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Collections for Ramadan and Idul Fitri Featured at Muffest 2018

Ramadan is just around the corner. Within a couple of weeks, Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk, and then dine together with family and friends.

It is also a season to look good and stylish.

To celebrate the coming of Ramadan and Idul Fitri, a number of Indonesian designers and local brands launched their festive collections during the recent Muslim Fashion Festival (Muffest) 2018.

Here are some of the most interesting highlights.

Barli Pret-a-Porter


Designer Barli Asmara introduced his new label Barli Prêt-a-Porter.

“[Barli Prêt-a-Porter] is my new ready-to-wear line,” the designer said before his show at Muffest on Saturday (21/04). “It’s made of easy-to-wear and easy-to-mix-and-match pieces that are light and comfortable to wear all day long.”

In a fashion show sponsored by Wardah Cosmetics, Barli presented “Tsubarashi,” the debut collection of his new label.

“I was inspired by the Shibori technique from Japan,” the 40-year-old designer said.

For the collection, Barli applied Shibori patterns to silk organza. He then made the lightweight and crisp material into elegant headscarves, pants and structured outerwear.

Kami


Kami’s designers, Istafiana Candarini, Nadya Karina and Afina Candarini, were inspired by the freshness of spring in their “Maalia” collection.

“This new collection is totally different from our previous ones,” Nadya Karina, creative director of the brand, said before the show.

Kami’s previous collections generally took on soft pastel hues and earthy tones. This one is entirely white, which is often preferred for Idul Fitri.

The new collection also features more feminine shapes, with cascading ruffles and Swarovski crystals adorning the pieces.

“The collection is designed to make women stand out and look beautiful and special during Ramadan and Hari Raya,” Nadya said.

Khanaan Shamlan Signature Collection


Young designer Khanaan Shamlan presented a festive collection themed “Linea.”

The collection consists of long tunics and robes with unique patterns of fluid lines and tendrils.

“I designed the prints myself,” the designer said. “They are inspired by the gelaran batik motif, which is a variation of lines.”

The 28-year-old designer comes from a family of batik artisans in Pekalongan, Central Java.

The patterns, presented in solid black and white, give a modern and classy look.

Zoya


Bandung-based Muslim fashion brand Zoya presented a collection titled “Asmaradana.”

“We were inspired by Pupuh Asmarandana when designing the collection,” Ivan Kurniawan, head of research and development of Zoya, said before the show.

Pupuh Asmarandana is an old, traditional song of West Java, which contains advice on love and life.

“It’s a collection full of love and passion,” Ivan said.

The label collaborated with three celebrities, singer Fatin Shidqia Lubis, entrepreneur and celebgram Medina Zein and actress Eksanti, to design the collection.

Fatin produced wearable everyday items in white and soft creamy hues. Pleats, ruffles and asymmetrical hemlines adorn her pieces.

Medina presented glamorous dresses, made of silk organza, decorated with sequins and crystals.

“Each dress is unique … You would look stunning in them dresses during Hari Raya,” Medina said.

Eksanti designed loose-fitted dresses, in accordance with Muslim clothing rules.

“I’ve just started wearing shariah dresses. Therefore, I designed what I would wear myself,” the actress said.

Eksanti’s dresses, with color blocks, floral prints and asymmetrical layers, guarantee a modern and elegant look.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Pinisi Boat Enters World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Tuesday (13/02) received a Unesco certificate recognizing the pinisi, a traditional Indonesian sailboat, as the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

The document was delivered by Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, Indonesia’sA�ambassador to France and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The minister said the Unesco acknowledgement of the signature Bugis sailing vessel from South Sulawesi is not the last goal, but a means to promote and support the preservation of culture.

“The recognition of the pinisi boatA�of South Sulawesi as the world’s intangible cultural heritage is a big pride for the people of Indonesia,”A�Retno said, asA�quoted inA�the ministry’s statement.

“It should be followed by a good preservation policy that includes educational efforts.”

TheA�boat entered the Intangible Cultural Heritage List last year, following theA�kris (a traditional wavybladed knife), wayang (shadow theater), batik,A�angklung musical instrument,A�noken bag from Papua, Saman dance from Aceh,A�and Balinese dance.

Pantun, a Malay poetic form proposed by Indonesia and Malaysia, is expected to be approved by Unesco this year.

Next year, Indonesia plans to propose martial artA�pencak silat.

“The Unesco recognition of Indonesia’s cultural riches and is an encouragement for us to keep preserving them,” Hotmangaradja said.

Indonesian student wins int`l technology award

Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) – An Indonesian student from the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Ramadhan Chairan Maulana, has won an award at the 6th International Symposium on Technology for Sustainability 2016.

“We are proposing a paper on a technology that helps climbers in getting information on weather around the mountain,” Ramadhan said here on Monday.

The technology named Arduino based Safety Information Guidance for Climbers displays weather information around the mountain, including temperature, humidity, and air pressure.

“Also, the tool displays a security level and health impacts that are possible to occur to climbers according to the data,” he explained.

Ramadhan added that the tool, which is also called “Duo Serigala” or two wolves has a navigation system that shows the starting point and the peaks.

There is also a S.O.S button that functions to call an emergency help. “This feature works based on radio frequency. I hope this equipment helps climbers in completing their climbing and prevent accidents,” Ramadhan said.

The international symposium has been participated in by 200 university students from Japan, the Philippine, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

It was a collaboration of the Gadjah Mada University and Japan National Institute of Technology (NIT).(*)

Link: http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/107813/indonesian-student-wins-intl-technology-award

Internet Users in Indonesia Exceeds 50 Percent, Study Says

Internet illustration. Bgr.com

TEMPO.CO,A�Jakarta - The Association of Internet Services Providers of Indonesia (APJII) released a study on statistics of internet users and users’ behaviours in Indonesia. The study revealed that more than 50 percent of 256.2 million Indonesians, which equals to 132.7 million people, are active internet users.

“Around 65 percent of the total number or around 86.3 internet users are located in Java,” APJII stated in the report on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Meanwhile, the other internet users mainly located in Sumatera with 20.8 million users, followed by Bali and Nusa Tenggara with 6.1 million users, Kalimantan (7.6 million users), Sulawesi (8.4 million users), Maluku and Papua (3.3 million users).

“Around 52.5 percent of the total internet users are male and the other 47.5 percent are female,” APJII added.

In terms of age, the largest number of users came from the 20-24 years old category with 24 million users.

LARISSA HUDA

Link: http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/10/25/310814925/Internet-Users-in-Indonesia-Exceeds-50-Percent-Study-Says

Indonesian halal products sold out at Moscow Halal Expo

London (ANTARA News) – Indonesian foods, including instant noodles, peanuts, and chips, as well as traditional beverages such as red ginger drink, sold out at the Moscow Halal Expo held at the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Moscow, June 2 to 5, 2016.

