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RIP Sutopo Purwo Nugroho: Cancer couldn’t break his spirit

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. (photo: Doc. Alif. ID)

IO – National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Information and Public Relations Data Center (Pusdatinmas) Head Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has passed away in St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital, Guangzhou, China, on Sunday, July 7 at 02.20 local time or 1:20 WIB.

Sutopo died of lung cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease on January 17, 2018. Unfortunately, at the time of diagnosis, the cancer had already reached stage IV.

Sutopo was buried in Sasonolayu Public Cemetery in Siswodipuran, Boyolali, Central Java, on Monday morning, July 8.

“The main cause of his death was a heart attack,” said Indonesia’s consul general in Guangzhou, Gustanto to media in the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Body Cargo in Cengkareng, Sunday (7/7) night.

According to Gustanto, doctors in Guangzhou St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital, China, stated that he had left lung adenocarcinoma with multiple metastases.

The cancer, said Gustanto, had spread to his kidneys and other places such as his bones.

Sutopo was born in Boyolali, Central Java on October 7, 1969, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from UGM in 1993, graduating summa cum laude. Sutopo then went on to earn his masters and doctorate in Hydrology in IPB.

Sutopo left Indonesia to treat his lung cancer in Guangzhou, China on June 15, 2019.

Sutopo left his wife, Retno Utami Tulianinsih and two children, Muhammad Ivanka Rizaldy Nugroho and Muhammad Aufa Wikantyasa Nugroho.

Although going through the disease, Sutopo was always at the forefront when disasters struck Indonesia. He gave the most accurate information to the media that he could, and has once forced himself in front of the press despite being in the hospital the day before being treated with an IV drip.

Sutopo was always passionate about kindness. His quotes were always inspiring. One among them was: “Success needs love, loving all of our work,” he wrote.

Sutopo has lived by his own words. He loved and was dedicated to his work, and cancer did not stop his passion to carry out the good he did.

Farewell, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (rp)

RIP Cameron Boyce: Passes away in his sleep

Cameron Boyce, dead at 20. (photo: Yahoo)

IO – Hollywood loses one of its young actors. Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, whose projects included Descendants and Jessie, has died at the age of 20.

His family confirmed his passing in a statement to E! News, which read, “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron. He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.”

“The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” the statement concluded.

As news of his death sent shockwaves through Hollywood, Boyce’s famous peers and fans shared their condolences on his Instagram page, where he had amassed more than 8 million followers.

Boyce made his feature film debut opposite Adam Sandler in 2008’s Grown Ups. Future movie and TV credits included Grown Ups 2, Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up and Ultimate Spider-Man.

Disney Channel mourned the loss in their own statement, sharing, “From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. As a young man, he was fuelled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives through his humanitarian work. He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”

“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around,” Sandler tweeted. “Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.” (rp)

Yifei Liu: New Mulan actress and cat lover

Yifei Liu beats out nearly 1,000 actresses to play Mulan. (photo: IMdb)

IO – As the new Mulan trailer airs, Yifei Liu’s name is being discussed. Before known as an actress, Liu was famous as a model. Various brands appointed her as a brand ambassador. One of them was Armani.

The actress, who also goes by the name of Crystal Liu, is a cat lover. In some of her social media posts, there are pictures of her with her cats.

One of the photos she uploaded was her first experience touching a bald sphinx cat. She didn’t stop smiling while holding the cat that seemed bored.

“The first time touching a bald cat. I feel happy hahaha,” wrote Liu Yifei on her Weibo account, June 2, 2019.

Liu and her mother reportedly work with a non-profit organization to find cats new homes, and at one point she was sheltering more than 30 cats in her Beijing apartment. In any case, it’s clear from her Instagram posts that Liu is an animal lover.

She may be a new face to many Western fans, the 31-year-old is already a popular actress in China with numerous credits to her name.

According The Hollywood Reporter as quoted by EW, Liu beat out nearly 1,000 actresses to play Mulan.

Casting directors embarked on a year-long search and saw nearly 1,000 candidates across five continents. The part required an ethnically Chinese young woman to have credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English, and of course, star quality. Liu certainly fit the bill as a popular actress in China with many action roles under her belt and training from the Beijing Film Academy.

