Hamas seeks ‘complete halt’ to war in Gaza proposal response

Getty Images A boy walks through rubble in Gaza

Hamas says it has submitted its response to a US-backed plan for a ceasefire in Gaza, with a senior group official telling the BBC that it still requires an Israeli commitment to a permanent ceasefire.

In a statement, the group, and its Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) allies, expressed “readiness to positively” reach a deal.

The proposed ceasefire plan – which was endorsed by the UN security council on Monday night – calls for a six-week ceasefire that would eventually become permanent.

Qatar and Egypt – who, along with the US, have mediated negotiations between Israel and Hamas – confirmed that the Palestinian group had submitted its reply.

In its statement on Tuesday evening, Hamas called for a “complete halt” to fighting in Gaza.

“The response prioritises the interests of our Palestinian people and emphasises the necessity of a complete halt to the ongoing aggression on Gaza,” Hamas and the PIJ said.

The groups added that they were ready “to engage positively to reach an agreement that ends this war”.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said it was “helpful” that Hamas had submitted a response and that US officials were “evaluating” the group’s requests.

Earlier on Tuesday US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had “reaffirmed his commitment” to the Gaza ceasefire plan and the world was waiting for the Hamas response.

The proposal set out by President Biden last month involves an initial six-week ceasefire, with Hamas releasing some hostages in exchange for Israel releasing an undefined number of Palestinian prisoners.

A second phase would see the remaining hostages released by Hamas and a total withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza as part of a “permanent” ceasefire, but the latter would still be subject to negotiations.

The actual Israeli proposal – reportedly lengthier than the summary presented by Mr Biden – has not been made public and it is unclear whether it varies from what the president conveyed in his statement on 31 May. It was presented to Hamas days prior to Mr Biden’s speech.

Mr Netanyahu has acknowledged his war cabinet has authorised the plan but has not voiced unequivocally support for it. Far right members of his cabinet have threatened to quit his coalition and trigger its collapse if the deal goes forward, seeing it as surrender to Hamas.

As Mr Blinken met Israeli officials in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, protesters outside his hotel held American flags calling for an agreement. Many held pictures of hostages and chanted: “SOS, USA”, and “we trust you, Blinken, seal a deal”.

Vicki Cohen, the mother of Nimrod Cohen, 19, an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas on 7 October, held a banner showing his picture.

She told the BBC: “We come here to ask Blinken and the USA government to help us, to save us from our government. Our prime minister doesn’t want to bring our loved ones back, we need their help to pressure our government.”

He then travelled to the Dead Sea for a conference of Arab leaders calling for greater aid access into Gaza, where he said Israel “can do more”. He also announced $404 million in new aid for Palestinians, urging other countries to also “step up” assistance.

The war began after Hamas attacked Israel on 7 October, killing about 1,200 people and taking 251 others back to Gaza as hostages. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says more than 37,000 people have been killed in the Israeli offensive since then.


The impact of recognising a Palestinian state

Reuters A Palestinian girl carries cans to collect water in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on 22 May
Many countries say they will only recognise a Palestinian state as part of a long-term political solution

As fighting and suffering continues in Gaza, and violence grows in the West Bank, prospects of the Palestinian people gaining their own state might seem further away than ever.

The decision by several European countries to formally recognise the existence of a Palestinian state will not overcome the reality that such ambition still faces huge obstacles.

But the declarations by Ireland, Spain and Norway will put pressure on other countries in Europe – including the UK, France and Germany – to follow them in supporting Palestinian self-determination.

“This is extremely significant,” one Arab diplomat said. “It reflects European frustration with the Israeli government’s refusal to listen.

“And it puts pressure on the EU to follow suit.”

But Israeli ministers insist this will encourage Hamas and reward terrorism, further reducing the chances of a negotiated settlement.

Most countries – about 139 in all – formally recognise a Palestinian state.

On May 10, 143 out of 193 members of the United Nations’ general assembly voted in favour of a Palestinian bid for full UN membership, something that is only open to states.

Palestine currently has a kind of enhanced observer status at the UN, which gives them a seat but not a vote in the assembly.

It is also recognised by various international organisations including the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

A minority of European countries already recognise a Palestinian state. They comprise Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Bulgaria which adopted the position 1988; and others including Sweden, Cyprus and Malta.

But many European nations – and the United States – say they will recognise a Palestinian state only as part of a long-term political solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

This is often referred to as the ‘two-state solution’ where both Israelis and Palestinians agree to have their own states with their own borders.

European countries and the US differ over when they should recognise a Palestinian state.

Ireland, Spain and Norway say they are doing so now to kick-start a political process. They argue there will be a sustained solution to the current crisis only if both sides can aim at some kind of political horizon.

These countries are also responding to domestic political pressures to show more support for Palestinians.

In the past, the position of many Western countries was that Palestinian statehood should be a prize for a final peace agreement.

But Lord Cameron, the UK Foreign Secretary, and some other European countries have in recent months shifted their positions, saying the recognition of Palestinian statehood could come earlier, to help drive momentum towards a political settlement.

In February, President Macron of France said: “The recognition of a Palestinian state is not a taboo for France.”

And earlier this month, France supported Palestinian membership of the UN in the general assembly vote.

The US has privately discussed this issue with European allies but is more cautious and wants a clearer sense of what the policy would mean in practice.

So the key debate behind the scenes is about when these holdout countries should recognise a Palestinian state: when formal peace talks begin between Israelis and Palestinians, when Israel and Saudi Arabia normalise diplomatic relations, when Israel fails to undertake certain actions, or when the Palestinians take certain actions.

In other words, they want recognition of the state of Palestine to be a big moment designed to achieve a diplomatic outcome.

“It is a big card that Western countries have to play,” one Western official said. “We don’t want to throw it away.”

The problem is that recognising a Palestinian state is largely a symbolic gesture if it does not also address the vital concomitant questions.

What should the borders be? Where should the capital be located? What should both sides do first to make it happen?

