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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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VOINews, Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) invited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to jointly stop the escalation of conflict in Gaza to prevent it from increasing.


"Indonesia strongly condemns Israeli attack on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza which resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties," he stated during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday.


As quoted from a statement from the Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat received here on Friday, at Thursday's meeting, Jokowi expressed Indonesia's concern about the increasingly worsening situation in Palestine. He emphasized Indonesia's stance that strongly condemns all attacks that impact humanity in the country.


The president also encouraged the problems in the Palestinian and Israeli conflict areas to be resolved immediately in accordance with the provisions that have been agreed upon.


"This is the time for the world to stand together to stop escalation, prioritize the humanitarian issue, and resolve the root of the problem according to the international parameters that have been agreed upon," he stated.


Earlier, President Jokowi had sent Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers' extraordinary meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday.


The meeting was held to respond to an Israeli air strike on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza that killed at least 471 people and injured 342 others.


At the meeting, Marsudi urged the organization to send a strong message and mobilize international support in handling the worsening conflict situation in Gaza.


Indonesia then called on the OIC to urge all relevant parties to create humanitarian corridors in Gaza and ensure that international humanitarian laws are respected. (Antaranews)




VOINews, Jakarta - The Indonesian government has voiced its full support for the global agenda to combat plastic waste polluting land and seas, according to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK).


"Indonesia is currently implementing policies aimed at combating plastic waste and pollution," said Ary Sudijanto, Head of KLHK's Environmental and Forestry Instrument Standardization Agency, in a statement released on Thursday.


He pointed out that 80 percent of the marine debris polluting the Indonesian seas had resulted from activities conducted on land, with plastic waste accounting for 30 percent of the debris.


Based on data from the National Plan of Action for Marine Debris Handling, Indonesia managed to reduce the amount of marine plastic waste during the 2018-2022 period, from 615,675 tons to 408,885 tons.


Sudijanto also stated that Indonesia's position among the world's largest contributors of plastic waste had fallen from second to fifth, below the Philippines, India, Malaysia, and China.


"Indonesia is currently implementing the National Plan of Action for Marine Debris Handling to achieve the target of reducing marine debris by 70 percent by 2024," he stated.


During the 61st Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) meeting in Bali on October 16, 2023, Indonesia highlighted the importance of determining the definition of plastic pollution, the scope of the life cycle of plastic, and concrete measures for combating plastic waste.


Indonesia also informed the participants that it is prioritizing efforts to strengthen its capacity and capability in managing waste, including applying a circular economy to prevent resources from being wasted.


The Indonesian government has devised the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program to encourage companies to participate in the circular economy. (Antaranews)




VOINews, Jakarta - Indonesia has strongly condemned the recent acts of violence in Gaza, which have resulted in suffering and an increasing number of civilian victims, including women and children.


"Indonesia also condemns Israel's attack on Al-Ahli (Baptist) Hospital. The attack is a violation of international humanitarian law," President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said in a video message that was broadcast via the Cabinet Secretariat's YouTube channel on Thursday.


Indonesia will not remain silent since the number of civilian victims has continued to increase, and it will not allow injustice against the Palestinian people, he added.


Therefore, Indonesia, together with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has sent a strong message to the world to stop the escalation of conflict, stop the use of violence, and focus on humanitarian issues, he informed.


Indonesia has also urged the global community to push a resolution to the root of the problem, namely Israel's occupation of Palestine, Widodo stated.


"Now is the time for the world to stand together to build global solidarity to resolve the Palestinian issue fairly and implement mutually agreed international parameters," he added.


President Widodo, who is currently in Riyadh to attend the ASEAN-GCC Summit, promised to continue to raise the Palestinian issue, including at the summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Cooperation Council of Arab States in the Gulf Region as well as in his bilateral meeting with the Saudi Arabian Prime Minister on Friday (October 20, 2023).


Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, who had accompanied Widodo on his visit to Beijing, China, to attend the Belt and Road Forum, was asked to leave the presidential entourage early to attend the Extraordinary Meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers in Jeddah on Wednesday (October 18).


