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The government wishes to reform tourism facilities in the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, by working with private investors. Islands that are home to the Komodo dragon and yellow-crested cockatoo will be polished for premium wildlife safari, like those in Africa. The membership fee will be US$1,000, or Rp14.5 million per person, with the number of tourists limited to 50,000 annually. Without the blessing of the United Nations and a study on the venture’s impact on endangered species, not to mention the plan to relocate businesses owned by local communities, the public works and people’s housing ministry is building roads on Rinca Island. One company has even begun building an office on Padar Island. This arrangement also alters one island’s spatial plan by encroaching into its public space.
The management of Komodo National Park’s wildlife tourism will not only impact the area’s famed prehistoric animals and local communities living in its larger islands. Critically endangered endemic birds will also be exposed to the loud noise of heavy machinery.
The development plan for the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has sparked a controversy. Environment Ministry Director-General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation, Wiratno, answers Tempo queries about the case. He is the official in charge of the management of national parks and their contents.
Playing Against the World
The business of video-on-demand service provider is becoming a new opportunity for the local production houses to create different contents.
The National Commission on Human Rights and the police have differing versions regarding how the six bodyguards of Rizieq Shihab died. The National Police Criminal Investigation Department encountered difficulties in investigating officers involved
Public is No Longer Hiding Behind Us
New Year Tragedy
Police on patrol during the New Year’s Eve in Jalan Sudirman, Jakarta, on Thursday December 31. The Jakarta Police conducted Car Free Night and Crowd Free Night by closing Jakarta’s Jalan Sudirman and Jalan MH Thamrin on New Year’s Eve to prevent large crowds from gathering./Antara/Galih Pradipta
Maybe Marion does not view his relationship with the divine as a matter of belief in God. That relationship is more an acknowledgment of love–and love, even ‘love in a simple way’, is more astonishing than faith.