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29
August

As many as 300 foreign tourists from Sarawak, Malaysia attended Wonderful Indonesia Festival in Entikong (18/8). The participants of the festival departed along with Indonesian Consulate General staff to Kuching led by Consul General, Yonny Tri Prayitno. The participants consisted of 186 big motorcycles, 6 representatives of media, 6 representatives of travel agent and some four-wheel vehicles which travel through Indonesia - Malaysia border line, namely Tebedu, Sarawak, Malaysia and to Entikong, Indonesia. Wonderful Indonesia Festival was officially opened by vice regent of Sanggau, Yohanes Ontot accompanied by Indonesian Consul General to Kuching, Yonny Tri Prayitno along with his entourage. Some of the events which were attracted the attention of the participants, were competitions in welcoming the 73rd independence of Indonesia and also performances of national and local artists. In addition to participating in the event, the participants also could buy various Indonesian products at the expo which was held by the committee.

After passing a very strict selection by special team which was consisted of representative of Indonesian people organization along with Indonesian Embassy to Seoul, two CEOs of South Korean companies which hires Indonesian migrant workers awarded Ambassador Award 2018 on Sunday (26/8). They were Mr. Sohn Jong-man, CEO of Buheung System, and Mr. Choi Min-seok, CEO of DK&D Co. The two CEOs were evaluated successful in protecting the Indonesian migrant workers who work at their companies and give their rights, such as salary in proper time, provide accommodation and decent consumption and also vacation/permission. Indonesian ambassador to South Korea, Umar Hadi said the Indonesian government appreciated Mr. Sohn Jong-man and Mr. Choi Min-seok who hire Indonesian workers and manage them well. The ambassador hoped that the awards can motivate other companies to do similar things to the Indonesian migrant workers in South Korea who reach more than 32 thousand people.

Indonesian Consul General toToronto, Leonard F Hutabarat, conducted a meeting with Bas and Louise Opdenkelder, on Thursday (23/8). Bas and Louise Opdenkelder are Canadian citizens of Dutch descent who love Indonesia and show their supports and donation for five-year to Rumah Singgah or shelter. Rumah Singgah is a house which accommodates cancer sufferers from poor communities that get treatment in Denpasar, Bali. Indonesian Consulate General to Toronto conveyed appreciation and gratitute to Bas and Lousie Opdenkelder who have showed their devotion to Indonesia with attention and real action for cancer sufferers in Indonesia. It is also in along with the efforts of Indonesian representatives in Toronto whose duty and function are to contribute for the increasing of Indonesian people’s and national welfare. Related to the efforts, Indonesian Consulate General toToronto also introduced Komodo in Labuan Bajo and other tourism destinations, besides Bali and Yogyakarta. Bas Opdenkelder welcomed the efforts of the Indonesian consulate general and will help introducing the consulate general through their network, namely Dutch Canadian to find market for the Indonesian products.

29
August

Indonesia's closest southeastern neighbor, Australia, has a new Head of Government. The country is now led by a new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison who replaced Malcolm Turnbull through an internal election of the ruling Liberal Party.  The substitution made Australia the country that most often changes Prime Minister in a relatively short time. In about eight years, the Prime Minister in Australia has changed five times. Nevertheless, it must be noted that the change of leadership has taken place in a peaceful atmosphere without turmoil and riots. The series of Prime Minister changes began when Kevin Rudd of the Australian Labor Party defeated John Howard of the Liberal Party. After just ruling for about 3 years, Rudd was replaced by Julia Gilard, who was his own deputy. Julia Gulard won a vote carried out inside the Labor party which was then in power in Parliament. The internal upheaval of the Labor party happened again, about 3 years later there was another internal turmoil in the Labor Party which encouraged the election of the Leader. In Labor Party internal voting, Kevin Rudd was re-elected and therefore became the Prime Minister again for the second time. For political reasons, Kevin Rudd then dissolved Parliament which resulted in the holding of the Federal Election in 2013. Through the elections the majority of voters supported the Liberal Party which made Tonny Abott the 28th Australian Prime Minister. About two years in power due to internal conflicts of the Liberal party, Abbott was challenged by one of the Ministers, Malcolm Turnbull in an internal vote until Turnbull finally won the majority of the votes and became prime minister. It wasn't until three years later, Trunbull seemed to taste his own medicine after  his political intrigue of toppling  Tony Abbot. Five days ago,  in an internal vote he was overthrown by one of his  ministers, Scott Morrisson. It seems that for Australia the frequent change of Prime Minister is no longer considered extraordinary. The law of  the country allows to  change the Prime Minister before the term of office expires, insofar as the internal ruling Party agrees. The party's internal coup  anyway, did not cause turmoil in the community. However,  as an observer said, the change in the reins of government can be seen as  an internal instability of the ruling Party, whether it’s  the Labor Party or the Liberal Party. As the closest neighbor, Indonesia certainly monitors developments in Australia. Because after all the change of each leader will certainly have an impact on policy changes, including the perspective and foreign policy of Australia. Time has noted that the relations between Indonesia and Australia had experienced ups and downs. Australia's new Prime Minister, Scott Morrsion, for instance,  had caused controversy when he was still serving as Immigration minister in 2014. He caused the relationship between Australia and Indonesia heated up. His policy of repatriating asylum seekers made the Indonesian people angry  for forcibly repatriating two Indonesian immigrants. Indonesia  is  still looking forward to how the new Australian Prime Minister who  BBC UK calls a pragmatic figure will act.