The meeting was held in response to Israeli air attacks on Al-Ahli (Baptist) Hospital in Gaza, which killed at least 471 and injured 342 others. (Antaranews)






VOInews, Hong Kong: Preparations for the 2024 general elections are underway abroad, including Hong Kong and Macau in China. Currently, the Hong Kong and Macau Overseas Election Committees (PPLN) are in the verification and socialization stages.

"Until today and then there is still data processing, data verification. Then at this time we are still busy with socialization activities," said Chairman of PPLN Hong Kong and Macau Agustinus Guntoro at the Smart Voting Movement (GCM) Workshop at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) Hong Kong, Sunday (24/9/2023).

Guntoro said, since last April PPLN Hong Kong and Macau had completed the voter data collection process. A total of 164,691 Indonesian citizens have been recorded in the Permanent Voters List (DPT) in Hong Kong and Macau. Unlike the data collection in Indonesia, he admitted that his party encountered its own challenges, such as data verification.

"The obstacle is in data verification, in updating the data. We, through pantarlih (Voter Data Updating Officers), volunteers, and ourselves can only do it when our friends are out of the house, on holidays, which are usually Sundays," he continued.

Guntoro said that socialization is the key to solving voter problems in the field. His party now claims to have carried out various socialization methods, such as through social media, advertisements in newspapers, to souvenirs. In addition, PPLN Hong Kong and Macau also attended socialization invitations, both from the Consulate General and community organizations.

In addition to PPLN, the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong also conducted socialization. Acting Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Hong Kong and Macau Slamet Noegroho socializes elections at every activity organized by the Consulate General.

"We have programs, in which we socialize elections. The difference is, we adjust it to the audience we are targeting. For example, workshops or consular stalls with PMI," he said.

Meanwhile, IDN Global Chapter Hong Kong-Macau Founding Chair Nathalia Widjaja mentioned issues that could affect voter participation. Especially in Hong Kong and Macau, where less than 50% of Indonesian citizens voted in the 2019 elections. One of them is the matter of moving voter data for most Indonesian citizens, who are Indonesian migrant workers (PMI).

"PMI said, it is not allowed to use the employer's address directly (to send ballots). This is related to data transfer and data recording. (Moreover) they do not immediately report themselves (to the Consulate General when there is such a problem)," she said.

Nathalia also highlighted the need for socialization to prospective voters, especially regarding postal elections. The postal method is one of the methods applied by the Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau, apart from at polling stations. According to him, PPLN needs to socialize how to submit requests to vote by post, cast ballots, and return them to PPLN.

The GCM workshop was organized and broadcast by RRI Voice of Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong. The 2.5-hour event was part of LPP Radio Republik Indonesia's Smart Voting Movement. This movement is an election literacy movement so that prospective voters use their voting rights properly in the upcoming 2024 elections. (VOI/Rama)






VOInews, Jakarta: Ahead of the 2024 General Elections, both executive and legislative, Radio Republic of Indonesia (RRI) Program and Production Director Mistam urged Indonesian citizens in Hong Kong to look at the actions and ideas of all candidates participating in the 2024 elections.

"Starting now, all of you are searching, who is the presidential candidate that suits your conscience. The track record is searched, then our representatives are all searching," the Program and Production Director said in his remarks at the Smart Voting Movement Workshop organized by RRI Voice of Indonesia, in Hong Kong, Sunday (24/9/2023).

Mistam advised Indonesian voters in Hong Kong not to make the wrong choice of the nation's successor leader because, the future of Indonesia is determined by the choice of Indonesian citizens wherever they are.

"The brothers and sisters in Indonesia have declared that we are not only limited to giving love to the family. But also give love to the people in our hearts, who are the people in our hearts," said Mistam.

Then, Mistam hopes that RRI's GCM activities in Hong Kong can clarify Indonesian citizens' knowledge about the 2024 Election. Moreover, RRI always presents credible sources in accordance with their fields.

