Today in History over RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on May 17, 1950 when association of Indonesian publisher was established.
Association of Indonesian publisher was established on May 17, 1950 in Jakarta on initiative and agreement of some national publishers at that time. In additional to encouragement to replace foreign publishers’ position, especially the Dutch which still monopolized book publishing activities in the country, the establishment of Association of Indonesian publisher was also imbued with great desire to help the government in establishing brilliant Indonesian people. When the establishment of the association only consisted of 13 publishers, now the number of its members has reached around 650 publishers throughout Indonesia. According to the history, the association of Indonesian publisher still exists as the only one book publisher organization which is able to fight and to serve various concerns of its members.
The next event is that in 1980, national library was established.
Indonesian National Library is located in Jakarta. It has a duty to store state’s data and information. The library is also one of government’s agencies’ non-department which is under and responsible to the president. Earlier, the library was one of the realizations of the implementation and development of the national system of the library as a whole and integrated since it was planned its establishment on May 17, 1980 by the then Minister of Education and Culture, Daoed Joesoef. The agency is the result of integration of the four major libraries in Jakarta.
And the last event is about National Book Day.
Determination of May 17 as National Book Day was the initiative of education minister of mutual cooperation cabinet, Abdul Malik Fadjar since 2002. The decision of National Book Day is hoped to be able to encourage reading interest of Indonesian people, as well as to increase book’s sales. The date was chosen based on the date of the establishment of Indonesian National Library on May 7, 1980. The commemoration of Book Day is often related to reading interest in Indonesia which is still low. From study data of 'Most Literate Nation in the World' which has been released by Central Connecticut State University in 2016, Indonesia ranked in the 60th from 61 countries. The position was under Thailand and above Bostwana. To grow love of book reading becomes challenge for every individual. However, National Book Day commemoration is able to give positive impact in making people aware about the importance of the book. Even, to enliven the day, some institutions such as National Library holds event and activities aiming to invite people to visit the library.
Today's Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information on
Acting governor of Bengkulu calls on people to worship more. The second information is that ‘flower city a million colors’ program in Klaten continues to get support. We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with the news on poor people in East Belitung receive legal aid for free. In welcoming Ramadhan and Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1439 H, state of being secure and comfortable is much needed.
Acting Governor of Bengkulu, Rohidin Mersyah said that there must be some strategic steps prepared by all related elements, besides seriousness in running worship as well as possibly. This was stated by Acting Governor Rohidin when giving speech on Cross-Sectoral coordination meeting of Ketupat Nala Operation 2018 in Bengkulu on Wednesday (16/5/2018). On the occasion, he also asked all stakeholders to increase alertness, and also people’s involvement to minimize something unexpected. Meanwhile, related to terrorism, Regional Police Chief of Bengkulu Brigadier General Coky Manurung asked all his staffs, included civil service police Unit, people’s protection, and the public to participate in protecting Bengkulu province from terrorism threat. In addition, the meeting also conducted discussion related to readiness in welcoming Ramadhan by involving Regional Police of Bengkulu, Agency for Logistic Affairs, Trade Office, State Electricity Company and other related agencies. The program of ‘Flower city of a million colors’ to be carried out by Klaten Regent, Sri Mulyani continues to get support, either from society or the government and private institutions. Now, Education Office of Klaten also conducted the launching for the program support in its environment. The launching of the program in Klaten was signed on Wednesday (16/5). After the launching, Head of Education Office of Klaten, Sunardi said that the program is to respond the regent’s policy. The program is expected to be able to be implemented on blooming Friday movement throughout schools. Every Friday, all students must do greening at their schools’ environment. The Regent also hoped that the movement is included in the teaching and learning process. So, it is programmed well. Hopefully, all students are able to make Klaten regent’s policy successful this time. The launched program was attended by Klaten Regent, Sri Mulyani, marking cutting balloon ribbons and simultaneous planting of various types of flowers by the Regional Leadership Communication Forum.
We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with the news on poor people in East Belitung receive legal aid for free.
