Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Presidential Candidate Prabowo Subianto sincerely apologized to all parties for the fabricated stories Ratna Sarumpaet shared, despite it not being Subianto’s fault. He apologized because when Sarumpaet publicly lied about her condition, she was a member of Subianto’s campaign team.
“Let’s think positively. Thankfully she was not physically attacked, and to the people of Indonesia, I apologize, but I do not feel sorry if we rushed our conclusion. My team is new, only months old, but there’s no alibi, if you’re wrong, then you’re wrong,” Subianto said in a press conference Wednesday night at his Kertanegara residence.
As chairman on the National Committee to Elect Prabowo-Sandi, Subianto is ready to take the blame for the actions of the committee’s members.
“I am the leader [of the committee], I take responsibility,” Subianto said. “I, as an individual, and as the leader of our committee, apologize to the public for amplifying something which we weren’t convinced yet of its truth.”
During the press conference, Gerinda Party Chairman Subianto also said that Sarumpaet has been asked to resign from her role as National Campaigner.
“I would like to emphasize that, one, I have asked Mrs. Ratna Sarumpaet to recuse herself from the committee, and she has done so through a letter,” Subianto said.
Subianto will also let authorities take legal action against Sarumpaet.
“Two, I will not hinder any necessary legal actions, she [Sarumpaet] needs to take responsibility for her actions. That is the essence,” Subianto said. “We also do not tolerate false news, and that is why we firmly decide that if a member of our team publicly spread lies we will reprimand such actions. We will ask authorities to take the necessary legal actions. (skr)
DRY SPELLS SPREAD TO WIDER INDONESIA AREAS, AFFECT FARMING
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Earlier this year, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reminded the regional authorities to step up their vigilance over possible forest fires and droughts as this year’s dry season was forecast to be drier than that of the previous year.
The extreme dry season has affected several areas since May and is expected to last until September, with the condition likely to peak in August. In the beginning, dry spells were reported mostly on Java Island. Currently, drought has cast a pall over 100 districts and cities in the Aceh, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provinces, the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry’s data stated.
“Most parts of Java, Bali, and Nusa Tenggara have not received rains for over 30 days. Drought has affected some 100 districts and cities,” Sarwo Edhy, director general for agriculture infrastructure and facilities at the Agriculture Ministry, revealed on July 8, 2019, following a coordinating meeting to discuss mitigation efforts.
The extreme dry season has impacted 102,746 hectares (ha) of agricultural area and ruined 9,358 ha. East Java is the worst hit, with 34,006 ha of rice fields having dried up, and 5,069 hectares spoilt; followed by 32,809 ha in Central Java going bone dry and 1,893 ha spoilt; and 25,416 hectares going dry and 624 hectares ruined in West Java. Yogyakarta has been ailing from the impact of the drought, with 6,139 ha going dry and 1,757 ha spoilt; 3,464 ha in Banten; 857 ha in NTB; and 55 ha in NTT, with 15 ha ruined.
Sumardjo Gatot Irianto, the ministry’s director general for crops, affirmed that the ministry will accrue data on farmers covered under insurance, and the government will distribute seeds to farmers not having insurance cover.
He stressed the need to build more water pumps and wells; restore the irrigation system; and optimize the utilization of water from nearby rivers, lakes, and dams to cope with the impact of droughts. The agriculture ministry will also intensify the planting of crops on dry land. During such a dry season, it is time to plant in productive swamp areas, he suggested.
The capital city, Jakarta, has also been advised to be prepared for droughts. Rawa Badak and Rorotan in North Jakarta have gone for 30-61 days without rains.
In fact, in May and June 2019, some areas had experienced a shortage of water, according to the Head of Climate Information Analysis of BMKG, Adi Ripaldi, in Jakarta, on July 4. The people of Jakarta have been urged to use water wisely for every need, including irrigation and watering their plants.
In Karawang, West Java, nearly 23 thousand residents in 14 villages have been running short of clean water due to this year’s drought.
To address this scarcity, the regional government-owned drinking water company, Tirta Tarum, has filled water tankers to distribute clean water to the villages. Similarly, the local environment and sanitation office will build water reservoirs to anticipate droughts in the Tegalwaru sub-district.
Meanwhile, the Kupang Climatology Station has hinted at the possibility of six out of 22 regions in East Nusa Tenggara Province potentially reeling from a drought this year.
Head of the Kupang Climatology Station, Apolinaris Geru, remarked that the six regions were the districts of Sikka, Lembata, Sumba Timur, Rote Ndao, and Belu, as well as the Kupang municipality.
In general, East Nusa Tenggara fell in the category of medium (11-20 days) to very long (31-60 days) for the number of days without rain, he explained. However, the six regions in East Nusa Tenggara fall in the extreme category (>60 days) for the number of days without rain, he pointed out. Hence, he affirmed that the regions had the potential to experience meteorological droughts this year.