The actress has been nicknamed “fairy sister” (shenxian jiejie) for her ethereal and sweet looks and was grouped among the most successful young actresses in China. “Dan” traditionally referred to male actors who played vibrant young women in Peking opera, but in modern times it describes actresses who fit the same characteristics. Other popular stars who have earned the label include Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past). (rp)

Tony Fernandes: Achieving his wildest dreams

Tony Fernandes. (photo: Yuliani Liputo/Mizan)

IO, Jakarta – Owner of low-cost carrier AirAsia Tony Fernandes has just launched a book called Flying High, about his childhood dreams that came true – to create an affordable airline.

At the Flying High launch in Jakarta, on Thursday, Tony claimed that in his younger days he had a box dedicated to his dreams, from music, sports, to his own airline.

“Years after I graduated from school, a friend sent me a box containing a list of my dreams when I was 20 years old, ranging from soccer team and car racing to an airline,” he said.

Today, all of his dreams have come true and he encourages everyone not to be afraid of having dreams that are too wild for some people.

“That box is my life, so it’s okay to have dreams of wild ideas. Just do what you want to do, and I feel very lucky to be able to have made those dreams come true,” said Tony.

It was undeniable that he had to face challenges, and hard work was the key to fulfill his dreams.

Who would have guessed, a man who started a carrier as a modest accountant could reach dreams that are desired by many children in the world, one of them is to have an airline and fly high?

Flying High is the title of Tony Fernandes’ memoir that was published by Kaifa Publishing House (Mizan) in early March 2019.

This book covers various chapters of Tony Fernandes’ life, and how he made AirAsia as one of the best airlines in the world.

The 241-page book became proof of Tony’s 16 years of battling people who underestimated him until he succeeded in fulfilling his dream.

He thrived in the music industry, as a businessperson in Warner Group, and also as a CEO of AirAsia. Furthermore, he also one of the owners of an England soccer team, Queens Park Rangers, and was involved in Formula 1.

AirAsia will always be the most important chapter for Tony Fernandes, like a victorious dream, although it was unpleasant at the beginning.

In Tony Fernandes’ hands, the airline was transformed from a company that was almost bankrupt, losing one million US dollars every month, into a giant industry in Asia – a low cost carrier. (Rei)

Minister of Education and Culture declares war on seat-swapping

Muhadjir Effendy. (photo: IO/Yoga)

IO, Jakarta Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said that he would never allow the growth of the practice of trading of seats in the New Educational Participant Acceptance (Penerimaan Peserta Didik Baru – “PPDB”) process. He reiterates that fighting against this dirty practice is one of his primary duties. “It’s not that I don’t know that some people trade for seats. Officials have requested seats for their children even though registrations are closed. Therefore, registrations were re-opened to accommodate these “new classes”. Never mind, what happened has happened, and that is exactly what we need to change. In any case, as long as such frauds are allowed to grow in the educational sector, don’t hope for Indonesia’s advancement. My primary duty is to fight against this kind of thing,” Muhadjir said at the Primary Hall, Building A of the Ministry of Education and Culture Office in Senayan, Jakarta, on Monday (08/07/2019).

Muhadjir then touched on the mass corruption perpetrated by the members of the Regional House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah – “DPRD”) of Malang. According to him, one of the reasons why these honorable members of the House were arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – “KPK”) is the issue of setting aside and pre-distributing seats in schools. “In my region (Malang), one of the reasons DPRD members were arrested en masse by KPK was over the issue of setting aside and pre-distributing seats in schools. Are we going to allow that? I think that we all agree that we need to prioritize education if we want a proper and honest Indonesia,” he said.

Muhadjir further stated that anyone involved in the trading of seats must be punished severely. He is letting this fully resolved by law enforcement. “In any case, we need to be strict. If it’s a proven crime, let the regional government resolve it, what matters is that some law enforcement is involved. Such crimes have their own law, it’s related to disciplining. Depends on how we look at the case,” he said.

Furthermore, Muhadjir stated that he is evaluating the zoning system that will be implemented in the PPDB next year. He will be communicating with the regional government about this issue. “Naturally, we need to constantly evaluate ourselves. We are preparing for next year’s zoning program now. We are collecting facts from the field to be reconstructed, to make decisions for next year’s zoning. We will talk to Regional Governments about what we are going to do next year, what the system will be like. We need to confirm to empty areas,” he said.

