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on, Jakarta – Presidential candidate number 02, Prabowo Subianto, said that he would immediately meet with National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian to discuss the torture case of Ratna Sarumpaet.

“We plan to ask for a time to meet the National Police and other officials to discuss this case,” Prabowo said at his residence on Jalan Kertanegara IV, Jakarta, Tuesday night (2/10/2018).

He said after the incident that took place on September 21, Sarumpaet and her family members did not dare to report because they also received threats from unknown perpetrators.

Prabowo emphasized that what happened to Sarumpaet was very intolerable because violence in any form could not be justified in a democratic country.

“For me, this is an act that is has gone too far. Even though Sarumpaet is resigned to her fate, we are going to question it,” he said.

Amien Rais, a member of Prabowo-Sandiaga`s National Board of Success Team (BPN), said the meeting is planned because the National Police Chief has the task to provide security for the community.

He hopes that input will be given to the Police chief to enforce the law and justice so that the perpetrators should be arrested immediately. (mam)





Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi., Jakarta – Indonesia under the leadership of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is eager to increase its contribution and leadership both at regional and global levels in the next five years, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.

“The next five years will be hectic period for Indonesian diplomacy and foreign policy,” she said on Tuesday (29/10/2019).

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Indonesia is a non-permanent ,member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2019-2020 period.

During its UNSC presidency lin June 2019, Indonesia highlighted world peace maintenance efforts. But in 2020, Indonesia will focus on counter-terrorism efforts

In addition, Indonesia will also play a role as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2020-2022 period.

The priority programs that Indonesia will encourage in the UNHRC are the promotion and protection of human rights at regional and global levels, the strengthening of synergic parttnership to implement human rights national action plans for the 2020-2024 period.

Indonesian will also encourage the UNHRC to become more efficient, effective, objective, transparent, fair, non-political and impartial and open dialogs for all sides.

At a regional level, Indonesia will assume the post of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman in 2023.

“ASEAN will remain the pillar of Indonesian foreign policy,” she said.

After ASEAN member states have adopted ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific during the 34th ASEAN Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand, last June, Indonesia will make sure that the cooperation will be realized.

Indonesia also plans to host an ASEAN infrastructure and connectivity forum related to Indo-Pacific in 2020, she said. (yas)

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President Joko Widodo chaired the first plenary meeting of his Indonesia Onward Cabinet 2019-2024 at the Merdeka Palace here on Thursday (25/10/2019) morning., Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) chaired the first plenary meeting of his Indonesia Onward Cabinet 2019-2024 at the Merdeka Palace here, Thursday (25/10/2019) morning, during which he directed cabinet members and discussed the 2020 State Budget-related issues.

The meeting was held a day after President Jokowi, accompanied by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, made an official announcement of their new cabinet line-up.

At this first plenary meeting, Jokowi was accompanied by Amin.

While officially announcing his cabinet line-up at the Merdeka Palace on Wednesday, Jokowi had made seven instructions amply clear for the ministers to follow.

“Do not become involved in corruption. Create a system that closes loopholes for corruption,” Jokowi remarked.
Secondly, he drew attention to the absence of a ministerial vision and mission, despite the president and vice president having in place their vision and mission.

Thirdly, the president urged his ministers to work in a hard, fast, and productive manner.

Fourthly, he reminded the ministers to not become trapped in routine and monotonous activities.

“Works must be oriented toward getting concrete results. Our task is not only limited to ‘sent’ but until ‘delivered,'” Jokowi emphasized.

The president had earlier pointed out that a minister must not only carry out and complete his works but must also ensure that the people benefit from it.

Jokowi also instructed his ministers to check problems on the field and find solutions.

The last instruction of the president stressed on the need for ministers to work seriously.

“Those who are not serious, for sure (he or she), will be replaced,” he affirmed.

While introducing his cabinet members, Jokowi also drew attention of the appointed religious affairs minister on the dire need to tackle radicalism.

Vice President Amin brought up issues related to radicalism during his meeting with Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah.

“I called on Malaysia together to develop a peaceful and tolerant Islam as ‘rahmatan lil alamin’ (graceful for the universe), so we can prevent the spread of radicalism in Islam,” Amin stated in Tokyo on Tuesday.

He pointed out that Indonesia, with the world’s largest Muslim population, along with Malaysia play a pivotal role in developing Islam “wasathiyah,” a middle path or moderate Islam that justly balances the way of life, avoids extremes, and believes in doing things in moderation.

Both countries are expected to maintain peace in Southeast Asia.

“Indonesia and Malaysia are both Muslim-majority countries. At the same time, the ASEAN is facing the emergence of radicalism and intolerance,” Amin pointed out. (bay)

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Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Anwar Makarim., Jakarta – Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, said that the quality of the younger generation needs to be improved in order to make Indonesia an advanced country.

“Without changing the next generation, Indonesia will not become an advanced country. Indonesia as an advanced country should be supported by superior human resources. This is President Joko Widodo’s biggest vision,” Education and Culture Minister, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, said in Jakarta on Wednesday (23/10/2019).

All existing problems can be overcome by improving the quality of the new generations, he stated.

Minister Makarim would learn to understand the problems with regard to education in the country.

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With regard to such problems, Indonesia ranks fourth.

“I will learn first from all the existing stakeholders, but I am sure it will not take long. The first stage is not to give a solution, but to learn about the conditions that exist in the field,” he said.

What are the conditions of schools, students, administrations and the bureaucracy? From there, we will find solutions from technology and non-technology that can improve the quality of education, the minister remarked.

In addition, the minister would use the budget properly and appropriately.

“I cannot speak about the breakthrough, but it is related to technology and the millennial generation,” he remarked. (ant)

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