Oct 17, 2013

Its really true that we beat KOREA?

One of the rare occasions when Indonesia beat Korea on football. It happened on Saturday (October 12) when skipper Evan Dimas scored all Indonesia’s goals as they beat Korea Republic 3-2 at Gelora Bung Karno stadium, Jakarta, and qualified for the AFC Under 19th years old Championship 2014.
Indonesia finished their qualifying Group G campaign with a perfect record from all their three games while Korea Republic managed to get six points from as many games and sat second in the four-team table.
The leaders of the nine qualifying groups and six best runners-up along with the competition’s hosts Myanmar will compete in the 16-sided tournament in October next year (2014). Indonesia had a dramatic end to their campaign as they overcame South Korea 3-2 in a tense final Group G match to emerge as group winners. They had earlier defeated Laos 4-0 and Philippines 2-0. Its rare occasion, so I've wrote on here  to describe how we've been waiting this moments for many years.

Oct 7, 2013

Belajar dari Garuda Muda

The Result of Asian Football Federation (AFF) Under 19th (U-19) or AFFU19: Indonesia are Champions after Winning Sudden-Death Shoot Out, defeat Vietnam. I have wrote it on http://olahraga.kompasiana.com/bola/2013/09/23/belajar-dari-garuda-muda-part-kesekian--595097.html -the title is "Belajar dari Garuda Muda" (Lesson learned from Young Garuda). Check it out

"Belajar dari garuda Muda (Part Kesekian)". Ketika penendang penalti pertama Vietnam dengan jumawa menendang kembali bola yang muntah dari golnya yang mantul ke gawang, saya jadi yakin. Yakin bahwa mereka yang –katakanlah- sombong akan kalah, dan mereka yang rendah hati akan menang. Ini seperti kejadian saat Markis Kido/ Hendra Setiawan meraih emas Olimpiade Beijing tahun 2008. Di set pertama Cai Yun/ Fu Haifeng yang menang, dan satu yang sangat terekam di pikiranku adalah ketika Cai/ Fu melepaskan emosi kepercayaan terlalu tinggi dengan meninju ke udara ke arah penonton –atau apalah namanya yang mengindikasikan kesombongan itu. Selengkapnya di sini

 

Apr 3, 2013


MDGs: Killed or to be killed

It feels long time ago that I didnt wrote any article in English. Probably since 2010 before I moved to Medan for eight months. Yesterday –Tuesday March 27- I brought the jakarta Post when we flight to Balikpapan. Several article and news are very nice and I think its nice to be shared. I noticed interesting event on bali this week –when many stakeholders discuss the post 2015 MDGs agenda.

Riwanto Tirtosudarmo wrote that civil society groups, academics, the private sector, government officials and politicians will conduct parallel meetings.  The bali meeting is the final meeting of the HLPEP meetings previously conducted in New York, London and Monrovia. One major issue that increasingly needs to be given more attention in the discusiion on sustainable development is the issue of inequality among populations between and within countries.

Inequality is apparently increasing between economic calsses as well as between regions in Indonesia, in which Java has consistenly shown higher social and economic conditions compared to the rest of the country, especially between eastern versus western. Population dynamics concerning migration or human movement is perhaps the most crucial component than is strongly interconnected with the spatial dimension of social equity.

Issues related to sustainable development, particularly economic growth, social equity and the environment will become the major focuses for the post-2015 development agenda. The other perspective that will be brought to the discussion is the contribution of population dynamics in the achievement of sustainable development. Population dynamics are acknowledged to play a significant role in shaping the achievement of sustainable development goals. As one of the largest countries in terms of population, Indonesia has many experiences and features that could be shared with the world.


Indeed, inequality is pressing all of us through its various manifestations and sustainable development will never be realized if the widening inequality cannot be resolved. Social equity, as one of the focuses of the post-2015 development agenda besides economic growth and environment sustainability, is highly instrumental in tackling the increasing problem of inequality.

The manifestation of inequality is often measured through a selected number of social and economic indicators that show the glaring gap between different groups within society. The crude measurements, however, still use income per capita between different economic classes within a country or the average income per capita between countries.

Inequality is apparently increasing between economic classes as well as between regions in Indonesia, in which Java has consistently shown higher social and economic conditions compared to the rest of the country, especially with the eastern parts. At the global level, as The Economist (2012) based on various sources, has also indicated the alarming growing inequality internationally.