Among those who spoke about the suspicion of seat trading practices in PPDB is Ombudsman Ahmad Suadi. He requests that schools return the “reservation money” they have received from dishonest parents. “There are some cases in West Java, specifically Bogor, but we are not attempting to expose them but to resolve them. So in cases like that, this money game, we try to mitigate it, to return the money as much as possible. The school must return the money,” said Ombudsman Ahmad Suadi at the Ministry of Communications and Informatics’ Office at Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta, on Sunday (1/7/2019). Suadi further stated that the Ombudsman does not handle legal issues in that case. However, if the school fails to return the money, the Ombudsman will report the case to the police. (dsy)

Task Force fails to resolve Novel Baswedan’s case

Novel Baswedan. (photo: Syahrullah)

IO, Jakarta – The Anti-corruption Civil Coalition, comprised of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan – “KontraS”), the Legal Assistance Agency (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum – “LBH”) of Jakarta, the Indonesian Legal Assistance Foundation (Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia – “YLBHI”), Amnesty International, and Change.org, concludes that the Task Force established by Chief of Police Tito Karnavian to resolve the attack against Novel has miserably failed to discharge their duties.

On 8 January 2019, Chief of Police Tito Karnavian established a Task Force to resolve the attack against Novel Baswedan. The Team was formed according to Decree Number Sgas/ 3/I/HUK.6.6/2019. It has 65 members, mostly dominated by elements of the Police. The deadline for its work is 7 July 2019 or six months after its establishment. However, up until the deadline, the Team has failed to name any actor responsible for the irreparable damage caused to the left eye of the unfortunate Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – “KPK”) investigator. “The people have been pessimistic about this Team’s sincerity since its creation,” said ICW Researcher Wana Alamsyah in a written statement on Sunday (07/07/2019).

The Anti-corruption Civil Coalition concludes that the following factors cause the failure of the Task Force: First, 53 of its members are elements from the Police, while there was a suspicion that the Police themselves were involved in the attack against Novel. In other words, it is vulnerable to a conflict of interest. Therefore, the people at the time requested the establishment of an Independent team reporting directly to President Joko Widodo. “Unfortunately, the President seems to have shirked his responsibility as the highest person in command. This is contrary to one of his political promises to eradicate corruption, by strengthening KPK,” Wana pointed out.

Second, the process of the Team’s investigation was very slack, and looked as if it were performed as a mere formality. This is obvious from the fact that the Team asked the same questions repetitively to Novel Baswedan in the latest interview on 20 June 2019. Furthermore, the result of the Team’s travel to Malang for so-called “investigation purposes” was never revealed to the public. It is only natural that the Team’s seriousness and accountability should be questioned, as since its formation there is no information about any suspect for the attack. In the context of time taken for resolving a case, the Police once captured the perpetrator of a murder case in Pulomas within a mere 19 hours since the victim was held. On the other hand, they have spent two years investigating Novel’s case but there are no results. This would naturally give rise to a suspicion of the involvement of police elites in the attack.

Third, there is no transparency in the handling of the acid splash attack against Novel Baswedan. According to ICW records, there were 91 cases with 115 victims against KPK commissioners from 1996-2019. The last case occurred to two KPK investigators who were threatened with bombs.

Unfortunately, our Government is evasive about its responsibility to protect its citizens who actually participate in the eradication of corruption. This, despite the President having signed Government Regulation Number 43 of 2018 concerning Procedures for Executing the People’s Participation and Awarding in the Prevention and Eradication of Corruption Crime. Based on these issues, the Anti-corruption Civil Coalition urged the Government to perform two things: “First, the President must immediately form an independent Joint Fact-finding Team in order to show that he supports the eradication of corruption. Second, the Task Force must submit their report to the public as a form of transparency and to acknowledge their accountability,” said KontraS Coordinator Yati Andriani, also Novel Baswedan’s legal counsel.  (dsy)

59th AWGIPC meeting starts in Solo

The event is opened by Le Ngoc Lam as ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Prop- erty Cooperation (AWGIPC) Chairman, who is also the General National Of ce of In- tellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) Deputy Director General. (photo: M Adityo/DJKI Public Relations)

IO, Solo – Intellectual Property Director General of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Freddy Harris, together with ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) Meeting Chairman and Deputy Director General National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) Le Ngoc Lam officially opened the 59th AWGIPC meeting in Solo Baru, Central Java, Tuesday (9/7/2019). The meeting will be held for four days.

“During this week, we will discuss the 2016-2025 ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan. I believe this is the right time to talk about priority work plans,” said Le Ngoc Lam in his opening speech.

Freddy Harris, in his opening speech, also stated that the ASEAN Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and AWGIPC Reference Framework would also be discussed in the meeting.