The expo was officially opened by representatives of the Russian Federations Mufti Council, as organizers of the expo, the Indonesian embassy in Moscow told ANTARA News correspondent here on Tuesday.

Indonesian Ambassador to Russia and Belarus Wahid Supriyadi was also present during the opening ceremony.

Other products offered at Indonesias stand included batik dresses, batik scarfs, hijabs, accessories, and leather bags.

Indonesia also sold “tempe” (soybean cake), fried noodles, spring rolls, “rempeyek (peanut brittle), and fried dried potatoes.

“Russia, having a Muslim population of 25 million, is a potential market for Indonesias halal products,” Ambassador Wahid noted.

Indonesia, whose products meet international halal standard, has participated in the annual Moscow Halal Food Expo since 2010.

The expo included representatives from 50 companies and 10 countries, including Malaysia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Khazakistan, Tunisia and Greece.

In May, the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. promoted the countrys foods and beverages at the “Passport DC 2016″ event, which sought to promote Indonesian products in the U.S. capital, Washington DC.

“At least 5,400 people visited the Indonesian booth. They had a very positive response, especially for our coffee products and snacks,” Trade Attache of the Indonesian embassy in Washington D.C., Reza Pahlevi, said in a press release in May.

The strategy used for promoting Indonesian products at the expo included giving away free samples, Reza said.

In addition, the embassy promoted fashion, accessories, batik cloth, handicrafts and home decorations from Indonesia.

Reza further said he is seeking major super markets in the United States that could help sell Indonesian foods and beverages.

Source: www.antaranews.com, 7 June 2016

Indonesia deserves to be Muslim fashion capital

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Deputy Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs Emilia Suhaimi has said Indonesia deserves to become a global Muslim fashion capital by 2020.

“We know that Indonesia has been designated (to become) the world Muslim fashion capital by 2020, and the country is approaching that target from time to time,” Emilia Suhaimi said here on Monday.

Indonesia deserves to be a fashion capital because it is the largest Muslim populated country in the world, she said.

Besides, Indonesias Islamic culture is open to modernization, tolerance, pluralism and diversity, she added.

“Indonesias hijabs are very unique and varied, compared to those in other countries,” she noted.

Besides, Indonesia has ample human resources who are creative, thanks to the nations rich cultural heritage, she remarked.

Traditional dresses in Aceh, Minang (West Sumatra) and other regions cover womens bodies well and are close to the Muslim sense of fashion, she added.

Since 1990, the Muslim fashion industry in Indonesia has progressed rapidly.

“This has convinced us that Indonesia has the potential to become one of the worlds fashion centers, particularly when it comes to Muslim fashion, because the country has creative human resources and a rich cultural heritage,” she said.

Indonesia also has talented fashion designers and good fabrics that could support the garment industry.

She said the designs of Indonesian Muslim dresses are beautiful because they follow the latest trends while still maintaining the local cultural elements.

Besides covering womens bodies, Indonesian Muslim dresses are comfortable, elegant, fashionable, and have ethnic elements.

Source: www.antaranews.com, Monday 16 November 2015

Musician spends lifetime promoting sasando

When he was child, sasando player and maker Jeremias Pah would never have thought that the traditional instrument from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) would bring him opportunities to travel around the globe.

Today, the 76-year-old is an iconic figure in the preservation of the sasando, after spending almost six decades producing the stringed instrument and play it in front of audiences in more than 40 countries.

a�?I am proud that I can introduce the sasando, a legacy of our ancestors, to the world,a�? Jeremias told TheA�Jakarta Post recently, while making the instrument at his house in Oebelo subdistrict, Central Kupang district, Kupang regency.

Supported by his wife Dorce Pah-Ndun, Jeremias carefully painted a bamboo stem that he would use as a base onto which to attach the strings for the instrument. The base is then combined with a round structure made of lontar (palm) leaves.

Jeremias, who was born in Rote, an island located some 40 kilometers southwest of the NTT provincial capital of Kupang, said he had learned to play the sasando from his grandfather, Pah Ndolu.

The young Jeremias would join his grandfather to church every Sunday to play the sasando during the service.

a�?I started by playing traditional songs with my sasando. But later, people asked me to perform at wedding receptions and other traditional events. It appears I became quite good at playing the instrument,a�? said the father of 10.

Jeremias became fully engrossed with playing and producing the sasando when he moved to Kupang in 1958 to make a living.

Currently, he mainly produces two types of sasando: The pentatonic sasando gong with 12 strings and the diatonic electric Sasando with 24-54 strings, along with sasando replicas as souvenirs.

Playing the sasando requires a high level of skill, because it is a difficult instrument, according to Jeremias.

a�?Not everyone can play it. Only those with artistic spirit in their blood and perseverance will be able to master it,a�? he said.

Of his 10 children, Jeremias said, six were sasando players and some of them alternately accompanied him when performing overseas.

One of his children, Berto, was among the finalists of a talent scouting program on national television.

Many foreign tourists have also visited Jermiasa�� house to enjoy his performances. Jeremias, also offers a short course for those who want to learn to play the instrument.

a�?I have had students from Japan, China and Australia who spent up to a month here until they were able to play the sasando,a�? Jeremias said.

Dorce said her husband had dedicated his life to preserving and promoting the sasando.

a�?My husband loves the sasando very much. He spends most of his time every day to either make or play the instrument. My children have also fallen in love with the sasando, just like him,a�? she said.

Jeremiasa�� youngest child, Rino, said he had been inspired to learn to play the sasando after seeing his father and elder brothers regularly go overseas to perform.

The seventh grader, however, said he wanted to complete his studies before becoming a professional sasando player.

a�?I want to be like my elder brothers who have visited many countries to perform. For now, I only perform in front of a local audience,a�? he said

Source : www.thejakartapost.com, Friday 13 November 2015

VP Kalla opens Batik Nusantara 2015 exhibition

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla opened the “Gelar Batik Nusantara 2015″ exhibition at the Jakarta Convention Center here on Wednesday.

Organized by the Indonesian Batik Foundation and PT Mediatama Binakreasi, it will be held from June 24 to 28 with the theme, “Batik Uniting Nations.” The expo will showcase thousands of coastal batik motifs and those of the best Indonesian batik collectors.

“The popularity of batik is more widespread now than ever before,” the vice president said in his opening address.

Kalla noted that batik was no longer merely a traditional dress but had undergone innovations for the international market and had been adapted by several countries.

He explained that innovations in batik first started being made on the island of Java, but now, it has evolved in various regions across the Indonesian archipelago.

Furthermore, besides being a cultural factor that serves to unify the nation, batik has also developed in a number of neighboring countries such as India and Malaysia, the vice president remarked.

In addition, he pointed out that since batik was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 2009, its reach continues to increase.

Kalla opined that as batik has become part of both official and casual clothing, there are challenges, as well, in terms of productivity and innovation.

