Daily Archives: September 15, 2019

Hundreds of Muslims in Gaza perform prayers for late BJ Habibie

The prayer is aimed to respect and honor Habibie. Hundreds of Muslim in Gaza also raised their hands to pray for him. Hopefully his soul get the best place in the sight of Allah SWT

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Several hundred Muslims in Gaza, Palestine, performed prayers for late BJ Habibie, Indonesia’s third president, at the Great Mosque of Umar, Jabalia City, North Gaza.

“The prayer is aimed to respect and honor Habibie. Hundreds of Muslim in Gaza also raised their hands to pray for him. Hopefully his soul get the best place in the sight of Allah SWT,” Indonesian volunteer who settled in the Gaza Strip, Abdillah Onim, said when contacting ANTARA in Jakarta on Sunday.

The prayer was led by a senior Palestinian cleric Sheikh Mahmud Dardona.

On the occasion, Sheikh Mahmud Dardona on behalf of the Palestinian Muslims expressed deep condolences to the family of Habibie, Indonesian government and all Indonesian people over the death of this internationally-recognised scientist and technocrat.

In addition to performing a prayer, the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip also participated in the national mourning day to pay their last respect to Habibie by hoisting the Red and White flag at half mast.

The raising of the Red and White flag at half mast has been centered at the Palestinian international dock in Gaza City since Thursday 12 September 2019, Abdillah Onim said.

The 83-year-old former president passed away at 6.05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept 11) at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) where he was being treated by the best doctors, including those from the Presidential Doctors Team, since September 1. The former president was buried at the heroes’ cemetery with full military honors on Thursday (Sept 12).

Along the way from the mourning house in Patra Kuningan to the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Kalibata, South Jakarta, numerous people stood on the road shoulders to pay their last respects to Habibie.

Source: ANTARA News

Smog from forest fires could kill indirectly: BNPB

We know that 80 percent of (ex-)forest fire (areas) in Pelalawan were turned into plantations

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Doni Monardo, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), has said smog coming from forest fires is indirect killer, and therefore it should be tackled by all concerned parties.

Letting haze to spread meant allowing damage to next generation, Monardo said in a statement here on Sunday.

The government, the public and the private sector must synergize to tackle and prevent forest fires, he remarked.

Failure to tackle haze would make it a potential killer. So, if all related parties are successful in stopping the smog, they could become heroes of humanity. Based on his monitoring in Riau, most of the forest fires were man made causes. He cited as an example that 80 percent of ex-forest fire areas turned into plantations in Pelelawan, Riau Province.

“We know that 80 percent of (ex-)forest fire (areas) in Pelalawan were turned into plantations. I have taken a note, I remember that the Pelalawan District Head said so,” he remarked.

He recalled a slogan saying “Riau without haze”. But now Riau is shrouded by haze, he added.

Meanwhile, the Social Affairs Ministry has prepared safe houses or shelters, especially for children and elderly, whose cities or villages, including in Riau and West Kalimantan provinces, were engulfed by haze emanating from forest fires. “We have prepared safe houses in regions being hit by forest fires,” Harry Hikmat, the ministry’s director general for protection and social security, stated on Saturday.

The safe house program is being implemented in cooperation with the Health Ministry, Public Works and Public Housing Ministry, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), Indonesian Police (Polri), and local authorities.

The safe houses are equipped with air purifiers for fresh oxygen and folding beds. The houses are tightly sealed to prevent smog from permeating and are run by capable personnel comprising psychologists and paramedics, among others.

The ministry has set up two safe houses in Aceh, respectively each in Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar; four in North Sumatra, constituting three in Medan and one in Deli Serdang District; two in Riau Province, both in Pekanbaru; two in South Sumatra, both being in Palembang; four in West Kalimantan, each respectively in Pontianak, Kubu Raya, Ketapang, and Sanggau; three in South Kalimantan; and five in South Sulawesi.

Source: ANTARA News

Habibie ever urged Xanana to focus on human resources development

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Timor Leste’s founding father Xanana Gusmao said late BJ Habibie had ever urged him to focus on human resources development and mastery of science and technology to enable Timor Leste to make a quantum leap in the aftermath of its secession from Indonesia in 1999.

“I am so deeply touched by the thoughts of my ‘brother’. He (Habibie) suggested, ‘Xanana, according to me, you all must pay a serious attention to education, and, in this age, focus more on technology and science,” Gusmao quoted Habibie’s suggestion as saying.