“There are four agendas with dialogue partners that have been set in this meeting; among others are the Knowledge Sharing Program final reporting, consultations with the Korean Intellectual Property Office/KIPO, consultations with the China National Intellectual Property Administration/CNIPA, and “Trade Policy Dialogue with Canada,” he said.

ASEAN dialogue partners included in the meeting were, among others, Australia – New Zealand, China, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), KIPO, European Patent Office (EPO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

As a member of ASEAN, Indonesia will support all programs agreed upon in the 2016-2025 ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan. In the action plan, Indonesia will be the leading country in initiating Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore/GRTKF protection policies, copyright protection including arrangements regarding the Collective Management Institute, and the establishment of the Intellectual Property Academy, as well as supporting the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

Further, the AWGIPC meeting has become an important meeting for Indonesia since its 50th meeting in Bali in 2016. This time, the meeting will be attended by delegates from various nations, including China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, and South Korea. The ASEAN Secretariat will also participate. (rei)

Immigration is outdated: Processes not yet handled through one- window mechanism

Illustrated. (photo: IO/Yoga)

IO, Jakarta – “Indonesia must be able to generate a positive image with other countries in the world in order to obtain free visa entry to these countries. One of the issues being highlighted is the rampant distribution of illegal Indonesian Migrant Workers (“IMW”),” said Bebas Visa Co-Founder, Ivan Ronaldo, in the discussion titled “How Far Is Our Progress in terms of Free Visa?” held by Bebas Visa community at R2R, Pancoran, South Jakarta (05/07/2019). In this case, the Bebas Visa community will help Indonesia to clear up its good name in relation with the presence of illegal IMW. “We want to dispel the notion that Indonesia is a lawless country. We seek to dispel the idea that all of our IMWs are illegal, that all Indonesian citizens leaving the country are actually candidate illegal IMWs. We seek to dispel these rumors,” he said.

Meanwhile, Immigration Analyst from the Directorate General of Immigration Agung Sampurno also noted that many negative behavior of Indonesian citizens abroad make it difficult for us to earn free visas. There are always complex issues relating to the Government’s sending citizens abroad. “When we send out two million IMWs to Malaysia, the issue is not really about the people being two million in number. It is more about the ideology that they carry, the crimes they might perpetrate, and the people’s individual behavior as well,” he said.

Furthermore, Agung reminds that in order to obtain free visas, Indonesian citizens must be ready to face incoming aspects of foreign culture. “That includes our acceptance of tourists, and our openness to accept tourists from countries that are ideologically different from ours,” he said.

Agung Sampurno also notes that Indonesia’s immigration concept is outdated. For example, the issue of Foreign Migrant Workers (“FMW”) that was once hot in our homeland. According to him, when we talk about FMWs, control is no longer in the hands of the immigration office, but in the hands of the Minister of Labor. “The Directorate General of Immigration is not involved in this; isn’t that funny? That the Immigration Office has nothing to say when they talk about the immigration diaspore?” he said.

Furthermore, policies concerning citizenship lies in the hands of the Directorate General of Law and General Affairs of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, especially in terms of the Citizen Register, while refugee issues are within the jurisdictions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “This is the cause of our incomplete immigration policies. In the global context, everything should be handled by the Immigration Office,” Agung said.

Agung finally stated that Indonesia is outdated in comparison with its neighboring countries. There, all immigration issues are handled through one window. “If we go to Singapore, we would see that they integrate customs, immigration, police, and the Citizen Register,” he said. “On the other hand, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration is so small, while the issues it face are so big.” (rei)

Prospective ministers: names of PDIP cadres in Megawati’s “pocket”

Megawati Soekarnoputri. (photo: IO/Yoga)

IO, Jakarta – After the determination of Joko Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin as President and Vice-President of Indonesia for the 2019-2024 period, supporting parties have submitted names for prospective ministers to be chosen by Jokowi in droves. As the winning party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) refuses to scramble such as other parties for seats in Jokowi’s cabinet. “PDIP will not talk like other parties who are suggesting names to the President,” said Masinton Parasibu in the House of Representatives (DPR) Building, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Tuesday (09/07/2019).

The PDIP politician stated that there were many names circulating internally, but were kept confidential. “There are many names, but those are in Ms. Mega’s ‘pocket’,” asserted Masinton. According to Masinton, his party would not suggest any names to the President, but Jokowi would rather ask for names from the party. PDIP, Masinton stated, gave Jokowi full control of his cabinet. “PDIP does not propose, later, it is President Jokowi who will tell the party how many he will need. PDIP has many members who have been tested and have gone through the party member selection school and are prepared to sit in the executive or legislative branch,” said the DPR Commission III member.

