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SEVEN PASSENGERS OF SANKEN MV MULTI PRIMA STILL MISSING

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The joint SAR team is still on the standby aboard a ship floating in the northern wasters of Sumbawa island.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Mataram – A joint Search and Rescue (SAR) team is still searching for seven passengers of MV Multi Prima I which sank in the waters of Kapoposangbali island in West Nusa Tenggara province on Saturday (Nov 24).

“By 08.30 p.m., the search operation has not found (any of them),” Chief of SAR Office in Mataram, I Nyoman Sidakarya, said here on Sunday (25/11/2018) night.

The search operation involved 17 personnel of the SAR Office, who combed the northern waters of Sumbawa Island using a rescue boat 220, he said.

Sidakarya said members of the water police directorate of the West Nusa Tenggara and local fishermen also got involved in the search operation.

During the search operation, the joint SAR team also used an Indonesian Air Force plane from the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar, he said.

“After nearly one hour in the scene, the F-8301 plane left the area for Makassar,” he said.

The joint SAR team is still on the standby aboard a ship floating in the northern wasters of Sumbawa island to facilitate further search operation on Monday (Nov 26).

A huge wave hit the motor vessel which carried construction materials while on its way from Surabaya, East Java, to Waingapu, East Nusa Tenggara.

Fourteen passengers survived in the accident after MV Cahaya Abadi 201 helped them. (awl)

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PRABOWO PLEDGES TO BUILD CORRUPTION FREE INDONESIA

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Presidential candidate number 02, Prabowo Subianto conducted his open campaign at the Karang Pale field of Mataram city in West Nusa Tenggara Province on Tuesday (26/3/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto conducted his open campaign at the Karang Pale field of Mataram city in West Nusa Tenggara Province on Tuesday (26/3/2019) by echoing his pledge to fight corruption fiercely to build a just and prosperous Indonesia.

“Our people have been sick of corruption and being unfairly treated. Why? Because much of Indonesia’s wealth has been taken out of the country,” he told several thousands of supporters who flocked to the field to hear his campaign speech.

Therefore, if he won the presidential elections, due to be held on April 17, and became the Indonesian president, he would build a corruption-free government for bringing justice and prosperity to the people at large, said Prabowo, the founder of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

He reiterated his statement that the leak of state funds was predicted to reach around Rp1,000 trillion but many elites in the country were unhappy with what he has said. In response to his statement, the political elites asked him to prove it.

“I said, please ask the government. Why do you ask me? If I were the Indonesian president, I would be responsible for that,” he told thousands of his supporters attending his campaign.

Subianto then conveyed his pledge that he would resolve the state fund leak if he were elected Indonesian president. As part of his strategies in combating corruption, he would raise the salaries of law enforcers, including judges, prosecutors, as well as police and military personnel.

“The salaries of our judges need significantly be increased because they should not be bribed. The judges are the last resort for our people to complain. Thus, if the salaries get increased, they think of our people,” he said, adding that he had spent more than 30 years of his life as a soldier of the Indonesian military.

As a soldier, he thought that whatever the military personnel received were all from the people, Prabowo Subianto who chose Sandiaga Uno as his running mate to challenge the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin pair in the upcoming presidential race.

Subianto has repeatedly expressed his deep concern over the state budget leak saying that its percentage could reach up to 25 percent.

Regarding Subianto’s statement, Vice President Jusuf Kalla has defended the ongoing efforts to eradicate corruption in Indonesia, affirming that the endeavors have been so fierce that state officials are deterred from committing the crime.

“Corruption does exist, but the efforts to eradicate the crime are also so fierce. Only the brave individuals, who have no fear of being arrested, commit this crime,” Kalla said in Jakarta last February.

In combating the crime of corruption, a fair law enforcement is applied, as can be observed from those arrested and tried in court. Among the convicts are regional leaders, ministers, and members of parliament, Kalla pointed out.

“Please show me a country, whose 40 legislators, more than 100 regional leaders, and nine ministers were arrested on corruption charges. Please find another country with so tough corruption eradication (like Indonesia),” he emphasized.

In January 2019, for instance, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators arrested eight people, including Mesuji District Head Khamami, on graft charges.

The anti-graft body’s spokesman, Febri Diansyah, remarked that during the raid, the KPK investigators seized a cardboard box containing banknotes of Rp100 thousand denomination. The amount of money in the box was estimated to reach around Rp1 billion.

The money might be part of the fees for last year’s infrastructure projects of the Mesuji Public Works and People`s Housing Office, he stated.

In April 2018, Chief of the Task Force of Prevention Coordination and Supervision of KPK Asep Rahmat Suwandha revealed that 93 regional leaders, including 18 governors and 75 district heads and city mayors, had been named suspects in corruption.

Responding to a question concerning the statement of Prabowo Subianto, contender of incumbent President Joko Widodo in the upcoming presidential race, that the percentage of the state budget leaks could reach up to 25 percent, Vice President Kalla expressed disagreement to his opinion.

As revealed in various corruption cases that judges handled in courts, the average mark-up percentage of the development budget was between seven and 15 percent, he noted, adding that corruption crimes may occur in any country, including Indonesia, which has actively been carrying out infrastructure construction projects over the past years.

Kalla noted that the state budget generally and frequently targeted by the corruptors was related to the development budget. Thus, a statement that the state budget leaks could reach 25 percent was untrue.

In connection with the 2019 presidential election, the General Election Commissions (KPU) has allowed the two pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates to conduct open campaigns from March 24 to April 13, 2019.