“Last year, precipitation during the dry season was less than 20 millimeters a month, and this year, it can go lower,” Adi Ripalsi, head of the agency’s climate information analysis sub-unit, noted recently.
This year’s drought also affected 3,150 families in 12 villages in Central Java’s Banyumas District.
In addition, a total of 17 villages in seven sub-districts in Cilacap, Central Java, have been reeling under the impact of droughts since June.
“Droughts affected a total of 21,660 residents, grouped in 7,123 families, in the 17 villages,” Tri Komara Sidhy, head of the Cilacap disaster mitigation office, stated.
The Cilacap district administration has allocated 110 tankers of clean water this year, which are far from adequate, as 65 villages in 15 sub-districts in Cilacap are prone to droughts, Sidhy noted. (ant)
INDONESIAN UNIVERSITIES CAN COOPERATE WITH INDIA, GERMANY
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Higher Education Service Institution (LLDIKTI) for Jakarta is initiating international cooperation with several universities abroad including those in India, Japan and Germany. “Since 2018, LLDIKTI Region III (for Jakarta area) has initiated international cooperation, especially with Indian, Japanese and German universities because they excel in certain aspects,” said Head of LLDIKTI Region III, Dr. Illah Sailah at a discussion with journalists here Monday (8/7/2019).
Research activities at Indian universities were very extensive with a large number of scientific books and publications produced by lecturers, Illah explained.
“In addition, Indian universities have a system that is similar to Indonesia, so we can share that with each other,” she added.
The cooperation with Japanese universities is considered to have potential and be advantageous for Indonesia because the field of engineering in Japan is very advanced.
“The engineering field in Japan is very strong. In addition, they have also implemented an education system that does not recognize any ranking system. And they maintain this system as part of their identity,” Illah said.
Meanwhile, cooperation with German universities, according to her, continues to be sought to increase and expand because the world of higher education in the western European country is very concerned about the labor market in accordance with its industrial needs.
Uzbekistan was also the target of international cooperation because as a country with a much smaller population (33 million people) than that of Indonesia, it has many universities, and is very eager to build cooperation with their partners in Indonesia, Illah further explained.
“Many good quality universities in Uzbekistan want to work with us. This international cooperation provides a great value for university accreditation,” she said, adding that this kind of cooperation could be in the form of dual degree and joint research for students and lecturers.
Now, it is a matter of pride for a higher education institution when it is can accept foreign students and send lecturers to teach at universities abroad, she stressed.
At present, there are 316 colleges in the LLDIKTI III working area. Of these, 133 higher education institutions have received institutional accreditation, consisting of 12 with accreditation A, 65 with accreditation B, and 56 with accreditation C.
Meanwhile, of the 1,808 study programs, 64 percent or 1,157 won accreditation B. (bpr)
PRABOWO TO CONTINUE STRUGGLE FOR INDONESIAN PROSPERITY
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto would continue to help creating prosperity for all Indonesian people, following the decision of the Constitutional Court (MK) which rejected all claims related to the electoral dispute.
Realizing a just and prosperous Indonesia has been a campaign jargon of Prabowo and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno, which also become the name of his coalition, consisted of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), the Democratic Party (Demokrat), the Islamist parties Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and National Mandate Party (PAN), along with first-time party Berkarya.
During his presidential campaign, Prabowo declared his vision to bring prosperity for all Indonesians by providing affordable prices of daily needs, jobs, and to build self-sufficiency in food, energy and water.
“Those are our ideals and our struggle. We are sure that we will not stop to fight for those ideals. We can (continue) fight in the legislative (DPR) and many other forums,” Prabowo pointed out in his private residence on Jl. Kertanegara in South Jakarta, on Thursday (27/6/2019) evening.
With his running mate Sandiaga Uno stood by his side, Prabowo asked all his supporters to look at the future with enthusiasm and optimism.
Prabowo called on all his supporters to remain strong, calm, and full of noble ideals, and to continue to maintain a framework of peace, non-violence, and loyalty to the 1945 Constitution.
“We must always think of greater interests, (which is) the integrity of the nation and state,” he noted.
In his speech Prabowo also expressed respect for the decision of the MK, although later he said he would consult with his legal team to discuss other possible legal steps regarding the election results.
The Prabowo-Sandi pair had filed a petition to the MK on May 23, 2019, on the recent presidential election result after the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the final result of vote counting on May 21, 2019.
The final tally declared by the KPU at around 1:28 a.m. local time on May 21 indicated the Jokowi-Amin pair had secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, than the contenders Prabowo-Sandi’s 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent.
The Jokowi-Amin pair had declared victory following the KPU’s announcement of the final tally, while the Prabowo-Sandi pair rejected the KPU’s official tabulation result and challenged it by filing an official lawsuit to the MK. (ant)
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