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East Timor's first president Kay Rana Xanana Gusmao along with Habibie's son, Ilham Akbar Habibie, sow flowers on the grave of former Indonesian president BJ Habibie at the Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta, Sunday (15/9/2019)., Jakarta – Timor Leste ‘s first president and founding father Kay Rana Xanana Gusmao along with East Timorese students visited the grave of BJ Habibie at the Kalibata National Heroes’ Cemetery in South Jakarta, Sunday (15/9/2019) morning, to pay their last respect to the the former Indonesian president.

“The students come to the BJ Habibie’s grave to pay their respect to the former Indonesian president. They feel the freedom because of BJ Habibie’s contribution,” Gusmao said.

Xanana Gusmao said that the students of Timor Leste currently studying in Indonesia should visit BJ Habibie’s grave as the former Indonesian president contributed to the establishment of Timor Leste.

During the visit, he was accompanied by East Timorese Ambassador to Indonesia Alberto XP Carlos and Habibie’s private secretary, Rubijanto.

Arriving at the grave of Habibie, Gusmao sat quietly for several minutes, and he continued to lay a wreath and sow flowers on it. After sprinkling flowers on BJ Habibie’s grave, Xanana continued to put a wreath on the grave of BJ Habibie’s wife, Hasri Ainun Besari.

A few minutes later, Habibie’s son, Ilham Akbar Habibie, arrived at the BJ Habibie’s grave. Xanana Gusmao repeated the sowing of flowers on BJ Habibie’s grave while holding Ilham’s hand.

On Saturday evening, Gusmao visited late BJ Habibie’s residence at Patra Kuningan, Jakarta, to submit two letters and express the deepest condolences of the entire people of his country on the passing of Habibie.

Accompanied by Timor Leste’s Ambassador to Indonesia Alberto Xavier Pereira Carlos, Gusmao arrived at Habibie’s home at around 8:25 p.m. local time. Shortly after getting off the car, they directly entered the house.

Gusmao and Carlos were received by Habibie’s family members, including his two sons, Ilham Akbar Habibie and Thareq Kemal Habibie.

“I came here as the representative of the Government and People of Timor Leste to bring their messages to Habibie’s family and to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Habibie,” Xanana Gusmao told journalists after the meeting.

He praised Habibie for his excellence in the mastery of science and technology, saying that this Indonesia’s third president was an inspirator owing to his smartness in science and technology and his consistency of upholding the universal values and principles. This 83-year-old former president passed away at 6.05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept 11) at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) where he was being treated by the best doctors, including those from the Presidential Doctors Team, since September 1.

The former president was buried at the heroes’ cemetery with full military honors on Thursday (12/9/2109).

Along the way from the mourning house in Patra Kuningan to the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Kalibata, South Jakarta, numerous people stood on the road shoulders to pay their last respects to Habibie. (gtr)

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Education and Culture, Minister Muhadjir Efendy., Jakarta – Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Efendy has appealed to Indonesia’s regional governments to seriously manage museums as a symbol of civilization and a means for the younger generations to study the journey of this nation.

“I am thankful to the Jakarta provincial government for its serious efforts to manage museums professionally so they can attract foreign and domestic tourists. The success sets an example for other provinces,” he said during the peak commemoration of Museum Day 2019 in Jakarta Saturday (12/10/2019). The government is serious about caring and maintaining museums because they are symbols of civilization, he said.

The government has set aside Rp129 billion in a special allocation fund (DAK) to care for museums. Besides, it also has formed Rp1 trillion worth of cultural endowment funds, he said.

As a symbol of civilization, museums must be maintained. If a nation aims to become an advanced country it must have well-maintained and advanced museums, he said.

The public must also frequent these museums because they keep historical messages that all sides, particularly younger generations, need to know.

“The messages of civilization found in the museums must be introduced and socialized to younger generations or our students so they will be proud of (achievements) and will become more aware of themselves,” he said. (ptv)

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Environment and Forestry Minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar., Jakarta – Quoting the results of scientists’ study, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar drew attention to the current extreme temperature being one of the upshots of climate change.

“The extreme temperature is ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation), both in the form of La Nina and El Nino,” she remarked while opening a climate festival at the Manggala Wanabakti Building in Jakarta on Wednesday (2/10/2019).

The climate change may raise the frequency of La Nina and El Nino weather phenomena. Usually, the weather phenomena is a five- to seven-year cycle though currently cut short to three to five years, she pointed out.

La Nina has triggered flooding due to high-intensity rainfall, while El Nino has caused extreme drought owing to low rainfall, she stated.

Not only Indonesia but also the rest of the world has borne witness to natural disasters induced by the extreme climate. The current land and forest fires in Indonesia also contributed to climate change, she remarked.

“Forest fire is one of the examples. However, as compared to two weeks back, the condition is far better now,” she stated.

By and large, land and forest fires engulfing various parts of the country had resulted in several floral and animal species being wiped off the face of earth. Land and forest fires had inevitably raised greenhouse gas emissions, thereby raising global temperatures, she noted.

Indonesia, as one of the parties to the Paris Agreement, remains resolute in its efforts to tackling climate change.

“This reminds us of the need to strengthen the effort to control climate change,” she stated. EDITED BY INE (mzf)

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Vice President, Jusuf Kalla., Jakarta – Indonesia plays an important role in saving the earth by contributing to carbon absorption and maintaining the rate of global warming, Vice President Jusuf Kalla noted.

His statement was made during a business forum organized by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry-USA Committee (KADIN’s KIKAS) at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York on Wednesday (Sept 25).

“Indonesia has an important role in saving the earth and the future of life, so Indonesia should not be blamed and discriminated against as a country that does not pay attention to the environment during its development,” Kalla said in a statement on Thursday (26/9/2019).

With a potential natural wealth of 120 million hectares of tropical forests, mangrove forests and peatlands, Indonesia has a strategic position as a country that leads the way in efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Also in New York, Vice President Kalla witnessed the signing of the collaboration between Indonesian and US businessmen, the SMPP Consortium with PT Ekuator Wana Lestari and PT Aceh Nusa Indrapuri.

The cooperation between private entrepreneurs is being carried out to meet the target of Indonesia’s national determined contribution in reducing carbon emissions. Synergy between the private sector and the government is an important element in supporting the global warming control program.

Fast action by the private sector can be a counterbalance to the bureaucratic and regulatory systems on the part of the government in charge of the restoration and conservation of forests, mangroves and peat.

Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Mahendra Siregar said he expects the Indonesian private sector to work closely with international carbon verification agencies in providing credible and verified data, which is internationally recognized.

With the signing, the Indonesian private sector has taken the initiative to implement a peat and mangrove forest restoration program to contribute to the agreement of world leaders in reducing global warming. (fra)

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