According to the vice president, batik has been transformed from a form of traditional art into a masterpiece of global standard. It is also one of the cultural products of Indonesia that people are proud of and want to preserve.

Therefore, Kalla emphasized that the Gelar Batik Nusantara 2015 exhibition is expected to be able to open market opportunities and attract entrepreneurs, investors and institutions to develop batik as an international product.

Source: www.antaranews.com, Wednesday 24 June 2015

Kedutaan RI di Kanada ‘Memindahkan’ Bali ke Ottawa

TEMPO.CO, Ottawa – Festival Seni bertajuk a�?a��Bali in Ottawa: Indonesian Festival 2015a��a�� berlangsung meriah pada Sabtu (13/6). Lebih dari seribu orang mengunjungi festival yang digelar halaman Kedutaan Besar RI itu. Berbagai tarian tradisional dan musik dangdut ditampilkan di atas panggung. Kelompok pemain rebana dari Montreal (sekitar 200 kilometer dari Ottawa) turut meramaikan acara. Puncak acara adalah pertunjukan berbagai tari Bali selama hampir 2 jam nonstop. Para penari diiringi oleh gamelan hidup a�?a��Swara Winanguna��a��, kelompok gamelan Bali yang seluruh anggotanya adalah orang-orang Kanada.

Sesuai tema festival, halaman KBRI disulap hingga bernuansa Bali. Berbagai ornamen khas pulau Dewata bertebaran di sana sini. Persis di pintu masuk, berdiri kokoh Gerbang Bentar. Lalu, di sepanjang dinding gedung KBRI yang megah berjajar foto-foto tentang Bali yang berukuran raksasa. Ada pula patung-patung para raksasa yang bersarung kotak-kotak dan berkalungkan bunga. Lengkap dengan bau semerbak dupa.

Kemeriahan festival diwarnai sajian kuliner tradisional khas Indonesia. Sebanyak 19 vendor berjajar menyajikan aneka makanan, mulai gudeg komplit, siomay, mi ayam, sate, sampai es teler.

Festival ini merupakan pameran tahunan yang digelar KBRI Ottawa. Khusus untuk tahun ini, tema utama yang dipilih adalah a�?a��Bali in Ottawaa��a��. a�?a��Kali ini kami menampilkan Bali. Insha Allah kami akan menampilkan tema daerah Indonesia lainnya di tahun-tahun yang akan datang,a��a�� tutur Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Kanada Dr. Teuku Faizasyah.

Festival semacam ini diharapkan dapat semakin meningkatkan pengetahuan masyarakat Kanada mengenai Indonesia. a�?a��Ini merupakan bagian dari langkah kita untuk meningkatkan ekspor Indonesia ke Kanada, serta mengundang investasi dan wisatawan Kanada ke Indonesia,a��a�� tutur diplomat karir lulusan Universitas Waikoto (Selandia Baru) ini.

Kedutaan berharap dengan festival ini hubungan Indonesia a�� Kanada terus meningkat. Saat ini, hubungan perdagangan kedua negara berjalan baik. Volume perdagangan Indonesia a�� Kanada mencapai US$ 3,2 milyar (2014). Kanada memperoleh surplus sekitar US$ 450 juta. Menurut data data Statistics Canada tahun 2013, investasi Kanada di Indonesia mencapai CAD 3,2 milyar. Sebanyak 60 ribu warga Kanada berwisata ke Indonesia (2014).

K Candra Negara – Ottawa

Sumber: Tempo – www.tempo.co

‘Memindahkan’ Bali ke Kanada

Eko Nurcahyo yang tampil dalam 'Bali in Ottawa: Indonesian Festival 2015' (KBRI Ottawa)

Ottawa – Ada banyak cara untuk mempromosikan Indonesia kepada dunia, seperti KBRI Ottawa yang menggelar ‘Bali in Ottawa: Indonesian Festival 2015′. Masyarakat Kanada pun antusias dengan beragam budaya, masakan dan wisata Indonesia khususnya dari Pulau Dewata.

Dari rilis KBRI Ottawa yang diterima detikTravel, Minggu (14/6/2015) ‘Bali in Ottawa: Indonesian Festival 2015′ merupakan acara tahunan yang digelar KBRI Ottawa. Ottawa merupakan ibukota negara Kanada dan salah satu kota yang padat penduduknya di sana.

Pagelaran tersebut baru saja tuntas pada Sabtu (13/6) kemarin yang dengan cerita yang bahagia. Apalagi, kalau bukan masyarakat setempat yang panasaran dan tertarik dengan Indonesia!

Karena bertema Bali, suasananya pun benar-benar dibuat ala Pulau Dewata. Mulai dari gapura bentar, dekorasi panggung, sampai berbagai poster wisata. Beberapa patung batu juga dihias sarung kotak-kotak dan bebungaan. Puncak acaranya adalah suguhan tari-tarian dan gamelan Bali selama dua jam non-stop.

Eko Nurcahyo, salah satu penari yang merupakan alumnus terbaik Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta dan jadi staf KBRI Ottawa, ambil bagian. Dia membawakan beberapa tarian Bali dengan iringan gamelan Bali dari kelompok gamelan Smara Winangun. Dia menarikan tarian Pulau Dewata yang khas dan nuansanya magis. Pengunjung berdecak kagum dan tak sedikit yang minta foto bareng!

Namun tak hanya Bali saja, beberapa destinasi wisata Indonesia lainnya pun terpampang di sana. Banyak para pengunjung yang jatuh hati saat melihat poster dan foto-foto raksasa Candi Borobudur sampai Raja Ampat.

Belum selesai, masih ada suguhan wisata kuliner. Budi Mulyono, salah satu pengisi stand makanan tampak sumringah. 1300 Tusuk sate daging dan ayam dagangannya ludes tak tersisa disebru pengunjung. Memang terdapat 18 pedagang lainnya yang dengan berseri-seri menjajakan berbagai makanan tradisonal Indonesia. Mulai dari buntil, mi ayam, gudeg komplit, sate padang, rempeyek kacang dan teri, sampai gado-gado.

“Tunggu tahun depan saja, Mister,” kata Budi sambil tersenyum ketika masih banyak pengujung yang mau mencicipi makanannya tapi sudah kehabisan.

Indonesia Festival adalah pagelaran tahunan dari KBRI Ottawa yang mana tahun ini sudah berlangsung yang ke-10. Acaranya dimulai dari pukul 10.00 pagi hingga 16.00 sore waktu setempat. Tahun ini, pengunjungnya membludak sampai 1.000 orang!

“Kami mencoba konsep, ‘one at a time’. Untuk tahun depan, insya Allah kami akan menampilkan daerah lain dari Indonesia,” ujar K Candra Negara, Minister Counsellor Ekonomi yang menjadi Koordinator Festival.

Di balik itu, rupanya festival tersebut bisa dibilang sebagai diplomasi ekonomi. Bukan tanpa sebab, para pengunjung diberitahu tentang perkonomian Indonesia yang memancing untuk berinvestasi. Selain pariwisata, perdagangan dan investasi pun jadi fokus utama.