These are difficult questions that have not been agreed – or even answered – satisfactorily for decades.

As of today, a few more countries in Europe now believe there should be a Palestinian state.

Supporters will cheer the move, opponents will decry it.

The grim reality for Palestinians on the ground is unlikely to change.

Domestic tourism soars in China but foreigners stay away

BBC/KATHERINA TSE A popular thing to do in Wuzhen is to pose for photos dressed in traditional hanfu clothing
A popular thing to do in Wuzhen is pose for photos dressed in traditional hanfu clothing

With the Chinese economy facing massive challenges, there have been concerns over its growth potential, at least in the immediate future.

Yet a key exception is emerging in the form of domestic tourism.

Last week’s five-day public holiday to mark labour day saw 295 million trips made within China, according to figures from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This was 28% higher than pre-pandemic figures recorded in 2019.

The Transport Ministry’s figures are also staggering: 92 million rail trips; almost 10 million air trips and 1.25 billion highway journeys.

However, this comes as international arrivals continue to lag, with foreigners currently entering China at barely 30% of 2019 levels. Why the disparity?

The beautiful historical river town of Wuzhen, a short drive from Shanghai, is considered one of China’s top visitor sites for travellers of all types. When we arrive the little pathways and old bridges which cross narrow waterways are filled with visitors.

A popular thing to do in Wuzhen is to pose for photos dressed in traditional hanfu clothing – as if you have really been transported back hundreds of years.

Two women in their 20s, friends since high school, are visiting from Jilin Province in the north east. After arriving, they spend an hour getting their hair done in an elaborate imperial-era style – and they are full of praise for Wuzhen’s classical beauty.

We ask if, following the post-Covid opening up, many of their family and other friends have been travelling much? “Of course, after the pandemic, we’re all visiting other places.”

Nearby a local man who is selling ice-creams also says tourist numbers are “not that bad lately”.

As good as before Covid? “Almost the same,” he replies.

Shopkeeper Wang Ying, who sells traditional snacks, echoes this sentiment with a big smile on her face. “Business is going well, and it’ll only get better.”

BBC/KATHERINA TSE Wuzhen is considered one of China's top visitor sites
Wuzhen is considered one of China’s top visitor sites

All this will be seen as good news for the Chinese government. It’s been saying that a push on domestic consumption can counter the significant faltering portions of the economy.

Major players in the once-mighty property sector are struggling to stay afloat, local government debt continues to rise, and persistent youth unemployment has left highly qualified university graduates uncertain of their future.

Amid all these challenges, the Communist Party has set a target of “around 5%” GDP growth for this year. Apart from the fact that analysts have long questioned the veracity of the country’s official growth figures, economists are also asking how such a target can be reached, in any genuine sense, in 2024 without significant extra stimulus.

One lifeline could be a more buoyant travel scene which could bring broader business opportunities and greater service industry employment.

Schubert Lou, chief operating officer at travel agency Trip.com, told the BBC: “We’ve seen very strong domestic travel demand with search volumes in hotels up 67% compared to last year, and flight volumes up 80%.”

Tourism industry consultant Peng Han from Travel Daily is following the investment trail to see how the business community really views the possibilities in the sector.

“With famous international hotel brands – like Intercontinental, Marriott and Hilton – you just have to look at their growth in China in 2023,” he says. “Then check the performance goals for these large hotel groups in 2024 which have also been set relatively high. This shows that they are very optimistic about the growth potential of the Chinese market.”

But, while the volume of local travellers might be up, Mr Peng does point to the problem of per capita consumption which remains persistently low.

He says general uncertainty about the Chinese economy is putting more emphasis on saving, so people are looking for good value options. They are going on holidays and paying for things but doing so much more frugally.

This is where an increase in big-spending foreigners could help. But they are simply not travelling to China in the numbers they used to.

In 2019, nearly 98 million international visitors came to the country. Last year it was only 35 million – including business trips, students and the like. Mr Lou describes the domestic versus international market as “uneven”.

For many in the tourism industry here specialising in services for foreign travellers, “uneven” would be an understatement. Three years of harsh Covid prevention measures drove down arrivals from other countries, but that alone can’t account for the current situation.

Huang Songshan, the head of the Centre for Tourism Research in the School of Business and Law at Australia’s Edith Cowan University, blames this weakness in part to “the shifting geopolitical landscape globally”.

Getty Images Chinese performer
China’s culture and heritage has traditionally been a big draw for tourists

In the peer-reviewed East Asia Forum, he pointed to a 2023 survey carried out by the Pew Research Centre, writing that, “Most individuals in Western nations hold unfavourable views towards China. The Chinese government’s tightening grip on societal regulations could potentially cause discomfort for foreign travellers in China.”

Official travel advice from some governments echo this sentiment, at times quite harshly.

Washington warns potential travellers to “reconsider travel to Mainland China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detentions”.

Australia advises “a high degree of caution” warning that “Australians may be at risk of arbitrary detention or harsh enforcement of local laws, including broadly defined National Security Laws”.

The political environment has also taken a toll on flight availability and price. This is especially the case with connections to and from North America. Last month’s 332 scheduled round trips between China and the US contrasts with 1,506 in April 2019.

As a result, finding a seat on a direct flight can be extremely difficult and those that are available are very expensive.

President Xi Jinping made a speech at a dinner on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in San Francisco last November addressing this point. “Today, President Biden and I reached important consensus,” he told the crowd.

“Our two countries will roll out more measures to facilitate travels and promote people-to-people exchanges, including increasing direct passenger flights, holding a high-level dialogue on tourism, and streamlining visa application procedures. We hope that our two peoples will make more visits, contacts and exchanges and write new stories of friendship in the new era.”

Washington has since increased the number of Chinese airline flights permitted to land – but only from 35 per week to 50. It is still well short of the 150 weekly trips pre-Covid.

The Biden administration is coming under pressure from unions and US airlines to not increase this any further because, they argue, Chinese airlines have an unfair advantage over them as they have state support; don’t face the same onerous Chinese regulations; and, crucially, can fly over Russian airspace, making trips shorter and cheaper.