Poor people in East Belitung regency will be given legal aid for free. The aid is given beginning from handling the case until court verdict. East Belitung Regent, Yuslih Ihza said that his office has just signed cooperation agreement with Association of Public Policy Support Center of Bangka-Belitung. The agreement is follow-up of MoU conducted in 2015. This was stated by Regent Yuslih Ihza in East Belitung on Wednesday (16/5). The legal aid is given for the process of both criminal and civil laws. The conditions are that the person who has case is to apply for legal aid to the regent through Law division. If anyone has identity of East Belitung, he or she is ready to be assisted. Regent Yuslih Ihza also said that the legal aid is only granted to two persons or a group annually. Because, the budget is limited for two cases only. Since the program was started in 2015, there have been only 3 people who proposed the legal aid.
This is RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world.
The first information is from Sydney.
Agency of creative economy participated in technology exhibition of CeBIT Australia 2018 in Sydney, Australia to promote startup companies from Indonesia. Deputy of infrastructure of the agency, Hari Sungkari has chance to give explanation on startup companies from Indonesia at one of the sessions at the exhibition. According to Hari, when presentation in the exhibition on Wednesday, his side has innovation, for example, there are motorbike taxi reservation to order service and house cleaning. There is also e-commerce. On the occasion, Hari also explained that the sectors where Indonesian startup companies involve are varied, not only on 8 startups which were chosen for exhibition at Indonesia pavilion. Hari also said one of the sectors, which has developed in Indonesia, is startup dealing with financial technology. One of the reasons is that only few Indonesian people have banking accounts so that borrowing model of peer-to-peer lending is well-developed in Indonesia. The agency along with 8 startups from Indonesia holds exhibition during CeBIT Australia 2018 taking place at International Convention Center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from May 15 until 17.
The next information is from Denmark.
As many as 40 pensioners of Denmark, who join in Elder Sagen Denmark in Gladsaxe, want to visit Indonesia. This was revealed in Visit Indonesian Embassy in the Indonesian embassy in Copenhagen. Those pensioners were presented with Wonderful Indonesia video and traditional dance. This was stated by Head of Information and Socio-Cultural Functions at Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen, Ismail Pulungan on Thursday. Indonesian Ambassador to Denmark, Muhammad Ibnu said that he invited those pensioners and even picked them up from Gladsaxe, one of satellite cities which is located around 15 kilometers from Copenhagen. The pensioners want to see directly Indonesia’s friendliness with various tourism potentials, diversity of flora and fauna and culinary. One of Indonesia’s typical foods is Rendang which is recognized internationally. Usually, through the promotion of Indonesian tourism and soft diplomacy, they were also presented national cuisines, such as fried rice, satay and fried noodle, plus coffee and tea. Denmark is potential market to promote Indonesian tourism and culture. According to the data, there is a significant increase of Danish citizens' visits to Indonesia over the last three years. Until May 2018, it is noted that 47,750 Danish people have visited Indonesia. To make easier trip to Indonesia, Indonesian representative will ensure fast, precise, easy, and transparent service to Danish people.
We end Diplomatic Corner with the news from Egypt.
Indonesian government and PT. Inka explored opportunities sales of train and train system made of Indonesian people to Egypt. Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzy said that his office has held a meeting with Minister of Transportation of Republic of Egypt, Dr. Hesham Arafat Mahdy along with his staffs on Tuesday (15/5). The meeting discussed opportunity of the cooperation of the two countries in train sector. Ambassador Helmy also said that Minister Hesham welcomed the Indonesia’s initiative, and he also hoped that the Indonesian government can participate in various projects which are and will be developed by the government of Egypt, such as locomotive and carriage rejuvenation and development of new railway. To follow-up the meeting, both Ambassador Helmy and Egyptian Minister of Transportation, Hesham Arafat Mahdy will immediately set team work. Egypt is interested in the signal system and executive carriages. Since 2016 for several times, PT. Inka has visited Egypt to explore opportunity between Indonesia-Egypt in train. In early July, PT Inka will participate in tender procurement of 2 locomotives and 6 train cars in Cairo.
Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, May 17.
We begin with Kompas entitled, "Government Reviews Joint Operation."