“Sejalan dengan kebijakan nasional, kami saat ini memang memfokuskan pada diplomasi ekonomi. Kami harus melakukan promosi secara berkelanjutan,” tutur Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Kanada Teuku Faizasyah.

Sumber: Detik Travel – travel.detik.com

a�?Soft Diplomacya�? Promosi Indonesia Melalui Kuliner di Ibu Kota Kanada

Ottawa – Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia (KBRI) Ottawa baru-baru ini bekerja sama dengan Sante Restaurant menyelenggarakan jamuan santap malam komplit atau dalam bahasa Inggrisnya lebih sering dikenal dengan istilah a�?fine dininga�? bagi para pelanggan setia Sante Restaurant yang berada di pusat keramaian Ibu Kota Kanada, Ottawa.

Sekretaris Pertama KBRI Ottawa, Taufiq Lamsuhur kepada Koran Jakarta mengatakan, lebih dari 60 orang pelanggan setia restaurant pada malam tersebut menikmati makanan khas Indonesia. Dimulai dengan berbagai hiasan menarik dari Indonesia dan diiringi oleh alunan musik angklung, para pelanggan telah mulai merasakan suasana ke-Indonesiaan pada saat memasuki Restaurant Sante.

Teh Serai merupakan welcoming drink yang disajikan kepada pelanggan sebagai penawar dahaga untuk memulai proses santap malam. Sebagai makanan pembuka selanjut disajikan gado-gado, lumpia dan tekwan.

Taufiq menjelaskan Sebelum memasuki hidangan utama berupa nasi tumpeng, Suwartini Wirta, Wakil Kepala Perwakilan RI menyampaikan sambutan singkat, khususnya terkait dengan jenis masakan Indonesia yang akan disungguhkan pada malam tersebut. Antara lain dikemukakan bahwa menikmati makanan Indonesia dengan suasana Ibukota Kanada, Ottawa merupakan dimensi yang unik dan sensasional karena para pelanggan dapat memulai mengenal Indonesia dari keragaman makanan dan budaya yang dimiliki Indonesia.

Di tengah-tengah suasana malam yang indah dan cerah di kota Ottawa. juga diungkapkan bahwa nasi tumpeng di Indonesia merupakan jenis makanan yang ditampilkan pada acara-acara formal, khususnya sebagai bentuk ungkapan rasa syukur dan terima kasih kepada Tuhan dan keakraban dengan semua tamu dan atau keluarga.

Nasi tumpeng sendiri disajikan dalam bentuk yang sangat menarik dengan disajikan bersama-sama dengan perkedel, sambal, tahu, tempe, dadar telur, sate ayam dan bumbu kacang. Diakhir prosesi, agar-agar dan teh/ kopi Indonesia melengkapi sentuhan Indonesia pada acara makan malam tersebut. Juga dilakukan undian bagi para tamu untuk mendapatkan cenderamata khas Indonesia. Tiga orang tamu restaurant terpilih untuk mendapatkan souvenir ala Indonesia. Berbagai ucapan apresiasi dan kekaguman atas makanan Indonesia disampaikan oleh para tamu restaurant kepada perwakilan KBRI, diakhir acara santap malam.

Untuk menikmati masakan Indonesia di Restaurat Sante tersebut, biaya yang dikeluarkan relatif tidak sedikit. Setiap tamu harus merogoh kantong 55,00 dolar Canada belum termasuk komponen pajak sekitar 13,5 persen dari total transaksi.

Dijelaskan Taufiq kerjasama dengan restaurant-restaurant seperti merupakan salah satu strategi untuk melakukan promosi Indonesia secara terpadu, tanpa mengeluarkan biaya besar. Memang apabila dibandingkan dengan negara-negara lainnya yang juga memiliki ikon makanan sebagai salah satu bentuk promosi negaranya di Kanada, Indonesia masih kalah dengan negaranegara seperti Tiongkok, Thailand, Vietnam dan Mexico. Saat ini terdapat sekitar belasan restaurant Indonesia yang tersebar di berbagai kota di Kanada, antara lain: Vancouver (Pondok Indonesia, Balilicious Modern Indonesian, Spice Islands Indonesian Restaurant, dan lain-lain.

Duta Besar RI untuk Kanada, Dr Teuku Faizasyah berpandangan bahwa memperkenalkan Indonesia melalui kuliner/makanan yang ditampilkan dengan pendekatan fine dinning ini memberikan kesempatan yang lebih luas kepada khalayak Kanada mengetahui bahwa kuliner Indonesia juga memiliki variasi yang lengkap mulai dari hidangan pembuka hingga makanan penutup, dengan variasi yang beragam. Bahkan konsep fine dinning tersebut juga bisa memadukan berbagai makanan khas dari berbagai daerah di Indonesia.

Perwakilan RI di Kanada berupaya untuk melakukan promosi- promosi Indonesia secara berkesinambungan di Kanada, pada April 2015 lalu, diadakan kegiatan a�?Teste of Indonesiaa�?, selanjutnya KBRI Ottawa akan menyelenggarakan a�?Festival Indonesiaa�? pada minggu kedua Juni 2015, memanfaatkan suasana musim panas di Kanada.

Sumber : www.koranjakarta.com, Kamis 4 Juni 2015

Indonesia to open restaurants in three countries

Beijing (ANTARA News) – Indonesia is set to open restaurants in South Korea, Japan and Australia as part of efforts to introduce its traditional cuisine to the international community, a tourism official said.

“In Seoul, South Korea, the Bandung city government plans to set up a Sundanese traditional restaurant,” Director of Meeting Incentive Convention Exhibition and Special Interest Promotion of the Tourism Ministry Rizki Handayani said here on last Saturday.

The Indonesian restaurants in Australia and Japan will offer a wide range of traditional dishes from various regions in Indonesia, she added.

Handayani stated that the Indonesian restaurants in Australia will be set up in Melbourne and Sydney.

“We, the government, highly support the plan to open Indonesian restaurants abroad, now that the culinary field contributes the most to the gross domestic product from the creative economy sector,” she explained.

Handayani admitted that the number of Indonesian restaurants abroad was relatively small as compared to those of other countries, including Thailand. “As a matter of fact, Indonesia has a variety of culinary icons that are not inferior to those of other countries,” she remarked.

In this regard, she noted that the Tourism Ministry has distributed a book on 30 Indonesian traditional culinary icons to all Indonesian representatives abroad.

“Each Indonesian representative abroad must present Indonesian dishes at every routine event, particularly at state events. By doing so, the international community will be increasingly acquainted with Indonesia and its cuisine,” she pointed out.

In China, Indonesian restaurants are found in Beijing, Guang Zhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong. A number of Indonesian culinary icons such as rendang, fried rice, and baked fish are also served at several Thai, Malaysian and Singaporean restaurants in Beijing.

