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Selasa, 31 Desember 2019

Harmony and diversity at the centre of National Christmas celebrations in Bogor - Malaysian Christian News

Harmony and diversity at the centre of National Christmas celebrations in Bogor - Malaysian Christian News

The event, which was centred on the theme ‘Let’s be friends to anybody’ (Jn 15-14-15), saw the participation of President Widowo and other government officials. For the president, the state guarantees religious freedom.

Dec 31, 2019

By Mathias Hariyadi
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo last Friday took the opportunity of this year’s national Christmas celebrations (Perayaan Natal Nasional 2019) to celebrate with some 10,000 Catholics and Protestants the harmony, cohesion and diversity on which Indonesia, the world’s most populous Islamic country, is founded.

The theme of the meeting, which was held at Bogor’s Sentul International Convention Centre, West Java province, was centred on the ‘Let’s be friends to anybody’ theme found in the Gospel of John (15:14-15). The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia (KWI) and the Council of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) promoted the event by encouraging believers to participate.

The gathering was divided into two parts, namely the Mass and festivities. Card Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, archbishop of Jakarta and KWI president, led the religious service.

Several government officials attended the event along with President Widodo. Addressing participants, President Widodo said that Christmas celebrations offer the best opportunity to reiterate social cohesion.

“This is the time when we celebrate good social relations,” said the president. “We are called to celebrate and show our gratitude for our diversity. Such a marvellous diversity has united us as a nation.”

"We must maintain such good social unity, which we have been able to guarantee for decades,” he noted, adding though that things “might become volatile due to many provocations that could split us.”

"Pancasila (panca: five; sila: principles refers to the philosophical theory on which Indonesia is founded.) guarantees the freedom to adopt a religion and people are free to express their faith,” explained the president. “I want to reiterate here, once again, that the state guarantees these rights.”

Widodo's statement follows recent controversies over freedom of worship for religious minorities in Indonesia in recent weeks. In fact, this year, some Catholic and Protestant communities were prevented from holding Christmas prayers and services because of legal obstacles.

Christians in two villages in Dharmasraya and Sijunjung regencies (West Sumatra), were able to celebrate Christmas only after their situation became front-page news in national and international media. Local leaders had refused to grant them a permit to hold their celebrations.

For two Protestant communities in West Java, the Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church (GKI Yasmin) in Bogor and the Philadelphia Congregation of Batak Protestant Churches (HKBP Filadelfia) in Bekasi regency, the year 2019 saw another Christmas without the right to use their own place of worship.

For years they have been denied the right to conduct religious activities in their respective houses of worship, due to alleged permit violations. Thus, since 2012, GKI Yasmin and HKBP Filadelfia have celebrated Christmas Mass in front of the presidential palace.

Although the Supreme Court ruled in their favour, local authorities are delaying the implementation of the decision.

Card Suharyo explained that the reason for choosing the theme of friendship (Jn 15:14-15) was “to say the truth in some way or another” that, “as Indonesians we felt that out sense of brotherhood and good social relations have been disrupted” by “hate speeches , which had not been heard for a long time but now suddenly seem to reappear.” The other issue is “identity politics, which is spreading intolerance.”

In light of this, “we had to make our Christmas celebrations more down-to-earth by adopting a theme that calls upon us to reach out in friendship towards others.”--Asia News



2019-12-31 06:15:13Z
http://www.heraldmalaysia.com/news/harmony-and-diversity-at-the-centre-of-national-christmas-celebrations-in-bogor/51186/1

Selasa, 24 Desember 2019

Photos: Indonesian housewife tackles homelessness for 250 feral cats - Gulf News

Photos: Indonesian housewife tackles homelessness for 250 feral cats - Gulf News



2019-12-24 10:31:35Z
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/photos-indonesian-housewife-tackles-homelessness-for-250-feral-cats-1.1577183982910

Rabu, 18 Desember 2019

Jokowi Eyes Bogor Reservoirs as Jakarta's Flood Mitigation - Tempo.co English

Jokowi Eyes Bogor Reservoirs as Jakarta's Flood Mitigation - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Jokowi responded to yesterday’s floods across several Jakarta areas and maintained that the government is finalizing the construction of a reservoir in the area of Bogor. 

“We are in the process of building a dam that will be called Sukamahi and Ciawi in Bogor [to overcome flooding]. It will be completed by the end of next year,” said Jokowi in a dialogue with reporters at the Novotel Hotel in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan today.

