Greatindonesia.co.id, Bandung – A total of 30 young ulemas from different parts of West Java Province passed the English Program for Ulemas, and they would be sent to campaign for a peaceful and moderate Islam at international forums in the future, West Java Governor M Ridwan Kamil said.
They were selected from 265 ulemas who registered for the program. In the first batch, 30 young ulemas passed the program, co-organized by the West Java provincial government and the United Kingdom Embassy in Jakarta, he said here on Thursday (11/4/2019).
Speaking at the program’s closing ceremony, Kamil said he would motivate the alumni of the English Program for Ulemas to use their improved proficiency in English to help their colleagues in their respective cities and towns.
“The purpose of this program is to help the ulemas in West Java become messengers of peaceful Islam to the world,” he said, adding that the program was aimed at improving the English proficiency of the ulemas before sending them to overseas inter-religious forums.
The UK Embassy in Jakarta and the West Java provincial government have been studying that within three to six months from now, the alumni of this English program would be sent to the United Kingdom.
“Thus, a process for building a dialogue on peaceful Islam, as well as portraying the image of a peaceful Islam in Indonesia and West Java to those in Europe through the United Kingdom, will begin,” Ridwan Kamil said.
In addition to the English Program for Ulemas, the West Java provincial government would continue its collaborative programs with the UK Embassy in the future, including the English Program for Bureaucrats.
Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik highlighted the significance of this English Program for Ulemas, especially now that the world is digitally well connected.
Indonesia was expected to play a global role in promoting interreligious peace, he said, adding that Indonesia could become a good example for both Muslims and non-Muslims all over the world in meeting the rights of minorities. (nan)
BOGOR IMMIGRATION THREATENS ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL FOREIGN WORKERS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Bogor – The Bogor Immigration Office in West Java has threatened to take stern action against illegal foreign workers who fail to complete their immigration documents and permit applications within four months. “We give them four months during this data collection operation. If during the October-November period we still find them failing to complete immigration documents and permit applications, we will initiate stern measures against them in accordance with Law No. 6 of 2011,” Head of the Bogor Immigration Office, Suhendra said after socializing the immigration permit of stay among foreign nationals at the immigration office on Monday (24/6/2019).
He said the Bogor Immigration Office is in the process of implementing Circular of the Immigration Surveillance and Action Director Number IMI.GR.104.02-1949 dated May 6, 2019 concerning data collection and surveillance of foreign nationals.
“The socialization activity serves as a means of disseminating information related to Law No. 6 of 2011 concerning immigration and surveillance. So, companies that become guarantor can complete the immigration documents of their foreign workers,” he said.
The event brought together 40 representatives of the companies serving as the guarantors of the foreign workers. The event is important to provide comprehensive information about immigration permit of stay as well as to adjust the tariff of non-tax state revenues. (jtr)
CIREBON POLICE TIGHTEN SECURITY AFTER FINDING FIVE BOMBS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Cirebon – The Cirebon city police in West Java have tightened security around police stations in the city following the finding of five bombs on Saturday night (June 15).
“We are tightening security around police stations including the city police and police precinct stations,” Chief of the Cirebon City Police Resort Adjunct Senior Commissioner Roland Ronaldy said here on Sunday (16/6/2019).
The city police also instructed all its personnel to stay alert wherever they are.
“We will always stay alert for terror act following the finding of the bombs,” he said.
A scavenger identified by his initials as G found the suspected bombs while collecting garbage in a landfill at Sukalila Street in Cerebon on Saturday.
G had earlier brought home the five suspected bombs. However, upon arrival at his house he showed the items to his friend identified by his initials as A. A further said the five items were explosives.
A and G later brought the items to the Cirebon city police. The items were later kept in the front yard of the city police station
“Soon after reaching the city police station, police officers checked the items and declared them explosives,” he said,
The bomb defusing squad of the Mobile Brigade Battalion C has taken the bombs to further check. (kha)
WEST JAVA DISCUSSES CAPITAL PARTICIPATION OF AP II IN KERTAJATI AIRPORT
Greatindonesia.co.id, Bandung – West Java Regional Secretary (Sekda) Iwa Karniwa said that the West Java Provincial Government has discussed the planned capital participation of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II in PT West Java International Airport (BIJB).
“Recently, the West Java Provincial Government has held a discussion on the planned 25 percent ownership of the state-owned company (BUMN) in PT BIJB,” Iwa Karniwa said in Bandung on Monday (20/5/2019).
Iwa said that he had asked PT BIJB to discuss the amount of capital participation to be paid annually by AP II.
According to Iwa, the figure of IDR 625 billion will be considered during meetings between PT BIJB, a state regional company (BUMD), and the BUMN, which manages Kertajati Airport in Majalengka.
“Regarding how much per year and what month will be paid, they will have a follow-up meeting,” he said.
He added that in addition to finalizing the AP II plan to become a shareholder in BUMD, which is majority owned by the West Java Provincial Government, it also ensures that there is the remaining 11 percent of shares to be offered to foreign investors from Malaysia.
“We also encourage interested parties to target 11 percent of the shares. We are open to the first to enter PT BIJB,” he said.
The party has calculated that if converted into rupiah, the 11.6 percent share is equivalent to Rp260 billion-Rp290 billion.
He said that from the two planned capital participation, he hoped that one of them could be realized immediately, considering that PT BIJB needed capital participation funds in the near future.
“So the first to make a deposit to BIJB is due to the need now,” said Iwa.
If PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has officially injected capital into PT Bandarudara Internasional West Java (PT BIJB) of 25 percent, or Rp. 625 billion, it will be used for airport operations and paying off debts.
Director of PT Bandarudara Internasional West Java (BIJB) Muhamad Singgih said the financial problems of his company involved paying off debts in syndicated Islamic banking, both in terms of principal and margin. In addition, it also pays debts to contractors.
“If there is money coming from any investor, the equity we will use will not only be for operations, but also for reducing the debt burden to contractors,” Singgih said. (epi)
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