According to Masinton, although his party won the most seats in the 2019 Legislative Election, that does not mean it must receive the most ministry seats. In organizing his cabinet, Mansinton is sure that Jokowi has other considerations besides capability and integrity, one of which is to accommodate various elements of the government in order to create a working cabinet. “The elements which must be accommodated are certainly people who have the same passion as the president. Certainly, as owner he has the prerogative to create a cabinet that is professional, has good integrity and works quickly,” said Masinton.

As has been circulating in the media, political parties in the Jokowi-Ma’ruf coalition are starting to suggest their quota of ministers to Jokowi. The National Awakening Party (PKB) for instance, through its chairman Muhaimin Iskandar, has suggested ten names to be picked as ministers by Jokowi. Even PKB Deputy Secretary-General Daniel Johan has asked for his party’s minister quota and that of Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) in the second chapter of the Indonesia Works Coalition (KIK) cabinet to be separate. “Because PKB was born from NU, but PKB is not NU. Certainly, they are something separate,” said Daniel in a discussion titled “Polemics” in Menteng, Central Jakarta.

Meanwhile, the National Democrat (NasDem) Party has put forward 11 names. Nasdem Expert Board Member Teuku Taufiqulhadi is certain that President Jokowi will not cut his party’s quota. “So far the Nasdem Party leadership has never suggested ministers or asked to discuss this matter technically,” he explained.

At the same time, Working Party (Golkar) politician Meutya Hafid stated that her party was relaxed in welcoming Jokowi’s second period. The Golkar member admitted that Golkar surrenders their quota completely to the will of Jokowi. However, Meutya is certain that Jokowi has detailed calculations in appointing his team. “We are under no preasure. In the end, Golkar will participate because Mr. Jokowi is an engineer, so he has precise calculations. Let the president decide Golkar’s portion,” said Meutya. (dan)

Increase in cyber-attacks: BSSN launches Gov-Cyber Security Information Response Team

BSSN Head, Lieutenant General (retired) Hinsa Siburian. (photo: Faisal Hafis)

IO, Jakarta – The advancement of information technology cannot be separated from the issues of cybersecurity, an issue at the forefront of nations around the world. According to data from a 2018 APJII survey, out of the 246 million people living in Indonesia, 171.17 million or 64.8% are already connected to the internet. Based on data from the National Cyber Security Operations Center (PUSOPSKAMSINAS) of the Country Cyber and Code Body (BSSN), 232,401,725 cyber-attacks were reported in 2018, a 13% increase over the year before.

In response, BSSN, which is in charge of national cybersecurity, has assumed responsibility for creating a strategic cyber environment and implementing electronic systems that are safe, reliable, trustworthy and can maintain information security. Understandably, over the last decade, the development of e-government services in all government agencies, both central and regional, has been rapidly expanding.

The cyber-attack reporting management system has recorded an increase of 140 reports as of June 2019, compared to 55 reports in 2018. This is an indicator that the BSSN must strengthen government cybersecurity. As a result, the BSSN has launched the “Government Cyber Security Incident Response Team” or Gov-CSIRT, to deal with cybersecurity-related issues.

Gov-CSIRT Indonesia will build, coordinate, elaborate, and actualize a mitigation, crisis management, countermeasure and recovery system for cyber incidents affecting government organs. The team will also be in charge of developing working relationships for countermeasures and recovery of cybersecurity incidents to building competence in the government cybersecurity workforce.

Constituents of Gov-CSIRT Indonesia include the central government alongside all regional governments and will provide services covering management aspects of cybersecurity incidents, including incident triage, incident coordination, and incident resolution. Further, Gov-CSIRT services will implement proactive activities in the form of cybersecurity drill tests, workshops and technical guidance, and assistance in the formation of government-sector CSIRTs.

The launching of Gov-CSIRT will simultaneously see the socialization of services and information alongside synchronization of views regarding the implementation of countermeasures and recovery of data in government agencies. There will also be a showing of the results of a government vulnerability assessment.

BSSN Head Lieutenant General (retired) Hinsa Siburian stated that this was one BSSN step in realizing President Joko Widodo’s mandate to make BSSN a world-class cybersecurity agency. As a result, in building the national cybersecurity, BSSN invites all stakeholders, whether in the public or private sector, alongside academicians, to actively participate, collaborate, and synergize to champion cybersecurity in Indonesia. (rei)

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