The president argues that issues regarding Jakarta’s floods will be able to be overcome once the reservoir is completed. He also mentioned the widening of Ciliwung River that narrows once it enters Jakarta. 

“Water management will include Jakarta’s reservoir dredging,” said Jokowi. 

The reservoirs are part of the national projects by the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, along with 13 other dams. 

FRISKI RIANA



2019-12-18 04:30:00Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1285035/jokowi-eyes-bogor-reservoirs-as-jakartas-flood-mitigation

Senin, 16 Desember 2019

Woman dies, granddaughter injured after being hit by Harley Davidson rider in Bogor - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Woman dies, granddaughter injured after being hit by Harley Davidson rider in Bogor - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

It was still early on Sunday morning when Siti Aisyah, 52, was taking her 4-year-old granddaughter Anya to Sempur Park in Bogor, West Java.

All of a sudden, a Harley Davidson came at speed and hit them. The pair were knocked to the other side of the road. Anya survived the incident, but Aisyah died.

They were rushed to Red Cross Hospital.

Bogor Police spokesperson Second Insp. Desty Irianty said the incident took place on Jl. Raya Pajajaran and the Harley came from Warung Jambu heading toward Tugu Kujang.

The rider allegedly failed to anticipate the crowded traffic that Sunday morning.

"The Harley hit two people at once, who were reportedly crossing the road [to the park]," she said as quoted by tempo.co on Sunday.

She claimed the police had immediately caught the Harley rider, questioned some witnesses and confiscated several items as evidence.

Aisyah and Anya's family members, who were informed about the incident shortly after it occurred, rushed to the hospital to find that Aisyah had died.

Aisyah's husband, Roni, who hurried to the scene once he learned about the incident, said that when he asked the police officers on the scene about the rider's identity, vehicle documents and his driving license, they scolded him instead.

According to Roni, the officer shouted at him and told him to "not meddle in the police's work because it is their job."

"When I asked about the rider, the police officer got mad and shouted at me," he said.

"I told them that I'm the husband of one of the victims. It makes sense if I ask such questions, I'm her husband," he added.

He went on to say that, while he was at the scene, he caught a glimpse of the rider's face but the Harley had already been taken by the officers.

He had no choice but to leave and be with his late wife. He preferred not to talk to the police again.

Roni claimed that a stranger had visited his house, who he believed had been sent by the rider who had killed his wife in the incident. He said the person asked for an out-of-court settlement.

He said he was open to such an offer as long as his granddaughter was well treated and regained her health. (vla)



2019-12-16 07:45:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/12/16/woman-dies-granddaughter-injured-after-being-hit-by-harley-davidson-rider-in-bogor.html

Minggu, 08 Desember 2019

Bogor Police Apprehend 51 Drug Lords, Dealers within 10 Days - Tempo.co English

Bogor Police Apprehend 51 Drug Lords, Dealers within 10 Days - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Bogor district police acted swiftly to arrest 51 suspected drug kingpins and dealers along with two users during numerous raids by the local police's narcotics unit personnel on November 21-30, a police officer stated.

"We successfully uncovered 40 drug cases, with 53 suspects, mostly drug lords and dealers," Bogor District Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. Muhammad Joni stated at an event held on Friday to highlight the success achieved by his staff in the war on drugs.

During the drug raids, 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine or sabu-sabu, a kilogram of marijuana, and several other illicit drugs were confiscated.

"We continue to work on drug cases to catch bigger drug lords," he remarked, adding that youngsters were the prime targets of the drug dealers.

To run their illegal business, the drug traffickers follow a closed system wherein sellers and buyers were unaware of each other’s identities, Joni revealed.

To hoodwink law enforcement agencies and thwart their attempts to track the culprits, the drug transactions are conducted by storing the purchased drug packages at certain locations. The buyers then take the consignments, he explained.

The suspects are charged over violation of articles 114 and 112 of Indonesia's Law Number 35 of 2009 on Narcotics under which they are liable to face a prison term of eight to 15 years.

The sword hangs heavy over Indonesia in the form of drug dealers since several people from its working-age population get siphoned into a vicious circle.

The National Narcotics Agency's report showed that some 50 drug use-related deaths occur in Indonesia. Nonetheless, other drug users in the country remain unfazed by these deaths and continue to consume these banned substances.

Users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other addictive drugs transcend communities and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Hence, 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 drug trade in the country is estimated to reach 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 punitive measures against them.

