Dialogue between President of the Republic of Indonesia and Representatives of Students and Lecturers of Islamic Boarding Schools (through video conference) from Dayah Istiqamatuddin Darul Mu’Arrif Islamic Boarding School, Aceh Besar Regency, Aceh Province Thursday 16 September 2021

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 16 September 2021
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Students
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, Alhamdulillahirabbil ‘alamin, washalatu wasalamu ‘ala asrafil ambiya’i wal mursalin, sayyidina wa habibina wa syafiina wa maulana Muhammadin, wa ‘ala alihi washahbihi ajma’in. Amma ba’du (Introduction of a remarks in Islamic fashion).

Distinguished Kyai (Islamic clerics), Tengku (prominent figures).
Today we have carried out an important task, namely mass vaccination for Islamic boarding school students. Today, I come to Aceh province, Aceh Besar regency, and visit Dayah Istiqamatuddin Darul Mu’Arrif Islamic Boarding School to meet the students who will receive the jabs and who have been vaccinated.

I really appreciate those who support the vaccination including the schools that encouraged their students to get vaccinated. We all hope our children, students to be protected from COVID-19 infection. We want to protect them against COVID-19 through vaccination.

Now, I would like to talk with representatives of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency.

Representatives of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java
(Greets with yells)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Representatives of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java
(Greets with yells)

Who are we? We are students of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School who are ready to devote and embrace the country for the resilient Indonesia. I get vaccinated. My mask protects me, your mask protects you.

Ahmad Muflih Zamachsyari (Principal of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java)
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President Joko Widodo, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ahmad Muflih Zamachsyari, principal of Al Rifa’ie Modern Islamic Boarding School 2.
Mr. President, thank you for inoculating vaccines to 5,000 students here.
Our students came from Sabang to Merauke. Here are students representing Maluku.

Student of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java (Mustika)
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, President Joko Widodo.
My name is Mustika bin Abdullah, student of Al Rifa’ie Modern Islamic Boarding School 2. I came from Ambon, Maluku.
I would like to express my gratitude to you for providing vaccine. Since I get vaccinated, I can meet with my friends here. Insyaallah, God willing, I want to come home to Ambon during school holidays. I dearly miss my mother, father, and siblings. One word for you Sir, tabea (respect).

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Thank you.

Student of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java (Muhammad Ahsan)
Assalamu’alaikum Mr. President. My name is Muhammad Ahsan.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Student of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java (Muhammad Ahsan)
Alhamdulillahirabbil ‘alamin, washalatu wasalamu ‘ala asrafil ambiya’i wal mursalin, sayyidina wa maulana Muhammadin. Amma ba’du. (Introduction of a remarks in Islamic fashion)

Thank you very much Mr. Jokowi, I get vaccinated today and now I can meet with my friends and teachers here. I hope I can graduate from this school. I thank you.

Principal of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java
We would like to thank you, Mr. President. May Allah always grant you and your family good health. If you visit Malang, please come to our school.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
All right.

Principal of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java
We kindly need your guidance and support for our upcoming language center in our school.
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

(Greets with yells)
Healthy Indonesia, Remarkable Indonesia.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I am delighted, alhamdulillah, thank God, the students look very excited and healthy. I hope that through vaccination, they can maintain their good health and be protected from COVID-19.

To your request, I will make time to visit Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, in Malang.

I thank you.

Principal of Al Rifa’ie Islamic Boarding School, Malang regency, East Java
Thank you, Mr. President.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, in Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, from South Kalimantan, you take the floor.

Representatives of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan
(Greets with yells)
We are happy, bright, brave, and kind students. Let us get vaccinated so that Indonesia can be healed immediately. Greetings from the students!

Ahmad Syarifuddin (Principal of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan)
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Ahmad Syarifuddin (Principal of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan)
Distinguished President of the Republic of Indonesia.

On this occasion, allow me, Ahmad Syarifuddin, principal of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan to thank the President and Chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) who had helped us in the vaccination drive for our students. Hopefully, they can always be healthy to join in-person learning.

In addition, allow me to express gratitude to President Jokowi for enacting Presidential Regulation Number 82 of 2021 on Funding for Islamic Boarding Schools. The regulation and the Government’s supports are huge help for us. We also need the President’s aid to help us with the construction of low-cost apartment block in our school, so that our school complex can be healthier and more livable.

May Allah always grant you and the officials good health and blessings to carry out your tasks particularly during the pandemic. Please allow our students to say something to you.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Okay, thank you.

Student of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan (Cahaya Inayah)
Assalamu’alaikum, Mr. President.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Student of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan (Cahaya Inayah)
My name is Cahaya Inayah, a senior at Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School. I have a dream to be an ustadzah (female Islamic teacher). Please pray so Allah can make my dream come true. Alhamdulillah, my friends and I have been vaccinated. Thank you, Mr. Jokowi.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Thank you. May your dream come true, insyaallah.

Student of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan (Cahaya Inayah)
Amen.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Mr. Ahmad, how many students in Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School have got their shots?

Ahmad Syarifuddin (Principal of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan)
In total, we have inoculated 3,000 doses of vaccine.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
How many?

Ahmad Syarifuddin (Principal of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan)
Three thousand doses.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
That’s quite a lot. All right. Regarding low-cost apartment, I will assign a team to observe the location in Tanah Laut, as soon as possible. Have you already acquired the land?

Ahmad Syarifuddin (Principal of Asy-Syuhada Islamic Boarding School, Pelaihari, Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan)
We have considerable plot of land, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
I see. Insyaallah, I will send a team later. Thank you.

The last one is from DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi.

Representatives of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi

(Greets with yells)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.
Greetings. We, the DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, support mass vaccination drive, 3M measures; wearing a face mask, washing hands, maintain safe distance, for a healthy and remarkable Indonesia.

… (inaudible)

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
I am delighted. I am glad to see the excitement of the students. They all look perfectly healthy.

Student of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi (Andi Muhammad Alif Magasing)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Student of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi (Andi Muhammad Alif Magasing)
I am Andi Muhammad Alif Magasing, you can call me Alif Magasing. Mr. President, don’t you worry because we always pray for you, Sir.

Student of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi (Siti Khodijah Lukman)
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Greeting, Mr, President. My name is Siti Khodijah Lukman. Sir, please keep your spirits up amid the pandemic because once the sail unfolds, you must not give up until you reach your destination. Cheer up, my President.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Cheer up.

Abdul Haris Nurdin (Principal of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi)
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Abdul Haris Nurdin, the principal of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi province.

I would like to express my highest appreciation to the President for providing vaccines to the students to realize a healthy and remarkable Indonesia. In our Islamic boarding school, we always pray that Allah blesses you with good health and strength to lead the country, particularly to tackle COVID-19. We also pray that you can one day come to Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi province and visit our school.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Insyaallah.

Abdul Haris Nurdin (Principal of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi)
I also pray to Allah the Almighty to protect our President, heal our nation, and grant prosperity to our country. Let us realize a victorious Indonesia, healthy Indonesia, and remarkable Indonesia.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Amen.

Abdul Haris Nurdin (Principal of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi)
We kindly need your guidance, Sir,

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
How many students get vaccinated today?

Abdul Haris Nurdin (Principal of DDI Mattoanging Islamic Boarding School, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi)
Three thousand students.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko “Jokowi” Widodo)
Three thousand? That’s quite a lot. Alhamdulillah, thank God, I hope the mass vaccination can protect our students from COVID-19 transmission so they can have good health and join in-person learning with the teachers and clerics and return learning process at Islamic boarding schools as normal.

That concludes my remarks.
I thank you.
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. (RAS/MUR)

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