonesian Entrepreneur Assocation in Japan. The gathering which which was organizedin cooperation between the association managers and the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo, was attended by Chairman of Japan Indonesia Association(Japinda), Yasuo Fukuda, Chairman of Indonesia – Japan Economic Committee,  Shigeo Ohyagi, Japanese businessmen community and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (4/4). The association which was established on August 17, 2017, has purposed to increase economic cooperation and   people to people contact, to implement research and to increase awareness of Japanese people on Indonesia.Besides that, the implementation of business training can contribute to economic growth of the two countries.

The United States of America, director general of International law and agreement stated that Indonesia was the most active country to negotaite marine border. Currently, Indonesia is actively negotiate marine border with all neighbor countries by emphasizing its status as the archipelagic country, thus the principle of the archipelagic base will still be the basis for the negotiation of mapping the boundary line.It was stated byDamos Dumoli Agusman, Director General of International Law and Agreement of Foreign Affairs’ Ministry in his presentation before the experts on international law who were joined in American Society of International in Washington DC, (6/4/2018). In a joint panel with the figures of international law, Damos described Indonesia’s complexity and experience in negotiating maritime boundary. In the discussion, the panelists discussed on current issues on maritime boundary, especially conciliation result of Timor Leste and Australia which is considered as an innovation in history of resolution for the dispute and also to suggest for the mechanism in solving maritime dispute, especially by Asia Pacific countries. In the discussion, Damos also appreciated the innovation reminding that conciliation result is not binding and remain submitted to the agreement of the parties.Currently, Indonesia still relies on negotiations because dialogue becomes the pillar in Indonesia's foreign policy.

09
April

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Ambassadors of ASEAN countries to Italia held a meeting with Mayor of Napoli, Luigi de Magistris. The meeting was implemented as the work visit of ASEAN Committee in Rome (ACR) to Napoli on Thursday (5/4). On the occasion, the Indonesian ambassador to Italy, Esti Andayani said that Indonesia initiated the event to strengthen relations which have been established well and to explore opportunity in a bid to enhance cooperation between ASEAN countries and Italy, especially Napoli. The government of Napoli can utilize the economic growth in the middle class society in ASEAN regions, which are recorded very good to increase tourism cooperation. In addition to holding meeting with Napoli Mayor, Luigi de Magistris in Palazzo San Giacomo, the ambassadors also met with chairman of Napoli Chamber of Commerce, Girolamo Pettrono to discuss about economic and trade cooperation. Mayor of Napoli, Luigi de Magistris said that Southeast Asian region is important for development of tourism or trade cooperation, handcraft and manufacture industry.

Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC held ‘Voyage to Indonesia 2018’. The event invited around 50 Executive Directors of IMF-World Bank. The event is one of Indonesia’s preparedness to be host of IMF- World Bank meeting and in accordance with  the plan of Spring Meeting of IMF-World Bank which is held in Washington DC in April 2018 , the implementation of Annual Meeting IMF-WB in Bali in October 2018. Around 15,000 delegations are expected to attend the annual meeting. In return, this event is also expected to bring about positive impact for Indonesian economy. This was stated by Managing Director of IMF, Christine Lagarde, when attending ‘Voyage to Indonesia’ at Tilden home in Washington DC on Friday (April 6,2018). On the same occasion, President of World Bank, Jim Yong Kim highlighted specially the Indonesian government’s commitment which focuses on human capital development. Christine Lagarde did appreciate the Indonesian government which pays extraordinary attention to infrastructure sector.

The city government of Semarang along with the city government of Jiaxing, China carried out cooperation through sister city program. Mayor of Semarang, Hendrar Prihadi expressed that the sister city is a joint concept of two cities which are different locations and political administrations in a bid to establish cultural relations and social contacts among both cities’ people. The cooperation with Jiaxing is related to tourism, investment, and trade. The signing of the sister city cooperation will be conducted in November. As early effort of the implementation of sister city program, the city government of Jiaxing conducted scholarship program for students of Semarang city. Meanwhile, the city government of Jiaxing has referred and determined state university of Semarang –UNNES to send students, especially students of Mandarin faculty to participate in the scholarships.

