Health Ministry ensures no data leak in PeduliLindungi apps

The Health Ministry has affirmed no data leak in PeduliLindungi (to care and protect) application and called on the public to remain using the COVID-19 contact tracing application.

The ministry’s spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination Siti Nadia Tarmizi said, there are a lot of unconfirmed information or hoaxes among the community on some different cases that were not related to one another, but related to the apps.

First, regarding to the leaked vaccination certificate of President Joko Widodo, she confirmed that until now there is no evidence on data leak in the apps.

There are certain parties that have the President’s citizenship identification number (NIK) and his vaccination date to be used for accessing the President’s vaccination certificate, she revealed.

“So, this is the misuse of personal identity to access the information of unrelated parties, not a data leak,” she stressed.

Tarmizi then urged the public to remain using the PeduliLindungi apps since all Indonesian citizen personal data are protected under the law.

She added that the apps had passed a strict IT security assessment conducted by the National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN).

Regarding the illegal vaccination certificate purchase connected to PCare system and PeduliLindungi apps, she said, based on the Jakarta Police investigation, a suspected administration staff at a ward office abused his authority to access PCare, thereby enabling him to make vaccination certificate and connected to the apps without going through proper procedures and no need to get vaccinated.

She emphasized that the case was not a data leak, but an abuse of authority.

“We highly appreciate the Jakarta Police for having successfully uncovering and arresting the perpetrators of making and selling illegal COVID-19 vaccination certificates connected to PeduliLindungi,” she highlighted.

Regarding the electronic Health Alert Card (e-HAC) data, Tarmizi emphasized that the personal data in the system were not leaked nor went to third parties’s platform.

The information on e-HAC’s partner platforms vulnerability as reported by VPN mentor and verified by BSSN have been received by the Health Minister on August 23, 2021, according to Tamizi.

The ministry then traced and found the vulnerability on the partner’s platforms, thereby taking actions and repairing the system, she added.

“The vulnerability on the old e-HAC system is not integrated to PeduliLingundi apps. The ministry have urged public to uninstall e-HAC apps and use PeduliLindungi apps that has been integrated to e-HAC,” she pointed out.

Source: Antara News

W Papua governor urges residents to help capture killers of soldiers

West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan has appealed to residents of Kisor Village in South Aifat Sub-district, Maybrat District, to assist security personnel to capture the killers of four soldiers.

Mandacan who visited the crime scene on Saturday also called on the Kisor villagers who flee their homes in panic and take refuge in the forest to return home and resume their normal life.

“The villagers do not need to panic or take refuge in the forest because the government works with the military and police to ensure public safety and security,” he said.

In the early hours of Thursday (Sept 2, 2021), members of an unidentified terrorist group ambushed several soldiers while they were sleeping at the Kisor military post of South Aifat Sub-district, West Papua Province.

Four soldiers—2nd Sergeant Amrosius, Chief Private Dirham, First Private Zul Ansari, and First Lieutenant Dirman died in the attack while two others sustained serious injuries.

The bodies of three soldiers were found at the post, while another was discovered in the bushes not far from the post.

Governor Dominggus Mandacan said the presence of a joint team of Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police personnel in several villages was not aimed to frighten the villagers.

Instead, they were striving to find the perpetrators who had slain and inflicted serious injuries on the soldiers, he said, adding that he does believe that the security personnel would not disturb public security.

He also appeals to all residents of Maybrat to remain united in maintaining peace, and law and order to continue regional development programs in the district.

“I also urge them not to let themselves get persuaded by any party with counterproductive goals for West Papua’s regional development,” he said.

On the sidelines of the governor’s visit to the Kisor military post, Commander of the XVIII/Kasuari Regional Military Command Mj.Gen. I Nyoman Castiasa and West Papua Police Chief Insp.Gen.Tornagogo Sihombing pledged to guarantee the public safety and security in Maybrat District.

“Our mission is to hunt down and arrest the perpetrators. So, members of communities need not be afraid of our presence because we are there to defend and protect the people,” Castiasa said.

The assault on the Kisor military post in West Papua has added to the list of cases of armed violence in Papua and highlighted the grave danger posed by armed Papuan separatist terrorists.

Source: Antara News

Indonesia breaks four-decade wait for Paralympics gold in Tokyo

With their win in the badminton SL3-SU5 women’s doubles finals, Leani Ratri Oktila and Khalimatus Sadiyah have ended Indonesia’s four-decade wait for a gold medal at the Paralympics.

