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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 - National Development Planning Minister and National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Suharso Monoarfa has outlined three efforts made by Indonesia to support the transformation of global food systems to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).

"First, Indonesia commits to transforming its food system at the national and regional levels," he said at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) +2 Stocktaking Moment, held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy.

Indonesia's Law No. 18 of 2023 concerning Food has mandated the country to transform its food system into a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable one, Monoarfa observed in an official statement received in Jakarta on Wednesday.

As the largest archipelagic state, Indonesia is striving to transform its food system by localizing it according to the country's local biodiversity and sociocultural aspects, he informed.

"In this context, Indonesia considers agricultural food system transformation and the nexus of food, energy, and water, as essential aspects of the 2025–2045 National Long-term Development Plan (RPJPN)," he said.

The minister then elaborated on the second effort, stating that Indonesia is emphasizing the importance of strengthening the agricultural sector and supporting smallholders in efforts to successfully transform its food system.

"Smallholders play a crucial role in the food system. Therefore, the Indonesian government takes initiative to create an 'enabling environment' that can help smallholders," Monoarfa explained.

The final effort pertains to the urgency to forge stronger and more inclusive multi-party partnerships for transforming the food system.

The minister said that the Indonesian government has initiated a series of multiparty dialogues and partnerships, such as the formulation of the Regional Action Plan for Food and Nutrition, to achieve this end.

In addition, the central government has allocated a dedicated budget to help regional governments develop local food systems, he added.

"The world should intensify cooperation and collaboration for the sake of the development of the food system. Together, we must invest even greater collective efforts to achieve the targets set in the SDGs," he stressed.

Furthermore, he urged the world to achieve the goals by developing more sustainable, just, and resilient food systems with the objective of alleviating global famine and poverty. (Antaranews)






VOINews, Jakarta - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said that after the COVID-19 pandemic, tourists have started showing a preference for destinations that promote environmentally sustainable and small-scale tourism.

Speaking at the opening of the 2023 International Tourism Investment Forum (ITIF) here on Wednesday, he asked investors to prioritize green investment in developing sustainable tourism in Indonesia.

"We believe that investment after COVID-19 advances investments that are personalized, localized, bigger in impact, but smaller in size. Apart from that, this investment refers to green investment and this is the future of our economy," he said.

According to him, the trend of tourism investment has also shifted to green tourism investment.

Green investment is an investment that prioritizes environmental sustainability in the tourism sector, and this trend is expected to continue in the future.

Uno said that based on the data that he has obtained, in 2022, Indonesia recorded US$225.28 billion in foreign direct investment in the tourism sector and US$577.87 billion in domestic direct investment.

The minister expressed the hope that the ITIF will become a platform for sharing experiences and ideas between investors and stakeholders related to the development of sustainable tourism in Indonesia, especially since Indonesia has certain advantages in terms of natural and cultural wealth.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy developed the CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability) protocol as part of an effort to increase tourist and investor confidence to develop an environmentally sustainable tourism sector.

"We must think out of the box in developing the existing tourism potential. Because tourism is not a problem; tourism is a part of the post-pandemic (economic) solution," he added.

The ITIF is being held on July 26 and 27, 2023, in Badung, Bali.​​​​​​​  (Antaranews)






VOINews, Jakarta - Cooperative and Small-Medium Enterprises Ministry, Institut Français d'Indonesie (IFI), and Pintu Incubator Program organizer inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on product development, promotion, and market expansion of local fashion brands to the global market.

"Fashion development in Indonesia requires improvement in several aspects, such as creativity, human resources, marketing technique, and branding," Cooperative and Small-Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki stated after witnessing the MoU signing as cited from a written statement received here on Wednesday.

The minister lauded IFI and Pintu Incubator for their initiative to make the agreement in an effort to promote development of the fashion sector in Indonesia.

Masduki also expressed optimism that the MoU would facilitate the government to explore cooperation opportunities with the French Embassy in a bid to support development of Indonesia's fashion sector.

The cooperation, in turn, is expected to help Indonesia gain recognition as a high-quality fashion center through various activities, including by inviting French designers to come to Indonesia to give coaching to fashion micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) players in the country.

"I also hope that Pintu Incubator will help promote local brands by providing even bigger opportunities for local fashion MSME players, so they can expand their markets and strengthen their brand image," he remarked.