27
August

West Java Province, particularly Bandung has abundant tourism potentials ranging from culinary, nature, to historical tourism. Not only gifted with picturesque landscape, Bandung is also home to many historical sites; one of them is the Dutch Cave located in the area of Juanda Forest Park. The Dutch Cave is an historical remaining from the Dutch occupation in Indonesia which used to serve as a tunnel for a hydropower plant. During the Dutch occupation, precisely in 1918, the first hydropower plant in Indonesia so-called ‘the Bengkok hydropower plant’ was built. Inside the tunnel of this hydropower plant, there are 15 passageways and several rooms such as bedrooms for the Dutch soldiers to sleep, interrogation room, and detention room. The Dutch Cave is 144 meters long. Besides being functioned for military activities, the Dutch Cave was used as a Dutch radio station established as the center of communication for the Dutch soldiers. The establishment of the radio was done to prevent resistance against the Dutch soldiers. After the independence of Indonesia, the cave was ever utilized as arsenal by Indonesian soldiers. On January the 14th 1985, the Dutch Cave was made as a tourism object and became a tourism destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. To reach the Dutch Cave located at Juanda Forest Park, you can use your own motor vehicles and pay the parking fees Rp 5,000 for motorcycle and Rp 10,000 for car. However, you can also take public transportation to get to Juanda Forest Park located in Dago Pakar. After arriving at the entrance gate of the forest park, you can walk around 1 kilometer to reach the Dutch Cave.

27
August

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives -DPR, Agus Hermanto conducted visit to South Korea and he was directly received by his Korean counterpart, Joo Seung Yong. The two countries agreed to improve relations in economy, transportation, industry and defense in  the agreement of special strategic partnership through the meeting of President Joko Widodo and Korean President Moon Jae-in in Bogor, West Java in November 2017. Agus Hermanto added that related to economic and trade relations of the two countries, President Joko Widodo and President Moon Jae-in promised to have bilateral trade volume worth $30 billion dollars in 2022. South Korea is the third biggest foreign investor in Indonesia. The value of the second trade balance in 2017 was around $16 million dollars and comparing previous year, it increased around 10 percent in the first quarter in 2018.

Rowing Venue at Jakabaring Sport City (JSC) in Palembang, South Sumatra has get recognition which is the best in Asia according to Olympic Council of Asia -OCA. The venue is recognized as the largest and the best rowing venue in the world. The place is used for rowing competition of Asian Games 2018. Senior Vice President of Asian Rowing, E E Nicholas praised the Indonesian government, especially Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing because the Indonesian government has built good, beautiful, and sophisticated rowing venue with complete facilities. Meanwhile, President of the World Rowing Federation -FISA, Roland Jean Cristhope said that the Indonesian government has succeeded and provided world class of rowing facility. Through the press release on Friday (24/8), he also said that the venue is the best one and has international standard. Rowing venue has line with 200 meters wide and 2,200 meters long and 5 meters deep. The venue has also been completed with  tribune with the capacity of 2,144 chairs, start-finish tower and arrangement of the area around the venue.

Yasu Project, a company of Mobile Mosque maker, plans to establish cooperation with the Indonesian government to develop innovation for worship facility that can move around. CEO of Yasu Project, Yasuhura Inoue said that his side has conducted approach with Ministry of Industry to develop the future investment by making mobile mosque in Indonesia so that later, it can be exported to various countries. But, to develop the technology, it’s better for Indonesian experts to carry out training first to Japan for technology transfer. Afterwards, this can be developed and assembled in Indonesia. The mobile mosque is developed for the first time to welcome Olympiad 2020 in Japan for athletes and Muslims who want to pray.