The government was considering to reactivate the Indonesian National Army's Joint Special Operations Command to overcome the recent terrorist acts. At the same time, the solidity and spirit of political elite are also needed in responding current condition. Solidity which among others can be shown by not giving accusing or condescending comment is not only important to maintain the spirit to eradicate terrorism, but also will maintain the unity of the people and the country. This is urgently needed to face the terror act. To overcome the terrorism, Presidential Staff Head Moeldoko said, President Joko Widodo approved the involvement of Joint Special Operations Command (Koopsusgab) which is a joint operation between counterterrorism special force from three branches of the military namely army, air force, and navy. The joint elite was formed on June 9 2015 by Moeldoko who at that time was National Army Commander to eradicate terrorism.
Moving on to Republika entitled, "Fasting for Taqwa".
Indonesian Muslims began their fasting month or Ramadhan 1439 H which fell on Thursday (17/5). This year's Ramadhan is different, due to series of terror act occurred in several regions of the country since last week until yesterday. President Joko Widodo welcomed the so-called holy month. President also instructed the National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, National Army Commander Hadi Tjahjanto, and State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Gen. Budi Gunawan to keep the security, to control the situation, and to encourage social unity. People's Consultative Assembly MPR Spokesman Zulkifli Hasan conveyed a message for all fasting Muslims. The message was said by Zulkifli during umrah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Zulkifli Hasan invited the people to clean heart and body by forgiving and supporting each other, especially because Indonesia is facing many trials such as terrorism in several places.
We end the Headlines with Media Indonesia entitled, "The Death of Riau Regional Police's Muezzin".
Sorrow came to the family of Extraordinary First Inspector Anumerta Haji Auzar when they were bringing his body to the Mayang Sari BRG graveyard, Pekanbaru Riau, yesterday. Auzar fell on duty because of being hit by a car that was used by terrorist suspect to attack Riau Police Office. Auzar was known as pious man. He often became muezzin and preacher at Riau Police's Al-Adil Mosque. Riau Police's Traffic Director Comm. Rudi Syarifuddin said, Auzar was active in various religious activity and social. He often gave preach and became a respected ustaz in the police and among the people. Auzar, born in Tanjung Alam, November 9 1962, was buried in military ceremony at Mayang Sari Simpang BRG graveyard. The Police awarded him extraordinary promotion into First Inspector.
Today, We will discuss a movie entitled "Arini" directed by Ismael Basbeth. Indonesian film industry is apparently making a new trend, which is recycling old films that increased people's love to Indonesian film. Among many was an adaptation of a novel written by Mira W. entitled "Arini, Masih Ada Kereta Yang Lewat" released in 1982 and was made into movie in 1988. Widyawati and Rano Karno, two Indonesian top stars at that time, played the main characters. Thirty years later, in 2018, Ismael Basbeth remade the movie with some touch of today. The ARINI film is about a woman in the peak of her career. Like all film drama, there will be some romance, betrayal, and cries in the film. But, the packaging and the actors will make it far different.
"It's a collaboration. I was interested with "Arini" written by Titin Watimena and I want to collaborate with her. I read the novel and I believed that I must make the film" Ismael said.
The conflict in this film is actually quite simple. But, it was expanded by Mira into a little bit more complex than in its novel, and that was depicted by Ismael according to the current situation. Arini was depicted as a strong woman facing bad love life. Separated from her cheating husband will hurt any women. In this era, Arini met with a man, 15 years younger, but kept trying to get her heart.
"Women getting second chances has limited position in Indonesian film. I want to make that. Then, a widow with a far younger lover is still a taboo for some people since then until now. But, the interesting thing is how I play these characters according to the novel, but in more modern situation" Ismael also said.
The story began when Nick (Morgan Oey) met with Arini (Aura Kasih) in a trip by train in Germany. Nick who was 23 years old, suddenly fell in love with Arini who was 38 yeras old. Arini lived as a cold woman with great defense wall against men due to her past wounds. Many years ago, Arini was disappointed by her husband and best friend. The coldness of Arini apparently encouraged Nick to get the love of the 15 years older woman. But, age is not a problem for Nick. All things done by Nick to make Arini fall into his hands. Nick's passionate efforts make the audience can feel the happy love. The romantic Nuremberg city, Germany as the setting grew Nick's love greater. Morgan Oey successfully played as a young man drunk in love. Not only Morgan, Aura Kasih was also successful in portraying how dark the past of Arini. Remaking a previously famous film is not easy. Many factors must be overseen by Ismael. Casting was one of the key. Therefore, Ismael joined directly in the casting.