The issue of social equity is therefore critical for the overall goals of the post-2015 development agenda as increasing inequality no doubt threatens economic growth as well as environmental sustainability, both in Indonesia and in the world. Population dynamics concerning migration or human movement is perhaps the most crucial component that is strongly interconnected with the spatial dimension of social equity.

As the case of Indonesia has shown, the relocation of people to urban areas in Java and to other economic hubs on other islands reflects the uneven development between regions as well as inequality between migrants and local populations.

Rapid urbanization has resulted in the increasing concentration of people in the areas around Jakarta, Semarang, Bandung and Surabaya, all of which are located in Java. The glaring disparity between the haves and the haves not in the cities is also an alarming sign as social tensions and conflict can easily break out at some point.

The large proportion of young people not adequately accommodated in the labor markets is also another issue on how population age structure is closely related with social, economic and political developments.

The recently published 2012 Failed States Index illustrates that incompetence in managing a growing population significantly contributes to the condition of a failed state.

At the global level, the situation concerning population dynamics and social equity is unfortunately far from promising. International migration could be seen as one of the aspects making the inequality gap between rich industrialized countries and poor developing countries lean toward more protectionism on the part of rich countries when it comes to immigration. In the last 10 years or so, international migration has been perceived not only as an issue of economic development but also of becoming more political and securitized.

Unless a progressive effort to reduce the barriers to human mobility between countries is removed, which is unlikely, the social equity issue as aspired to in the post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion in Bali will most likely be the main stumbling block to making the world more equally prosperous and peaceful
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Mar 28, 2013

Ini Sepakbola, Bung....


SANGAT provokatif ketika koran sore Sinar Harapan memakai headline “Hakikat Sepak Bola itu Kemenangan” pada edisi Senin, 18 Maret 2013. Namun seandainya provokatif, tendensius, dan berlebihan, minimal bisa menarik kocek saya untuk membelinya. Statemen itu mengutip pernyataan kolumnis sepakbola Indonesia, yang sudah almarhum, Kadir Yusuf.

Semula saya menolak mentah-mentah sinyalemen yang “sederhana” itu. Kalau diteruskan, maka sebuah tim hanya mengejar kemenangan semata, tanpa ada jiwa seninya. Maka berterimakasihlah kepada Maradona, Zidane, Messi, dan barangkali Andik Virmansyah, merekalah yang memasukkan unsur keindahan dalam gocekan bolanya.

Kalau “hakikat sepakbola adalah kemenangan” diteruskan, maka bisa-bisa yang menggelora adalah asal menang. Sehingga bisa muncul negatif footbal. Ibaratnya Chelsea yang menaruh bis di depan gawangnya –saat melawan Barca di ajang Champion 2012 lalu. Yang penting menang, alias menghalalkan segala cara. Tapi hati ini serasa hipokrit ketika menonton PSSI lawan Arab Saudi hari Sabtu (23 Maret) lalu. Kok ndilalah, bola yang dikuasai terus menerus oleh Arab, menit kelima jatuh ke Boas Salossa, dan gol dengan dua sentuhan.

Indonesia unggul 1-0 pada menit kelima. Bayangan saya, biarlah pertandingan dikuasai Arab, yang penting Indonesia menang. Tapi ternyata, hukum alam –alias ciptaan Tuhan-berlaku. Mereka yang berusaha lebih banyak, hasilnya lebih gedhe juga. Arab mendominasi, dan merekalah yang menang.

Seperti melihat pertandingan Italy lawan Belanda dulu tahun 2000 di Piala Eropa. Dominasi total football dalam pertandingan tersebut takluk dengan grendel catenaccio Italia. Saya berharap demikian adanya pertandingan PSSI kemarin. Tapi lagi-lagi apa daya. Keberuntungan berpihak kepada mereka sang penguasa –maksudnya yang menguasai pertandingan.

Pelatih legendaris Indonesia asal Belanda, mister Wiel Coerver (1924-2011), yang pernah melatih Indonesia tahun 1975-1976 pernah mengatakan, inti sepakbola adalah memenangkan duel satu lawan satu. Pernyataan Kadir Yusuf tadi bila dituliskan secara lengkap adalah: Inti dari sepak bola adalah bagaimana mencetak gol lebih banyak ke gawang lawan –daripada tim lawan mencetak gol ke gawang kita.

