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15
February

 

Indonesian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Dian Triansyah Djani, said ahead of the election of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in June, Indonesia emphasized reformation in the multilateral organization. The reformation aimed to create the more efficient UN Security Council following the development era.  Dian Triansyah Djani told the press in Jakarta, on Wednesday (14/2), there are 3 pillars of the UN Security Council which must be reformed, namely management, peacekeeping operations, and the UN development system. 

 

“Currently the process in the UN reformation runs with 3 pillars, namely management reformation, reformation related to peacekeeping, and reformation related to the UN Development System. Those are in negotiation process and Indonesia has several times conveyed a statement in which we wish to have a more responsive UN which can adapt to new challenges, and also able to handle issue related to development, sometimes we forget about this aspect,” Dian Triansyah Djani said.

 

Dian Triansyah Djani added that Indonesia also emphasized the need on direct contribution from countries deploying peace keepers in delivery management which has been under the UN Security Council. Related to the Indonesian chance to be a non-permanent member  of the UN Security Council, Dian Triansjah Djani is sure that the opportunity is widely opened. He was also sure that many countries will give their votes to Indonesia. (VOI/REZHA/trans-yati/AHM)


16
February

 

In a news conference broadcast by  local television on Wednesday (February 14, 2018), South African President Jacob Zuma announced he would soon resign. But Zuma also said he disagreed over the decision of his party, the African National Congress (ANC) that wants him to resign or face a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

The ANC party is struggling to improve the decreasing level of public confidence. According to local media, Zuma, an ANC cadre who has been President in South Africa since 2009, has lost public trust over a string of corruption allegations. Zuma has denied such disgraceful acts. But the high court of South Africa in 2016 once declared Zuma violating the constitution for using state money to finance his private home.

Local police on Wednesday raided a luxury mansion in Johannesburg belonging to a businessman close to Zuma. In addition, Zuma is also awaiting the decision of the Attorney General, whether he will be prosecuted for corruption or not.

As a result of a series of corruption allegations, Zuma then resigned from the position of the ANC Party Chairman. This was welcomed by the opposition as well as colleagues at the ANC who disagree with him. Nevertheless, the ANC continues to honor Zuma for some positive policies he made  as President. In a statement, the ANC said Zuma's withdrawal made the South African situation more certain.

Zuma's position at the ANC was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa who is currently Vice President. After Zuma stepped down, Cyril was deemed appropriate by parliament to replace Zuma as South African President.

Hopefully, the leadership issue in South Africa can be resolved soon. Regardless of guilt or innocence, Zuma's statemanship  has been demonstrated by releasing his post. Now, the challenge of Cyril Ramaphosa is, can he  make South Africa better?

15
February

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Speaker of the House of Representatives–DPR, Bambang Soesatyo during a plenary meeting at the Parliamentary building in Jakarta on Wednesday (14/02) appreciated the Indonesian government which has quickly responded on malnutrition problem in Papua recently. The House continuously encourages the government to pay more attention to the victims so that the handling can be continuously done.

 

Bambang Soesatyo said,“Related to the extraordinary situation such as measles epidemic and malnutrition in Asmat regency, Papua, DPR appreciates the government for its quick response in handling the case. But, the DPR also reminds the government to immediately have accurate data on areas vulnerable to malnutrition.”

 

House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo also called on the central government, regional government and regional agency for disaster mitigation to keep alert in overcoming the malnutrition problem and victims. He asked the government to mutually synergize so that all kinds of health problems can be immediately resolved. (VOI/AF/AHM)

15
February

Amidst the efforts to finalize the Draft of Criminal Code -KUHP, Commission III of the People of Representatives -DPR received the representatives of friendly countries from European Union countries in Indonesia. They reminded that the revision of the articles in the Criminal Code about adultery and obscene acts of the same sex should not be extended because it will go into someone’s privacy. A member of Commission III of the DPR, Nasir Djamil views that the representatives of friendly countries actually realize that Indonesia has its own values ​​that must be respected. But they are still trying to make the Commission III consider the input.

It’s interesting to be observed that the expansion of the criminal article for adultery cases and obscene acts among the same sexes attracts a serious attention of some foreign individuals. Not only non-governmental organizations try to intervene, but also their official representatives come directly and openly. On behalf of human rights, they attempt to intervene the preparation of regulations in Indonesia. Can this serve as a serious test for Indonesia’s stakeholders, how can they refuse foreign intervention and how serious are they to maintain the noble values ​​of the nation?

Putting the issue of decency on its right position that becomes a debate poses controversy. Moreover, the values ​​that exist amidst of the community in today’s millennium era and globalization are in contact with outside values. So, it’s possible that a new perspective occurs on the values that have been believed. In addition, there is involvement of foreign parties who actually want their glorifying values to be accepted in Indonesia.

Indeed, it is not easy to face strong influence of the globalization which is contrary to the noble values of Indonesian nation. The DPR must be strict, but wise to maintain the values. For Indonesia, the values of decency are clearly related to the matters of the society and nation; they are related to neither personal nor family matters. In this regard, the respect towards human rights does not necessarily mean that we should set aside the obligations that every individual must obey. Thus, the use of rights must also be regulated to respect and ensure the fulfillment of the rights of other individuals. That there is different perspective between Indonesia and its some friendly countries is about the diversity of nations in the world, which must be respected. The Indonesian nation is already on track and a positive direction to welcome a better future. It is hoped that good deeds can be transmitted to other nations in the world.