"I tried to find fresh actors to make the story more alive without the previous' characters burden. Then, we look for up and coming actors. Thus we find Aura Kasih, who has been famous but yet to be the main character. So, people don't know how was the characters previously played by Aura Kasih. Then, I look for Indonesian up and coming crews and actors" Ismael added.
The challenge to make this film popular was the main focus of Ismael. Besides character, the plot and setting must be focused. Ismael has her own way.
"It's made in different era, so we intentionally make it different. Still, it came from "Arini, Masih Ada Kereta Yang Lewat" novel by Mira W. So I hope by being open and honest in interpreting works from the same source, my Arini film will be different" He stated.
The whole film has similar plot, although with several different scenes. However, it did not erase the main essence of the story. Ismael even made some romantic scenes more artistic and touched the audience.Alright listener, that was our brief review of Indonesian film "Arini, Masih Ada Kereta yang Lewat" by Ismael Basbeth.
The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta exactly on June 22 will commemorate its 491st anniversary. As in previous years, Jakarta’s anniversary celebration will be enlivened by the holding of Jakarta Fair. Jakarta metropolitan city will again hold annual mega shows for one month through Jakarta Fair Kemayoran 2018 or also known as Pekan Raya Jakarta (PRJ) 2018 which will take place on 24 May - 1 July 2018 at Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, North Jakarta. Jakarta Fair Kemayoran or Pekan Raya Jakarta (PRJ) 2018 is the 51st event held since 1968. Originally, it was called ‘Pasar Gambir’ held at Lapangan Merdeka in colonial era called Koningsplein. The exhibition has been moved to the present location at the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran. In addition to the inaugural exhibition of all types of products made in Indonesia, Jakarta Fair consistently maintains its original concept of Night Market Fair which offers recreation, shopping and fun for the whole family. Currently, PRJ has become a national icon and enters in the top 100 Wonderful Indonesia events. As usual, Jakarta Fair Kemayoran or Pekan Raya Jakarta (PRJ) will feature pavilions from the provincial governments, companies and small and medium enterprises. Various excellent products from all business scale will fill the booths and pavilions at Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran. The exhibition will also be featured with art performances to entertain visitors, ranging from spectacular music performances from top artists of the country, Miss Jakarta Fair Beauty Pageant, Carnival, and many others. This year, there will be more than 2,500 booths and pavilions featuring some of the best products on the market as well as attractive discount offers. Many products offered at this festival are fashion and textiles, household goods, electronic equipment, gadgets, autos, handicrafts, health products, and many more. Jakarta Fair Kemayoran 2018 has the theme "Jakarta Participates in Success in MICE Indonesia in National Economic Development Process". The theme is chosen because Jakarta Fair Kemayoran is one of the largest multiplier exhibition events in Indonesia, even in Southeast Asia. It is also one of the benchmarks of MICE industry development in Indonesia. It is expected that from JFK 2018, it creates the spirit of trade promotion and industrial innovation that always color the event. In addition, JFK is expected to help open employment for the community, as well as improve the volume of national economy which ultimately contributes to the welfare of all Indonesian people.
Indonesian permanent representative to the United Nations, World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva,Ambassador Hasan Kleib, was selected as chairman of Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of the 21st and the 22nd session for 2018 period. The first meeting of the 21st CDIP is starting from May 14 – 18, 2018 at WIPO headquarter in Geneva, Swiss and attended by delegations of 191 WIPO member countries. Ambassador Hasan Kleib, in his speech said the key of competitiveness in current global economy is through extra value, and almost all countries can produce anyproducts in the globalization era. Without extra value which is produced through intellectual property such as trade mark, design, copy right, patent, and trade secret will be difficult to compete internationally. Hasan also said that under Indonesia’s leadership the 21st CDIP will begin discussing on IP and Development agenda. It is an important moment since IP and Development agenda will be discussed for the first time, after long negotiation between develop and developing countries since the first CDIP in 2007. Indonesia will also lead integrated discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with international intellectual property system. Ambassador Hasan Kleib also affirmed that Indonesia’s leadership in CDIP will focus to support one of the government’s priority program to encourage Indonesian economy which based on innovation and creativity.
