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BNN ARRESTS FOUR PEOPLE FOR POSSESSION OF HASHISH

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BNN Deputy Chief for Eradication, Arman Depari.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested four people for possessing hundreds of kilograms of hashish at 03.09 p.m. local time in Jakarta on Thursday (8/8/2019), BNN Deputy Chief for Eradication, Arman Depari, said.

The hashish was brought from Aceh to Jakarta using a truck carrying vegetables, gas cylinders, mechanical tools and a compressor, he said.

The BNN official said the hashish was hidden in an iron box aboard the truck.

After unloading vegetables at the Kramatjati wholesale market in East Jakarta, the truck was headed to Kalimalang to unload the mechanical tools and gas cylinders, he said.

“They were supposed to move the items to their rented house,” he said

BNN has, so far, found some 80 kilograms of hashish from four gas cylinders it opened with the help of officers from the fire department, he said.

He believed that hundreds of kilograms of hashish are still hidden in the other gas cylinders, which have not yet been opened.

Based on the results of an investigation conducted, a person who is now at the Cirebon correctional facility in West Java controlled the hashish syndicate, Depari said.

“The hashish was supposed to be circulated in Jakarta and West Java,” he said. (jss)

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VICE PRESIDENT KALLA ATTENDS CONTITUTION DAY COMMEMORATION

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Vice President M Jusuf Kalla attended a function to observe Constitution Day organized by the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) at the Parliament Building.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Vice President M Jusuf Kalla attended a function to observe Constitution Day organized by the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) at the Parliament Building, here, on Sunday (18/8/2019).

MPR Chairman Zulkifli Hasan in his remarks said that the country’s constitution would continue to develop in accordance with challenges facing the national and state life.

Therefore, the understanding of the existing constitution must be in line with the changes, he said.

“The Constitution is a law that rules this country, not a law on how the state rules. The state’s power must be restricted so the state administration is not arbitrary,” Hasan said.

Constitution Day is observed on August 18 annually to commemorate the birth of Indonesia’s 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945).

As part of the commemoration, MPR also organized a national seminar themed “Evaluation of the Implementation of the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia.” (frn)

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MEGAWATI ORDERS HER CADRES TO RESPECT PRABOWO AT

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The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Bali – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri, has ordered her cadres to respect the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party’s General Chairman, Prabowo Subianto, who would attend the opening ceremony of the PDIP’s congress.

When he attends the opening ceremony, which kicks off on Thursday, the party’s cadres should show respect and sympathy by applauding him, Chairman of the PDIP congress’ organizing committee, I Wayan Koster, said here on Wednesday evening.

Koster said the PDIP cadres were not allowed to disrespect any of the invited guests, including Prabowo Subianto, former contender of incumbent President, Joko Widodo, PDIP’s cadre, at the 2019 Presidential Elections.

On July 24, 2019, Prabowo Subianto had met Megawati Soekarnoputri at her Central Jakarta residence following his July 13 reconciliatory meeting with President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Accompanied by Gerindra’s Deputy General Chairman, Edy Prabowo, and Secretary General, Ahmad Muzani, Prabowo was extended a warm welcome by Megawati’s son, Mohamad Prananda Prabowo, after arriving and getting out of his car at around 12:30 p.m. local time.

Subianto and Megawati, whose party is the main supporter of incumbent President and President-elect Jokowi, appeared happy during their meeting as was apparent in a photograph circulated by the PDIP to journalists.

Megawati enjoyed a round-table lunch along with her guests, her daughter Puan Maharani, her son Prananda Prabowo, and Cabinet Secretary, Pranomo Anung.

Megawati and Subianto have known each other for quite a long time. Moreover, they had contested as the presidential and vice presidential pair during the 2009 Presidential Elections. During that time, their popular slogan was “MegaPro” in their endeavor to challenge the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-Boediono pair.

Subianto’s meeting with Megawati took place six days after he met with Gerindra’s advisory council members on July 19 for talks on the future steps following his reconciliatory meeting with Jokowi on July 13.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) officially declared the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin pair as Indonesia’s president-elect and vice president-elect following the Indonesian Constitutional Court’s (MK’s) ruling on the presidential election result dispute on June 27, 2019.

According to the KPU’s final tally, the Jokowi-Amin pair secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, as against the contenders Subianto-Sandi’s 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent. (ran)

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YLKI ENCOURAGES DISGRUNTLED PUBLIC TO SUE FOR OUTAGE

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YLKI Chairman, Tulus Abadi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) encouraged filing a class-action lawsuit against energy and mineral resources and state-owned enterprises ministries over PT PLN’s malfunctioning power plants causing 7-12-hour outage in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten, on Aug 4 and 5.

“This kind of massive power outage cannot be tolerated since it has been detrimental to society, with enormous value. The community, as consumers, must file a class-action lawsuit,” YLKI Chairman Tulus Abadi stated here on Monday (5/8/2019).

Abadi believes that the lawsuit can be filed against the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, as the technical ministry related to electricity and also against the Ministry of State-owned Enterprises, as the governmental shareholder in state electricity company PT PLN.

He further argued that people can compute the material and non-material losses as a basis for filing the lawsuit.

“If there is no massive lawsuit, I am certain that severe lack of electricity services, such as this, will most likely recur. Courage must be mustered to criticize and make the public company face the consequences of giving bad services that are detrimental to the people,” Abadi remarked.

Moreover, he pointed out that the massive power outage is also a sign of PLN’s inadequate infrastructure.

Hence, he advised the government to not only increase the capacity of PLN generators but also boost its reliability and improve other supporting infrastructure, such as electricity transmissions, substations, and distribution substations.

“This could directly affect the flow of investment into Jakarta and also in Indonesia. If such massive power outage can occur in the capital city of Jakarta, how about outside Jakarta?” he stressed.

Abadi noted that the government should draw reference from similar cases in other countries in dealing with the concerned parties over any incapability in delivering vital public service.

In Japan, the energy minister had bowed for 15 minutes as an apology for the failure to provide services to the public. In Australia, in 2010, the electricity went out for a mere thirty minutes, for which consumers were compensated through free bills for a month.

“This pertains to not only electricity service but also for all other public services, such as those related to water and airport. If there is a failure, the people must be compensated, and the person in charge of providing the service must face the consequences,” he added. (jtr)

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