In July 2016, Indonesia executed four death row inmates for drug trafficking. They were drug kingpin Freddy Budiman of Indonesia, Humprey Ejike and Michael Titus of Nigeria, as well as Seck Osmane, a Nigerian national holding a Senegalese passport.

The convicts were executed by a firing squad at the Tunggal Panaluan shooting range in Nusakambangan Island off Central Java's southern coast at 12:46 a.m. local time on July 29, 2016.

ANTARA



2019-12-08 01:00:00Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1281314/bogor-police-apprehend-51-drug-lords-dealers-within-10-days

Sabtu, 07 Desember 2019

Bogor police apprehend 51 drug lords, dealers within 10 days - ANTARA

Bogor police apprehend 51 drug lords, dealers within 10 days - ANTARA

Cibinong, Bogor (ANTARA) - The Bogor district police acted swiftly to arrest 51 suspected drug kingpins and dealers along with two users during numerous raids by the local police's narcotics unit personnel on Nov 21-30, a police officer stated.

"We successfully uncovered 40 drug cases, with 53 suspects, mostly drug lords and dealers," Bogor District Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. Muhammad Joni stated at an event held on Friday to highlight the success achieved by his staff in the war on drugs.

During the drug raids, 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine or sabu-sabu, a kilogram of marijuana, and several other illicit drugs were confiscated.

"We continue to work on drug cases to catch bigger drug lords," he remarked, adding that youngsters were the prime targets of the drug dealers.

To run their illegal business, the drug traffickers follow a closed system wherein sellers and buyers were unaware of each other’s identities, Joni revealed.

To hoodwink law enforcement agencies and thwart their attempts to track the culprits, the drug transactions are conducted by storing the purchased drug packages at certain locations. The buyers then take the consignments, he explained.

The suspects are charged over violation of articles 114 and 112 of Indonesia's Law Number 35 of 2009 on Narcotics under which they are liable to face a prison term of eight to 15 years.

Related news: Riau police arrest 22 drug-related suspects in 22-day raid operations
Related news: Banyuasin district official's son named suspect in drug case

The sword hangs heavy over Indonesia in the form of drug dealers since several people from its working-age population get siphoned into a vicious circle.

The National Narcotics Agency's report showed that some 50 drug use-related deaths occur in Indonesia. Nonetheless, other drug users in the country remain unfazed by these deaths and continue to consume these banned substances.

Users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other addictive drugs transcend communities and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Hence, 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 drug trade in the country is estimated to reach 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 punitive measures against them.

In July 2016, Indonesia executed four death row inmates for drug trafficking. They were drug kingpin Freddy Budiman of Indonesia, Humprey Ejike and Michael Titus of Nigeria, as well as Seck Osmane, a Nigerian national holding a Senegalese passport.

The convicts were executed by a firing squad at the Tunggal Panaluan shooting range in Nusakambangan Island off Central Java's southern coast at 12:46 a.m. local time on July 29, 2016.

Related news: BNN chief, security minister discuss death row convicts
Related news: Drug kingpins shift targets

 



2019-12-07 05:04:09Z
https://en.antaranews.com/news/137775/bogor-police-apprehend-51-drug-lords-dealers-within-10-days

Landslide Canceled 4 Sukabumi-Bogor Train Trips - Tempo.co English

Landslide Canceled 4 Sukabumi-Bogor Train Trips - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A landslide hit railway in the area of Cicewol Village, Sukabumi, West Java, on Saturday, December 7, canceling four train schedules of Sukabumi-Bogor's KA Pangrango. The natural disaster hit the railway located between Cicurug and Parungkuda train stations.

"The trips that are canceled include the Sukabumi-Bogor route at 05:15, Bogor-Sukabumi route 07:50, Sukabumi-Bogor at 10:25, and Bogor-Sukabumi at 13:10," said Sukabumi Station chief Heru Salam to reporters in Sukabumi, West Java, today, Dec. 7.

Based on collected reports, the landslide occurred on Friday night, December 6, after heavy rain poured in the area, causing the land that supports the railway to slide.

State railway operator KAI of operational area 1 is attempting to repair the damaged railway. However, they could yet to confirm when will KA Pangrango reoperate and affirmed that all the trips on Saturday are canceled.

KAI apologized to all the passengers for the inconvenience, hoping the repairment will soon be finished and it can continue the services.

Antara



2019-12-07 08:06:44Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1281169/landslide-canceled-4-sukabumi-bogor-train-trips