Source: www.antaranews.com, Sunday 12 April 2015

S. Sumatra to develop more hotels for Asian Games

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Associationa��s (PHRI) South Sumatra branch says the province will build 3,000 new hotel rooms over the next few years in a bid to accommodate the 2018 Asian Games.

a�?We now only have 7,000 rooms available from hostel to star-rated hotels across the province. For an international event like the Asian Games, this figure is not enough to accommodate the participants and guests of the sports event,a�? PHRI South Sumatra chairman Herlan Aspiudin said in Palembang on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Herlan said that both established and new players in the hotel industry were developing new properties in order to provide more rooms in the province.

He also said his institution was helping the players obtain permits from the provincial government quickly as they were racing with time.

a�?There are 10 investors that will develop new hotels, from three star to upscale this year. Three of them recently started developing their properties,a�? he explained.

The demand for accommodation in Palembang and its surrounding cities has been increasing over the past few years as more domestic and international events have been held in South Sumatra.

The province is predicted to continue enjoying growth in its hospitality industry over the next five years as it an investment destination and is emerging as a tourist destination, he added.

Source : www.thejakartapost.com, Wednesday, 25 February 2015

AP I to spend Rp 3t to develop Bali airport

State-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) is set to allot Rp 3 trillion (US$23.26 million) of investment this year to expand the countrya��s main tourist gateway, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.

a�?Bali is not only a gateway for domestic tourists but also international travelers, thus we need to increase the capacity of our terminals in order to accommodate more passengers in the airport,a�? AP Ia��s Ngurah Rai International Airport general manager Herry AY Sikado said in Kuta on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said that the Rp 3 trillion would be used to expand the airporta��s apron, domestic terminal and international terminal, as well as to develop toll-road access connecting the airport with Denpasar and its surrounding cities by collaborating with state-run infrastructure firm PT Jasa Marga, the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III).

a�?We also have a plan to develop a general aviation terminal that is built exclusively for chartered flight services,a�? he said.

Co-general manager I Gusti Ngurah Ardita said that the firm would double the size of both the domestic and international terminals.

Currently, Ngurah Raia��s international terminal is 129,000 square meters while the domestic terminal is 68,000 square meters.

Source : www.thejakartapost.com, Tuesday 24 February 2015

Indonesian government enhancing border areas to face AEC

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesia Ministry of Underdeveloped Villages, Region and Transmigration will work towards developing the villages located in border areas to better face the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015.

“We will prioritize the development of villages located in the border areas and the outer islands that directly face the neighboring countries,” Task Executor for Director General of Development and Villager Empowerment Suprayoga Hadi stated here on Sunday (Feb. 22).

The ministry is supporting the capacity building programs of the government in several underdeveloped regions to enhance infrastructure and human resources, particularly for the villages in the border areas.

“With regard to infrastructure development, the border villages must be equipped with good dock facility, so that the connectivity would not be tenuous. The government will also impart education and training to develop the skills of human resources,” Suprayoga noted.

The government has set a target to develop several villages, including those in North Kalimantan and Natuna District as they are the northernmost islands located in Karimata Strait. The villages in northern Sulawesi that border the Philippines will also be developed.

“We are targeting to develop the economic condition in the regions, including the villages and underdeveloped areas. We hope that this program will be implemented in one year,” Suprayoga remarked.

The plan to develop the villages is in line with President Joko Widodos directive to enhance several villages located in the border areas.

According to the ministry, at least 1,138 villages located in the border areas are targeted for infrastructure and human resource development.

Suprayoga said the program, which had been initiated since early 2015, is expected to be successful in improving the competitiveness of the local people.

Source : www.antaranews.com, Monday 23 February 2015

Govt integrates radar to improve air navigation surveillance

Radar systems in three regions of the country — Natuna and Tanjung Pinang of Riau Islands province, and Pontianak of West Kalimantan a�� were recently integrated with the Jakarta Air Traffic Service Center (JATSC).

Transportation Ministry spokesman JA Barata said that the integration of the radar systems with JATSC was aimed at improving surveillance in the nationa��s air navigation services.

a�?With this integration system, every aircraft that flies in the western side of Indonesia can be monitored closely by JATSC, which is the center for controlling air traffic in the western part of the country,a�? Barata told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, adding that the government had previously upgraded the infrastructure of the three radar systems before integrating them with JATSC.

Indonesia has two Flight Information Regions (FIR) that are divided into the western part and the eastern part of the nation, centered at JATSC and Makassar Air Traffic Service Center (MATSC), respectively.

JATSC supervises 16 radar systems, including Banda Aceh (Aceh), Medan (North Sumatra), Pekanbaru (Riau), Palembang (South Sumatra), Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Semarang (Central Java), while MATSC handles 23, such as in Surabaya (East Java), Bali, Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Ambon (Maluku), and Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara)

Source : www.thejakartapost.com, Wednesday 18 February 2015

Surabayaa��s Tri Rismaharini Honored as One of Worlda��s Best Mayors

Jakarta. Tri Rismaharini of Surabaya has been named one of the best mayors in the world, following in the footsteps of President Joko Widodo.

The World Mayor Project, which since 2004 has awarded the World Mayor Prize to a�?honor those who have made long-lasting contributions to their communities and are committed to the well-being of cities nationally and internationally,a�? on Tuesday declared Risma, as she is known, the second runner-up of the 2014 edition of the award.

She also receives the World Mayor Commendation for services to the city of Surabaya.

The 2014 World Mayor Prize went to Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of the Canadian city of Calgary, and first runner-up to Daniel Termont of Ghent, Belgium, who was also conferred the World Mayor Commendation for services to European cities.

The World Mayor Project cited Risma for a�?energetically promoting her social, economic and environmental policies in Indonesiaa��s second-largest city.a�?

a�?Tri Rismaharini often talks of the need to govern not only for the people but also with the people,a�? it said. a�?She learnt from the experience of other fast-growing cities in Asia and Europe that massive new developments can alienate people. The mayor is therefore keen to match built development with social programs.a�?

Rismaa��s achievement matches that of Joko, who was also named second runner-up in the 2012 edition of the World Mayor Prize for his leadership of his hometown of Solo in Central Java.

Source : www.thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com, Wednesday 4 February 2015

Tourist arrivals in Bali reached 3.76 million in 2014

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) – The provincial tourism office of Bali revealed that 3.76 million tourists visited the island in 2014, an increase of 14.94 percent as compared to last years recorded number of 3.27 million tourists.

“The number has exceeded the governments target, which was set at 3.5 million visits,” a Bali tourism observer Tjok Gede Agung said here on Monday.

He noted that the target to attract 4 million tourists to Bali in 2015 can be realized due to the free visa policy for several potential countries such as Australia, China, Russia, South Korea, and Japan.

According to him, Bali will continue to be the main tourism destination for foreign tourists.

