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President: Radical Islam Does Not Belong To Indonesia

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 14-07-2017

President Joko Widodo asserted at the national meeting odf ulemas in Jakarta on Thursday (13/7). The President said the Indonesian nation is currently a role model for other nations in the world in its success in managing the plurality. According to the President the pride is the result of the ulemas’ teaching on Islam that a blessing for the universe or rahmatan lil alamin. In addition, according to the President, the Islamic scholars have also succeeded in teaching the moslems so that guidance can be implemented in the life of nation and state. President Joko Widodo also mentioned that the guidance of the scholars has also succeeded in realizing a moderate and polite Islam, not a radical Islam, because according to the President, radical Islam is not Islam in Indonesia.

“The guidance of ulemas has made us live in peace and unite in diversity, guidance for the realization of a moderate Islam, not a hard Islam, not a radical Islam. The radical Islam is not Islam of the Indonesian Ulema Council. Radical Islam is not Islam of Indonesia,” said President Joko Widodo.

Furthermore, President Joko Widodo also said that Pancasila as the ideology of the Indonesian nation cannot be disputed and cannot be separated from Islam. This is shown in the first principle of Pancasila which recognizes and respects divine values and is full of religious value. On the occasion, the President also called on all Muslims to return to the spirit of cooperation in all aspects of life in order to realize a sovereign, fair and prosperous Indonesia. (Ndy/edit r)


Three provinces being assessed to become state capital: President

President Joko Widodo stated that an assessment of three provinces is being conducted to determine which one deserves to become the state capital of Indonesia. The discourse of relocating the Indonesian state capital of Jakarta could be an option for equitable development outside Java Island. As the most populous island, with more than 60 percent of Indonesia’s population living there, Java has been the most developed of all islands across the country. Although Java is the fourth-largest island in Indonesia, it accommodates more than half of the nation’s population and dominates it politically and economically. Although the president chose to not name the three provinces, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta early this month that the provinces of Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan are being evaluated to become the new state capital.(Antara)

VP Kalla receives IMF deputy managing director

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla received Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mitsuhiro Furusawa at the Vice Presidential Office on Thursday (13/7). At the meeting Furusawa was accompanied by Deputy Director in the Asia-Pacific Department of IMF Kenneth Kang. Furusawa stated after meeting with the vice president that they spoke about the global economy, Indonesian economy, and cooperation between Indonesia and IMF. Furusawa said the meeting also discussed cooperation in the face of the annual IMF meeting to be held in the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2018. He said the Indonesian economic growth is fairly good, particularly after the government issued a series of economic policy packages and reformed bureaucracy, thereby enabling the country to achieve an economic growth rate target of 5.2 percent. Meanwhile, Jusuf Kalla said debts and the IMF loan offer were not discussed during the meeting. (Antara)

Ma’ruf Amin Emphasizes Importance of Dialogue And Dzikir to Maintain National Integrity

Chairman of Indonesian Ulema Council KH Ma’ruf Amin on Thursday (13/7) in Jakarta said that dialog and prayer are two measures to maintain national integrity. In his speech at the National Meeting of Ulemas of the Prayer Group Hubbul Wathon, Ma'ruf Amin said, the Indonesian nation has been formed based on the agreement of all citizens to promise to keep the unity of Indonesia. However, according to him, the unity of the Indonesian nation was being disturbed by the existence of radical groups who wants to separate themselves from Indonesia. Therefore, he emphasized the importance of dialogue and dzikir to maintain national unity.

“Therefore we must strive to unite the nation through institutions we posses namely state institutions, social institutions and religious institutions. The prayer group Hubbul Wathon is a place to make that effort by means of two things. First, national dialogues, and also dzikir or mass chants in praise of God, prayer and mass prayer,” said Ma'ruf Amin.

KH Maruf Amin further stated the importance of ulema’s role in maintaining national integrity. According to him ulemas have a big responsibility not only to guard the religion and people, but also to guard the state and nation. Therefore, according to him, the ulemas should take the initiative when the country is experiencing disobedience. He also expressed his admiration for the first President of Indonesia Soekarno who was able to formulate Pancasila as a unifying form of the nation amid the pluralism. Around 700 Ulemas of the prayer group Hubbul Wathon attended the national meeting. (Ndy/edit r)


LIPI Ask Government to Add Personnel Monitoring Foreign Workers

Foreign workers especially illegal workers who entered Indonesia through building projects of foreign investment have been in the spotlight. It is assumed not to give benefit because it closes the job opportunities for local workers. It was said by Researcher of Center for Demography Research of Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)/ Devi Asiati after Media Briefing on Illegal Workers in Jakarta on Thursday (13/7). According to Devi there are a lot of issues of foreign workers in Indonesia due to the high intensity of the use of foreign workers in the projects of Chinese investment. In the last 2 years, there was significant increasing of Chinese workers, from 873 workers in 2015 and 4236 workers in 2016. Devi said further, although the exact number of Chinese workers was unclear, the detection of Chinese illegal workers in many provinces such as in West Java and East Java, Central Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi and other provinces/ indicated the existence of Chinese illegal workers has spread in many provinces. Devi asked the government to add the number of  personnel to monitor foreign workers.

“We know the Immigration office and the Ministry of manpower are the vanguard to monitor foreign workers in Indonesia. The number and the commitment of the monitoring personnel must be improved,” said Devi Asiati.

The lack of personnel is one of the obstacles to monitor foreign workers. Meanwhile, Head of Sub-Directorate of Monitoring of Ministry of manpower, Rihad Purba said the government will keep monitoring the existence of foreign workers in Indonesia. If the government detected illegal workers the government will catch and deport them to their countries. (voi/AF/edit r)


Indonesia becomes FAO`s legal committee member

The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation FAO has assigned Royhan Nevy Wahab, the First Secretary of the Multilateral Function of the Indonesian Embassy in Rome, as one of seven members of the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Matters (CCLM) for 2017-2019. A statement from the Indonesian embassy in Rome received by ANTARA on Thursday (13/7) mentioned that the committee would assist the FAO Council in formulating and overseeing the implementation of various policies, programs, finances, and legal issues. Wahab was formerly elected to be the only Asian representative as a member of the CCLM for 2015-2017. He also became an Alternate Representative to the Indonesian multilateral diplomacy in an independent intergovernmental organization and aimed to study at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). Meanwhile, the Indonesian Ambassador to Italy, Esti Andayani, who is also the Permanent Representative of the Indonesian Government at FAO, welcomed the appointment. (Antara)

Ministry estimates no gas imports in 2019

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has estimated that Indonesia does not need to import gas in 2019 following additional production from Jangkrik Field, Tangguh Train 3, and Masela Block. Director General of Oil and Gas, Wiratmaja Puja said on Thursday (13/7) that some gas fields can produce 600 million cubic feet per day (MMSCFD). Hence, most likely in 2019, Indonesia did not need to import. He explained that the Jangkrik Field will have a production capacity of 600 MMSCFD in 2018. In addition, the Tangguh Train 3 field will start producing gas by 2020 and will add up to 3.8 million ton per annual (MTPA), while Masela Blocks production is estimated at 9.5 MTPA in addition to 150 MMSCFD. According to Puja, Indonesia does not have to import gas in 2019 since the demand for domestic gas is not as high as estimated. The gas requirement for the 35 thousand-megawatt electricity program has also decreased, as the gas power plant projects have not been completed.(Antara)


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