Daily Archives: June 14, 2020

Wild Sumatran tiger captured in West Sumatra’s Solok District

 

Arosuka, W Sumatra A Sumatran tiger (Pantera Tigris Sumatrae) got ensnared in a trap recently installed by the West Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in Gantung Ciri Village, Kubung Subdistrict, Solok District’s forest area on Saturday.

“It is likely one of three Sumatran tigers often seen by local villagers wandering around the farming area. Two others remain in the wild,” Head of Nagari Gantung Ciri Hendry Yuda said in Kubung on Saturday evening.

The Gantung Ciri Village’s authority handed over the captured tiger, whose age was predicted to be 1.5 years old, to BKSDA representatives on Saturday at around 07.00 p.m. local time. Several hundred residents witnessed the handover, he said.

For safety reason, Yuda urged the villagers to remain vigilant, and halt their farming activities until the situation has really been secure.

The conflicts between Sumatran tigers and local people have frequently occurred in certain parts of Sumatra Island over the past years.

In January 2020, a Sumatran tiger was captured in the area of Semendo Darat Ulu Subdistrict, Muara Enim District, South Sumatra Province.

According to the South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), in 2019, there were 15 confirmed tiger attacks in the province that resulted in the deaths of five people and injuries of 10 others.

From November to December 2019, the conservation office investigated six reports of tiger attacks. Hasibuan stated that the first attack took place on November 16, 2019, in which a 19-year-old tourist got injured.

Following the incident, a Sumatran tiger also attacked a 58-year-old farmer in Lahat District that resulted in fatal injuries.

In the third report of human-tiger conflict on December 2, another farmer was injured, and he had witnessed a mother tiger and her cub at the location of the incident in Rimba Candi Village, Pagaralam City, South Sumatra Province.

ANTARA noted that in Indonesia, Sumatran tigers were the only surviving tiger species, as the country had already lost two sub-species of tigers to extinction: the Bali tiger that became extinct in 1937 and the Javan tiger in the 1970s.

Sumatran tigers, the smallest of all tigers, are currently a critically endangered species only found on Sumatra Island, Indonesia’s second-largest island.

The tigers are on the brink of extinction owing to deforestation, poaching, and conflicts between wild animals and local people due to their dwindling habitats.

The exact figure of Sumatran tigers left in the wild is ambiguous, though the latest estimates range, from under 300 to possibly 500 at 27 locations, including in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Tesso Nilo Park, and Gunung Leuser National Park.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), their numbers have decreased, from about one thousand in the 1970s.

The 2009 report by the forestry ministry points to conflict with humans being the biggest threat to conservation. The report cited that on average, five to 10 Sumatran tigers have been killed yearly since 1998.

 

 

Source: Antara News

 

President Jokowi extends condolences on Pramono Edhie Wibowo’s passing

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) conveyed his deep condolences on the passing of Former Army Chief of Staff General (ret) Pramono Edhie Wibowo.

“On behalf if the government and the people, I extend my deep condolences on the passing of Indonesian Military General Edhie Wibowo at the age of 65 years old,” President Jokowi said in a statement from the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, Sunday.

Jokowi prayed for the late Wibowo’s spirits and for his deeds to be accepted and granted the best place in the sight of the Almighty.

“He was a former Army Chief of Staff, an excellent Indonesian Military soldier, and may his soul be placed in the best place beside the Almighty, and may those he left  behind be given strength,” he stated.

Pramono Edhie Wibowo, the brother-in-law of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, reportedly died of heart attack at the Cimacan Public Hospital in Cianjur District, West Java Province, on Saturday evening, after undergoing treatment for three hours.

His remains will be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta, Sunday. His funeral will be led by Army Chief of Staff, General Andika Perkasa.

 

 

Source: Antara News

 

Israeli annexation of West Bank cannot be justified: legislator

 

Jakarta Aziz Syamsuddin, Deputy Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), has opined that Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank cannot be justified at all.

“Indonesia supports the Palestinian people in their fight for their rights to establish a sovereign state,” Aziz Syamsuddin said in a statement to ANTARA on Saturday.

Israel’s plan to annex a third of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank is illegal, because it is against UN Security Council resolutions and international laws.

The unlawful plan also has the potential to increase tensions between Palestine and Israel, hence it is opposed by the international community, especially by the Middle East countries.

International laws are pillars that must be obeyed and implemented for the sake of humanity and peace.

Hence, any unilateral move that violates international agreements and norms must be stopped immediately, the Golkar Party politician remarked.

The one third of the area planned to be annexed by Israel covers part of the Hebron and the southern West Bank.