Gede remarked that every month at least 310 thousand tourists visit Bali, with majority of them hailing from Australia, reaching 991,024 or 26.30 percent of the total number of visitors in a year.

China ranked second, with 586,197 tourists visiting Bali during 2014, and Malaysia stood third, with as many as 224,962 tourists.

Source : www.antaranews.com, Monday 26 January 2015

Batam Prepares 31 Tourism Events in 2015 to Lure More Tourists

Batam city tourism office, collaborating with the central government, Riau Island provincial government and the private sector, has prepared 31 tourism events throughout this year in order to attract more foreign travelers to the city.

The office head Yusfa Hendri said the first event, the Regatta Strait Yacht, a yacht race that would be participated in by dozens of sailors from Asia Pacific and Europe, would be held at the end of January.

On Feb. 14 and 15, a similar event will be held in Batam, the Neptune Regatta.

a�?We also have the Tour de Barelang and Tour de Kepri [bike races], Barclay Charity, Kenduri Seni Melayu [Malay art performances], Musik Perbatasan [Border area music] and many more events,a�? Yusfa said on Tuesday in Batam as quoted by kompas.com.

He said that Tourism Minister Arief Yahya had challenged him to attract 1.65 million foreign tourists to Batam this year.

a�?That is a target which is even higher than ours; the office aims to attract around 1.5 million tourists in 2015,a�? he explained.

He said, however, that he was optimistic the 31 events would help Batam to achieve the ministera��s target.

a�?Border areas like Batam are important spots to help support the nationa��s tourism sector. Border areas can help contribute to foreign tourist arrivals,a�? he added.

Source : www.thejakartapost.com, Tuesday 20 January 2015

Cockpit Voice Recorder already Lifted: Minister

Pangkalan Bun, C Kalimantan (ANTARA News) – The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the doomed AirAsia QZ8501 has already been lifted, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan stated here on Tuesday.

It is yet to be confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) whether the retrieved CVR actually belongs to the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft.

“Therefore, it would be taken here to have its serial number checked,” the minister remarked before leaving the Iskandar Air Force Base and heading to Panglima Utar seaport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan.

He noted that the CVR had been retrieved from the seabed, but it did not automatically mean that it belonged to the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft as its “DNA” had yet be identified.

Earlier, the Indonesian navy divers were able to lift the flight data recorder (FDR) of AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft that stores information about the flight.

The device has already been sent to the office of KNKT for analysis.

KNKT Chief Tatang Kurniadi revealed that it would take a lot of time to read and analyze the data from the black box to unearth the cause of the AirAsia QZ8501 crash.

He said it would take only two or three days to download the contents of the FDR, but a lot of time would be needed to read the data. Moreover, the analysis of the data must also be carried out in the presence of investigators from several countries linked to the plane and victims. The investigators are yet to arrive.

The FDR will be opened in Jakarta if the witnesses are ready, including accredited representatives from Airbus, Singapore, and other countries that are linked to the plane and victims, he affirmed.

“It is also possible that the representatives from the TNI (military) Headquarters and the ministry of transportation may be invited to ensure that the device is really opened here and whether or not the result is good. It will be checked together,” he stated.

He said the FDR had been received in good condition, but the results of the contained data will be determined by the information stored in the device while reiterating that the black box will be opened in Indonesia.

Tatang earlier noted that four countries were involved in the search and investigation of the black box, including the countries where the plane was designed and manufactured as well as where the jet crashed and the countries to which the victims belonged.

Source : www.antaranews.com, Tuesday 13 January 2015

Garuda Indonesia to Promote Tourism Potential Islands

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan (ANTARA News) – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will promote tourism potential in east Indonesian regions such as Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua, Vice President of Garuda Indonesia for Eastern Areas Rosyinah said here on Monday.

“These efforts are part of the Explore the Beauty of Indonesia (EBI) program, based on which we will help to promote tourism potential in Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua, and Kalimantan islands,” Rosyinah stated after signing a memorandum of understanding with the heads of the provinces in Kalimantan Island on the tourism promotional activities.

According to her, Garuda Indonesia will promote 44 tourist destinations in 11 provinces in the four big islands of Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua, and Kalimantan.

Moreover, Manager of the EBI program I Wayan Supatrayasa noted that the national flag carrier is committed to promote tourism potential in the regions, while the local governments promise to improve and develop the tourist destinations under their respective jurisdictions.

“We will create 4- to 5-minute-long video clips for each island and will play them onboard flights, or during promotional activities,” Supatrayasa affirmed.

Source : www.antaranews.com, Monday 12 January 2015

Indonesia Steps Up Search for AirAsia Planea��s Black Boxes

Jakarta. The search for AirAsia flight QZ8501a�?s black boxes has been intensified nine days after the plane carrying 162 passengers and crew crashed in waters off Kalimantan, an official said.

Indonesiaa��s National Committee on Transportation Safety (KNKT), said on Monday that it sent two teams to Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan to search for the planea��s flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

a�?At the moment we have two teams on the Andromeda and the Jadayat, ready for the search,a�? KNKT investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said on Monday, referring to two Transportation Ministry ships currently in the area.

Nurcahyo said the a�?pingera�? on the flight data recorder was still active, but the search teams so far havena��t been able to determine its exact location.

Several countries, including France, Singapore, Russia and South Korea are helping Indonesia to find the recorders of the Airbus A320, but bad weather in the crash area continues to hamper the search effort.

Nurcahyo said the KNKT search teams hadna��t been able to reach the crash site because of huge waves.

a�?But the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency [BMKG]a�?s forecast said the waves will be less high tomorrow so we will return,a�? he said.

The investigator added that the pinger would remain active for up to 30 days and that he was confident the KNKT would be able to locate the black boxes in time.

Dozens of bodies have already been found and several parts of the plane have also been salvaged.

Source : www.thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com, Monday 5 January 2015

Indonesian Diaspora – no matter where, forget not motherland

Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told Indonesian Diaspora in Berlin, Germany on March 5, 2013, to always remember Indonesia and give contribution for the country`s development wherever they are.

“It is not important whether you will return to Indonesia or you have decided to live in other countries. The most important is how you could always give your contribution to Indonesia,” the head of state said before 60 members of Indonesian Diaspora consisting of among others post-graduate students, researchers, and lecturers.

Yudhoyono said that he could not force Indonesians living abroad to return to Indonesia. He, however, hoped that if one day the nation needs them, they would be willing to return to their mother country.

Indonesian Diaspora groups Indonesian citizens (WNI) who live overseas, and Indonesians who have migrated from Indonesia and acquired foreign nationalities (WNA), as well as Indonesian descendants, or people of Indonesian origin.

The number of registered Indonesian diaspora is 4.6 million people, but it is estimated that there are around eight to 10 million people of Indonesian diaspora abroad.

The government plans to organize the Second Congress of Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta on August 18-20 this year, after holding the first congress in Los Angeles, California, the US, on July 6-8, 2012, which was attended by around 2,056 people.