Speaking to journalists after visiting Habibie’s residence in Patra Kuningan, Jakarta, on Saturday evening, he said that in remembering Habibie’s messages, a certain part of the Habibie Bridge in Dili, Timor Leste’s capital city, marked the symbol of technology.

“On the bridge, there is a symbol of technology to tell the people that Habibie is a democrat and the father of technology,” said Gusmao who had been jailed in Indonesia as a political prisoner from 1992 to 1999.

The figure who released him from the Cipinang Prison in 1999 prior to the convening of the UN-backed plebiscite, and gave the people of East Timor their rights to vote for staying with or separating from Indonesia was Habibie, he said.

For him, Habibie is not just an Indonesian figure who had contributed to the birth of Timor Leste through a referendum, won by the pro-independence camp, but he is also his good friend, said this first president of Timor Leste.

On Saturday evening, Gusmao visited Habibie’s residence at Patra Kuningan to submit two letters and express the deepest condolences of the entire people of his country on the passing of the third president of Indonesia.

Accompanied by Timor Leste’s Ambassador to Indonesia Alberto Xavier Pereira Carlos, Gusmao were received by Habibie’s family members, including his two sons, Ilham Akbar Habibie and Thareq Kemal Habibie.

Several days ago, there was a video footage showing Xanana Gusmao’s moment of visiting Habibie at a hospital in August. These two figures had made good friendship for long time.

The 83-year-old former president passed away at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept 11) at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) where he was being treated by the best doctors, including those from the Presidential Doctors Team, since September 1.

The former president was buried at the heroes’ cemetery with full military honors on Thursday (Sept 12).

Along the way from the mourning house in Patra Kuningan to the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Kalibata, South Jakarta, numerous people stood on the road shoulders to pay their last respects to Habibie.

Source: ANTARA News

Three killed in single-vehicle accident on Jagorawi toll road

Sentul, West Java (ANTARA) – Three passengers of Suzuki APV minivan were killed and six others injured in a single-vehicle accident on Jagorawi toll road at KM 36, Bogor District, West Java, on Sunday.

Adjunct Commissioner Fadli Amri, head of the traffic unit of the Bogor Police, said the car rolled over while speeding from Bogor to Jakarta at 8:30 a.m. local time.

“The accident involved a maroon APV car whose rear tire burst, causing the car to roll over,” he said.

Three people were killed, three seriously injured and three others slightly wounded in the collision.

“The death toll is three, and their bodies were evacuated to Ciawi Public Hospital. Three others who are seriously injured, were rushed to EMC Sentul Hospital,” Fadli Amri said.

Source: ANTARA News

Lion Air JT 626 fails to land at North Kalimantan due to thick smoke

Balikpapan, E Kalimantan (ANTARA) – The passengers of Lion Air flight JT 626 failed to arrive at North Kalimantan Province’s Juwata International Airport on Sunday morning due to poor visibility.

Due to thickening haze covering Tarakan city on Sunday morning, the pilot decided to divert his airplane’s landing at Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.

The Lion Air JT 626 was scheduled to arrive at Juwata International Airport at 8:40 a.m. local time, and the aircraft had actually cruised above Tarakan city, said Evi, one of the passengers on board of this Lion Air JT 626.

However, owing to the thickening smog, the pilot decided to divert the landing of his aircraft at Sepinggan International Airport, she said.

Shortly after landing at Sepinggan, all passengers were requested by the Lion Air ground officials to wait for the next notification at the airport’s waiting room.

“Actually, I should continue my trip to Malinau to attend an occasion but I do not know when I am asked to get on board of the airplane again,” said Evi, a civil servant of the Education and Culture Ministry.

Several parts of the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan have been suffering from the impact of thick smoke arising from wildfires over the past weeks.

The thickening smog has even threatened the people’s health and economic activities. In helping those badly affected by this thick smoke, the Social Affairs Ministry has prepared safe houses or shelters, especially for children and elderly.

As revealed by Harry Hikmat, the ministry’s director general for protection and social security, the availability of these safe houses is mainly focused in cities or villages, engulfed by haze emanating from forest fires.

Based on monitoring data of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), 1,231 hotspots were detected on Sumatra Island, 1,865 on Indonesia’s Kalimantan Island, 412 on the Malaysian Peninsula, and 216 in Serawak and Sabah, Malaysia.

Source: ANTARA News