08
April

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A total of 22 events have been designed by the Department of Tourism, Youth and Sports (Disparpora) Bukittinggi in the 2018 tourism calendar with the target to attract tourist visits and increase the number of visits. Head of Tourism and Creative Economy at the Department of Tourism, Youth and Sports of Bukittinggi, Suzi Yanti,said on Saturday (7/4/2018) that the event included various fields such as culinary through Bukittinggi Culinary Festival and Junior Culinary Festival, while in cultural sector there were Ai Matsuri (Ai No Kagayaki), International Multiethnic Festival, Traditional and International Silat Festival. Then, in sports there were Horse Racing Tour Derby and Tennis Executive International, in education there were Bukittinggi Library Fiesta, National Archives Exhibition, and other activities. She explained these 22 events also involved the other Organization of Regional Government (OPD), tourism actors from Bukittinggi City, West Sumatera Province to Minangkabau Travel Mart by the Association of Indonesian Professionals Tourism (ASPPI). She added besides the tourism calendar,there was also an international annual event on cycling Tour de Singkarak which has been included in the national tourism event calendar.

Commander of Military Distric Command (Kodim) 1708 Biak Numfor Infantry Lieutenant Colonel, Dominggus.C.A.Soumokil in Biak on Saturday (7/4/2018) said The Military Program to Build Village (TMMD) is a positive program that can build the character and community independence.Soumokil said the non-physical programs they organized during TMMD were mass treatment, Family Planning (KB) counseling, agriculture, economics, fisheries and other fields so it can change lifestyle of society. He added the construction of 25 units of houses in Wandos Village Bondifuar District, will be equipped with clean water facilities designed specifically to provide comfort for the owner. He added it could be performed based on the synergy between the military and Biak Numfor regency.He stressed that it shows that the devotion to the Nation and the State is very real.

Vice Governor of Special Capital Territory (DKI) Jakarta, Sandiaga Uno said on Saturday (7/4/2018) that the provincial government of Jakarta increased the supervision on entertainment venues in North and West Jakarta. According to National Narcotics Agency (BNN), many entertainment places are used by drug traffickers. He said the state should not give up figting against the war of drug abuse, which brings about disaster to the generation. He also emphasized that the provincial government supports the efforts of BNN to investigate entertainment venues which have been suspected to be the location of transactions and drug trafficking. Meanwhile, Deputy for the Narcotics Eradication of BNN Inspector General of Police, Arman Depari previously said that his agency suspected that many entertainment venues in North Jakarta and West Jakarta have become places for drug transaction. He emphasized that National Narcotics Agency will investigate the controllers, regulators, and people who involved in drug trafficking in Jakarta's entertainment venues.

08
April

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Central Aceh District Government is exploring the marketing of Gayo coffee Arabica to South Africa by cooperating with businesspeople from the country in order to arrange the initial step to promote the commodity. South African businessman, Paul Du Plessis told reporters in Takengon on Saturday (7/4/2018) that he would help promoting Gayo coffee to his country through a documentary video.He said he would prepare the documentary video footage of Gayo coffee to introduce this excellent commodity to the consumers in his country. Paul Du Plessis and Regent of Central Aceh, Shabela Abubakar visited a number coffee farms in the area. They also reviewed a number of coffee processing plants to record the process, including how the coffee beans go through a number of important stages to produce the highest level of coffee quality, before being ready to market. Regent Shabela Abubakar appreciated Plessis’ early steps to introduce Gayo coffee to South Africa. Regent Shabela hopes that with this step, people in his country will have good knowledge on coffee, especially Gayo coffee.