In the area there is the Mosque of the Prophet Ibrahim, which has been registered as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2017, and the tomb of Ibrahim, which is an important site for Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

“We certainly deeply regret the Israeli government plan, particularly as the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this condition, the world demands increased cooperation, solidarity and mutual help, not provocation, let alone annexation that can worsen the situation of global security, “Aziz said.

The DPR fully supports the steps of Indonesia, which currently serves as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, to encourage the international community to work together to uphold commitments to international law and agreements that have been mutually agreed upon.

“Regarding this matter, we welcome the prompt response that has been made by the Indonesian government by strongly condemning the Israeli plan and also sending letters to 30 friendly countries to reject Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank region,” he said.

According to Aziz, this step is in accordance with the Indonesia’s foreign policy which states that independence is the right of every nation, and therefore, colonialism over the world must be abolished because it is against humanity and justice.

The Indonesia government has always supported the Palestinian government and people and pushed for peace in Jerusalem.

“Indonesia does not want to be hostile to any country, but we cannot justify injustice in any form against a country” Aziz added.

 

 

Source: Antara News

 

Jokowi carries out morning exercise with Military Chiefs of Staff

 

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) carried out an exercise with the Indonesian Army Chief of Staff, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Navy Chief of Staff in the Bogor Presidential Palace are in West Java, Sunday morning.

“This morning I asked the Army Chief of Staff, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Navy Chief of Staff to go on a morning run, as health is of the utmost important at the moment to boost our immune system and maintain our body’s condition,” President Jokowi said in a statement from the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, Sunday.

The Head of State conveyed the message for the Military Forces to continue to assist in enforcing discipline among the public, to comply with health protocols.

The practice of discipline in the implementation of these protocols is deemed necessary in order to ensure that people can remain productive while staying safe from COVID-19 transmissions.

“Continue to discipline the public to comply with health protocols related to wearing masks, washing hands, keeping a distance, and avoiding crowds of people. I think that we must continue to convey (this message) to the public,” Jokowi said.

The President also extended his gratitude towards the Military that had played their role in enforcing discipline among the public towards health protocols, as well as assisting with evacuation efforts of Indonesians who were overseas during the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Back in the months of January and February, the Military Forces also helped in evacuating our citizens who were located in Wuhan and Japan, as well as a number of evacuations for Indonesian ship crew members to be repatriated back home. These are what I have conveyed to them,” he continued.

President Jokowi, along with Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo, and Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono were seen on their walk around the Bogor Botanical Garden at 8 AM, while still wearing masks and maintaining their distances.

After around 30 minutes of exercise, the President and Military Chiefs headed back to the Main Building of the Presidential Palace for a conversation in the palace’s veranda.

 

 

 

Source: Antara News

 

NU strongly condemns israel’s plan to annex West Bank, Palestine

 

Bekasi< West Java The Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) has strongly condemned Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank, the Palestinian territories.

“Israel must stop all actions that will directly affect security and worsen world peace,” Helmy Faishal Zaini, Secretary General of the PBNU, said in a statement to ANTARA here on Saturday.

He lauded and supported the policy, ideas and decision made by the Government of Indonesia in opposing Israel’s annexation.

According to him, Indonesia played an important role in pushing this issue in international forums in order to bring about peace in the world.

“We again encourage the Indonesian Government to continue to make strategic efforts to bring about peace in conflict countries, especially in Palestine. This effort is in line with the mandate of the 33rd Nahdlatul Ulama Congress in Jombang in 2015. Nahdlatul Ulama fully supports Palestinian independence. For Nahdlatul Ulama ‘What has happened in Palestine is not just a conflict over religion, but more a conflict of humanity’,” he said.

Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, has also taken several steps and strategic efforts to help resolve the conflict in Palestine.

The NU intensified communication with various parties to provide input for the achievement of Palestinian sovereignty, said Helmy Faishal.

Since 1938, NU’s attitude has not changed. NU is consistent and committed to supporting the Palestinian independence and sovereignty. Therefore, the NU welcomed the moves of the Government of Indonesia, represented by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi.

“NU fully supports three important agendas related to peace in Palestine, namely providing protection for Palestinian civilians, restoring social and political conditions, and also seeking peace between Israel and Palestine,” he said.

Earlier, the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement strongly denouncing and opposing Israel’s annexation plan.

“Such a plan is illegal and in grave breach of the international law, including various UN resolutions,” the Ministry said in a press statement on May 23, 2020.

The Israeli plan also threatens regional stability and security while gravely undermining all efforts to reach a lasting political solution based on a two-state solution. “Indonesia urges the international community to reject the plan”.

During a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council on May 27, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi urged Israel to stop its annexation plan.

 

 

Source: Antara News