A letter to the US government from the Chair of the House Committee on China, Mike Gallagher, and the committee’s top Democrat representative, Raja Krishnamoorthi, reads: “Should the US-China passenger carrier market expand without the US government addressing these significant issues, US aviation workers, travellers and airlines will pay a hefty price tag.”

Mr Lou says the frequency of international flight connections is definitely having an impact.

“What we are seeing right now, based on civil aviation data, is that inbound flight capacity won’t get back to even 80% of 2019 [levels] by the end of 2024.”

Then there are other potential turnoffs for those considering travelling in China, like the country’s state-of-the-art phone app payment and booking systems which work very smoothly for Chinese citizens and residents, but which can be an enormous headache if you have just arrived.

There are certain sites, transport options, and purchases which can only be accessed via Chinese electronic apps which are, at times, only available in Chinese.

Professor Chen Yong at Switzerland’s EHL Hospitality Business School is an authority on the economics of tourism in China. He thinks that hurdles relating to payment and booking apps can pose a real problem.

“Technologies such as social network websites, online maps, payment apps, among others, which foreigners have long been accustomed to using, are either unavailable or inaccessible when they travel to China,” he says.

“On the other hand, there are Chinese alternatives to these technologies that remain inaccessible to foreigners due to language barriers and differences in user habits. We need to bridge this divide because it affects the tourist industry badly.”

Back in Wuzhen, the presence of international travellers is much smaller than in years gone by, but there are still a few foreign faces in the crowd.

An Italian couple says the process of linking up to and using China’s payment apps was a challenge but that it was not insurmountable, though they add, with a laugh, that it is “much, much, much easier” if you have a Chinese friend to help you.

BBC/KATHERINA TSE Woman and child pose for selfies
Chinese officials have acknowledged that the foreign traveller numbers have been low but they are trying to turn this around

Eliseo, from California, says he has had problems making payments to small vendors who don’t accept credit cards and really no longer deal with cash. Another hurdle for him has been his bank at home which has blocked some payments, flagging them as potentially fraudulent coming from China.

Chinese officials have acknowledged that the foreign traveller numbers have been low but they are now trying to turn this around.

One way they’re attempting to attract more foreign visitors is by increasing the number of countries whose citizens don’t need a visa to enter. Trip.com says this resulted in an almost immediate increase in passenger arrivals from Southeast Asia.

In 23 Chinese cities, transit passengers from more than 50 countries are also able to stay for a few days visa free if they have an onward ticket. In Shanghai, hotels above a three-star level have been told that they should prepare to deal with international credit cards and an initial batch of 50 taxis have also started accepting them.

However, Professor Chen says “it would be too optimistic to envision a long-term growth in China’s inbound tourism”.

“The key is to establish a culture that puts service providers in the shoes of foreign tourists. They should imagine themselves being a foreigner who can’t speak or read Chinese and who doesn’t have a Chinese mobile number, payments apps and so on.”

He says that the culture around this can’t be changed overnight.

Yet, in places like Wuzhen – where the local travellers have already returned – the tourism companies are hoping that incredible sites like theirs will eventually be too much for foreigners to resist as well.

Baltimore sues owner and manager of ‘unseaworthy’ Dali over bridge collapse

Getty Images An aerial view the morning after the bridge collapseGetty ImagesThe Dali was a ‘clearly unseaworthy’ ship with ‘an incompetent crew’, the city of Baltimore argued in a lawsuit filed Monday

Baltimore has sued the operators of the container ship that hit and destroyed one of the US city’s main bridges last month, killing six people.

The city says the Dali was “clearly unseaworthy” and accuses its owners and manager of negligence.

The ship’s Singapore-based owner and manager have already asked a court to limit their liability.

The region is reeling from the closure of its busiest maritime transit port after the span collapsed on 26 March.

“None of this should have happened,” attorneys representing the Baltimore mayor and city council argued in a federal lawsuit.

The city is asking the US District Court of Maryland for a jury trial to hold the defendants fully liable.

Naming the Dali’s owner, Grace Ocean Private Limited, and its manager, Synergy Marine Private Limited, the suit alleges the Francis Scott Key Bridge’s collapse was a direct result of their “gross negligence, and recklessness, and as a result of the unseaworthiness of the Vessel”.

On 1 April, Grace Ocean and Synergy Marine petitioned the same federal court in Maryland to cap its responsibility for the incident.

Citing a pre-Civil War maritime law, the pair of companies estimated their liability for the vessel and the cargo’s value at $43.6m (£35m).

Monday’s court filing from the city of Baltimore rebuts that number as “substantially less than the amount that will be claimed for losses and damages arising out of the Dali’s allision with the Key Bridge”.

The path taken by the cargo ship – which was exiting the Port of Baltimore under the Key Bridge – is “no stranger to large freighters”, the city’s representatives wrote.

They said the vessel “had been experiencing an inconsistent power supply” that was either not investigated or not fixed.

“The Dali left port anyway, despite its clearly unseaworthy condition,” said the lawsuit.

The filing also says the Dali was manned by “an incompetent crew that was inattentive to its duties” and “lacked proper training”.

Contains upsetting scenes.Tracking data shows the path of the Dali container towards the bridge

On Friday, port officials opened a third temporary channel for boats to enter and exit the corridor, but these channels can only sustain about 15% of pre-collapse commercial activity.

A fourth channel, that will allow most traffic back into the port, is expected to open by the end of the month.

Darrell Wilson, an attorney who represents Synergy Marine and is also handling media inquiries on behalf of Grace Ocean, told the BBC it would be inappropriate to comment on the litigation while federal investigations into the collapse were ongoing.

New drone video shows close-up view of debris from the Baltimore bridge collapse

Six construction workers who were fixing potholes died when the bridge collapsed. Two of the bodies have yet to be recovered.

Workers are still extracting thousands of tonnes of debris from the water and from atop the stationary Dali, whose original schedule would have seen it arrive at a Sri Lankan port on Monday.