During the official visit of Ottawa Ambassador to Prince Edward Island, Canada in late March 2018, a unique and unexpected fact was revealed.Prince Edward Island, abbreviated PEI, is a province and island on the east coast of Canada, more than 15,000 km away from Indonesia.But, who would have thought in that place there are nuances and taste of Indonesia. It is Dunes, an art gallery as well as a café featuring a variety of Indonesian handicrafts in the form of Balinese carvings, sculptures, batik, and paintings and presents several menus inspired by Balinese cuisine.The information was addressed by Premier PEI Wade MacLauchlan and Governor Lieutenant PEI Antoinette Perry to the Indonesian Ambassador to Canada Teuku Faizasyah during his official visit to the island province.The Ambassador emphasized the importance of people-to-people contact in improving Indonesia's relationship with PEI, as indicated by the gallery.

Morocco teenagers who participated in the practice of the Art of Culture of Indonesia (SSBI) in the Indonesian Embassy in Rabat, took part in the Sekar Rinonce Dance performance together with Indonesian children during the 25th International Children's Music and Song Festival held by the El-Adwatain Foundation, in Salle Bahnini, Rabat on Saturday (7/4/2018).Information, Social and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy (Pensosbud KBRI) in Rabat, Hanung Nugraha, told ANTARA News today that the International Children’s Music and Song Festival hold regularly every year before spring. The event is supported by Morocco's Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and some of the country's major private companies, such as Office Chrifien des Phosphates (OCP) which does business of fertilizer material, and BMCE Bank. It is said that SSBI Embassy of Rabat performance is very special because it displayed magical power from the sound of gamelan with Indonesian lyrics songs, Garuda Pancasila.Moroccans in Salle Bahnini gave a cheerful applause.The shouts of "Bravo ... Bravo ..." echoed in Salle Bahnini's theater room after the dance was over.SSBI Embassy of Rabat performance this time is more special when Moroccan teenager took part in Sekar Rinonce Dance. Moroccan citizens' enthusiasmto learn Indonesian cultural arts could be seen from their cheerfulness and flexibility to danceSekar Rinonce under SSBI trainers, Bambang Priambodo,who is also the head of Greget Semarang Studio.First Secretary of Indonesian Embassy, Hanung Nugraha, also received an award from the organizers, who expressed appreciation as well as inviting the public who are interested in the Indonesian culture to practice in SSBI Embassy of Rabat.According to Hanung Nugraha, the Indonesian cultural arts performance at the International Children's Music and Dance Festival in 2018 is an Embassy of Rabat’s effort to promote the Indonesian arts and cultures, and strengthen bilateral social-cultural cooperation. SSBI Embassy in Rabat is part od efforts to maintain the continuity of promotion of the Indonesian culture through institutions that can provide regular courses to the people of Morocco.

06
April

Director of the Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal said that the idea of ​​making this application emerged after the devastating earthquake shook Nepal in 2015. At that time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not have accurate information on how many citizens were victims in Nepal.In fact, in 2017, the Ministry launched the "Safe Travel" application, in Beta version and only available on Android for the purpose of getting input from users. A year after the trial, in 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will re-launch the latest version or Full Version of the Safe Travel app on April 14th. This application can be downloaded via Android and iOS phones.In regard to the launch of "Safe Travel", a spokesman of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Armanatha Nasir argues that this application will be one effective tool to improve the protection of Indonesian citizens abroad. There are many benefits for Indonesian citizens with this application, including obtaining the latest information about the situation in the destination country, including the security situation and weather conditions.In addition, "Safe Travel" also provides information on the location of worship places, halal food restaurants, and contact addresses of Indonesian representatives abroad. With this application, Indonesians traveling overseas can identify other Indonesian fellow citizens.This app also provides "Panic Button" feature that can be used by Indonesian citizens in emergency situation overseas. The "Panic Button" will continue to connect with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) to enable representatives of Indonesia to find the newest location of users who are in an emergency in a bid to provide the necessary assistance. The "Safe Travel" application will also make it easier for Indonesians to report themselves to an Indonesian representative office in their destination country.

