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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya., Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan – Fires that raged through the land and forest areas in several provinces in Indonesia over the past few months have not affected the tourism sector, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said.

Despite the fires, many foreign tourists are still visiting various tourist destinations in the country, he said after attending the commemoration of the South Kalimantan provincial government’s 69th anniversary.

“Until now, we have not received any report about the impact of land fires on national tourism. Everything is running as usual,” he said.

This could be the result of the work of the firefighters in putting out the land and forest fires in a quick and more integrated way, he said.

“In the previous years, land and forest fires disrupted the tourism sector. But this year, the impact has not been felt,” he said.

Minister Yahya was in South Kalimantan on a four-day working visit during which he inspected a number of tourist sites in the province that can be developed into national tourist destinations.

He said South Kalimantan has extraordinary and unique tourism potential and that he believed the tourism sector in the province will grow rapidly.

The tourist sites include Meratus Geopark that has been declared a national geopark and other places which could be developed to aid the international tourism industry, he said.

“We agree that South Kalimantan is one of the world’s tourist destinations,” he said.

South Kalimantan Governor, Sahbirin Noor, asked the local residents to work hard to make the region better.

“Let us work hard. Don’t be lazy to promote common prosperity,” he said. (gus)





South Kalimantan Police's anti-drug squad member, Adjunct Senior Commissioner, Sigit Kumoro., Banjarmasin – The South Kalimantan Police’s Anti-Drug Department revealed that a local drug ring has used a 15-year-old teenager as a courier following an arrest of a suspect only identified by his initials RD.

“The suspect is 15 years old. He was nabbed along with another suspect, MP (39), when selling 5.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine,” the South Kalimantan Police’s anti-drug squad member, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sigit Kumoro, said here on Sunday (28/7/2019).

“We have confiscated five small packs of crystal meth that the suspects attempted to sell in Teluk Tiram Village area of Banjarmasin Barat Subdistrict,” he said, adding that RD was arrested after the police investigators received tip-offs from local residents.

Kumoro said he was very concerned with RD’s case because the suspect was likely recruited by the drug dealers as a courier after becoming a regular drug user. By working as a drug courier, he could get the drug to meet his need.

In saving Indonesia’s children and teenagers from the traps of drug dealers, they need to be educated about the danger of drugs to make them understand and aware, he added.

Cross-border drug traffickers continue to target South Kalimantan, the local police recently revealed while thwarting an attempt by a Malaysian drug ring to trade 10,078 ecstasy pills and 1,036 grams of crystal meth in the province.

Indonesia remains under a serious threat from drug dealers, as several individuals from its working-age population have been trapped in a vicious circle.

The National Narcotics Agency’s (BNN’s) report that some 50 Indonesians die of drug use every day has not yet deterred drug users in the country from consuming these banned substances.

Users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other addictive drugs are from across communities and from distinct socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Therefore, Indonesia is perceived by both domestic and transnational drug dealers as a potential market due to its huge population and millions of drug users. The value of the drug trade in the country is estimated to have reached nearly Rp66 trillion.

In response to the illicit drugs that drug kingpins have smuggled into and traded in the country over the past few decades, the Indonesian government continues to apply harsh punitive action against them.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had also issued shoot-at-sight orders against drug kingpins.

However, this has failed to deter drug traffickers. They continue to treat Indonesia as one of their main markets even as Indonesian law enforcers keep the fight against them going. (riz)

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Some 60 Islamic boarding school students (santris) had a miraculous escape after their ferry boat sank In South Kalimantan province Sunday (21/4/2019) night., Banjarmasin – Some 60 Islamic boarding school students (santris) had a miraculous escape after their ferry boat sank In South Kalimantan province Sunday (21/4/2019) night. “The ferry boat sank Sunday (21/4/2019) night (April 21) at around 08.20 p.m. local time in Barito Kuala waters,” the chief of the water and air police unit of the Barito Kuala police resort, Adjunct Commissioner John Letedara, said in Batola, South Kalimantan, Monday (22/4/2019)

The ferry boat was on its way to the pier at Lepasan village in Barito Kuala district from Siring Marabahan pier with some 60 santris aboard when it met with the accident, he said.

“Most of the passengers on the sunken ferry boat were female santris,” he said.

The ferry boat tilted to one side and sank about 10 meters from the pier in Lepasan village, Letedara revealed. However, no fatalities or injuries were reported.

“When the ferry boat was about to sink the passengers jumped towards the pier. Only material losses were reported in the accident,” he said.

Local residents towed the boat away so as not to disrupt ferry activities at the pier, he said.

The water and air police unit of the Barito Kuala police resort is still investigating the cause of the mishap. (ant)

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Deputy Regent of HSS, Syamsuri Arsyad., Kandangan – South Hulu Sungai (HSS) government has been awarded by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights as a district concerned with human rights and providing human rights-based public services.

Deputy Regent of HSS Syamsuri Arsyad who received the award said he was grateful. This award, he said, must have gone through an assessment process and prerequisites that must be met by HSS.

“These criteria include protection of the right to education, health, population, protection of children and women, employment and decent housing and a sustainable environment,” he said accompanied by Head of Law and Legislation Section of HSS Zaini Fahry, Tuesday (11/12)

Although awarded as a human right-care district, he reminded, that the rank of HSS government to keep providing the best service to the public and to improve
what is less till HSS win the same award next year. (mhd)

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