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Maryati

22
June

Indonesian Industry Ministry facilitated some national small and medium batik industry players in joining international exhibition entitled, “Indonesia Batik for the World” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. One of the participants was Batik Azmiah, a premium-class batik small-medium industry from Jambi province which had penetrated European market. The exhibition held on June 6-12 was to commemorate the 9-year Indonesian Batik being listed as the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since October 2 2009. That was said by Indonesian Industry Ministry’s Small-Medium Industry Director General, Gati Wibawaningsih in Jakarta last Monday (18/6). She said that the aim of holding the Indonesia Batik for the World was to show the wealth of Indonesian batik culture, craftsmen’s competence, and continuity of batik industry to the world. According to Gati, Indonesian batik keeps showing its identity in various international exhibitions. Gati also explained that this year’s exhibition, there are 100 premium batik cloths exhibited by batik craftsmen from many regions of Indonesia. In 2015, Industry Ministry awarded Three-Star One Village One Product (OVOP) for Batik Category to Batik Azmiah. According to Gati, Rumah Batik Azmiah is a batik small-medium industry, famous for its classic colors and unique patterns. Some of the produced patterns are kapal sanggat, tampuk manggis, bungo keladi, and merak ngeram. Something special about Azmiah batik is its batik-making process which is through six-time coloring until pretty colors appear. Gati further said that the batik industry plays an important role for the national economy. As market leader, Indonesia had conquered global batik market as well as moved both regional and national economy through it. In addition, the batik industry has provided thousands of job opportunities and contributed to national foreign exchange. The Industry Ministry recorded the value of batik export and product in 2017 had reached $58 million dollars. The main markets are Japan, the United States of America, and some European countries. According to Gati, this indicates that the national batik industry has comparative competitiveness in the global market. She also said, currently the batik industry is being dominated by small-medium industry players spread across 101 centers in Indonesia. The number of absorbed workers in the batik small-medium industry centers reaches 15 thousand people. Gati Wibawaningsih reaffirmed, the Industry Ministry keeps trying to increase the competitiveness and productivity of national batik industry. The strategic moves that have been implemented are manpower competence increase, product quality development, standardization, machinery and equipment facility, as well as promotion and exhibition.



21
June

Throughout 2018, Kim Jong-un has  visited Beijing three times. Last Tuesday (June 19th), the North Korean Supreme Leader met Chinese President Xi Jin Ping. Although the details of the talk were not revealed, it was expected that the discussions were related to Kim Jong-Un's meeting with US President Donald Trump, held a week earlier in Singapore. North Korea's relationship with China, as a fellow country with Communist ideology, has been going on since the era of Kim Jong-Un's predecessors, his grandfather Kim Il-Sung and father Kim Jong-Il. Kim also wants to seek support from China for reducing US economic sanctions in exchange for North Korea's commitment to denuclearization. China in a meeting at the UN, proposed that the UN Security Council  consider reducing the  economic sanctions. Although not directly involved in the Singapore meeting, Xi Jin Ping is suspected of having entrusted a certain message to Kim Jong-Un beforehand. China wants its behind-the-scenes position to remain important to North Korea. One of the things North Korea wants before the meeting with Trump is the cessation of US military exercises with South Korea. Reportedly, Trump has taken a policy to stop the activity without much consultation with the Pentagon. China hopes the outcome of Trump's meeting with Jong-Un will make the US withdraw its troops from the Korean peninsula. Since the meeting with Trump, Kim Jong-Un's star has been shining. There were at least two important invitations waiting  for him. One from Russian President Vladimir Putin who wants to meet the North Korea's leader, a country that has been an ally since  the cold war era. Another one is from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also hopes to meet Kim Jong-Un to discuss among other things, the issue of Japanese citizens  abduction by North Korea. The contents of Kim Jong Un-Xi Jin Ping meeting is unknown, but at least the positive expectations that have been built do not get torn down. Indeed the peace process on the Korean peninsula will not immediately materialize. But what has been going well, should continue and grow as expected by many parties.