Encouraging the increasing of Indonesia-Turkey Trade Relation. As part of the efforts to strengthenIndonesia’s economic diplomacy in Turkey, Indonesian Consulate General in Istanbul Herry Sudradjat conducted a“reach-out” to business community of Turkeyoutside Istanbul on May 18-19, 2018. This time, he visitedBursa Province. The province is well known as one of the main centers of Turkey’s industry. During his visit to Bursa he met leaders 4 companies.Besides promoting Indonesian export, Herry Sudradjat also invited Turkey to increase its sale to Indonesia. This was conveyed when he met with association of Bursa exporters.Before returning to Istanbul, consulate general Herry Sudradjat met with Indonesian people included students in Bursa.
At Tashkent State University of Economics (TSUE) (08/05/2018) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on educational cooperation between TSUE with 7 Indonesian colleges. The MoU was signed by Rector of TSUE, Professor Bakhodir Khodiev with representatives of each the Indonesian colleges witnessed by Indonesian ambassador in Tashkent.Based on the MoU, contains among others students and teachers exchanged, joint conferences, research and publication: exchange of academic materials and also another form of cooperation which is agreed by the two parties. The signing of the MoU’s cooperation is not only to increase educational cooperation among colleges, but also to give contribution to increase relation and also people to people contact between Indonesia and Uzbekistan.
Ministry of National Development Planning along with United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pasifik (UCLG ASPAC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Germany held a discussion with the theme “Localizing SDGs and Multi Stakeholder Partnership for SDGs in Indonesia”, in Surabaya, East Java on Tuesday (15/5). Director of Foreign Politics and International Cooperation Development, Dewo Broto Joko, conveyed that the purpose of the event is to socialize sustainable development in regencies and cities, and also to encourage stakeholders of regencies and cities to arrange Regional Planning Action in implementing the purpose of sustainable development. According to Dewo Broto Joko, the reason why Surabaya is chosen because the city is viewed as city which is able to implement the purpose of sustainable development well and more improvement than other regions. Meanwhile, Surabaya mayor, Tri Rismaharini, in her speech explained that there are various kinds ofsustainable development which are conducted by Surabaya administration, such as building the city or bringing prosperity to its citizens among others, to provide free health servicefor 24 hours. According to mayor Risma, the sustainable development can be carried out in Surabaya, because all stakeholders participated to provide assistance.
Regional Office of Religion’s ministry of Aceh Province along with Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysic Agency on Tuesday (15/5) conducted hilal observation at Hilal Observatorium office of Tengku Chik Kuta Karang, Lhoknga, Aceh Besar regency, Aceh. Hilal observation is meant to ensure the right time for the first Ramadhan 1439 Hijriah or 2018. Based on the observasion of Radio Republik Indonesia, there were 7 binoculars to observe hilalwhich were installed on the second floor of Observatorium building. Those binoculars were directed to sun, precisely at the West of Lhoknga. Head of the office, Daud Pakeh, conveyed that from the result of the observation, hilal was not seen. It means muslim will start fasting on Thursday (17/5), while on Wednesday evening to conduct tarawih.
As an effort on early detection on terrorism threat which many occured recently, regional government of Situbondo, East Java, invited all elements of society to voice again that guest must report within 1x24 hours. This was stated by Situbondo regent, Dadang Wigiarto, after an event to promote“Guest must report within 1x24 hours” in Situbondo regency on Tuesday (15/5). According to Dadang Wigiarto, the “must report rule” will be very helpfull especially for the government the Indonesian police and military apparatus to prevent the entering of radicalism and terrorism view which are expected to become a trigger for explosion of suicide bomb such as in Surabaya. Meanwhile, Police Chief of Situbondo Resort, Commissioner Awan Hariono, said that the rule“guest must report in 1x24 hours” is mentioned in criminal law. Awan further said that there is criminal sanction to people who do not report, but the rule is still in process of revision.