The first-seeded pair defeated second-seeded Cheng Hefang and Ma Huihui of China in two straight games 21-18, 21-12 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, securing the contingent’s first gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

The medal was also the first for Indonesia since the 1980 Arnhem Paralympics. At that time, the contingent had brought home two golds won by Yan Soebiyanto in lawn bowls and R. S. Arlen in weightlifting.

The medal snatched by Oktila and Sadiyah at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics did not only repeat Indonesia’s achievement of 41 years ago, but also marked the beginning of Indonesia’s success in the para-badminton sport in an international multi-sports event, , which it has competed in for the first time.

Oktila and Sadiyah successfully faced every challenge before finally clinching Indonesia’s first gold in the event.

Oktila even faced greater challenges as she is competing in three events — SL3-SU5 women’s doubles with Sadiyah, SL3-SU5 mixed doubles with Hary Susanto, and SL4 women’s singles.

Participating in three events leads to more crowded match schedules with minimal rest time. Oktila has made 10 appearances since the para-badminton sports started on September 1, 2021, playing three to four matches in a day.

For instance, on the second day of the para-badminton qualification round on September 2, she had to compete in three consecutive matches in the group stage.

The schedule started with the women’s doubles against Thai Nipada Saensupa and Chanida Srinavakul. In the next match, she faced her compatriot, Sadiyah, in the women’s singles, while the last one was in the mixed doubles with Susanto against the team from Germany. Although the rest time between the matches was relatively short, the 30-year-old athlete still showed her dominance by winning all the matches in two games straight.

Meanwhile, on September 3, she faced two matches in a day. Along with Sadiyah, she easily defeated the host’s representative Noriko Ito-Ayako Suzuki with a score of 21-4, 21-8.

Furthermore, she defeated France’s Faustine Noel with a score of 21-12, 21-6 in the SL4 women’s singles to secure a place in the semifinals.

The schedule was tighter on Saturday. Before pocketing the gold medal in the women’s doubles, the world’s number one SL4 women’s single player had to face three semifinal matches. Hence, she had to stay at Yoyogi National Stadium until 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time.

Although her energy should have drained more than her colleagues’, with strong determination, the ‘queen’ of para-badminton was able to dominate the tournament and grab the gold medal.

On Sunday (September 5, 2021), Oktila will have more opportunities to win gold as she competes in the SL4 women’s singles and SL3-SU5 mixed doubles with Susanto.

In the women’s singles, she will face China’s Cheng Hefang, while in the mixed doubles competition, Oktila and Susanto will meet France’s Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel.

Source: Antara News

Fredy Setiawan bags Indonesia’s 4th bronze medal at Tokyo Paralympics

The Indonesia’s Merah Putih contingent bagged the fourth bronze medal at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after badminton player Fredy Setiawan won the match for the third podium at Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo, on Sunday.

He played strictly for 32 minutes defeating Indian player Tarun 21-17, 21-11 in bronze medal match for men’s single SL4.

Setiawan was left behind in the first game when Tarun constantly attacked him and led the game.

However, Setiawan turned things around as he played more patiently and was able to utilize the chance carefully to add the points.

The fourth ranked athlete from Solo, Central Java, apparently faced no significant obstacles in the second game.

After the second interval, Setiawan’s pace became more and more unstoppable and left a 10-point difference at the end of the match.

During Tokyo Paralympics, he had faced the second ranked athlete twice where the first meeting was in the Group B qualification game.

In the first game on Friday, Setiawan also defeated the Indian athlete and broke the dominance of three consecutive victories on previous game records.

Earlier Indonesia’s para-badminton player Leani Ratri Oktila won the silver medal in women’s singles SL4. However, her struggle was stopped by Chinese player Cheng He Fang in a 50-minute rubber game.

Indonesia has one more opportunity to bag the second gold medal in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 Hary Susanto-Leani Ratri Oktila. The first ranked pair will face French pair Lucas Mazur-Faustine Noel in the final game.

Source: Antara News

Govt provides scholarship funds for 1,436 native Papuan students

The Papua Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM) has distributed scholarship funds to 1,436 native Papuan students currently studying at 12 universities in the city and district of Jayapura.

As disclosed on the Papua Provincial Government’s official website that ANTARA quoted here Sunday, the scholarship recipients are from poor families but they have good academic achievements.

The scholarship scheme is provided for native Papuan students facing financial problems to complete their higher education, Papua Governor’s expert staff member for Special Autonomy, Triwarno Purnomo, said.

In dealing with their financial problems during their post-secondary education, several of the eligible scholarship recipients seek casual works to make money, he said.