Apart from two of the ship’s pilots, 21 crew members – almost all of whom are of Indian origin – remain on the ship. There is no timeline yet for when the crew will disembark or head back to sea.


PDB Indonesia 4,94 Persen, BPS: Kontribusi Sektor Pertanian Signifikan

Lahan pertanian. (Foto: Istimewa)
Lahan pertanian. (Foto: Istimewa)

RM.id  Rakyat Merdeka – Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS) menyebut Produk Domestik Bruto (PDB) Indonesia tumbuh 4,94 persen secara year-on-year (y-on-y). Pertumbuhan positif PDB Indonesia itu tidak bisa dilepaskan dari kinerja sejumlah sektor, termasuk pertanian.

Plt. Kepala BPS, Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti menyebutkan kontribusi pertanian, industri pengolahan, perdagangan, pertambangan, dan konstruksi mencapai lebih dari lima puluh persen.

“Semua (sektor tersebut.red) melanjutkan tren pertumbuhan yang positif sehingga memberikan kontribusi sebesar 65,32 persen terhadap PDB triwulan III 2023,” ujar Amalia dalam Berita Resmi Statistik BPS, Senin (06/11/2023).

Dengan capaian tersebut, Amalia menilai ekonomi Indonesia tetap terjaga solid dan tumbuh positif.

“Di tengah melambatnya perekonomian global, terjadinya perubahan iklim, dan menurunnya harga komoditas ekspor unggulan, resiliensi ekonomi Indonesia kembali tercermin melalui pertumbuhan ekonomi sebesar 4,94 persen secara tahunan atau secara kumulatif tumbuh sebesar 5,05 persen,” ungkapnya.

BPS turut mencatat sektor pertanian, kehutanan, dan perikanan tumbuh 1,46 persen secara y-on-y dan 1,61 persen secara quarter-to-quarter (q-to-q).

Amalia menyebutkan, hampir seluruh lapangan usaha mengalami pertumbuhan positif pada triwulan III 2023. Menurutnya hanya ada dua lapangan usaha yang mengalami penurunan, yakni pendidikan dan administrasi Pemerintahan.

Amalia menjelaskan, ekonomi Indonesia berdasarkan besaran PDB pada kuartal III 2023 atas dasar harga berlaku adalah sebesar Rp 5.296 triliun. Lalu atas dasar harga konstan sebesar Rp 3.124,9 triliun.

Sementara besaran PDB pertanian atas dasar harga berlaku adalah sebesar Rp 718,4 triliun dan atas dasar harga konstan sebesar Rp 397,3 persen.

Terpisah, Kepala Biro Humas dan Informasi Publik Kementerian Pertanian, Kuntoro Boga Andri mengatakan bahwa sektor pertanian telah secara konsisten memberikan kontribusi yang signifikan terhadap perekonomian nasional.

Saat ini, di bawah kepemimpinan Menteri Pertanian Andi Amran Sulaiman, Kementan akan terus mengawal transformasi dari pertanian tradisional ke modern.

Tranformasi ke pertanian modern akan mampu meningkatkan produksi yang turut berdampak kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi.

“Kementan terus berupaya meningkatkan produksi untuk menumbuhkan ekonomi. Kami terus mengintervensi teknologi mekanisasi, kemudian menyiapkan benih unggul, pupuk dan juga sarana prasarana lainnya demi bisa meningkatkan produktivitas pertanian kita,” jelasnya.https://brewokkiri.com/wp-admin

2 Ribu Masyarakat RI Rayakan Idul Fitri Di KBRI Bangkok

Pelaksaan salat Ied di KBRI Bangkok, Thailand. (Foto: Ist)
Pelaksaan salat Ied di KBRI Bangkok, Thailand. (Foto: Ist)

RM.id  Rakyat Merdeka – Sebanyak 2.000 lebih masyarakat Indonesia memadati lapangan sepakbola KBRI Bangkok untuk melaksanakan Salat Idul Fitri 1445 H. Mereka hadir sejak pukul 06.00 WIB pagi.

Pelaksanaan Salat Idul Fitri di KBRI Bangkok dimulai pada pukul 7.00 pagi dengan mempertimbangkan cuaca di Bangkok yang telah memasuki musim panas atau bertepatan dengan perayaan tahun baru Thailand Songkran yang biasanya dirayakan dengan perayaan air.

Alunan takbir, tasbih dan tahmid terdengar dikumandangkan dengan penuh khidmat mulai dari malam hingga menjelang pelaksanaan Salat Idul Fitri. Di antara masyarakat Indonesia yang hadir, antara lain Duta Besar RI untuk Kerajaan Thailand beserta Ibu Tanty Rachmat Budiman. 

Bertindak sebagai Imam pada shalat Idul Fitri adalah UstazZulfirman dan Khatib Ustad Novi Maulana selaku Da’i Ambassador yang ditempatkan Yayasan Dompet Duafa untuk melakukan syiar islam di Thailand selama bulan Ramadan.

Inti khutbah yang bertema “Makna Idul Fitri bagi KeseharianHidup dan Kehidupan Masyarakat” adalah tiga, yaitu: pertama, manusia memiliki tugas pokok sebagai hamba Allah untuk tunduk patuh kepada Allah. Kedua, menjaga dan melestarikan fungsi keberadaan manusia sebagaikhalifah di muka bumi, yaitu mengatur dan memakmurkan urusan-urusan tatanan kehidupan dunianya, mulai dari kehidupan diri sendiri, kehidupan keluarga, kehidupan sosial bermasyarakat dan interaksi berbangsa dan bernegara.

Ketiga, manusia sebagai mahluk sosial dengan senantiasa saling kenal, tolong-menolong, menghadirkan rasa empati, simpati dan peduli tidak hanya terhadap sesama manusia bahkan terhadap seluruh ciptaan Allah.

