Thursday, April 10, 2014

Peaceful General Election

INDONESIA held general election, yesterday, April 9, 2014, to choose legislators who will take the seats of House of Representatives on local, provincial, and national levels. There were 12 political parties participating on the election. They are Nasdem, Golkar, PKS, PDI-P, Demokrat, Gerindra, PKB, PAN, PBB, Hanura, PPP, and PKPI.
According to quick count and exit poll several hours after the ballot was closed, PDI-P was leading with about 19% of total votes, followed by Golkar on the second place with 12% votes, and Gerindra with 10% votes. Demokrat as a ruling party faced significant loss with only 7% votes.
No party could nominate its own candidate to run for the presidential election that will be held on July 9, 2014 because there was no party which passed minimum 20% votes as presidential threshold. That condition constrains each party to form coalition with others to nominate a common president candidate and that will be a complicated matter. Anyway, I was relieved the general election was going well and peacefully.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Giving Capacity Building in Afghanistan

FOR about a week (April 9-15, 2012), three friends of mine and I were giving capacity building for The Ministry of Counter-Narcotics (MCN) of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kabul. The training was held by Colombo Plan and my job was giving journalism training for about 100 staffs of the ministry from all the provinces in Afghanistan. It was the most challenging experience I've ever had.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Skypark, Park in the Sky

ON June, 23-25, 2011, I flew to Singapore for attending a conference on information technology called CommunicAsia 2011 that was held on a commercial complex near Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

It is one of fascinating landmark in Singapore. The building looks like a ship on the top of three high upright beams.

I stayed on the 5th floor of the 57-story hotel which has a swimming pool on the top floor called Skypark. It is really such a park on the sky.

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