The second congress`s theme will be “Going Back Home” and the number of participants is expected to reach 2,000-4,000 members of the Indonesian Diaspora from all over the world. The theme of the first congress of Indonesian Diaspora was “Harmony in Diversity”.

As part of the preparations for the second congress, the foreign ministry organized a national workshop on Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta, on February 27, 2013.

The workshop, which was opened by Deputy Foreign Minister Wardana, was attended by representatives of Indonesian Diaspora and officials of the ministry of law and human rights, the ministry of foreign affairs, the General Election Commission (KPU), the ministry of trade, and the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

The workshops discussed the government`s roles in facilitating Indonesian Diaspora overseas in general elections, trading, immigration, and investment matters.

The Indonesian Government currently is taking concrete steps to develop a strong partnership with the Indonesian Diaspora, and initiating the process of easing visa procedures, including by issuing special visas for Indonesian Diaspora members who are no longer Indonesian citizens.

The Congress of Indonesian Diaspora II is expected to push the establishment of Indonesian Diaspora Desk which will give services and protection to the diaspora and in the long term could build a better network of Indonesian diaspora globally.

Indonesian Ambassador to the US Dino Patti Djalal, who initiated the first Congress of Indonesian Diaspora, when speaking in the Jakarta workshop said that the second congress should be able to make a history and strengthen the networking, programs and concrete actions.

For that purpose, the upcoming congress must set realistic targets and focus on programs of action that will provide concrete contribution for the national development.

Dino Djalal said the target was not an easy one, because around 80-90 percent of Indonesian Diaspora come from the middle class. “The majority of them work in the office, so they would need an approval from their office to come to Indonesia,” he stated.

Therefore, his team would start campaigns and advertisements to build up the momentum for the Congress.

Ambassador M. Wahid Supriyadi in his capacity as the Indonesian foreign ministry`s head of the Indonesian Diaspora Desk, reported in the Jakarta workshop that preparations for the Congress of Indonesian Diaspora II have been made.

In the first congress in Lost Angeles, Ambassador Djalal said the number of Indonesian Diaspora members worldwide is bigger than the Korean and Vietnamese Diasporas, but smaller than Indian and Chinese Diasporas.

The per-capita income of Indonesian Diaspora worldwide is estimated to be five times bigger than the per-capita income of Indonesia. The median income of Indonesia Diaspora in the US alone is $59,000/year, which is $10,000 more than the annual income of all Americans which is $45,000. Every year, Indonesian Diasporas send $7 billion back home to their motherland, he said.

“As President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said, you, the Indonesian Diasporas, are an amazing community. You are unique, diverse and extraordinary. You speak many languages. You are more exposed to the world, that`s why you tend to be more open-minded.

You have skills. You take risk. You are used to competition because you have no choice but to struggle to blend in to succeed. And you are opportunity driven,” he said before Indonesian Diaspora participating in the Los Angeles congress.

The Indonesian Diaspora in the US is more than 150 thousand people, and the largest number is believed to be in the Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Madagascar, Suriname, and South Africa.

They consist of various professions and activities, such as high-skilled workers, informal sector workers, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, innovators, contractors, oil and gas experts, ship crew, athletes, students, and religious figures.

“Wherever you go, you obey the local custom and law, yet you all have one thing in common: a love for Indonesia. You all live in various countries with colorful lives. However, many of you still have “Red and White” in your hearts,” President Yudhoyono said last year in his welcoming remarks during the First Congress of Indonesian Diaspora.

Source :www.antaranews.com

Menlu RI Tegaskan Pluralisme Sebagai Fakta Kehidupan Nasional Indonesia

Menlu RI, Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa pada Pertemuan Forum Global ke-5 Aliansi PBB untuk Peradaban (Meeting of the 5th Global Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations) di Wina, (27/02/2013 - BAM)

a�?Untuk sebuah negara yang beraneka ragam seperti Indonesia, penerimaan atas pluralisme, seperti yang terdapat pada semboyan nasional kita: “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, adalah fakta kehidupan nasional. Meskipun jelas bukan tanpa berbagai tantangan, kita telah senantiasa mengedepankan demokrasi dalam pengaturan, multikultural multi-agama.a�?

Hal tersebut disampaikan dalam pernyataan Menlu RI, Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa pada Pertemuan Forum Global ke-5 Aliansi PBB untuk Peradaban (Meeting of the 5th Global Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations) di Wina, Austria. (27/2/2013).

Menlu RI dalam pertemuan ini menggarisbawahi bahwa dialog untuk mempromosikan toleransi dan sikap saling menghargai, harus bersifat inklusif, melibatkan berbagai pihak, terutama pihak-pihak yang mempunyai pandangan-pandangan yang berbeda. Indonesia selama ini secara aktif dan konsisten telah mendorong dan menyelenggarakan berbagai forum interfaith dialogue, untuk mempromosikan saling menghargai dan kerjasama diantara berbagai keyakinan yang berbeda-beda, baik di tingkat nasional, regional dan global.

a�?Kami yakin bahwa jika dilihat secara umum dan menyeluruh, telah terbentuk arsitektur kerjasama yang cukup mengesankan di tingkat nasional, regional dan global untuk mempromosikan sikap toleransi, penghargaan, dialog dan kerjasama lintas budaya, agama dan peradaban. Namun demikian, tanpa mengabaikan berbagai perkembangan positif tersebut, dan meskipun jelas terdapat niat dan itikad baik yang kuat, kenyataannya adalah masih banyak terdapat bukti-bukti intoleransi.a�? demikian disampaikan Menlu RI.

Dalam kaitan ini Menlu RI menekankan dan menjabarkan sejumlah norma-norma dasar yang sangat penting dalam upaya mempromosikan sikap toleransi dan saling menghargai, yaitu:

Pertama, semua pihak harus bisa menerima adanya perbedaan a�� menerima keberagaman;

Kedua, meskipun demokrasi mencerminkan kepentingan mayoritas, namun suara, harapan dan aspirasi dari kelompok minoritas tidak bisa dan tidak boleh diabaikan;

Ketiga, adanya budaya damai, yaitu penyelesaian masalah melalui cara-cara damai; dan

Keempat, kebebasan berekspresi tidak bisa dijadikan sebagai pembenaran untuk menyebar kebencian berdasarkan kebangsaan, ras atau agama.

Pertemuan telah menyepakati Indonesia sebagai tuan rumah untuk pertemuan berikutnya yaitu Pertemuan Forum Global ke-6 Aliansi PBB untuk Peradaban (UNAoC) pada tahun 2014.Disela-sela menghadiri pertemuan UNoAC ke-5 tersebut, Menlu RI telah melakukan serangkaian pertemuan terpisah dengan Menteri-Menteri Luar Negeri dari Austria, Palestina dan Jordania. Selain itu Menlu RI juga melakukan pertemuan dengan Presiden Majelis Umum PBB dan Sekretaris Jenderal PBB. (Sumber : BAM)

Balinese language preservers win award

BYA�AGNES WINARTI ONA�2013-02-05

Former teacher-turned-author of geguritan (traditional Balinese poems) I Nyoman Suprapta and Balinese novelist I Made Sugianto emerged as the two winners of the prestigious 2013 Rancage literary award.