"So that later when choosing it is in accordance with our conscience. RRI is once again present to provide accurate and objective information," he concluded. (VOI/Ranov)





VOINews, Jakarta - The 2024 General Election, both executive and legislative, is getting closer. Currently, the phases/stages for overseas elections are underway, starting from the formation of the Overseas Elections Committee (PPLN), voter registration, and updating voter data.

The Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) projects that there will be almost two million overseas voters in the 2024 elections. This number is not much different from the 2019 election, namely 2,058,191. Of this number, around 200 thousand people live in the working area of the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau.

According to the Director of Voice of Indonesia, the Overseas Service of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), Soleman Yusuf, Indonesian citizens abroad, including in Hong Kong and Macau, need to know and understand the important value of holding elections.

For this reason, through the Sarasehan Gerakan Cerdas Memilih (Discussion on Smart Vote Movement) which is held in collaboration with the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Voice of Indonesia will play its role as government media to educate voters about the importance of elections.

"The Discussion on Smart Voting Movement seeks to provide education and literacy to Indonesian people abroad, including nearly 200 thousand people living in Hong Kong and Macau," said Soleman.

He also said that the active participation of Indonesian voters living overseas in electing the nation's leader in the General Elections on February 14, 2024 will be very important in determining the future of the nation and state.

"Electing our nation's leaders determines the sustainability of our future," he added.

He also said that the discussion is Voice of Indonesia's commitment to assist voters, especially young voters, to become good Indonesian citizens (WNI), by providing correct, educational and intelligent information regarding the 2024 elections.

"In order for our citizens to become intelligent voters, they must understand the rules, the process, and understand what kind of leader candidate they want to elect. So, it is the task of Voice of Indonesia RRI to present correct information," said Soleman.

The discussion, SARASEHAN GERAKAN CERDAS MEMILIH which was held at the Hall of the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, on Sunday 24 September 2023, raised the theme "Towards Smart Voters". This theme will be discussed by the speakers; Acting Indonesian Consul General for Hong Kong and Macau Slamet Nugroho, Chairman of Hong Kong Foreign Overseas Election Committee Agustinus Guntoro, Member of Hong Kong Overseas Elections Supervisory Committee Yessi Kapitan, and Founding Chair of IDN Global Chapter Hong Kong and Macau Nathalia Widjaja.

Apart from that, the discussion will also be attended by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LPP (Public Broadcasting Service) Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) Anwar Mujahid Adhy Trisnanto, LPP RRI Program and Production Director Mistam, Director of Voice of Indonesia Soleman Yusuf, as well as approximately 150 participants representing Indonesian Students Association, Indonesian Migrant Workers and the Indonesian Community in Hong Kong.// VOI/DP/EDT






VOINews, Jakarta - A total of 24 items were sold to dozens of invitees at an auction and dinner organized by the Embassy of Ukraine in Jakarta. The event, titled "Let Them Smile", raised Rp161.4 million. Among the items auctioned were items related to the relationship between Indonesia and Ukraine.

The auction partnered with the Olena Zelenska Foundation, a foundation founded by the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska.

The Ambassador of Ukraine to Indonesia, Vasyl Hamianin, mentioned at the end of the auction that this was not just a fun event. This event, for him, was about raising funds for children and families in Ukraine affected by the conflict in the country.

"The spirit of today's event is not easy to describe, but the most important thing (about this event) is that we are working to save children's lives, to make them happy and safe. No matter what happens, children are always the most vulnerable part of our society," he said at The Westin Hotel Jakarta, Friday (15/09/2023).

Even so, Vasyl welcomed and was grateful for the enthusiasm of the auction participants. According to him, this activity reflects the support of the Indonesian people for children in Ukraine.

"True, I am very grateful for this community (participants). Today's event is about how the Indonesian people feel about Ukraine, how they feel about the children who are suffering," he said. at The Westin Hotel Jakarta, Friday (09/15/2023).

One of the objects being auctioned is a painting of a ceramic plate by the former Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil. The painting, which is Ambassador Vasyl's personal collection, was sold for Rp10 million.

In addition, a stamp from the Ukrainian postal company Ukrposhta with the image of General Sudirman was sold for Rp6.5 million. The stamp was only printed in 100 pieces, and, according to Vasyl, there are only five pieces in Indonesia.