Among the recipients are currently studying at such higher educational institutions as Cenderawasih University, Muhamadiyah University, Ottow Geisler University, and Port Numbay College of Economics (STIE).

Nine of the 1,436 scholarship recipients are currently taking up PhD Program, he added.

Meanwhile, Head of the Papua BPSDM Office Aryoko Rumaropen said the Papua administration has been offering the scholarship scheme for native Papuan students since 2012.

The total number of scholarship recipients is currently recorded at 1,884, he said.

They comprise 1,156 recipients who study at various universities in 19 Indonesian cities while 688 others are studying at 160 universities in 15 countries, Rumaropen said.

“This scholarship policy has become Governor Lukas Enembe’s strong commitment to building Papua’s excellent human capital,” he said.

The presence of the highly-skilled and well-educated native Papuans would hopefully contribute to the creation of Papua’s better society in the future,” he said.

ANTARA reported earlier that despite receiving a significant amount of central government funds, Papua and West Papua are still struggling to improve the quality of their human capital.

The scoring of these two easternmost provinces remained below the national average of 71.94 on Indonesia’s 2020 Human Development Index.

According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Papua and West Papua scored 60.44 and 65.09, respectively, on the 2020 Human Development Index. Their scores remained lower than Aceh province, which got 71.94 points.

BPS data released in February this year has pegged poverty rates in Papua and West Papua at 26.8 percent and 21.7 percent, respectively.

Development outcomes also remain inequitable for native Papuan communities, as indicated by low income levels and lack of access to education and health services.

Amid this challenging reality, the government has hinted its intention of extending the allocation of special autonomy funds to Papua and West Papua by another two decades to accelerate efforts to close the development gap and bring prosperity to all communities in the region.

Source: Antara News

SOEs foster 204,609 MSMEs: Minister

State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir said state-owned firms have fostered 204,609 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) actors and over the last 10 years have contributed Rp3,295 trillion to the state.

“Once I involved in SOEs, I was proud as they managed to foster 204,609 MSMEs,” he said in an online seminar titled ‘Career Talk University of Indonesia 2021’ here on Saturday.

In addition, he informed that SOEs had also contributed Rp3,295 trillion to the state over the last 10 years in the forms of taxes, dividends and others that have been used for people-centered government program.

“The most important matter in our working period is that we want to ensure that economic equality and balance can be achieved,” he added.

Hence, the ministry had various programs, for instance the Fostering the Prosperous Family Economy (Mekaar) program run by state-owned financial services company PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) Persero, the development of the state-owned energy firm PT Pertamina’s small-scale gas station Pertashop in 10,000 sites.

Previously, Thohir had ensured that his administration would be supportive to the MSMEs programs and the community.

He stated that the work of the Cooperatives and SMEs Ministry had become more difficult as the COVID-19 pandemic crisis hit hard the MSMEs sectors which dominates Indonesia’s economic structure.

Evaluating the 1998 monetary crisis, large companies and corporations were heavily affected, hence the SOEs Ministry has carried out a transformation that began with issuance of a Ministerial Regulation to encourage SOEs to open up to each other.

The initiative — which has been in trial for more than one year — has resulted in the consolidation of 43 companies from 12 BUMN clusters.

Source: Antara News

Preparing native Papuans for becoming agents of change

The Papua administration is well aware of a significant role of highly-skilled and well-educated human capital in accelerating regional development programs in the province.

However, the quality of human resources in Papua remains left behind from many other Indonesian provinces apart from the flow of the central government’s significant amounts of funds into it.

The scoring of human resources of Papua and its neighbor, West Papua, remained below the national average of 71.94 on Indonesia’s 2020 Human Development Index.

According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Papua and West Papua scored 60.44 and 65.09, respectively, on the 2020 Human Development Index. Their scores remained lower than Aceh province, which got 71.94 points.

In improving the quality of the province’s human capital, the Papua administration provides scholarship schemes for native Papuan students to save them from dropouts, and to enable them to have a greater access to quality education.

This September, the Papua Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM) has distributed scholarship funds to 1,436 native Papuan students currently studying at 12 universities in the city and district of Jayapura.

As disclosed on the Papua Provincial Government’s official website that ANTARA quoted on Sunday, the scholarship recipients are from poor families but they have good academic achievements.

The scholarship scheme is provided for native Papuan students facing financial problems to complete their higher education, Papua Governor’s expert staff member for Special Autonomy, Triwarno Purnomo, said.

In dealing with their financial problems during their post-secondary education, several of the eligible scholarship recipients seek casual works to make money, he said.