The KPU has also prepared five rounds of presidential debates, broadcast live by several television channels. The presidential debates and open campaigns are expected to help some 192 million eligible voters, who will participate in this democratic process, to become well-informed on the two pairs’ capacity and capability.

Empowered with sufficient information about the candidates, they will be able to vote rationally. The government has even set a target that the parliamentary and presidential elections, due to be held simultaneously throughout the country on April 17, will be participated in by at least 77.5 percent of the total number of voters.

Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said recently that this year’s participation rate was higher than those of the 2009 and 2014 general elections which were recorded at 71 and 74 percents, respectively. (rhm)

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PRABOWO PLEDGES TO COMBAT CORRUPTION TO BUILD PROSPEROUS INDONESIA

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Presidential candidate number 02, Prabowo Subianto conducted his open campaign at the Karang Pale field of Mataram city in West Nusa Tenggara Province on Tuesday (26/3/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Mataram – Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto conducted his open campaign at the Karang Pale field of Mataram city in West Nusa Tenggara Province on Tuesday (26/3/2019) by echoing his pledge to fight corruption fiercely to build a just and prosperous Indonesia.

“Our people are sick of corruption and of being treated unfairly. Why? Because much of Indonesia’s wealth has been taken out of the country,” he told several thousands of supporters who flocked to the field to hear his campaign speech.

If he wins the presidential elections, due to be held on April 17, and becomes the Indonesian president, he would build a corruption-free government to bring justice and prosperity to the people at large, said Prabowo, the founder of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

He reiterated his statement that the leakage of state funds was predicted to reach around Rp1,000 trillion but many political elite in the country were unhappy with what he said and asked him to prove it.

“Please ask the government. Why do you ask me? If I were the Indonesian president, I would be responsible for it,” he told thousands of his supporters attending his campaign.

Subianto then conveyed his pledge that he would resolve the state fund leak if he were elected as the Indonesian president. As part of his strategies in combating corruption, he would raise the salaries of law enforcers, including judges, prosecutors, as well as police and military personnel.

“The salaries of our judges need to be significantly increased because they should not be bribed. The judges are the last resort for our people to complain. Thus, if their salaries are increased, they will think of our people,” he said, adding that he had spent more than 30 years of his life as a soldier in the Indonesian military.

As a soldier, he thought that whatever the military personnel received was all from the people, said Subianto, who chose Sandiaga Uno as his running mate to challenge the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin pair in the upcoming presidential race.

In connection with the 2019 presidential election, the General Election Commission (KPU) has allowed the two presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs to conduct open campaigns from March 24 to April 13, 2019.

The KPU has also prepared five rounds of presidential debates, broadcast live by several television channels. The presidential debates and open campaigns are expected to help some 192 million eligible voters, who will participate in the democratic process, to learn more about the capacity and capability of the two pairs.

Empowered with sufficient information about the candidates, they will be able to vote rationally. The government has even set a target that the parliamentary and presidential elections, due to be held simultaneously throughout the country on April 17, will see the participation of at least 77.5 percent of voters.

Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo recently said that this year’s participation rate would be higher than those of the 2009 and 2014 general elections which were recorded at 71 and 74 percent, respectively. (rah)

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INDONESIA URGES RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS IN LOMBOK TO REMAIN CALM

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The earthquake's epicenter was located around 24 km east of East Lombok District, 36 km northeast of North Lombok District, 37 km northwest of Panjang Island.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Indonesian Government has urged local residents and tourists to remain calm and not get influenced by rumours and misleading information in response to the 5.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked Lombok Island Sunday, (17/3/2019).

The Indonesian Government also pledged to cover the costs of medical treatment, medicine, and funeral of all victims of the earthquake, Spokesman of the Indonesian Tourism Ministry Guntur Sakti told journalists in Jakarta Monday (18/3/2019).

The tourism ministry has been coordinating with the regional governments and other related agencies to handle those affected by the quake that had triggered a landslide at Tiu Kelep Waterfall area, one of the resort island’s popular tourist sites, he said.

Due to this catastrophe, two Malaysian tourists identified as Tai Siaw Kim and Lim Sai Wah, as well as a local resident died, Sakti who is also head of the ministry’s Tourism Crisis Center, said.

The Indonesian Government would do its best to rescue and evacuate 22 Malaysian tourists from the disaster zone.

Sakti also ensured that all costs of medical treatment of the wounded victims and funeral of the dead ones would be covered by the West Nusa Tenggara provincial government.

“The transportation of bodies of the two deceased to their families in Malaysia will also be handled by the West Nusa Tenggara provincial government. We are deeply saddened by this disaster,” he said.

The landslide had caused around 40 tourists to get trapped in the tourist site of Tiu Kelep waterfall in Senaru Village, North Lombok District on Sunday, spokesman of the North Lombok District Government Mujaddin Muhas said earlier. Most of the tourists are from Malaysia.

Certain areas of West Nusa Tenggara Province, including North Lombok District, were rocked by the 5.4-magnitude earthquake Sunday at around 02.07 pm local time but it did not trigger a tsunami.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located around 24 km east of East Lombok District, 36 km northeast of North Lombok District, 37 km northwest of Panjang Island in Sumbawa District, and 63 km northeast of Mataram, the capital city of West Nusa Tenggara Province, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Indonesia lies on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also known as the Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

As a result, several parts of the archipelago are prone to earthquakes, including the deadly earthquakes in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, and Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi Province.

During 2018, Indonesia was hit by a total of 11,577 earthquakes, including several of them that caused serious casualties, with the number increasing significantly as compared to that in 2017.

A string of strong earthquakes that repeatedly rocked Lombok Island in 2018 had caused serious catastrophes. (jtr)

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