Setelah selesai melaksanakan Salat Idul Fitri, masyarakat Indonesia secara teratur dan penuh sukacita mulai memasuki Wisma Duta Besar RI Bangkok untuk bersilaturahmi dengan Duta Besar RI dan Ibu Tanty Rachmat Budiman. Kegiatan silaturahmi masyarakat Indonesia dengan Duta Besar RI Bangkok tidak hanya diikuti oleh masyarakat muslim Indonesia, Qtetapi juga masyarakat Indonesia lainnya yang non-muslim serta friends of Indonesia di Thailand.

Suasana hangat dan penuh kekeluargaan sangat terasapada acara silaturahmi tersebut. Dalam suasana penuh suka cita warga Indonesia saling bermaaf-maafan, bercengkerama, dan bersenda gurau satu sama lain sambil menikmati santapan khas Hari Raya Idul Fitri seperti rendang, ikan balado, ayam goreng, sayur lontong dan bakso. 

Tidak lupa disajikan pula hidangan penutup yaitu es campur dan es krim sebagai pelepas dahaga di tengah panasnya udara Thailand. Hidangan Lebaran ini merupakan penawar rindu warga Indonesia yang sedang berada jauh dari Tanah Air dan sanak saudara di Indonesia. Momen silaturahmi ini menjadi momen yang sangat tepat untuk memperkuat kembali rasa persaudaraan dan persatuan sesama warga negara Indonesia di negeri Gajah Putih Thailand. 

Pada tahun ini, panitia Ramadan Masjid As-Syafir KBRI Bangkok telah menerima dan menyalurkan zakat fitrah warga Indonesia di Thailand kepada yang mustahiq, khususnya WNI dan warga keturunan Indonesia yang sudah uzur dan miskin di Provinsi Udon Thani, Kamphaeng Phet, Samut Prakarn, Pathum Thani dan Bangkok dan termasuk disalurkan ke masjid-masjid yang memiliki hubungan psikologis dengan KBRI Bangkok, yaitu Masjid Indonesia, Masjid Jawa, Masjid Darul Aman Phyathai dan Masjid Al-Khoiriyah Bantadthong. 

Sementara penyaluran dana zakat maal dan infaq sodaqoh warga, selain disalurkan ke para mualaf dan warga keturunan Indonesia yang uzur, juga di salurkan ke Yayasan Yatim Piatu Al Kautsar di Samut Prakarn dan ke Indonesia untuk anak yatim berkebutuhan khusus di daerah Pekalongan. Selain itu disalurkan melalui Yayasan Dompet Dhuafa Republika di Indonesia, guna mendukung pengembangan dakwah, program pendidikan dan kesehatan serta kebutuhan air bersih di wilayah Indonesia Timur.https://brewokkiri.com/wp-admin

Sering Terjadi Jelang Bulan Puasa

Kebon Sirih Wanti-wanti Pengemis Serbu Jakarta

Wakil Ketua Komisi E DPRD DKI Jakarta Elva Farhi Qolbina. (Foto: Dok. DPRD DKI Jakarta)
Wakil Ketua Komisi E DPRD DKI Jakarta Elva Farhi Qolbina. (Foto: Dok. DPRD DKI Jakarta)

RM.id  Rakyat Merdeka – Politisi Kebon Sirih mewanti-wanti Pemerintah Provinsi (Pemprov) DKI Jakarta mengenai fenomena Penyandang Masalah Kesejahteraan Sosial (PMKS), terutama pengemis, menyerbu Ibu Kota menjelang bulan Ramadan. Diharapkan, ada terobosan untuk mengatasi masalah tersebut.

Wakil Ketua Komisi E De­wan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah (DPRD) DKI Jakarta Elva Farhi Qolbina meminta, fenomena PMKS harus dihadapi dengan sikap empati dan solutif berkelanjutan, serta pendekatan yang inklusif.

“Jakarta sebagai kota harapan bagi masyarakat Indonesia, ha­rus menunjukkan contoh dalam memperlakukan warga yang rentan, termasuk PMKS,” kata Elva di Jakarta, Senin (19/2/2024).

Ketua Partai Solidaritas Indo­nesia (PSI) Jakarta ini meminta Dinas Sosial (Dinsos) DKI Ja­karta membuat terobosan dalam menanganinya.

Seperti memberikan pelatihan keterampilan, pemberdayaan sosial dan ekonomi bagi para PMKS. Para PMKS itu meliputi anak jalanan (anjal), gelandangan dan pengemis (gepeng), wanita tuna susila (WTS) dan wanita pria (waria).

Harapannya, para PMKS dapat mempersiapkan hidup secara mandiri atau kembali ke ling­kungan sosial mereka dengan kemampuan dan keyakinannya yang meningkat.

“Selain itu, perlu pendekatan preventif seperti penguatan jaringan kerja sama antar lem­baga terkait, penyuluhan dan sosialisasi program-program perlindungan sosial,” ucap Elva.

Sebab, menurut Elva, program tersebut bisa berjalan optimal jika menggandeng Satuan Kerja Perangkat Daerah (SKPD) lain dan pihak swasta.

“Pemerintah harus bekerja sama dengan berbagai pihak, termasuk lembaga swadaya ma­syarakat, organisasi keagamaan, dan sektor swasta, untuk me­nyediakan layanan dan dukungan yang komprehensif bagi PMKS,” ujarnya.

Sepanjang 2023 Dinsos DKI Jakarta menjaring 7.345 PMKS. Ribuan PMKS ini hasil penertiban di sejumlah wilayah Jakarta. Kepala Dinsos DKI Jakarta Pre­mi Lasari mengatakan, PMKS itu dijaring Dinsos dan Suku Dinas (Sudin) Sosial di lima kota administrasi DKI Jakarta.

Premi membeberkan, PMKS yang terjaring paling banyak berada di wilayah Jakarta Pusat (Jakpus), yakni sebanyak 1.663 orang. Lalu, Jakarta Barat (Jak­bar) 1.477 orang, Jakarta Timur (Jaktim) 1.387 orang, Jakarta Selatan (Jaksel) 1.255 orang dan Dinsos DKI menjaring 898 orang.

