Sabtu, 06 Desember 2008
Extreme left: The Wife of Pangeran Gunarso Kusumodingrat (Secretary-General of the Forum Silaturahmi Keraton se Nusantara(FSKN).
in the middle : Pangeran Gunarso Kusumodiningrat.
Right to him in yellow: Sultan Basharsyah II of Serdang (N-Sumatra).
Extreme right: Raden Th. Lalu Putra of Siladendeng (a Sasak principality on Lombok).
President Yudhoyono received The Entrant of FSKN.
Royal of Dompo.
Traditional Dance of the Imperial Court of Surakarta.
Left : Amaka'u Kahrul Zaman; Prince of Dompo (Sumbawa) and Representative of his Sultan with his Wife.
Right:Lalu Madhurain; Dynastychief of Selaparang (Sasak-principality on Lombok), with his wife.
White Man : Dutch Nobleman; Mr. Baron De Smith.
Left:Mister Azwar Anas: Member of the imperial family of Minangkabauw area (W-Sumatra).
Right : Anak Agung Gde Agung; the Raja of Jembrana (Bali) and chief of the council of the rajas and dynastychiefs if Bali (with his wife).
Behind the 2 royals is sitting the Sultan of Sintang (in green clothes).
Royal dinner in the palace of the Tjokorda of Badung-Denpasar.
In blue: Calon-Raja Haji Andi Rauf Maro Karaeng Rewa of Tallo; the brother principality of Gowa (SW-Sulawesi).
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(All Picture from H.H. Anak Agung Eka Putra of Eka Cipta Photo in Denpasar/Bali)
Kamis, 04 Desember 2008
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has denied a a gathering held with royals and palace representatives at the State Palace on Saturday had any political motives.
The event, held for the National Royal Palace Forum (Forum Keraton Nusantara), was attended by kings and representatives from 17 palaces nationwide.
"This (gathering) is not a political forum. This is a forum for culture, heritage and civilization that shows the greatness of our nation. We should not relate this to politics," Yudhoyono said in his speech.
Forum head Ida Tjokorda Ngurah Jambe Pamecutan of Bali thanked Yudhoyono's administration for supporting the forum's establishment two years ago.
He said the country's palace community had started to become marginalized because of great improvements in the political system and democracy.
"But Bapak President has done many things for us, and we will do 'good deeds' in return," he said, without going into detail.
Support from the community will mean a lot for Yudhoyono, who will run for another term as president in the election next year.
Forum member Azwar Anas of West Sumatra denied claims that the community's "good deeds" for Yudhoyono would include voting for him in the 2009 election.
"No, it's not about politics. What we were referring to as good deeds is about participating in the development and not becoming troublemakers in this country," he added.
He said it was only during Yudhoyono's term that a ministerial decree was issued as a legal basis to establish the forum, which now has 118 members nationwide.
Anas said he personally supported Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla in their bid for a second term.
"I think if Yudhoyono and Kalla once again won the election, Indonesia would become an advanced country. They should be given a second chance for the next five years to complete their programs," he said.
The President said palaces were part of the country's diverse heritage and should be preserved.
"Palaces are part of our civilization. If we can preserve our civilization, we will be able to improve our self-reliance and competitiveness to be a developed country in the 21st century," he said.
Yudhoyono told the forum that palace communities should participate in the country's development by maintaining their culture, with support from the government.
"If the palace community can play its role, it would be a great contribution for this nation."
Among those attending the event were Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, Coordinating Minister for the People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie, Home Minister Mardiyanto and Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi.
King of the Yogyakarta Palace Sultan Hamengkubuwono X did not attend. The sultan -- the governor of Yogyakarta and a member of the country's largest political party, Golkar -- has announced he will run for president next year, thus becoming one of Yudhoyono's political rivals.
Senin, 01 Desember 2008
"The chance is big. It is only PDIP that has already had a candidate while other parties have not," he said at a lecture at state University of Airlangga.
About people who had also aspired to become presidential candidates Sultan said that it was not a problem for him.
"I think it is alright to have a competition. It will be the people or voters that will take the benefit," he said.
He said however that it would all depend upon the votes collected by parties in the legislative elections to be held ahead of the presidential elections.
Asked about the possibility of him being discharged from his post as member of the Golkar Party`s advisory board after declaring his readiness to run for president, he said he saw no party rule that ordered dismissal for party cadre who declared to run for presidency.
Asked about the political means that he would use for running for the presidential post, the Sultan said that it would be determined later after the completion of the legislative elections.
"We have not talked about it. Was the declaration only made yesterday," he said.
He declined to tell about his possible vice presidential candidate.
Before thousands of people the Sultan of the traditional Javanese kingdom declared his readiness to run for president on Tuesday. (*)
"Next October, we will hold a national seminar in Ternate to discuss our proposal to recognize Sultan Babullah as a national hero," Ari Munandar, a North Maluku culturalist, said here on Monday.
The seminar to be attended by local and national historians, was expected to issue a recommendation to the central government to bestow a national hero`s title on Sultan Babullah.
He said Babullah deserved the hero`s title because as a sultan of Ternate in the sixteenth century he fought foreign colonizers especially the Portuguese and managed to expel the Portuguese from Ternate.
The power of the Ternate sultanate culminated under Sultan Babullah (1570-1584) who succeeded in driving out the Portuguese from his realm in 1575.
Ternate`s airport was named after Sultan Babullah because the North Maluku people appreciated his struggle against foreign colonizers, he said. (*)
"Indonesia has a variety of cultures, arts and civilizations which show the greatness of the country. As the head of state, I expect all kings and sultans to play a role in preserving and developing the national heritages ," he said.
He said the development of national heritages included development of cultures, traditions and wisdoms. "You all can also play a role in national development in all fields," he said.
He said the traditional rulers` participation in national development would contribute much to the nation.
On the occasion the President also called on all royal entities in the country to develop tourism- and arts-based economies.
"Indonesia has the capital to do it. Develop all the existing economic potentials and thus make contributions to the nation," he said.
He said the results of economic developement could be used to pay the cost of maintainng the cultural centers existing in the regions.
The Nusantara Palace forum was established in 2006 with 57 member palaces. Now the number of its members has risen to 118 palaces.
King Ida Tjokorda Ngurah Jambe Pamecutan IX from the Denpasr Grand Temple who is the forum`s chairman said on the occasion that the traditional palaces were one of the means to develop national culture.
This was why the forum`s members believed they needed to maintain their community in a spirit of fraternity, he said.
King Ida also said the forum would stage a palace expo from December 25 through December 30 to be participated in by its 118 members.
Attending the meeting with the president were traditional kings from Riau, Riau Islands, South Sumatra, West Sumatra, Lampung, Madura, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Maluku and West Papua. (*)