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The Whoosh high speed train in Halim Station in Jakarta on Friday (10/11/2023). (Photo: Antara/Hreeloita Dharma Shanti) Chief of the Indonesian Presidential Staff Office, Moeldoko, discussed with the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway operator, PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) and related institutions to construct a station in Kopo, a district within the city of Bandung, West Java. In a press statement released on Wednesday (29/11/2023), he said that the railway, branded as Whoosh, is supposed to stop in Bandung. Currently, the train departs from Halim Station in Jakarta, and only reaches Tegalluar Station in Bandung Regency, West Java, outside of Bandung city center.


Indonesian Ministry of Trade, Zulkifli Hasan. (Photo: Antara/Desca Lidya Natalia) Indonesian Minister of Trade (Mendag) Zulkifli Hasan emphasized that the government is currently not participating in boycotting products affiliated with Israel.


Member of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Eriko Sotarduga. (Photo: Screenshot of RRI Voice of Indonesia's, Jakarta: Member of the Indonesian People's Representative Council/House of Representatives (DPR), Eriko Sotarduga said that the electronic voting system for the Indonesian general election had been eagerly awaited by the Indonesian diaspora. For this reason, he invited the public, especially Generation Z youths, to ensure that the role of technology in e-voting can guarantee the people's vote.


"For us (Indonesian diaspora) abroad, this is actually the most awaited thing," he said in the event "Parlemen Menjawab: Mendongkrak Partisipasi Pemilih Luar Negeri" (Parliament Answers: Increasing Participation of Overseas Voters) broadcasted in Indonesian by RRI Voice of Indonesia on Sunday (26/11/2023).

Eriko does not want the votes given by the community through one choice to be diverted into other choices. Therefore, he saw the need to prepare e-voting technology to support elections. Eriko, of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), also invited the university students present at the event to provide input to the General Elections Commission (KPU) and the DPR regarding election-related technology.


"Earlier it was conveyed by Mrs. Betty [KPU commissioner] that there is an information system at the KPU. Give us advice, don't think about it (but) we don't implement it... Also those abroad (who) also really understand gadgets, let's give advice to the KPU, (and) to us as representatives in parliament for residents abroad," he said.


Meanwhile, another member of the DPR, Christina Aryani of the Golkar Party, added that the Personal Data Protection Act facilitates the realization of the e-voting system. The act was passed in 2022, with a two-year adjustment period. She believes that by its enactment in 2024, electronic security infrastructure can support e-voting in the next elections.


"I think this is one step (forward) with the Personal Data Protection Law. Once this is implemented in 2024, and then things can run accordingly, then perhaps we will have the infrastructure (needed) for e-voting," he said.


Besides Eriko and Christina, the event also invited Titi Anggraeni, a board of trustees member of an Indonesian non-governmental organization Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem). The event was also attended by representatives from abroad, such as the Indonesian Overseas Students Association (PPI Dunia) and some overseas election committees.


Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin (left) met with the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece, Ieronymos II, at the Holy Metropolitan Church of Athens, Greece, on Thursday (23/11/2023). (Antara/Indra Arief P) Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and the Archbishop of Athens and Greece, Ieronymos II, on Thursday exchanged their views regarding efforts to maintain tolerance and diversity in the two countries.