The initiator of the Pintu Incubator Program, Theresia Mareta, explained that currently, over 500 local products have been registered to participate in the 2023 Pintu Incubator Program. After going through a selection process, 12 brands are deemed eligible to proceed to the next process.

Mareta is upbeat that the program would serve as a mutually beneficial collaboration that in turn will facilitate fashion designers from both countries to exchange knowledge and learn from one another.

"Indonesian designers need lots of advice about the ecosystem of global markets, including regarding international-standard products and how the industry and business work," she remarked.

She also expressed optimism that the collaboration would pave the way for Indonesian fashion brands to forge cooperation with the global fashion ecosystem and also become a part of the ecosystem itself.

At the same time, such a collaboration is also expected to facilitate fashion brands from both countries to mutually promote their products, thereby providing a valuable opportunity to Indonesian fashion MSMEs to introduce their products. (Antaranews)


Many literary works feature narratives or tales that have high moral educational value. The moral values contained in literary works aim to educate people to recognize ethical values, so as to create an order of human relations in society that is considered good, harmonious and beneficial (Kurniawan, 2009).

In Indonesia, one of the literary masterpieces which is full of beauty and contains good educational values is GURINDAM 12 wrote by Raja Ali Haji. This literary work is called "Gurindam 12" because it actually consists of 12 stanzas. Gurindam content is categorized as syi'al irsyadi or ditactic poetry because it contains advice and life instructions according to Islamic law (Sugiarto, 2015).

The original writing of this literary work uses Arabic letters. First published in 1854 in the Tijdschift van het Bataviaash magazine. Gurindam 12 was translated into Dutch by Elisa Netscher. The literary works have now become classic works that should be maintained and valued by all levels of society.

This phenomenal work is full of inter-nation or global moral messages, and cultures whose teaching values last across generations. Its eternal moral message can be said to be parallel to the masterpieces of world poets such as Shakespeare, Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Bishop, and Christhoper Marlowe, whom Padgett (2000) calls as poets with timeless works of all time which can be continuously studied for their meaning in learning activities in the classroom. Mujiyanto (2014) emphasized that Gurindam 12 is a noble literary work like 'Serat Wedhatama' and 'Wulang Reh', by G.P.H. Mangkunegara IV.

In Riau, especially on Penyengat Island which is the birthplace of Gurindam 12, the process of preserving or passing on this valuable work is still ongoing from elementary school to university.

As a mainstream media, Voice of Indonesia contributes to disseminating information on the preservation of this noble literary work, both domestically and abroad through a video documentary that can be accessed via Voice of Indonesia's website and social media.



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VOINews, Jakarta - The 216th United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Council meeting in Paris, France, on Wednesday (May 24, 2023) designated Ijen Geopark as a new UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG).

"Thank God, after completing various procedures and hearings, finally Ijen Geopark has been officially included in the UGG network," the head of Banyuwangi district, Ipuk Fiestiandani, said here on Thursday.

According to UNESCO’s website, the organization named 18 new global geoparks at the meeting. Currently, 195 geoparks in 48 countries have been granted UGG status.

In addition to Ijen Geopark, Maros-Pangkep Geopark in South Sulawesi, Merangin in Jambi province, and Raja Ampat in Papua province have also been designated as new UGGs.

Thus, currently, Indonesia has 10 UNESCO global geoparks. The other geoparks are Batur in Bali, Belitong in Bangka Belitung Islands Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu in West Java, Gunung Sewu in East Java, Rinjani-Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, and Toba Caldera in North Sumatra.

"Hopefully, the designation of Ijen as UGG will increase foreign tourist visits to Banyuwangi, thus it will improve the welfare of the local community," the district head said.

Ijen Geopark has a number of geosites spread across two regions, namely Banyuwangi district and Bondowoso district. The main attraction of the geopark is Mount Ijen with its geological, biological, and cultural wealth.

Meanwhile, the manager of Banyuwangi Ijen Geopark (PHIG), Abdillah Baraas, said that the geopark managed to get a high score of 872 in the last UGG assessment stage.

"Still, we have to strive to improve various aspects, thus we can maintain the UGG status during the revalidation assessment in 2026," he emphasized.

The PHIG manager stressed that attempts to develop and maintain the geopark must be carried out in collaboration with all parties.

Hence, he said that his party will continue to implement a number of ongoing programs, such as introducing the geopark to students in schools, community empowerment, training on the implementation of geo-tourism, geo-products development, as well as environmental conservation.