06
April

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Forest Farmer Group (KTH) Kampung Cibulao, Tugu Utara Village Puncak, Bogor Regency, West Java is developing Kampung Kopi agrotourism which provides various interesting tourist attractions to visit. Chairman of Cibulao Forest Farmer Group, Kiryono said on Wednesday (4/4) that tourism attractions include tea gardens, spot selfie, bike park, horse riding, bamboo gazebo, and camping zone. The development of Agrotourism Kampung Kopi Cibulao is an initiative of residents of Kampung Cibulao through the farmers group. Residents want Kampung Cibulao to be better known by community widely, especially coffee plantation managed by the residents with conservation concept. This has received national recognition as the best coffee at the national level through the event of the 8th Indonesia Special Coffee Contest which took place in Takengon, Aceh in 2016. Kampung Cibulao Tourism Area invites tourists to know more about the phenomenal Cibulao coffee, to feel the sensation of planting coffee, to see the harvest as well as to look at the process of post-harvest management. To visit Kampung Kopi Cibulao, the visitors can feel the sensation of staying overnight in local residents' house and watch the native culture of surrounding community. The development of Kampung Kopi Cibulao agrotourism encourages the local people's economy who work as tea planters.

Further information is that the government of Central Aceh Regency supports Rafting Tour Development. Central Aceh Regency government does support the development of Lukup Badak rafting location in Pegasing District to attract more tourists to visit the region. Head of Tourism Destination Development Division at the Tourism and Youth Tourism Office of Central Java, Munawar Khalil told reporters in Takengon on Thursday (5-4) that he plans to build supporting facilities at the tourist sites, such as the construction of Pergola (public houses) and public toilets. He explained that the plan to build the public facilities will use Special Allocation Fund from the Ministry of Tourism in 2019. The rafting activity in Pegasing sub-district has become one of the new tourism objects in Pegasing, Central Java.

The construction plan of New Yogyakarta International Airport -NYIA- in Kulon Progo Regency will begin in early June 2018. President Director of PT AP I, Faik Fahmi in Yogyakarta said on Thursday (5/4) that the construction will begin in June 2018, and The construction of the airside zone is targeted to be completed in January 2019.  Faik also explained, if the international airport is realized, Yogyakarta Special Region can build various new facilities that benefit the community and economy, such as embarkation of Hajj and cargo. Currently, a number of large airlines from various countries have also begun to explore the potential of cooperation.

04
April

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Mayor of Jayapura, Benhur Tomi Mano appreciated the contribution of female journalists in Papua who have done their best in the process of their career as the number one in the city of Port Numbay. In addition, the performance of female journalists is also important in supporting the development in Port Numbay. This was stated by Mayor Benhur Tomi Mano in his speech when attending Focus Group Discussion with the theme 'Politic and Woman' This discussion was held by Indonesian Female Journalist Forum in Port Numbay on Tuesday (3/4). Mayor Mano said that in the structure of the government in Jayapura, he has given quite big space for women to occupy strategic positions. It shows that there is no discrepancy between woman and man in Jayapura. Meanwhile, Regent of Yahukimo, Abock Busuf said the same statement as Mayor Tomi Mano did. The Regent also said that he also gave space for women to occupy structural positions in Yahukimo regency. Women also have opportunity for politics through his party. Meanwhile, member of House of Representative of Papua, Christine L Mano said that political party in Indonesia especially in Papua also gave space for women in politics. Currently, many political parties have met the quota of 30 prcent which is mandated for political party.   In the House of Representative of Papua, more than 30 percent women have occupied the House’s seats.