Regional government of South Bengkulu, Bengkulu province will develop Rafflesia flower tourism to attract the interest of tourists to visit the region. Head of Tourism Office, South Bengkulu regency, Yulian Fauzi di Manna, explained on Saturday that Natural Resources Conservation Center has found three locations where Rafflesia flower appears, namely Padang Lebar and Kemang Manis village which is the habitat of Rafflesia Bengkuluensis, and Palau Lebar village which is the habitat of Rafflesia Arnoldi. Yulian said that there are 2 locations of Amorphophallus titanium habitat. He viewed that with the discovery of the 3 locations of Rafflesia’s habitats, the prospect of tourism development in South Bengkulu is expected to run smoothly. Rafflesia flower blooms any season. The flower can become interesting tourism destination. According to Yulian Fauzi, his office is committed to developing tourism of Rafflesia flower in South Bengkulu, because it is the existence of not only other flora, but also history of the discovery of Rafflesia flower.
Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan was accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla to open 18th Asian Games 2018 Parade at national monument –Monas on Sunday (13/5). On the occasion, Governor Anies said that Jakarta is ready to hold Asian Games 2018. H also said that 99 percent of the Asian Games preparation is finished. He views that there are 3 components which make Jakarta administration focuses on the event, namely the implementation, facility and achievement. On the implementation aspect, Jakarta administration has conducted assignment from the central government such as providing equestrian, velodrome, BMX field, and training center for the athletes. The Governor also coordinated with association of shopping center to welcome the athletes who want to buy souvenirs of domestic products.
Rhino Kites Festival in Special Economic Zone of Tanjung Lesung tourism in Banten is concrete form to preserve Indonesian culture. Rhino Kites Festival is an evidence of cultural preservation of Indonesian nation, which must be developed to be innovative product to have economic value. This was stated by initiator of Indonesian Kite Museum, Endang Ernawati on the sidelines of the event on Sunday. She explained that Indonesian people must be proud of traditional kites because one of the products of Indonesian culture becomes primadona in the international kite festival. Meanwhile, Managing Director of PT Banten West Java & Chief of OC, Rully Lasahido said that Rhino Kites Festival is the socialization of great event of Rhino Cross Triathlon 2018. Rhino Kites Festival is part of Rhino Cross Triathlon 2018 event. The event consists of swimming competition, bicycle race and running-cross of the beauty and natural challenge of Tanjung Lesung to take place on September 29-30, 2018. As many as 24 participants participating in Rhino Kites Festival come from domestic and foreign countries such as the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, and Belgium. Around 100 kites are flown at Tanjung Lesung beach, marking official launching of Rhino Cross Triathlon.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart from Brazil Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira in Bogor, West Java on last Friday (11/5). Both ministers also utilized the meeting to boost market access for Indonesian products in Latin America, such as fish, palm oil and rubber. In the meeting, the two ministers also discussed the effort to increase trade cooperation, agriculture and people-to-people contact through Visa Free Approval. In addition, the meeting also discussed issues of multilateral and regional cooperation which become mutual concern. 3 agreements signed by the two ministers are the exchanges of notes among the government of Indonesia and Republic of Brazil for ordinary passport holders, MoU of approval changes between Indonesia and Brazil on visa exemption for diplomatic and service passport, and there was also MoU of technical cooperation between the government of Indonesia and Republic of Brazil.
Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, Asman Abnur received the visit of South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom more recently. Minister Asman said that currently, South Korea has used many technology-based systems in running the wheels of the government; one of them is in public service. Minister Asman wants cooperation in public service later. He also said that the Indonesian government will keep trying to unite application of information technology which has been owned by the regional or central government. Meanwhile, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom expressed his support on Indonesia in this case the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform in applying e-government system. His office is ready to support the program which is being run by the Ministry.
Mercu Buana University signed Memorandum of Understanding with Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia on Thursday (10/5). The MoU emphasized cooperation with similar level which has been pioneered together, such as mentor along with PhD student and mutual international publication. This was stated by Head of International Cooperation and Innovation Center of Mercu Buana University, Prof. Darwin Sebayang. The two universities have also succeeded to have patent on product which is registered in Indonesia and Malaysia.