"In the future, we will also improve other things, such as public transportation services to surrounding tourism destinations and geopark sites," Baraas said.

He added that the UGG certificate for Ijen Geopark would be handed over by UNESCO in September 2023 in Morocco. (Antaranews)





VOInews, Jakarta: Indonesia as Chair of ASEAN has facilitated the reopening of lines of communication and consultation with various parties so that the Asean Coordinating Center For Humanitarian Assistance On Disaster Management (AHA Center) can distribute humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar.

According to Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, assistance will be given to the people of Myanmar who need it, regardless of their ethnic background, religion, and political orientation.

"We need to say that with this Indonesian facilitation, the AHA Center has succeeded in conducting consultations with several stakeholders which previously could not be done. Thus there is a movement regarding the access granted to the AHA Center," she said in a statement regarding Indonesia's achievement in the ASEAN Chair in the first 3 months of 2023, Wednesday (5/4), in Jakarta.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi admitted that consultation efforts were still needed that could reach more of all parties, accompanied by preparing all the necessary humanitarian assistance for the people of Myanmar who were affected by the conflict.

Indonesia, which currently serves as the Chair of ASEAN in 2023, continues to strive to promote peace in Myanmar. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, this effort was pursued by encouraging the implementation of the 5 Consensus Points (5PCs).

5PC is an agreement reached by ASEAN leaders in April 2021 to respond to the crisis in Myanmar after the military coup. The 5PC agreement consists of 5 points, namely constructive dialogue, cessation of violence, mediation between all parties, provision of humanitarian assistance, and sending an ASEAN delegation to Myanmar.

"In the last 3 months, Indonesia has worked hard to push for the implementation of the 5 Point Consensus (5PC)," she said.

According to Retno, a number of efforts have been made by Indonesia so that the implementation of the 5PCs can actually be realized, including by strengthening ASEAN's solidity in dealing with the Myanmar issue.

"The ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat Meeting agreed that ASEAN has solidity in approaching or dealing with the Myanmar issue," she said.

She said Indonesia had also established communication with various parties with the aim of encouraging an inclusive national dialogue.

"These engagements, engagement with various stakeholders, are carried out in accordance with the 5PC mandate. In terms of the number of engagements, the engagements carried out during Indonesia's chairmanship have been carried out very intensively," she said.

Furthermore, Retno said, Indonesia as Chair of ASEAN had also held meetings for the first time with a number of Special Envoys, including Special Envoys from the UN Secretary General, Special Envoys from neighboring Myanmar, and also Special Envoys from other countries.

“Why is this being done? The ultimate goal is to promote coordination and synergy while continuing to strengthen ASEAN's centrality. From our engagement with all Special Envoys, it appears that support for Indonesia's chairmanship, ASEAN centrality, and the 5PC seems very strong," she said.

Apart from that, according to Retno, Indonesia has also conveyed developments regarding Myanmar, especially implementing the 5PCs, before the UN Security Council on March 13.

"In the closed meeting of the UN Security Council, it was clear that the strong support for Indonesia's chairmanship, the centrality of ASEAN and the 5PC," she said.

Indonesia, according to Retno, also continues to convey messages regarding the importance of stopping acts of violence and using military force in every communication with various parties.

"This call is based on fears of the increasing use of violence which of course results in increasing civilian casualties," she concluded.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi emphasized that efforts to build trust and bridges are crucial and will continue. In her opinion, a step forward is needed if Myanmar is to achieve sustainable peace.

"Trust is very important, and Indonesia will continue to try to build this trust. Indonesia is trying to continue to build bridges to bring the differences closer together," she said.

She also ensured that Indonesia would continue to try to facilitate conducive conditions to be created in Myanmar. According to her, this condition is necessary so that inclusive dialogue can be carried out.

"So that the use of violence can be stopped, and so that humanitarian assistance can be carried out immediately," she concluded. (VOI/Andy)





VOInews, Jakarta: Indonesia has run the ASEAN Chair in 2023 for 3 months. During that period, a number of things have been carried out, starting from aspects of the meetings that have been held as well as from the aspect of the substance of the talks related to regional issues. Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said that in terms of substance, the theme of Indonesia's Chairmanship in ASEAN is divided into 3 aspects, namely, ASEAN Matters, Epicentrum of Growth and Implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on The Indo-Pacific (AOIP).

