King Babau of NTT: Gov’t Committed to Paying Attention to Royal Cultural Arts Issue

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 4 Januari 2018
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King Babau of NTT Jan Christofer Benjamin answers reporters’ question after accompanying the Kings and Sultans with President Jokowi, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Thursday afternoon (4/1). (Photo: OZI/PR)

King Babau of NTT Jan Christofer Benjamin answers reporters’ question after accompanying the Kings and Sultans with President Jokowi, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Thursday afternoon (4/1). (Photo: OZI/PR)

King Jan Christofer Benjamin of the Babau Kingdom, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), said in a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Thursday (4/1) afternoon, that the Kings and Sultans gave input to the Government to pay attention to the territorial land of the royals’ rights.

In addition, the Kings and Sultans also expect that the Government pays more attention to the existing kingdom or sultanate to be able to build the cultural arts rooted from the kingdom. “We and the Government will join hands to support the Government. We support the Government to materialize the Government’s program ahead. We are ready because the Government pays attention to us and that is our contribution to the current Government,” King Jan told reporters after the meeting.

In response, according to Jan, President Jokowi conveyed the Government’s efforts that are currently encouraging to rebuild less productive land. “The Government and the Kingdom will utilize the current bedding aimed to improve people’s economy, build tourism in order to develop cultural values ??that rooted from the kingdom itself,” Jan explained.

In response, Jan continued, President Jokowi has also committed and will hold a Limited Meeting related to it. “The President will hold a Limited Meeting with his Ministers. He will submit decisions or policies concerning agriculture, fisheries, marine, and people’s economy,” Jan said.

Representing the Kings and Sultans, Jan believes the Government will pay attention to the arts and cultural issues rooted in the kingdoms of Indonesia. “We would like to thank the Government for the tremendous attention. In the future, the cultural character of this nation will be built through the kingdoms in order for tourism potential that can bring in foreign exchange,” Jan said.

Jan added that during the meeting, the President was pleased and said that the outcome of the meeting would be a special note for him in the future. “The President was very pleased with the meeting that what he had not known before, he can absorb directly from the Kings and Sultans in this archipelago,” Jan said.

For the record, the President received dozens of Kings and Sultans from all over Indonesia at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Thursday (4/1) afternoon, including from Sumatra (20 people), Java (17 people), Bali (3 people), East Nusa Tenggara (5 people), West Nusa Tenggara (4 people), Kalimantan (10 people), Sulawesi (18 people), Maluku (9 people), and Papua (two people). (GUN/OZI/ES) (MUR/YM/Naster).

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