Foreign citizen from Germany, Werner Rolf Wullenkord was arrested by immigrant official of Class II Immigration Office of Cirebon in Indramayu regency, because he violated the immigration’s rule in Indonesia. In a press conference in Cirebon, West Java on Tuesday (3/4), Head of Class II Immigration Office of Cirebon, Mohammad Tito Andriyanto said that Werner Rolf Wullenkord entered into Indonesia through Soekarno Hatta International Airport in 2008, and he used Visit Visa of social culture which was issued by Indonesian embassy in Singapore. While he was inspected, he could not show immigration document, namely valid passport and residence permit. He only showed the copy of passport and temporary identity card which have been expired. The immigration Office said that Werner Rolf Wullenkord violated Indonesian law, article 116 N0. 6/2011 on immigration. The arrested foreigner was cooperative among the Immigration Office, related institutions and people who were aware to pay attention to their environment.

Success of National Anti-Drug Movement of Indonesian Ulama Council of Central Java held audition of anti-drugs for young ambassadors of Central Java at Agung Mosque, Central Java, starting from February 11 - 14, gets positive respond from Regional Secretary of Central Java, Sri Puryono. She hoped that the movement can introduce various anti-drugs activities as form of protection to society. Sri Puryono said in Semarang on Tuesday (3/4) that the program targeted as many as 250 partcipants. However, the number of the participants reached 348 persons and produced trusted young ambassadors.

04
April

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On April 2, 2018, Indonesia’s permanent representative for ASEAN, Ambassador Ade Padmo Sarwono handed over credential to Secretary General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi in Jakarta. At the event, ASEAN Secretary General Jock Hoi conveyed appreciation on support, cooperation and important role of Indonesia in ASEAN, including support for the construction of the new ASEAN Secretariat Building. It is hoped the new building will encourage more ASEAN meetings in Jakarta and strengthens Jakarta city as Diplomatic Capital in the Southeast Asian region.

Indonesian Ambassador to Seoul, Umar Hadi visited Incheon, one of regions where many Indonesian migrant workers work in fishery sector on Sunday (1/4). The Indonesian Ambassador met the Indonesian migrant workers several hours before they sailed to hear their experiences. On the occasion, Ambassador Hadi asked all Indonesian migrant workers, especially who work in the fishery sector, to protect their health and work safety. He also reminded them to begin preparing business when they return to the country. 

Two Indonesian young designers raised the Indonesian pride in fashion. Velika Hillary and Cinderella Natali got an opportunity to exhibit their works in “Shanghai Fashion Week 2018 “. The two Indonesian designers were members of 17 students of Raffles Design Institute who participated in Shanghai Fashion Week 2018. Hybridity is chosen as the name of the collection carried by Cinderella Natali. It was inspired by her identity which is he got from various tribes and culture without forgetting her root and origin but also not bound on elders’ culture. Like diaspora Indonesia who are spread out in various countries and socialize with various kinds of tribes and culture she still loves Indonesia and become part of world citizens. Consular Associate of Social and Culture information of Indonesian Consulate General in Shanghai, Radityo Panjaitan who attended the event, expressed his pride for the participation of Indonesia  in one of Shanghai Fashion Show annual events. This appreciation was given to Velika and Cinderella and also Raffles Design Institute. The Indonesian consulate hoped the two designers can increase their role and enliven Indonesia’s fashion show and also bring Indonesian good image in the world by combining Indonesian design and culture with global design in their works.

02
April

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Craft industry in South Kalimantan grows rapidly and absorbs nearly 40 thousand employees. Most of them are women. Chairman of regional national craft board of South Kalimantan province, Raudhatul Jannah Sahbirin Noor said in Banjarmasin on Friday that based on the data, there were almost 20 thousand craft businesses in South Kalimantan in 2017. The increase cannot be separated from guidance and coaching from the board. She also said that her side keeps trying to accelerate the board’s programs, especially in improving quality of craft industry. The board of province, regency and city continue to increase various craft products, especially based natural resources that surround the neighborhood, such as Purun craft industry, various kinds of processed water hyacinth plant, which have been in demand from domestic and abroad.

