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ADVERTISEMENT TAX REACHES Rp21.3 BILLION IN FIRST SEMESTER

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The target for Makassar's regional income in the advertisement tax sector was Rp50 billion.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Makassar – The Regional Original Income (PAD) from the advertisement tax sector in the first semester of 2019 totaled Rp21.3 billion, the Makassar’s Regional Revenue Agency has said. “In the first semester of 2019, based on data collection, the realization has reached more than Rp21 billion,” the Head of Sub Division of Parking Tax and Advertising of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Adiyanto Said, said Monday (8/7/2019).

Averaging as much as 42.7 percent meant they had achieved almost half of the target, he said.

With more thanRp17 billion, the achievement for this year was far better than that in the same period in the previous year which was Rp16.9 billion, Ariyanto said. However, in this semester I-2019, the agency had a surplus of Rp4.4 billion.

“For the comparison of the same period as last year, the current period is much better. We have a surplus of Rp4.4 billion over the previous year,” he said.

The target for Makassar’s regional income in the advertisement tax sector was Rp50 billion, so his side still had to work hard to meet the target, he said.

“We are optimistic that the target can be achieved since there is still one semester left. Taking the experience of previous years, the end of the year is always busier,” he said. (mhs)

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KALLA CALLS ON PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR HAJJ PILGRIMS

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Jusuf Kalla before performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Karebosi Square in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sunday (11/8/2019) morning.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Makassar – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has called on the people to pray together for all hajj pilgrims who are in the Holy Land to conduct worship well and peacefully this year.

“Let us all pray for the pilgrims, who are in Arafat to perform their worship peacefully,” Kalla said before performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Karebosi Square in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sunday morning (11/8/2019).

In addition to praying for the pilgrims, Kalla also appealed to the whole community to pray for Indonesia so that the country will always receive mercy from the Lord of the universe.

“And of course, we pray for our country, so it is blessed by Allah,” Kalla noted.

Eid al-Adha, according to him, is a moment where humans have to sacrifice to prove their patience and increase the deeds of worship to Allah.

“The day of sacrifice is not only that we sacrifice cows or goats, but sacrificing according to our capacities because it is a form of perfection in carrying out our worship,” he said.

Kalla also expressed his happiness of being able to come back to his hometown, Makassar, and celebrate Eid al-Adha together with the people of South Sulawesi.

“Alhamdulillah, I was able to attend this morning (prayer). Last year I was not present in celebrating Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. I still remember of my youth on how I celebrated Eid and Eid al-Adha in this place every year,” Kalla said.

“Once again I say, happy celebrating Eid al-Adha, may we all be given the blessing of Allah SWT,” he added. (ant)

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MILITARY COMMANDER, POLICE SHIEF VISIT MESUJI CLASH VICTIMS

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The government would find solutions and suggestions for relevant ministries and agencies on the agrarian conflicts on Register 45, Mesuji, Lampung.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Palembang – Commander of the Sriwijaya Military Regional Command (Kodam) II Major General Irwan and South Sumatra Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Firli visited families of victims of the clashes in Register 45 area, Mesuji District, Lampung Province Tuesday (23/7/2019). Ogan Komering Ilir District Head Iskandar and Lampung Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Purwadi Arianto accompanied the two senior officials to the district, which borders South Sumatra province.

All of them expressed their condolences over the death of the family members.

Land disputes are believed to have led to clashes between residents of Mesuji Raya, Ogan Komering Ilir, South Sumatra and residents of Mekar Jaya, Mesuji, Lampung, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. At least three people died, some were left alone, and a number of others who were wounded had to be hospitalized.

Maj. Gen. Irwan said the government would find solutions and suggestions for relevant ministries and agencies on the agrarian conflicts on Register 45, Mesuji, Lampung.

“This is a record of the ministry because the regions certainly have limitations. Of course, there must be a clear status of the land so that such conflicts do not recur,” said the commander on the sidelines of the visit.

Irwan ensured that the government was present in the midst of the conflict. The National Defense Forces (TNI), along with the Indonesian National Police and the local government continued to persuade the public to maintain a conducive environment after the bloody clashes on Register 45 Mesuji, Lampung some time ago.

“We are here with the South Sumatra Regional Police Chief, Lampung Regional Police, and the Ogan Komering Ilir District Head to ensure that the country is with the community to ensure such conflicts do not recur,” he added.

The TNI will continue to assist the Indonesian Police in conducting post-conflict handling of Mesuji and ask the community, especially the families of the victims, to be patient and trust the legal efforts made by the police, according to Irwan. “We were all hit, but we have to be patient and entrust the handling of the case to the authorities,” he added.

South Sumatra Police Chief Inspector General Firli regretted the bloody tragedy in Mesuji. He asked the community to prioritize a consensus in resolving each problem.

Lampung Police Chief Inspector General Purwadi Arianto ensured that the investigation into clashes between residents in the Registry 45 of Mesuji is still ongoing.

“The investigation continues, while we are collecting evidence and witnesses. The families are trusting the legal efforts taken by the police,” Purwadi said.

In its efforts to resolve the problem, the Ogan Komering Ilir District Government would reassure its citizens and familiarize them with the status of land by entering the Ogan Komering Ilir and Lampung territories, Iskandar said.

“Both the Ogan Komering Ilir and Lampung, and the local government have agreed to jointly disseminate the status of the land which became the cause of the conflict yesterday,” Iskandar said.

In fact, they will immediately coordinate with the provincial government and the central government regarding the status of the land.

“What is clear is that there must be legal certainty with regard to the land there. We will immediately coordinate so that it does not become a conflict. The local government will also help familiarize Ogan Komering Ilir residents with the status of land that enters Mesuji, Lampung or Ogan Komering Ilir, South Sumatra,” he said. (jtr)

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TOURISM MINISTRY TARGETS MAKASSAR-AUSTRALIA DIRECT FLIGHTS IN 2020

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Mayor of Gold Coast (Queensland) Cr Tom Tate (center), along with Investment Director of the Indonesian Tourism Ministry Hengky Manurung (left) and Australian Consul General in Makassar Richard Mathews.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Makassar – The Ministry of Tourism and the Australian Consulate are targeting direct flights between Makassar and Australia, in order to maximize tourist visits to both countries.

“We have planned this and discussed with all parties. It could be direct flights from Makassar to Brisbane, because Makassar is the closest city from Australia,” Assistant Deputy for Tourism investment, Ministry of Tourism, Hengky Manurung, stated in Makassar on Tuesday (5/3/2019).

He noted that direct flights between cities in Indonesia and those in Australia are very important to improve the economy of the community and state income, especially for tourist visits.

The biggest potential of tourist visit that Indonesia can afford is tourists from the Gold Coast City (Queensland), for which the number of tourists in the year stands at 30 million.

Manurung stated that direct flights from both countries do not have to be between capital cities, such as Jakarta and Sydney only, but also from other routes, such as Makassar and Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

“It may not necessarily be in Jakarta, but there are many other options too. For example, the distance or proximity between cities such as Makassar and Brisbane, for example,” he noted.

According to him, the city with the best beach tourist destinations in the world is currently on the Gold Coast, with tourist visits over the past year reaching as many as 30 million or more.

He hopes that the partnership established between Makassar and the Gold Coast will be able to attract at least 3-10 percent of Gold Coast tourists, out of the total number.

“Our target is to attract tourists from the Gold Coast. We also provide an alternative for tourists visiting the Gold Coast. At least 3 percent out of the 30 million is good enough,” he pointed out. (ant)

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