Diungkap Premi, 7.345 PMKS yang terjaring kemudian diberi­kan pelatihan keterampilan.

“Untuk hasil penjangkauan anak remaja, di panti terdapat pembinaan keterampilan seperti las, servis ac, komputer, furnitur dan beragam lainnya,” kata Premi.

Premi mengatakan, setelah menjalani pembinaan dan keterampilan, para PMKS tersebut dipulangkan ke kampung halaman masing-masing.

“Untuk gelandangan dan pengemis, ada budidaya mag­got. Tujuannya diharapkan agar para warga binaan bisa berdaya dan kembali keberfungsian sosialnya,” ucapnya.

Sementara PMKS yang mem­butuhkan pertolongan medis dibawa ke puskesmas atau rumah sakit untuk dilakukan pemerik­saan. Sedangkan PMKS yang tidak diketahui alamat rumah atau keluarganya, maka dirujuk ke Panti Sosial Bina Insan Bangun Jaya di Jakarta Barat.

“Selama warga binaan berada di panti, petugas panti terus berupaya mencari keluarga warga binaan. Sehingga warga binaan bisa dipulangkan ke daerah asal­nya,” jelasnya.

Pada 2024, Sudin Sosial Jakbar rutin menggelar penjangkauan PMKS. Kegiatan difokuskan di titik rawan seperti perempatan/lampu merah. Kegiatan tersebut dalam rangka penegakan Peraturan Daerah (Perda) Nomor 8 Tahun 2007 Tentang Ketertiban Umum.

Per 1 -25 Januari 2024, Sudin Sosial Jakbar telah menjang­kau 86 PMKS. Kepala Sudin Sosial Jakarta Barat Suprapto memaparkan, puluhan PMKS tersebut terjaring di perempatan lampu merah Cengkareng, Gro­gol, Terminal Kalideres, Tomang dan lainnya.

Penjangkauan melibatkan petugas gabungan Petugas Pelayanan, Pengawasan dan Pengendalian (P3S) dan Satpol PP. PMKS yang terjaring terdiri gelandangan, pengemis, orang dengan gangguan jiwa (ODGJ), manusia silver dan pak ogah.

“PPKS yang terjaring lang­sung dibawa dan diserahkan ke Panti Sosial Kedoya untuk di­berikan pembinaan,” kata Kepala Sudin Sosial Jakbar Suprapto.

Diungkap Suprapto, mayoritas PMKS yang dijangkau pihaknya pada 2023, berasal dari Jakarta. Berbeda dengan tahun sebelumnya yang mayoritas PMKS berasal dari Jawa Barat dan Jawa Timur.

Suprapto menyebut, pada Januari-Oktober 2023, pihaknya menjangkau 1.318 PMKS. Dia bilang, PMKS yang ditertib­kan cenderung fluktuatif setiap bulannya. Sudinsos, lanjutnya, hanya bertugas untuk men­jangkau, sementara pembinaan PMKS merupakan wewenang pihak panti sosial.

Sudin Sosial Jakbar hanya menjaga agar jumlah PMKS di wilayahnya seminimal mungkin. Untuk mencegah maraknya ak­tivitas PMKS di Jakarta Barat, Suprapto mengimbau masyara­kat agar tidak sembarang mem­berikan sedekah kepada para pengemis di jalanan.

“Jumlah gelandangan bisa berkurang. Diharapkan, warga menyumbangkan ke pihak yang resmi,” tuturnya.

Hal serupa dilakukan Sudin Sosial Jakpus. Pada Januari 2024, Sudin Sosial Jakpus telah menjangkau 59 orang. Ke­pala Sudin Sosial Jakpus Abdul Salam mengatakan, pengen­dalian PMKS secara intensif dilakukan kegiatan pelayanan, pengawasan, dan pengendalian sosial PMKS jalanan agar tidak mengulangi kegiatannya.

“59 orang yang dijangkau dirujuk ke Panti Sosial Insan Bangun Daya 01 Kedoya untuk penampungan sementara dan bimbingan sosial kepada para PMKS,” katanya.

Abdul Salam menerangkan, 59 orang yang dijangkau tersebut ter­diri dari lansia telantar 15 orang, gelandangan 28 orang, 5 orang pengemis, 8 ODMK (Orang Dalam Masalah Kejiwaannya), dan 3 orang non PMKS.

“Kebanyakan PMKS yang dijangkau berdasarkan laporan dari masyarakat melalui aplikasi JAKI,” tandasnya.https://repositoryku.com/wp-admin

Dikembangkan Orang Indonesia

Server Sirekap Di Gedung KPU

Komisioner KPU Bidang Teknis Penyelenggaraan Pemilu Idham Holik. (Foto: Facebook KPU)
Komisioner KPU Bidang Teknis Penyelenggaraan Pemilu Idham Holik. (Foto: Facebook KPU)

RM.id  Rakyat Merdeka – Komisioner Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU) Bidang Teknis Penyelenggaraan Pemilu Idham Holik memastikan seluruh server Sistem Informasi Rekapitulasi (Sirekap) Pemilu 2024 berada di Indonesia. KPU hanya menggunakan jaringan di luar negeri pada Domain Name System (DNS).

“Artinya, sebuah sistem yang bertugas menyimpan semua informasi data domain dalam jaringan. Jumlahnya mencapai 3.200 di seluruh dunia” jelas Idham dalam keterangannya, Selasa (20/2/2024).

Idham menegaskan, aplikasi Sirekap telah disertifikasi sesuai dengan standar Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika (Kominfo). Pengembang Sirekap juga merupakan Indonesia. Sebab, para penggunanya juga merupakan orang-orang Indonesia.

“Orang digunakan lebih 203 juta pemi­lih dalam negeri,” kata Idham tanpa me­nyebutkan nama-nama pengembang itu.