Regarding the ASEAN Matters pillar, according to Retno, ASEAN's capacity is important to be strengthened and Indonesia wants to make ASEAN work more effectively so as to be able to overcome future challenges. Therefore, she said, the unity and centrality of ASEAN are important to continue to maintain so that ASEAN is able to continue to be a locomotive for regional peace and stability.

"In this pillar, a big vision for ASEAN 2045 is also being prepared which is currently being drafted by the High-Level Task Force. From Indonesia, Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani is chairing the High-Level Task Force," she said in a statement delivered in Jakarta, Wednesday (5/4).

She added, currently discussions were underway to draft the ASEAN Leaders Statement which would be adopted at the 42nd ASEAN Summit in May from Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara.

"Apart from that, the process of discussing the draft ASEAN Leaders Statement on the Strengthening ASEAN's Capacity and Institutional Effectiveness is currently being carried out which will be adopted at the 42nd ASEAN Summit in May," she said.

Apart from that, according to her, currently, discussions are also being carried out on a number of priority issues including eradicating the Crime of Trafficking in Persons (TPPO) due to misuse of technology, accelerating negotiations on the text of the Code of Conduct (COC), strengthening the institutionalization of the Human Rights Dialogue in ASEAN, preparing a road map for full membership. Timor-Leste in ASEAN.

"And the signing of the SEANWFZ Protocol by the Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) whose process was halted in 2012," she said.

Meanwhile, in the Epicentrum of Growth pillar, according to Retno, several priorities that have been discussed in the last 3 months include strengthening the health architecture through the One Health Initiative and strengthening health emergency funding to strengthen national and regional health security, strengthening regional food security through regional food availability in during a crisis, as well as strengthening energy security, including through the development of an electric vehicle ecosystem.

"In the High-Level Task Force on Economic Integration meeting, ASEAN countries agreed to develop an electric vehicle ecosystem in ASEAN and it will be ratified at the 42nd Summit, next May," she said.

Furthermore, Retno Marsudi added, in the Epicentrum of Growth pillar, efforts to strengthen regional financial stability were also discussed, including through the use of ASEAN countries' currencies in trade transactions and connectivity of payment mechanisms in the ASEAN region.

"In the meeting between the Ministers of Finance and the ASEAN Central Bank, it was agreed that ASEAN countries would be committed to using local currencies and expanding payment mechanism connectivity to strengthen financial stability in the region," she said.

Retno Marsudi also said that digitalization of the economy and the tourism sector would also continue to be mainstreamed under Indonesia's chairmanship in ASEAN this year. In addition, discussions regarding protection for Migrant Workers in ASEAN and Rural Development were carried out through the establishment of the ASEAN Villages Network (AVN) and discussions are still ongoing.

While on the implementation pillar of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), Retno Marsudi said that during Indonesia's chairmanship, Indonesia wanted to see strengthening concrete cooperation from AOIP, with an emphasis on the principles of inclusiveness and economic cooperation and economic development.

"So the approach or emphasis on implementation from AOIP, that the principle of cooperation is inclusive and also prioritizes economic and development cooperation. Therefore, in line with the implementation of the AOIP, Indonesia will host or will hold a Flagship Event, namely the ASEAN-Indo-Pacific Forum," she said.

Retno explained that AIPF would be held in Jakarta on 5-7 September 2023, which would be carried out in line with the 43rd ASEAN Summit. In addition, Indonesia also continues to approach ASEAN member countries and ASEAN external partners to register concrete projects in the context of AOIP at AIPF intensively.

"So it is about substance development, regarding meetings that have been held and developments in substance," she concluded. (VOI/Andy)






VOI News, Jakarta: Kazakhstan will hold Parliamentary and maslikhat (Local Administrative Body) Elections on March 19, 2023. These elections can be considered one of the most consequential for the future of democratic politics in Kazakhstan. Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Kazakhstan for Indonesia, Kazbek Bokebayev after the Press Conference to the Media at the Kazakh Embassy in Jakarta, Friday (17/3) hopes that the democratic party can run according to expectations which can bring goodness to the people of Kazakhstan.

"Frankly, we hope that in the parliamentary election there will be no problems and obstacles. God willing, everything will go smoothly in a good way. We make every effort to provide security or events, all police officers and all forces will be involved to maintain order in the elections. So we hope that nothing else will happen,” said Kazbek Bokebayev.

