Semarang State University's Right of Reply
Semarang State University writes its right of reply for the cover story of Tempo of the February 15-21, 2021 edition, Honoris Causa For Sale.
Semarang State University’s Right of Reply
IN relation to the cover story of Tempo of the February 15-21, 2021 edition, Honoris Causa For Sale, we, Semarang State University (Unnes), would like to exercise our right of reply.
- Tempo presented the photo of the Unnes rector and senate without confirmation and permission from the Unnes rector. This is very damaging to us. We wish to affirm that there is no lavish conferment of titles at Unnes.
- Tempo wrote the opinion stating that the conferment of honorary doctorates by Unnes is done arbitrarily and was out of the ordinary. The assumption is incorrect. The granting of honoris causa degree was pursuant to the Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister’s Regulation No. 65/2016 on honorary doctorates. Article 1 stipulates that honorary doctorates are conferred by universities having doctorate programs with “A” accreditation to individuals who deserve honors for their exceptional merits in science, technology and or humanity. Unnes bestows honorary doctorates by the mechanism that conforms to the rule.
- It was claimed that the conferment of honorary doctorates to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto and Habib Lutfhi according to some Unnes professors was not done through an open scientific forum to test their academic capacity. The allegation is not true. The titles were granted on the basis of proposals and recommendations from the society, organizations or institutes and the performance of the relevant awardees. Later, academic studies were conducted by the relevant doctorate study program. Then the Unnes senate that included professors made academic studies and convened plenary meetings. Habib Luthfi offered a scientific oration entitled Proselytizing Communication and National History.
- We hope Tempo will straighten out the report and adopt a more professional approach on the basis of valid data in news writing so as not to harm public interests.
Head of the Technical Executive Unit, Public Relations Center, Semarang State University
Thank you for your response.
- The use of the photo has complied with journalistic ethics by mentioning the source of photo.
- The opinion in Tempo constitutes the stance of the editorial staff on the facts discovered in the news report.
- We obtained the information from the professors and lecturers at Unnes.
- The information we obtained was already verified. We also interviewed Unnes Rector Fathur Rokhman as a form of balanced reporting—Ed.
Football amid Pandemic
THE Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) has decided to postpone all soccer competitions from the lowest levels, which are League 3 and League 2, to the highest league for an indeterminable time limit since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. However, on February 18, 2021, the Youth and Sports Ministry (Kemenpora) permitted the Menpora Cup competition.
Minister Zainudin Amali has affirmed that the present condition is not normal so that the support of all parties is needed, including club owners, to make a success of this preseason tournament. Hopefully the competition will start shortly. But there should be commitments from club owners, leaders of supporters, the PSSI, and the competition management to really carry out their obligations with the government and the police.
This preseason tournament also becomes a trial arena whether soccer can again be organized with discipline on the part of supporters. As we are aware, the PSSI and Liga Indonesia Baru want to arrange a soccer match without spectators, as required by the National Police.
Muhammad Ravel Satria
The Photo of Mount Gede-Pangrango
THERE has been quite a stir in the social media lately due to the photo of Mount Gede-Pangrango clearly seen from Kemayoran, Jakarta. This picture caused a stir because the mountain looks very clear. Apart from the fuss about the technique behind it, the appearance of Mount Gede-Pangrango indicates a fine and bright weather. The pollution usually engulfing Jakarta is no longer there. This can also happen with the decreasing number of vehicles during the period of social activity restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The situation should make us realize that such a landscape and pollution reduction are costly. The world has to undergo a pandemic to enjoy such scenery. It means the pollution comes from motor vehicles, factory machines, and everything to propel the economy. Do we realize that economic operation needs a huge cost not only for its budget but also everyone’s right to fresh air for survival and activity?
Hopefully the pandemic will be over soon. Thereafter we should change the way we undertake economic activity. For instance, foul energy is changed into clean energy. We certainly do not want to see the Jakarta skies always covered with smoke and pollution from fuel to support our activity. We can surely make it happen without having to await the next pandemic.