18
June

East Kalimantan is a province where Mahakam river flows. In this suburb of Mahakam river, a dance so-called ‘Jepen dance’ develops. It is a typical dance of East Kalimantan, developed by Kutai and Banjar tribe. The dance has various movements which are influenced by Islamic and Malay culture. Japen dance is one of the dances which describes Malay culture that is dynamic, attractive, energetic and graceful. The dance is usually danced by females. By the times, Jepen dance has many developments on which in its performance, Jepen dance consists of two types, namely Jepen Genjoh and Jepen Eroh dance. The Jepen Eroh dance is a creation dance of Jepen which does not leave its original movement, such as honor, waves, Satanic Samba or Samba Setangan, full Samba and Gengsot Anak. Eroh in Kutai language means crowded, boisterous and happy. While Jepen Genjoh Mahakam dance is one of creation dances of Jepen where most part of its movements are from Jepen dance, for example waves movement, half Samba, full Samba, swinging kid, Jalan Kenyak, Saluang Mudik, and Taktim movement. Generally, it can be said that Jepen Genjoh Mahakam dance is the one which describes Malay culture. In its performance, Jepen dance is accompanied with Tingkilan music. Tingkilan music is one of Kutai typical music. In the tingkilan music, the kinds of the instrument which are played are  Gambus or a string instrument, Ketipung or Gendang with small size, Kendang, and violin. Currently, the dance is accompanied with piano. Besides, it is also accompanied with song called ‘Bertingkilan’ which means to shout each other. The song is usually sung by two persons, which contains of religious advice and moral message. When performing the dance, Jepen dancers wear combined clothes of Malay and Indonesia, which is thick of Islamic nuance. With natural make up, the dancers are seen be well mannered and graceful. When dancing, the dancers are completed with shawls. In the past,  Jepen danced functioned as entertainment to crown king of Kutai Kartanegara sultanate in Tenggarong and as youth social dance. Thus, since 1970s, the dance has been used to welcome guests, wedding ceremony and for other great events.

18
June

On Lebaran holiday 2018, Management of PT Sari Ater Hotel and Resort Hot Spring Camping Park targets to reach tourist visit, either domestic and foreign tourists, more than 20 thousands tourists. In regard to this, Director of Sales and Marketing, Dian Rahadian said that his office is optimistic to be able to achieve the target of the tourist visit. If every single day can bring in average 4 thousand tourists, during the next week, his side  can reach 24 thousand tourists who will visit Sari Ater hot spring in Subang regency, West Java. This was stated by Dian Rahadian to Radio Republik Indonesia in Subang on last Saturday (16/6). Dian also remarked that to reach the target, his office tries to conduct several steps, beginning from giving free-charge entrance ticket to North Coastal people, carrying out advertisement in various mass medias, attaching billboard, until giving pamphlets and brochures, even giving special discount.

A day after conducting Idul Fitri 1439 Hijriah prayer as gratitude, Commander of Military Resort 162/Wira Bhakti, Col. Czi Ahmad Rizal Ramdhani held “Open House” in his residence in Mataram on last Saturday (16/6). The Open House was held starting from morning until evening to all personnel of Military Resort Command 162/WB along with staffs and the general public. Rizal Ramdhani hoped that such an event could be established well so that in the future, communication between leader and personnel or the public does not only limited about duty, but also more than that, namely as a family.  Commander Rizal also hoped that in this holy day, everything returns to the identity as servants of  Allah SWT, who always improve worship in a bid  to bring about good quality of work at their workplace.

Acting Regent of Subang, Ating Rusnatim viewed that people’s security and order during fasting month or Ramadlan until Idul Fitri was quite save, smooth and conducive in general. Her perceived that such a condition was established due to good coordination of state officials, good communication and synergy among Indonesian Military -TNI, National Police -Polri, regional government and all elements of Subang people. In addition, the prices of staple food have been controlled well. Take for example, during Ramadan, there was no price hike which might disturb the public.  Lebaran 2018 homecoming during H-7 until H-1, either at Cipali toll, or artery road was running smoothly, including Takbiran night implementation until Idul Fitri. This was stated by Acting Regent of Subang, Ating Rusnatim to Radio Republik Indonesia in Subang on last Saturday (16/6). However, there are still heavy duties to guarantee the security of Lebaran holiday at Ciater tourism object, and backflow of Idul Fitri 2018, and the implementation of simultaneous regional head 2018 which will be held on June 27, 2018.