Server Sirekap, kata Idham, berada di ruang fasilitator di gedung KPU. Sehingga mustahil untuk meletakkan­nya di luar negeri. “Sekarang begini, kalau saya ngetik, ada script, ada layar, masak Central Processing Unit (CPU) di luar sana. Itu yang saya pahami soal komputasi,” kilah Idham.

Selain itu, kata Idham, kesalahan input data dalam Sirekap merupakan kesalahan manusia atau human error. Kesalahan itu disebabkan oleh sistem yang salah membaca angka numerik dari dokumen formulir Model C Hasil Pemilu 2024.

“Begini, misalnya, angka 3 itu terbaca 8, juga angka 2 itu terbaca 7,” ujar mantan Komisioner KPU Kabupaten Bekasi ini.

Idham mengatakan, KPU melalui operator Sirekap di tingkat kabupaten/kota melakukan kurasi atau perbaikan manual terhadap angka yang salah input tersebut. Selama proses kurasi, kata dia, data yang ditampilkan dalam Sirekap bukan merupakan data terbaru, tetapi data yang terakhir diunggah.

“Kurasi agar prosesnya menjadi lan­car,” ujar mantan Komisioner KPU Provinsi Jawa Barat (Jabar) ini.

Ketua KPU Hasyim Asy’ari mengakui ada penghentian sementara rekapitulasi suara Pemilu 2024 di tingkat kecama­tan atau Panitia Pemilihan Kecamatan (PPK). Hal ini dilakukan untuk memas­tikan akurasi data perolehan suara yang terbaca dalam Sirekap sesuai dengan Formulir Model C hasil di setiap Tempat Pemungutan Suara (TPS).

“Rekapitulasi suara di kecamatan akan tetap berjalan jika hasil data di Sirekap sinkron dengan Formulir C Hasil,” ujar Hasyim dalam keterangannya, Selasa (20/2/2024).

Sebaliknya, lanjut Hasyim, jika data Sirekap dan formulir C Hasil belum sink­ron, maka rekapitulasi dari TPS tersebut tidak akan ditayangkan terlebih dulu.

Dia menjelaskan, proses rekapitulasi suara di tingkat kecamatan diawali den­gan pembukaan kotak suara oleh anggota PPK dan mengeluarkan Formulir C Hasil dari TPS.

“Data dalam formulir tersebut akan di­cocokkan dengan data di Sirekap. Apakah telah sesuai atau belum. Soalnya kalau tayangan dengan yang hasilnya belum sesuai kan bisa membingungkan orang. Supaya menghindari problem-problem di tingkat kecamatan, maka yang sudah sesuai Sirekap lanjut pleno dan rekap di kecamatan,” jelasnya.

Hasyim menegaskan, Sirekap tidak akan menjadi rujukan hasil Pemilu 2024. Dia menegaskan, Sirekap hanya sebagai pembanding untuk mencocokkan kes­esuaian data yang ditayangkan dengan data asli. Data yang dijadikan rujukan dalam rekapitulasi hasil penghitungan suara di tingkat kecamatan, kata Hasyim, adalah formulir C hasil produksi KPPS yang berbentuk hard copy.

“Dokumen itu disimpan dalam ko­tak suara, dikeluarkan, dan kemudian dibacakan dalam rapat pleno,” pungkas Komisioner KPU dua periode ini.https://roketgubuk.com/wp-admin

Kompak Kutuk Serangan Teroris Di Moskow

Simpati Pemimpin Dunia Mengalir Deras Ke Rusia

Seorang warga meletakkan bunga sebagai penghormatan bagikorban penembakan massal di Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk,dekat Moskow, Rusia, 23 Maret 2024. Foto: SPUTNIK / MAKSIM BLINOV
Seorang warga meletakkan bunga sebagai penghormatan bagikorban penembakan massal di Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk,dekat Moskow, Rusia, 23 Maret 2024. Foto: SPUTNIK / MAKSIM BLINOV

RM.id  Rakyat Merdeka – Serangan kelompok bersenjata ke gedung konser Moskow, Rusia, Jumat (22/3/2024) malam, membuat para pemimpin dunia bersimpati dan menyampaikan ucapan belasungkawa kepada keluarga korban luka dan tewas.

Seperti diketahui, serangan teroris bersenjata di Crocus City Hall Moskow pada Jumat (22/3/2024) malam, diklaim Kelompok Nega­ra Islam Irak-Suriah (ISIS) sebagai aksinya. Insiden itu menewaskan lebih dari 133 orang.

Presiden China Xi Jinping mengutuk keras serangan itu dan menyampaikan belasung­kawa kepada Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin. “China menen­tang segala bentuk terorisme, mengutuk keras serangan teroris dan dengan tegas mendukung upaya Pemerintah Rusia untuk menjaga keamanan dan stabilitas nasionalnya,” ujar Xi dilan­sir kantor berita China, Xinhua, Sabtu (23/3/2024).

Presiden Prancis Emmanuel Macron ikut mengutuk keras serangan tersebut, dan mengungkapkan solidaritasnya terha­dap para korban, serta seluruh rakyat Rusia.

Kementerian Luar Negeri Jer­man juga menyampaikan ucapan mereka. “Gambar serangan terhadap orang-orang tak ber­dosa di Balai Kota Crocus dekat Moskow sungguh mengerikan. Latar belakangnya harus segera diselidiki,” tegasnya.

Perdana Menteri Italia Giorgia Meloni menyebut serangan itu sebagai tindakan terorisme yang menjijikkan. Meloni juga me­nyatakan solidaritas penuhnya terhadap dan keluarganya.

Spanyol mengaku terkejut dengan serangan itu, dan mengutuk segala bentuk kekerasan.

“Solidaritas kami terhadap para korban, keluarga mereka, dan rakyat Rusia,” tulis Kementerian Luar Negeri Spanyol di X.

Serupa, Kementeria Luar Negeri Israel juga bersimpati pada keluarga korban luka dan tewas

“Sedih dengan kejadian tragis malam ini di Moskow. Hati kami tertuju kepada keluarga para kor­ban dan semua yang terkena dam­pak,” tulis Menteri Luar Negeri Israel Israel Katz di media sosial X.