Among the recipients are currently studying at such higher educational institutions as Cenderawasih University, Muhamadiyah University, Ottow Geisler University, and Port Numbay College of Economics (STIE).

Nine of the 1,436 scholarship recipients are currently taking up PhD Program, he added.

Meanwhile, Head of the Papua BPSDM Office Aryoko Rumaropen said the Papua administration has been offering the scholarship scheme for native Papuan students since 2012.

The total number of scholarship recipients is currently recorded at 1,884, he said.

They comprise 1,156 recipients who study at various universities in 19 Indonesian cities while 688 others are studying at 160 universities in 15 countries, Rumaropen said.

“This scholarship policy has become Governor Lukas Enembe’s strong commitment to building Papua’s excellent human capital,” he said.

The presence of the highly-skilled ane well-educated native Papuans would hopefully contribute to the creation of Papua’s better society in the future,” he said.

In June this year, some 24 native Papuan students departed for Providence to pursue their undergraduate and postgraduate education at reputable universities in this capital of the state of Rhode Island, USA.

They all are awardees of the special autonomy scholarship scheme, according to Aryoko Rumaropen.

Prior to their admission at the selected universities, they firstly learn English to improve their language proficiency and knowledge about the American culture for one semester.

Several of them would get registered for the associate program at Highline College prior to their studies at the University of Rhode Island or Johnson & Wales University, he remarked.

However, several others could commence their studies at the University of Rhode Island as second-year students, he noted, adding that two of the 24 native Papuans would undertake postgraduate studies.

Shortly after graduating from their universities, they are expected to return to Indonesia to implement their academic skills in various development sectors in Papua, Rumaropen added.

“Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has promoted cooperation in the education sector with various universities in the USA to help improve the quality of human capital among native Papuan communities,” he said in June.

Hence, on behalf of the Papua governor, Rumaropen thanked the Indonesian Government and US Embassy in Jakarta for having provided native Papuan youths with opportunities to study in the United States.

In response to the Indonesian Government’s strong support for improving the quality of Papua and West Papua’s human capital, Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah) Rector Amany Lubis lauded the government’s endeavors.

“The government’s efforts to invest in education sector and human resources development will make Papua (and West Papua) better in the future,” she said in a statement.

The government has equally provided Papua and West Papua with special facilities to improve the quality of their human resources as evidently shown by a variety of scholarship programs offered to native Papuans.

Thanks to the government’s scholarship programs, such as LPDP, Bidikmisi, and affirmative actions for secondary and post-secondary education, they get better access to quality education, she said.

The Papuan students could pursue higher education in various areas of studies, including anthropology, mining, engineering, social and cultural sciences, and religious studies.

“These efforts are aimed at preparing native Papuans for becoming the agents of change,” said Lubis who became one of the speakers at the “Understanding Papua Series #1” webinar last July.

She suggested that the efforts need a synergistic collaboration between the central and provincial governments in promoting sustainable regional development in Papua and West Papua.

By doing so, the whole communities’ welfare could be improved so that their quality of life could also be improved. In this regard, local wisdoms are necessarily adopted to boost the regional development programs to make the outcomes better, Lubis suggested.

Source: Antara News

Construction of Lombok Airport-Mandalika road reaches 90% completion

The construction of a bypass road connecting Lombok International Airport and Mandalika Special Economic Zone in Central Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara, has reached 90 percent completion.

“The (construction) progress has reached 90 percent completion,” West Nusa Tenggara’s Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Office Head Ridwan Syah said here on Sunday.

The 17-kilometer road construction is targeted to complete in September 2021 with a total budget of Rp800 billion. By November, the road would commence operation, he said.

“By September the road can be functional and it could support the hosting of the World Superbike in November,” he said.

According to Syah, the Transportation Ministry is in a bidding process for the provision of road signs and lighting.

“The central government offered the project in a bidding worth Rp17 billion,” he added. Previously, the Director General of Highways of PUPR Ministry Hedy Rahadian elaborated the construction of Lombok Airport – Mandalika bypass road comprises three packages.

The first package that spans 4.3 km is conducted by PT Nindya Karya-Bumi Agung with construction progress reaches 81.68 completion.

The second package spans 9.70 km held by building contractors PT Adhi Karya – PT Metro Lestari Utama, with construction progress reached 77.73 percent completion.

While the third package conducted by PT Yasa Patria Perkasa spans 3.38 km and its construction progress has reached 72.37 percent.

The road would connect Lombok Airport and Mandalika as a venue of the international Superbike 2021 and MotoGP 2022. The road would cut short the travel time to Mandalika from 30 minutes to 15 minutes.

Source: Antara News