Regional government of South Solok in West Sumatera province involves state-owned enterprise in conducting renovation and revitalization in Seribu Rumah Gadang area. One of the state-owned enterprises, Natour hotel manages hotel industry in Indonesia. It is  even ready to manage hotel if the regional government to be able to invite investor which is ready to conduct physical development. President Director of Indonesia Natour hotel, Iswandi Said stated on Friday (30/3) that lodging concept which can be developed in South Solok, especially Seribu Rumah Gadang area, is homestay. Later, Gadang houses which have been revitalized are ready to be 3-star homestay. Regent of South Solok, Muzni Zakaria said that Seribu Rumah Gadang area in Nagari Koto Baru has 138 units of Gadang house. 40 units of them are moderately to undergo severe damage. Earlier, President Joko Widodo instructed to revitalize those traditional houses.

North Buton of Southeast Sulawesi province develops 10 Varieties of Organic Red Rice. Regent of North Buton, Abu Hasan said in Kendari on Friday (30/3) that there are 10 local Red Rice Varieties which are developed at all districts in North Buton. Abu Hasan said that so far, red rice has been nly developed naturally by villagers at Kambowa and Bonegunu districts. He also mentioned that around 400 hectares of organic rice are ready for harvest. Due to good market, his side encourages people to plant red rice whose economic value is higher that the white one.

02
April

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The General Review Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA) which has been issued since 2015 is targeted to be finished at the end of 2018. It was discussed in the 7th meeting of joint agreement committee in Nusa Dua, Bali on March 28 to 30. Indonesian delegation was led by Director General of International Trade Agreement at the Trade Ministry, Iman Pambagyo. Japanese delegation was led by Deputy Director General of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Keiya Lida. Iman said in the meeting that the implementation of the agreement since 2008 has been evaluated. Based on the evaluation, the two countries will make Joint Report which includes recommendation to make the agreement more appropriate to the recent situation. Indonesian delegation viewed General Review as the opportunity to bring the economic relations of the two countries to higher level. Japan and Indonesia have established close relations in various fields so far and the agreement is strengthening the partnership between the two countries. Therefore, the Indonesian delegation always emphasizes that the the review has to be mutual benefit for both countries.

Indonesian Ambassador to Islamabad, Iwan Suyudhie Amri invites one of the key authority institution supervisors of processed products of palm oil, Punjab Food Authority (PFA) to increase market of Indonesian palm oil products in Pakistan. The step aims at strengthening sustainable economic and trade cooperation of Indonesia and Pakistan. According to Iwan Suyudhie Amri, more than 80 percent of Pakistani palm oil requirement is imported from Indonesia. He also said that the problem and the issue faced by Indonesian palm oil are different and unique in every country of destination export so that it needs strong efforts of palm oil diplomacy in those countries such as Pakistan, with the contribution of foreign exchange of more than $1.6 billion dollars. Ambassador Iwan Suyudhie also said that involving Punjab Food Authority is mportant because its function is health authority supervisory body of food and beverage products in Punjab province as a leading province in Pakistan and also becomes the main contributor in the agricultural, industrial and service sectors.

Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur invites Executive Board Management of the Special Branch of Muhammadiyah in Malaysia to develop education for Indonesian migrant workers. The invitation was conveyed by Attache of Education of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Prof. Ari Purbayanto when meeting with the chairman of Muhammadiyah in Malaysia, Dr. Sonny Zulhuda along with his staffs in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (31/3). They met and discussed the people’s learning center. Through the program of learning center, the Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia tried hard to help Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia to get their rights of education with free of charge. Later, the migrant workers can get certificate which is viewed paralel with elementary school, junior high school, and senior high school. Chairman of Muhammadiyah in Malaysia, Dr. Sonny Zulhuda conveyed that his office will try to help the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in order the program can run well according to the target.