Presiden Venezuela Nicolas Maduro juga mencuitkan ucapan dukungannya pada Rusia.

“Kami menyatakan dukungan kepada Presiden Vladimir Putin dan menolak tindakan kekerasan apa pun,” kicau Maduro.

Perdana Menteri India Naren­dra Modi juga menyampaikan solidaritasnya kepada Rusia.

“India berdiri dalam soli­daritas dengan pemerintah dan rakyat Federasi Rusia di saat-saat duka ini,” kicau PM Modi.

Sekretaris pers Kementerian Luar Negeri Jepang Kobayashi Maki menyampaikan ucapan belasungkawa kepada mereka yang berduka dan menyatakan simpati yang tulus kepada mereka yang terluka.

Sementara itu, Perdana Men­teri Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim menegaskan serangan yang be­gitu keji di Moskow tidak boleh dianggap mewakili Islam atau bahkan agama apapun.

“Tidak ada tempat untuk kekejaman yang mengerikan dan biadab dalam dunia yang beradab,” cuit Anwar melalui akun media sosialnya, Sabtu (23/3/2024).

Tak ketinggalan Kepresidenan Otoritas Palestina mengutuk serangan itu dan menegaskan solidaritas dan dukungannya ter­hadap kepemimpinan Rusia dan rakyat Rusia yang bersahabat. Begitu juga dengan Kementerian Luar Negeri Meksiko, menolak tindakan kekerasan apa pun ter­hadap warga sipil.

Sekretaris Jenderal Perserika­tan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB) Anto­nio Guterres juga mengutuk keras serangan teroris di Moskow.

Dewan Keamanan PBB me­nyampaikan belasungkawa dan mendesak semua negara untuk bekerja sama secara aktif dengan Pemerintah Rusia dan pihak ber­wenang lainnya untuk meminta pertanggungjawaban pelaku.

Jumlah korban tewas kemung­kinan akan terus meningkat. Gubernur wilayah Moskow mengatakan, tim penyelamat akan terus menjelajahi lokasi kejadian selama beberapa hari. Para penyelidik mengatakan, banyak orang meninggal karena luka tembak dan menghirup asap setelah api melahap tempat yang berkapasitas 6.000 tempat duduk itu.

“Para teroris menggunakan cairan yang mudah terbakar untuk membakar gedung konser, tempat para penonton berada, termasuk yang terluka,” kata Komite Investigasi Rusia diku­tip Russia Today (RT), Minggu (24/3/2024).

Sementara Dewan Keamanan Nasional Amerika Serikat (AS) Adrienne Watson meyakini, Kelompok Negara Islam Irak- Suriah (ISIS) yang bertang­gung jawab penuh atas aksi penembakan massal di gedung teater itu. Ucapan ini sekaligua membantah dugaan Rusia bahwa Ukraina yang sengaja melakukan serangan teroris ke Rusia.https://repositoryku.com/wp-admin

Tinjau Longsor Tol Bocimi, Basuki: Penanganan Permanen Setelah Libur Lebaran

Menteri PUPR, Basuki Hadimuljono meninjau penanganan darurat Jalan Tol Bocimi, Jumat (5/4).
Menteri PUPR, Basuki Hadimuljono meninjau penanganan darurat Jalan Tol Bocimi, Jumat (5/4).

RM.id  Rakyat Merdeka – Ruas Cigombong-Cibadak tetap akan  berfungsi pada mudik Lebaran 2024. Penanganan permanen Jalan Tol Bogor-Ciawi-Sukabumi (Bocimi) di KM 64+600 A yang mengalami longsor pada Rabu (3/5) malam, akan dilakukan setelah libur Lebaran.

Hal itu dikatakan Menteri Pekerjaan Umum dan Perumahan Rakyat (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono bersama Pj Gubernur Jawa Barat Bey Machmudin saat meninjau penanganan darurat Jalan Tol Bocimi, Jumat (5/4). 

Menteri dari PDI Perjuangan ini mengatakan, penanganan sementara telah dilakukan dengan pemasangan tiang pancang (sheet pile) untuk memperkuat bagian timbunan jembatan yang longsor. 

“Dalam tiga hari ini akan dipasang sheet pile dan ditutup terpal agar terlindungi dari hujan.  Kemudian, Senin (8/5) nanti kita akan monitor kembali dan tes beban. Kami akan upayakan jalur B tetap dapat digunakan satu arah bagi kendaraan kecil untuk kelancaran mudik Lebaran 2024,” kata Basuki. 

Ditambahkan Basuki, penggunaan jalur B searah diharapkan dapat membantu mengurai kemacetan arus kendaraan dari Jakarta-Ciawi ke Cigombong hingga ke Parungkuda/Cibadak. 

“Nanti teknis pelaksanaannya akan dikoordinasikan dengan pihak Kepolisian. Begitu juga untuk arus balik akan dibuka lanjur ke arah Jakarta. Kami juga masih bebaskan tarif tolnya dari Cigombong ke Parungkuda/Cibadak dan sebaliknya,” katanya. 

Selanjutnya, untuk penanganan permanen, kata Basuki akan dilakukan setelah Mudik Lebaran 2024. 

“Penanganan permanen akan kita upayakan selesai dalam waktu sekitar dua hingga tiga bulan,” ujarnya. 

Untuk memastikan keamanan pada ruas tol Bocimi, Kementerian PUPR melalui Direktorat Jenderal Bina Marga akan melakukan pengecekan secara menyeluruh pada titik-titik rawan longsor pada ruas Tol Bocimi. 

Sementara Pj Gubernur Jawa Barat, Bey Machmudin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Kementerian PUPR atas respon cepat penanganan longsor Tol Bocimi. 

“Hal ini sangat penting untuk segera ditangani karena sudah mendekati waktu mudik Lebaran 2024,” kata Bey.https://roketgubuk.com/wp-admin