Rancage is an annual literary award given since 1989 to authors who produce the most outstanding literary works and for individuals or institutions who display great service in developing and preserving literary works and language in their own Javanese, Sundanese or Balinese mother tongue. The award was initiated out of concern for local languages that have been struggling to survive due to a lack of attention from the government and society.

Suprapta, a former religion teacher, has authored 100 geguritan over the last 13 years. Some 80 pieces of his work have been published in the series Pustaka Gita Santi (Sacred Songs Book).

Among his books are Geguritan Maya Danawa, Geguritan Watugunung, Geguritan Siwaratri, Geguritan Pancadatu, Geguritan Dalem Balingkang and Geguritan Putra Sesana. Most of the geguritan take themes that are familiar among Balinese people in both the spoken and classical text tradition.

Besides composing classical stories, Suprapta also writes geguritan on novel themes, such as the Geguritan Narkoba and Geguritan Sad Atatayi (songs about six types of murder).

a�?Both his old and novel themes present lessons on morals, ethics and spiritual values.a�?

a�?The originality of his works is in the modern interpretations of the classical themes,a�? chairman of the board of founders of the Rancage Cultural Foundation, Ajip Rosidi, wrote in a release provided for Bali Daily on Monday.

Most of the stories are created to be sung as mocopotan or gita santi, which in Balinese tradition refer to the art of singing and interpreting hymns in beautiful rhythm. Supraptaa��s active engagement in the preservation of Balinese literature and language is shown in his gita santi group called Sanggar Sunari, in which children and youths who perform for ceremonies and rituals participate. He also teaches similar groups at various schools.

Meanwhile, Sugianto won the most outstanding literary award for his novel Sentana. His novel was among the nine literary works in Balinese published in 2012, which include religious novel Dr. Ratini dan Ngrestiti Ati by Nyoman Manda; a compilation of poems MA�ong Garong by Sugianto; short story BA�gal by IDK Raka Kusuma; short story Gancaran Mersun by Wayan Paing, short story Mekel Paris by IBW KenitA�n; compilation of poems LA�ak Kota Pala by IGP Samar Gantang and KabinA�t Ngejengit by DG Kumarsana.

In his novel Sentana, which means offspring, Sugianto tells the romantic story of two youths from different castes. Although the theme of caste conflicts has been widely raised by Balinese writers since the 1920s, Sugianto excels in his work featuring the idea of pada gelahang marriage, a marriage tradition in Bali that combines the patrilineal and matrilineal family system. It is regarded as a solution for families having an only child who is expected to produce offspring.

a�?Featuring beautiful metaphors, the short novel is a good read for our youth, and would be useful to form a bridge for the younger Balinese generation and modern Balinese literature,a�? wrote the release.

In the Sundanese literary category, a compilation of poems Lagu Padungdung by Deni A. Fajar won the award for most outstanding work, while Ganjar Kurnia, the rector of Padjajaran University was recognized for his services to preserve the Sundanese language. Among his numerous efforts has been initiating the commemoration of UNESCOa��s International Mother Tongue Day at his university.

In the Javanese literary works category, writer Krishna Mihardja won the award for most outstanding work for his short story compilation Pratisara, while JFX Hoery was recognized for his efforts to preserve the Javanese language through the publication of his poems and short stories in various Javanese magazines and books.

In accordance with the Rancage literary award, the Samsudi award for best childrena��s read in Sundanese went to DongA�ng Aki Guru by Elin Samsuri.

Source: The Jakarta Post – www.thejakartapost.com

Market-Based Wage for Migrant Workers Best Solution: Minister

The government says that at a market-based wage for Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia accommodates the interests of all parties.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the East Asia World Economic Forum on Sunday, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said a market-based minimum wage a�� where conditions are negotiated in the amended Indonesia-Malaysia agreement on the placement of domestic helpers a�� would lead to higher wages as the market developed.

“The concept enables us to adjust on the [market] condition. If we set the wage at a certain amount now, it would create a problem in the future when the number is no longer suitable, so I think this is a combination of market value and the government’s concern,” Marty said.

The amended memorandum of understanding was signed by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar and his Malaysian counterpart in Bandung last month.

The terms aimed to resolve the thorny issue of the minimum wage a�� that it not be lower than in Indonesia a�� and overtime.

The newly signed amendment also regulates that Indonesian migrant workers have the right to retain their passports, a weekly day off, paid annual leave and access to communications.

The agreement lifts a two-year ban for Indonesian migrant workers seeking work as domestic helpers, which was imposed following a string of workers’ abuse cases by their Malaysian employers.

Marty said the moratorium would be lifted once the amended MoU was implemented.

“What we need now is some sort of infrastructure to ensure that the MoU is ready for implementation,” he said.

Source: The Jakarta Globe – www.thejakartaglobe.com

Jakarta to host International Islamic Information Conference

National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government in cooperation with the Rabithah Alam al Islami, a non-governmental Islamic organization based in Mecca, plans to hold an International Islamic Information Conference here in September.

The secretary general of the ministry of religious affairs, Bahrul Hayat made the announcement about it to newsmen here on Monday after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Rabithah Alam al Islami (the Muslim World League).

He said the role of the media was very important in the current globalization era especially for the Muslim world. “The media has given its contribution to development in the Muslim world,” he said.

He said the conference would be about media and information technology in the Islamic world and finding solutions for Islamic countries to deal with the fast development of information and communication technology.

“The theme however still has yet to be finalized with the Rabithah,” he said.

He said he hoped the media could help with regard to information development in poor Islamic countries. “How should the poor Islamic countries deal with information and communication technology development,” he said.

He said he hoped the conference could later be carried out periodically.

“Perhaps once a year or once in two years,” he said.

He said through the event Indonesia would ask the world to see media constellation in the Islamic countries and prove that Indonesia could become one of the world`s Islamic civilization centers.

The president director of media and relations of the Rabithah Alam al Islami, Hassan Al Ahdal, meanwhile said that Indonesia could play a strategic role in the world especially in showing the true face of Islam to the world as the country has the world`s biggest Muslim population.

“Indonesia and the Muslim World League are committed to campaigning that Islam is a religion of peace,” he said.

Hassan said the conference in the second week of September would become the continuation of the first same conference held here 32 years ago.

He said media in the Islamic countries was called to present accurate and true information about Islam to reduce opinions in the west so far that have negatively stigmatized Islam.

“Islam is a peaceful religion and not a religion of terrorism,” he said.

Source: Antara News Agency – www.antaranews.com