Wushu Indonesia Board’s Right of Reply
Wushu Indonesia Board and Airlangga University write their right of reply, while Gabriel Maha makes clarification for the article on land dispute in East Nusa Tenggara.
WE, the Executive Board of Wushu Indonesia (PBWI), would like to exercise the right of reply in relation to a report in Tempo of the February 15-21, 2021 edition. There are some inaccuracies concerning the conferment of the honorary doctorate on Bapak Airlangga Hartarto. It is as if the granting of the title was not in compliance with the correct procedure and mechanism.
1. Bapak Airlangga was nominated as General Chairman of PBWI for the period of 2017-2021 at a national conference of Wushu Indonesia. He has pledged to strive for the creation of world-class athletes. He has conducted wushu sport management appropriately and led the way to the accreditation of PBWI by the National Sports Standardization and Accreditation Agency.
2. He also became a member of the Executive Committee of Wushu Federation of Asia (WFA) in 2018. In the following year, Indonesia was chosen to play host to the 2020 Junior World Championship at the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) Congress in Shanghai, China.
3. Under Bapak Airlangga’s four-year PBWI leadership, wushu athletes have emerged as world champions and gold medalists of the Asian Games. He has also promoted athletes from pre-junior to senior ranks.
4. Bapak Airlangga has also carried out routine activities to support athletes such as upgrading courses for coaches and referees/judges and organized international events like the President Cup, Sports Minister Cup and PBWI General Chairman Cup.
5. Based on those achievements, the PBWI submitted a request for the conferment of an honorary doctorate on Bapak Airlangga to Semarang State University (Unnes) on July 2, 2020.
6. The PBWI and Unnes have had common understanding of wushu athlete development. So far, many wushu athletes have been admitted to Unnes through the achievement channel. They have later become national athletes and earned world champion titles. Since 2016, Unnes has also routinely held Unnes Rector Cup wushu open national championships.
This is the exercise of our right of reply in order to straighten out the Tempo’s article.
Ngatino, SH, MH
Secretary-General of PBWI
Thank you for your response. We obtained the information about the uncommon title conferment on Airlangga Hartarto from several resource persons, who are lecturers and professors at Unnes. We have also made verifications of the information—Ed.
Gabriel Mahal’s Clarification
THE article in Tempo of the February 15-21, 2021 edition titled A Promise of Coffee at the Promised Land mentioned my name, Gabriel Mahal. Therefore, I consider it necessary to make this clarification.
1. It is true that I was one of the attorneys of the late H. Muhammad Abubakar Adam Djudje a.k.a. H. Adam Djudje based on the Power of Attorney 011/MAA-SK/I/2017/Pdt, January 10, 2017.
2. It is not true that I installed the signpost reading: “(This) ± 30 Ha of land belongs to H. Adam Djudje under the supervision of Lawyers/Advocates Gabriel Mahal and Muhammad Achyar” as stated in the article. The signpost was put up by our client, H. Adam Djudje. I was only aware of the signpost when I visited the plot location in the middle of 2017. So, the signpost had been there before 2019. H. Adam Djudje explained to me that the installation of the signpost was to prevent people from claiming the land. At the time, many people were indeed claiming to have ownership of the land.
3. On Thursday, December 3, 2020, H. Adam Djudje passed away. Based on Article 1813 of the Civil Law, the power of attorney from H. Adam Djudje was thus null and void or ended with the demise of H. Adam Djudje as the authorizer.
This is my clarification. Thank you for your attention.
Thank you for your information. The information about the signpost installation was obtained from nearby residents—Ed.
Airlangga University’s Right of Reply
IN relation to the articles in Tempo of the February 1-7, 2021 issue titled Racing to Get Into Predator Journals and the February 15-21, 2021 issue titled The Price of Honorary Degree, we wish to exercise the right of reply.
On the article Racing to Get Into Predator Journals:
1. The Tempo article failed to cover both sides as Airlangga University (Unair) was not interviewed proportionally. Tempo’s interview with the Deputy Rector for Internationalization, Digitalization and Information was less professionally done and did not uphold the journalistic ethical code. It is because the journalist contacted the resource person to discuss the procedure for the inclusion in the indexed journal Scopus, for the reason of intending to learn to do it. But it turned out that the discussion was published as a ‘statement’ from Unair. This is not in line with Article 2 of the Journalistic Ethical Code, stipulating that Indonesian journalists shall apply professional methods in executing journalistic duties.
2. With regard to the Unair lecturer as a resource person, Vinsensio Dugis, in relation to the predator journal and hijacking journal. On the one side Vinsensio Dugis’ paper was published in the predator/hijacking journal, with the title Indonesian Membership In The Indian Ocean RIM Association: Opportunities and Challenges in Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University, Volume 55, No. 6, December 2020, in the link http://jsju.org/index.php/journal/article/view/769/763. The journal was a false one because it hijacked the original journal, Xinan Jiaotong Daxue Xuebao/Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University, http://journal16.magtechjournal.com/Jweb_xnjd/EN/volumn/current.shtml. Http://jsju.org was a hijacking journal (see https://beallslist.net/hijacked-journals/).
3. Tempo published the same information with different title. The news appeared in the article Racing to Get Into Predator Journals and article How Do Lecturers and Campuses Use Predator Journals to Raise Their Ratings? with the subtitle “The scientific work of the lecturer at Airlangga University was published in a false journal. The Unair lecturer paid Rp13 million to get the scientific work published in the Scopus journal.” This writing is very damaging to Unair as it contains mistaken, biased information and trial by the press.
On the article The Price of Honorary Degree:
1. We view the reporting as very tendentious and Tempo has done trial by the press so that it harms the reputation of Airlangga University. The article tended to be invented because the conferment of the honorary doctorate on Muhaimin Iskandar took place four years ago. Even at the time Tempo had reported the event objectively, not as tendentious as the present report.
2. The granting of the honorary doctorate to Muhaimin Iskandar already complied with the law and procedure in force. The title conferment also conformed to the effective provisions and procedure at the university. This conferment was among others determined by a promotor team and an evaluation of the academic works of the awardee as well as the considerations of the academic senate. The awardee has never been criminally penalized based on a court decision with permanent legal force.
3. As for the gratuity written by Tempo, the university was totally unaware of this and it had nothing to do with the awarding of the honorary doctorate. The university has its own budget for various activities, including this one, so that independence is maintained in the conferment of honorary titles.
Martha Kurnia Kusumawardani
Head of Communication and Public Information Center of Unair
Thank you for your response. On the article Racing to Get Into Predator Journals, we had the confession of Airlangga University’s Sri Endah Kinasih, who had paid Rp13 million to get the work published in the Scopus journal. Regarding the interview with Deputy Rector for Internationalization, Digitalization and Information of Unair Muhammad Miftahussurur, Tempo made no statement that the interview was only a discussion. We obtained the information in the article The Price of Honorary Degree from a number of lecturers, professors, politicians of the National Awakening Party and international relations lecturer Mochamad Yunus, who followed the discussion with Muhaimin Iskandar—Ed.