Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah


Sekar Laras Art Society has its own way of commemorating Kartini Day on Sunday. Its members performed the Sintren dance for 21 hours in a show highlighting the theme of "Unlimited Space".

Chairman of the Sekar Laras Art Society Darto said the Sintren dance became a symbol of a woman's struggle like the struggle that had ever been carried out by Indonesia's heroine
Raden Ajeng Kartini.

"On Kartini Day, we tried to revive the women's fighting spirit," said Darto at Bandung City's Cikapayang Park on Ir Djuanda Street.

Darto said the art heritage that he has been preserving through the Sekar Laras Art Society has yet to get sufficient attention from the government. Indeed, the Sintren dance is part of the people's cultural heritage.

"There has been a shift in cultural values. The people's attention is diverted by popular culture though the Sintren dance had once been so loved by the people," he said.

Through the Kartini Day commemoration, he and his art community members attempted to reintroduce the Sintren dance to the people.  The arts need to be collaborated with something that can be absorbed by the community members, and every art has its own meaning, he said.

"The art will remain alive when the people keep it alive," he said. He hopes that with this event, the arts that he cultivates along with his colleagues will remain alive.

The absence of spaces for performing the art works will make them easily go extinct, he added. (ANTARA)


The Indonesian Government strongly condemned the coordinated bombings striking several churches and hotels  in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning.

The government and the people of Indonesia conveyed deep condolences to the victims and their families.  

As revealed by a press statement made available to ANTARA on Sunday, the Indonesian Embassy in Colombo kept monitoring the progress of the situation and had coordinated with local security authorities, hospitals and local Indonesian citizen associations.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry confirmed that none of Indonesian citizens felt victims of these bombing attacks. 

There are around 374 Indonesian citizens in Sri Lanka, where 140 of them domiciled in the capital city of Colombo.

The Indonesian Government believes that the Sri Lankan Government could handle the situation well, and was also willing to provide the necessary assistance.

The Indonesian Government also calls on its citizens in Sri Lanka to remain vigilant and cautious and follow directions from the local security authorities.

For families and relatives pf the Indonesians living in Sri Lanka who are willing to have further information and consular assistance, they can contact the KBRI Colombo hotline at +94772773127.


The Cairo Election Supervisory Committee assessed that during the 2019 elections in Egypt there were no significant violations found in both the voting and vote counting processes. Chairman of the Election Supervisory Committee of Cairo, Muhammad Nura revealed that there were a number of technical problems that could be quickly resolved by the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN) along with the ranks of the Foreign Voting Organizers Group - KPPSLN. According to him, violations of the 2019 Election in Egypt are more about ethical violations and even then after being warned, it could be immediately resolved by the local Overseas Election Committee.


"There are no violations which are considered severe, there is no money politics here, there are no violations that violate the administration. Most are violations of ethics and some violations or more precisely the mistakes made by the committee, it is normal," said Muhammaad Nura.

In addition to the Election Supervisory Committee, the Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fauzy, who had talked a lot about the election, including his appeal to Indonesian citizens in Egypt to maintain unity, also considered that the implementation of the presidential and legislative elections in Cairo ran smoothly and conducive. (KRBN/ROCKY/AHM)


The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) called on the General Elections Commission (KPU), Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), and Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) to maintain impartiality and professionalism during the general elections.

"Fairness and justice are so important for the next phases of these parliamentary and presidential elections as mandated by the Constitution," Head of MUI's Advisory Council Din Syamsudin told a press conference following a meeting in Jakarta on Friday evening.

The council's executive board and advisory council members met to respond to Indonesia's political dynamics during the post-election situation.

Din Syamsudin said the attendees of the meeting agreed on seven recommendations for the KPU, Bawaslu, and DKPP so that they convened the general elections in accordance with the mandate of the State's Constitution.

The parliamentary and presidential elections should be held directly, freely, secretly, fairly, and honestly in which the following steps must also be carried out by strictly upholding the principles of impartiality, transparency, honesty, and justice, he said.

Regarding this fiesta of democracy, the Jakarta campaign team of Prabowo Subianto (BPP DKI) will report the KPU and the East Jakarta KPU office to the DKPP for a mistake in the ballot entry process during the ballot counting result C1 Form at Polling Station (TPS) No 93 located in Bidara Cina, Jatinegara Sub-district, East Jakarta.

The mistake in the ballot entry was not normal and it was obviously a deliberate attempt to reduce the number of votes cast for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, Muhamad Taufik, chairman of the BPP DKI, said.

"Based on data from the scanned C1 Form, the Jokowi-Ma'ruf pair received 47 votes, while the Prabowo-Sandiaga pair got 162. But based on data from the ballot entry conducted by KPU, the votes for the Jokowi-Ma'ruf jumped to 180, and for Prabowo-Sandiaga reduced to 56. This is an election violation. We will report it to the DKPP and the police," Taufik said in a press statement.

The ballot entry has put Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno at a disadvantage, while KPU should have been neutral, and not partial, according to him. (ANTARA)