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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., 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)





Indonesian Minister of Religion, Fachrul Razi., Jakarta – Indonesian Minister of Religion Fachrul Razi has called for religious moderation to be developed by the community to maintain religious tolerance in the country. “I think in our current situation it is very important because our nation is full of diversity,” Fachrul Razi said in Jakarta, Tuesday (19/11/2019).

Religious moderation should be developed continuously because it is firm about each other’s teachings but still full of tolerance, Facrul stated.

The government through the Ministry of Religion is currently developing and strengthening religious moderation.

Moreover, the previous religious affairs minister had launched a book on religious moderation.

Quoting a speech from Prof. Muhammad Adlin Sila, religious moderation is an effort to present a middle path for two extreme groups between liberalization and conservatism in understanding religion.

“The aim is to bring harmony in our lives as fellow nation’s children,” he remarked.

In his speech, Muhammad Adlin called on all parties to be aware of the emergence of exclusive and intolerant religious groups who often claimed that their understanding was the best while others were not or were misguided.

Meanwhile, Prof. Muhammad Adlin Sila, one of the research professors inaugurated by the minister, said that factually the Indonesian people currently have strong attitudes on diversity.

It was marked by the tendency to present religion not only by its symbols but also by its teachings in public life.

“These symptoms are not only for Muslims but for other religious communities as well,” he said.

Religious expressions in the public sphere, especially from Muslims, were already witnessed at the beginning of the reform era. (ant)

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Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi., Jakarta – Indonesia under the leadership of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is eager to increase its contribution and leadership both at regional and global levels in the next five years, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.

“The next five years will be hectic period for Indonesian diplomacy and foreign policy,” she said on Tuesday (29/10/2019).

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Indonesia is a non-permanent ,member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2019-2020 period.

During its UNSC presidency lin June 2019, Indonesia highlighted world peace maintenance efforts. But in 2020, Indonesia will focus on counter-terrorism efforts

In addition, Indonesia will also play a role as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2020-2022 period.

The priority programs that Indonesia will encourage in the UNHRC are the promotion and protection of human rights at regional and global levels, the strengthening of synergic parttnership to implement human rights national action plans for the 2020-2024 period.

Indonesian will also encourage the UNHRC to become more efficient, effective, objective, transparent, fair, non-political and impartial and open dialogs for all sides.

At a regional level, Indonesia will assume the post of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman in 2023.

“ASEAN will remain the pillar of Indonesian foreign policy,” she said.

After ASEAN member states have adopted ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific during the 34th ASEAN Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand, last June, Indonesia will make sure that the cooperation will be realized.

Indonesia also plans to host an ASEAN infrastructure and connectivity forum related to Indo-Pacific in 2020, she said. (yas)

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President Joko Widodo chaired the first plenary meeting of his Indonesia Onward Cabinet 2019-2024 at the Merdeka Palace here on Thursday (25/10/2019) morning., Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) chaired the first plenary meeting of his Indonesia Onward Cabinet 2019-2024 at the Merdeka Palace here, Thursday (25/10/2019) morning, during which he directed cabinet members and discussed the 2020 State Budget-related issues.

The meeting was held a day after President Jokowi, accompanied by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, made an official announcement of their new cabinet line-up.

At this first plenary meeting, Jokowi was accompanied by Amin.

While officially announcing his cabinet line-up at the Merdeka Palace on Wednesday, Jokowi had made seven instructions amply clear for the ministers to follow.

“Do not become involved in corruption. Create a system that closes loopholes for corruption,” Jokowi remarked.
Secondly, he drew attention to the absence of a ministerial vision and mission, despite the president and vice president having in place their vision and mission.

Thirdly, the president urged his ministers to work in a hard, fast, and productive manner.

Fourthly, he reminded the ministers to not become trapped in routine and monotonous activities.

“Works must be oriented toward getting concrete results. Our task is not only limited to ‘sent’ but until ‘delivered,'” Jokowi emphasized.

The president had earlier pointed out that a minister must not only carry out and complete his works but must also ensure that the people benefit from it.

Jokowi also instructed his ministers to check problems on the field and find solutions.

The last instruction of the president stressed on the need for ministers to work seriously.

“Those who are not serious, for sure (he or she), will be replaced,” he affirmed.

While introducing his cabinet members, Jokowi also drew attention of the appointed religious affairs minister on the dire need to tackle radicalism.

Vice President Amin brought up issues related to radicalism during his meeting with Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah.

“I called on Malaysia together to develop a peaceful and tolerant Islam as ‘rahmatan lil alamin’ (graceful for the universe), so we can prevent the spread of radicalism in Islam,” Amin stated in Tokyo on Tuesday.

He pointed out that Indonesia, with the world’s largest Muslim population, along with Malaysia play a pivotal role in developing Islam “wasathiyah,” a middle path or moderate Islam that justly balances the way of life, avoids extremes, and believes in doing things in moderation.

Both countries are expected to maintain peace in Southeast Asia.

“Indonesia and Malaysia are both Muslim-majority countries. At the same time, the ASEAN is facing the emergence of radicalism and intolerance,” Amin pointed out. (bay)

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