Also auctioned at the event were cigar boxes made in Indonesia and two paintings by Vasyl's daughter Varvara Hamianin. A bulava stick typical of ancient Ukrainian leaders and a ceramic egg by Tatar artist Rustem Skibin were also sold. (VOI/Rama)






VOInews, Jakarta: US Vice President Kamala Harris announced plans for the US and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to establish a US-ASEAN Center in Washington DC. She made the announcement at the opening of the 11th ASEAN-US Summit in Jakarta, Wednesday (6/9/2023).

"Today I am pleased to announce that through a public-private partnership, we will establish the first US-ASEAN Center in Washington DC," she said.

She explained that the facility will support ASEAN activities including further exchange of people and academic institutions.

"This center will facilitate official ASEAN interactions and support further exchanges between communities, businesses and academic institutions," she said.

She further said that as leaders, both ASEAN and the US must address current global challenges, while investing in a long-term vision. According to her, leaders must be able to look forward by measuring the steps taken today.

"The US and ASEAN share priority interests and long-term visions," she concluded. (VOI/Andy)






VOInews, Jakarta: ASEAN leaders welcomed Canada as a Strategic Partner at the 11th ASEAN-Canada Summit in Jakarta, Wednesday (6/9/2023). President Joko Widodo in his remarks said Canada is a strategic partner of ASEAN in building food security, downstream industry and open and fair trade in the region.

"Today, the partnership between ASEAN and Canada enters a new phase, namely as a Strategic Partner. Welcome to the ASEAN family, PM Trudeau. Hopefully, this will provide greater benefits for our people and the region," he said.

On that occasion, President Joko Widodo expressed hope that Canada could become an anchor of regional peace and stability.

"Who obeys international law and encourages more concrete and inclusive cooperation, especially in the Indo-Pacific region," he said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi explained, the 11th ASEAN-Canada Summit officially established the ASEAN-Canada Strategic Partnership through the ratification of the Joint Leaders' Statement on ASEAN-Canada Strategic Partnership.

In addition, he said, the ASEAN-Canada Summit also adopted the ASEAN-Canada Joint Leaders' Statement on Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Response to Crises. (VOI/Andy)






VOInews, Jakarta: Leaders of ASEAN and the People's Republic of China (PRC) agreed to take their cooperation to the next level. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the Leaders agreed to strengthen economic cooperation through enhancing the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) 3.0.

"Why 3.0, because it includes new cooperation for example in the digital economy, green economy, and supply chain. The Leaders also welcomed the guidelines for accelerating COC (Code of Conduct) negotiations in the South China Sea," she said in a statement delivered in Jakarta, Wednesday (6/9/2023).

Retno further said that the ASEAN-RRT Summit produced several cooperation in various sectors, which were contained in 6 documents.

Two documents adopted are the ASEAN-China Joint Statement on Mutually Beneficial Cooperation on ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) which contains an agreement to encourage concrete cooperation on the implementation of AOIP, including in the fields of maritime, energy transition, infrastructure, smart cities, e-commerce, and MSMEs, as well as the ASEAN-China Joint Statement on Deepening Agricultural Cooperation.

"This contains a cooperation agreement that makes agriculture a new growth engine to build food security," she said.

While the 4 documents noted are:

1. ASEAN-China Action Plan on Green Agricultural Development. Aims to increase the competitive value of ASEAN agricultural products in the middle of the global supply chain.

2. ASEAN-China Joint Initiative on Enhancing Cooperation on E-Commerce. Aims to promote e-commerce cooperation to promote inclusive economic growth and reduce regional development gaps.

3. Guidelines for Accelerating the Early Conclusion of an Effective and Substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. Aims to accelerate the completion of COC negotiations with effective and substantive outcomes.

4. Joint Initiative on Advancing the China-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Enhancing Program. Aims to strengthen technology transfer cooperation and joint research on strategic issues such as Industry 4.0, digital infrastructure, and clean energy. (VOI/Andy)

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