Previously, in a Press Release received by RRI VOI (16/3) from the Kazakh Embassy in Jakarta, President of Kazakhstan Tokayev said in his statement "The holding of early Mazhilis and maslikhats elections is determined by the logic of constitutional reform, which was supported by citizens in a national referendum. According to the results, our country is turning to the establishment of a new, fairer and more competitive representative branch of power.”

Over the last 30 years the Kazakh people have created a stable, prosperous and inclusive society. Exercising its democratic rights through a national vote will certainly help strengthen what has been achieved. Elections will bring the country forward for the welfare of the people.

"The election will not change our country overnight, but will further contribute to the creation of a Just Kazakhstan-a prosperous society, and a more dynamic and competitive political system," explained President Tokayev.

In addition, President Tokayev also revealed that Kazakhstan would become a stronger and more committed partner for the international community, including for Indonesia. Once the new members of Parliament are elected, Kazakhstan will continue to develop close ties with Indonesia. (VOI/Faisal)





Jakarta (voinews): Deputy Head of Mission of the Kazakh Embassy for Indonesia, Kazbek Bokebayev after a Press Conference with the Media at the Kazakh Embassy in Jakarta, Friday (17/3) said that after the new Kazakh parliament formed, cooperation with the Indonesian parliament will be even better and can provide benefits and contributed to both parliaments.

"We certainly already know that there is such a thing as a friendship that is built both in the Indonesian Parliament and in the Kazakh Parliament. This friendship continues to be renewed from time to time. Hopefully, after this pandemic is over, this year or next year we will see the first session in the Parliamentary Institution where members of the Kazakh and Indonesian parliaments will gather and exchange ideas, and talk about how to develop cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries. This is because building a parliament with a wide range of dimensions is also important and of course for cooperation between Kazakhstan and Indonesia in the interests of both countries," said Kazbek Bokebayev.

Bokebayev also explained that the parliamentary and maslikhat (Local Administrative Body) election processes are good and will take place on March 19, 2023, of course, this will also produce good-quality legislatures. So according to Bokebayev, his party is ready to increase cooperation with any country.

“We will change the best practice in the legislative process. How to grow new ideas, so that this process greatly contributes to the quality of the legislative process in the parliament of Kazakhstan or other countries. So we are open to developing parliamentary cooperation with Indonesia," said Bokebayev.

Furthermore, Bokebayev hopes that in the spring the friendship between the Kazakstan and Indonesian parliaments will grow and be strengthened soon. The Kazakstan party will propose to communicate with Indonesian parliamentarians. (VOI/Faisal)





Jakarta (voinews): President Joko Widodo and Singapore Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong held a bilateral meeting, Thursday (16/3), at the Singapore Presidential Palace.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a number of collaborations in various fields.

"Overall in today's meeting there were 20 letters of intent - private interest - Singapore to invest in IKN Nusantara. Then, 9 B-to-B MoUs in the fields of energy, healthcare and digital. And the 7 G-to-G MoUs, among others, in the fields of energy, health and digital," the President said in a joint press statement after the bilateral meeting, which was delivered via the Presidential Secretariat's Youtube channel.

Regarding the construction of the Archipelago Capital City (IKN), the President welcomed the high interest of investors from Singapore. In addition, the Head of State welcomed the agreement between the two countries to increase investment in new and renewable energy (EBT).

"Investment in the field of new and renewable energy will be used to fulfill the energy needs of the two countries," said the Head of State.

Furthermore, the Head of State welcomed the cooperation between the governments of Indonesia and Singapore in the digital field, as well as the development of human resources (HR) in the field of information technology.

"Including (cooperation) on investment and data centers, and cooperation on human resource development in the field of information technology," said the President.

President Joko Widodo also welcomed the cooperation between the two countries in the field of trade, one of which is through Indonesian livestock products to meet needs in Singapore.

"In the field of trade, Indonesian livestock products have begun to enter to supply chicken needs in Singapore," said the Head of State.

Furthermore, the Head of State welcomed the cooperation between the two countries in terms of strengthening health services in the country.

"(Cooperation) strengthening basic health services and health technology as well as investing in developing hospitals in Indonesia," said the President.

Meanwhile PM Lee said the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Singapore had been going very well.

According to him, the two leaders of the countries have succeeded in taking a big step forward as well as resolving issues that have been going on for a long time.

"We will make a difference for future generations," he concluded. (VOI/Andy)

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