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VP Jusuf Kalla urges Mahathir to apologize over Bugis remark

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 09-11-2017

Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla has urged Malaysia's former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad to apologize over his recent statement linking the Bugis people with pirates. Kalla is of Bugis ethnicity originating from Sulawesi. He has said recently that Mahathir should correct his statement if he is a gentleman. He shouldn't have linked an individual committing illicit practices with the latter's ethnic group. Mahathir's statement was not only insulting to the Bugis community in Malaysia, but also to that in Indonesia. He was referring to Mahathir’s statement made during a rally in Petaling Jaya on Oct 14, when he had referred to Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak as a "Bugis pirate.” The rally was held against the alleged massive financial scandal embroiling the current Malaysian government. The Bugis are an old seafaring ethnic group from Sulawesi. Large numbers of them migrated to Malaysia. There are reportedly around 300,000 Bugis people in Malaysia. (JP)

Ngurah Rai international airport in Bali named world`s third best airport

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali is once again listed as one of the world`s best airports for the category of 15-25 million passengers per year. Ngurah Rai receives the rate of 4.93 out of 5 from the Airport Council International -ACI. Angkasa Pura I General Manager of Ngurah Rai Yanus Suprayogi said in Badung, Bali on Wednesday (November 8th) that Ngurah Rai International Airport was rated based on 33 assessment indicators. The airport’s achievement makes Ngurah Rai as the world’s third-best airports. One of the busiest airports in Indonesia is considered to have great service quality, starting from its facility, accessibility, security, arrival and reporting process services. Yanus also explained that the airport services assessment is based on polls participated by the airport’s passengers. From early 2017 until October, 18.1 million people have passed through the Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. (Tempo)

BNPT: ISIS` Bahrun Naim recruiting migrant workers

Director for Prevention of the National Counterterrorism Agency –BNPT, Brig. Gen. Hamli said that Bahrun Naim-led terrorist group is now recruiting Indonesian migrant workers through social media. Hamli said in a workshop on radicalism in Surabaya, East Java held by the Wahid Foundation that most are Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. He also noted that Bahrun Naim often approaches prospective terrorists via Facebook by posting radical ideas. He would then contact the person via networking apps and give them more radical ideas. After taking a pledge of allegiance (baiat), Bahrun would meet the target and being given the task to carry out terror attacks. Some terror suspects who have been arrested, including those who had planned an attack on the State Palace, are former migrant workers recruited by Bahrun Naim. Hamli has called on families of the migrant workers to keep in touch with them who live abroad. He said that migrant workers are prone to be recruited by terrorist rings as they often feel lonely. (Tempo)

Garuda to issue global bonds worth $300 million next year

National flag carrier –PT Garuda Indonesia plans to issue global bonds worth $300 million dollars or about Rp 4 trillion, partly to refinance bonds coming due next July. Garuda Finance and Management Risk Director, Helmi Imam Satriyono said that his company needs to collect funds greater than the Rp 2 trillion in maturing debt, as it also has to finance planned expenditure next year. Helmi has said in Jakarta recently that the company needs more funds, not only for refinancing. He declined to reveal the company’s spending plan.  He added that PT Garuda plans to complete the issuance in the first half of 2018 and Garuda had appointed BNP Paribas as the advisor. Helmi also expressed his optimism that Garuda would perform well next year after suffering losses recently. (JP)

ASITA set to promote tourism in East Java

The Association of Indonesian Tour & Travel Agencies -ASITA is set to hold the 2nd National Working Meeting (Rakernas II) on November 10-13 at Ciputra Hotel, Surabaya in East Java. The meeting is held in Surabaya as part of an effort to promote tourist destinations in East Java. ASITA Indonesia DPP Head, Asnawi Bahar has said in Jakarta recently that the meeting would discuss three topics: Fun Business, Explore the Beauty of Mount Bromo and Effective and Efficient B2B Forum. He also said that Rakernas II will be attended by all DPD ASITA representatives in Indonesia; there are currently 33 DPD branches across the country. These delegates will have to show up in their traditional outfits. Additionally, Surabaya will host Bromo Tengger Semeru Travel Mart, which will bring together buyers and sellers in B2B and B2C forums. The sellers reportedly would consist of tour agents, hotels, MICE organizers and tourist attractions from 30 cities and regencies in East Java. (JP)

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