Seminggu sebelumnya, kepengurusan PSSI bisa “reuni” dengan hanya satu bond di tanah air (Ahad, 17 Maret). Ini salah satu bentuk kemenangan yang kompromis. Ketika La Nyalla Mattalitti (Ketua KPSI alias Komite Penyelamat Sepakbola Indonesia) mau menjadi Wakil Ketum PSSI dibawah Djohar Arifin. Jadi inti sepakbola adalah kompromi bukan.....

Selain itu, dan pasti, hakekat sepakbola adalah berbuat baik. Ini yang tampaknya kurang dari pemain sepakbola. Semangat mencederai lawan, semangat yang berlebihan dalam merayakan gol di hadapan lawan, itu bukan semangat yang betul.  Coba pelajari bagaimana seorang Christian Ronaldo tidak mau merayakan golnya di depan publik Manchester, karena mungkin takut melukai perasaan mantan klubnya. Atau bagaimana CRonaldo tidak mau bertukar kaos dengan pemain Israel, karena takut menyinggung tanah Palestina –tuan rumah sebenarnya- di atas stadion tersebut.

Sepakbola adalah refleksi kehidupan ini bro. Sabar dan syukur salah “dua”nya. Sabar dalam menguasai pertandingan, dan syukur atas gol yang diciptakan.

Feb 4, 2013

My Poem on Febr "13

Masihkah Hujan Mengguyur Kota Ini

Ini bukan soal banjir yang melanda kotamu
tapi air di matamu yang membeku dan membekas
siang itu seperti kemarin hujan menyapaku
di tengah surya yang menghujam panas
bukan tentang panas itu lagi-lagi bukan
dan kamu adalah esnya di antara batu-batu
tapi bukan itu lagi-lagi bukan
karena auramu ialah sekam menyatu satu
dan bisakah aku membuatkanmu kolam
yang tengahnya lampu namun bersinar kelam
lalu kamu menepi karena alasan rancu
lalu aku seperti menyesali sesuatu
karena auramu ialah sekam menyatu satu
dan bisakah kuyakin segera meninggalkanmu
tapi bukan itu lagi-lagi bukan
karena auramu menarik seperti sang malam
dan kerlingmu adalah bohlam, bohlam, bohlam,
tapi bukan itu lagi-lagi bukan
apapun itu semakin semakin aku
karena aku semakin terpekur dalam
guyuran hujan cintamu

Mar 19, 2012

Problematika 5M dalam KKPE/ KUPS

KREDIT Ketahanan Pangan dan Energi (KKPE) adalah jenis kredit investasi dan/atau modal kerja yang diberikan oleh Bank Pelaksana kepada petani/ peternak melalui kelompok tani atau koperasi. Sedangkan Kredit Usaha Pembibitan Sapi (KUPS) merupakan skema kredit program dengan suku bunga bersubsidi yang disediakan oleh pemerintah untuk menciptakan tatanan iklim usaha yang mampu mendorong pelaku usaha bergerak di bidang pembibitan sapi.

Sampai saat ini realisasi KKPE dan KUPS masih rendah, mengutip pidato sambutan Pimpinan Bank Indonesia (BI) Medan saat memimpin rapat "Review Pelaksanaan KKPE dan KUPS di Sumatera Utara" (Kamis, 19 Mei 2011), untuk skala nasional masih berkisar 25 persen (KKPE) dan 4 persen (KUPS). BI sendiri sangat concern dalam memantau perkembangan kredit program karena perannya untuk koordinasi dan kerjasama dengan pihak terkait dalam rangka mendukung kebijakan perkreditan.

Selama mengikuti rapat koordinasi tersebut, penulis mengindikasi terdapat 5M yang menjadi problematika rendahnya pencairan skim kredit KKPE dan KUPS di Sumatera Utara. Ke-5 M tersebut adalahMan, Manajemen kelompok, Mitra, Market, dan Material. M yang pertama adalah man, artinya sumber daya manusia yang berkaitan dengan program ini. Bisa dari pihak debitur atau calon nasabah –yaitu petani atau peternak. Bisa juga aparat pemerintah, yaitu pejabat di pemerintah Pusat/ Daerah, dan petugas teknisnya –yaitu para Penyuluh Pertanian Lapangan (PPL). Para petani sering menyampaikan keluhan bahwa mereka tidak paham betul mengenai skim kredit program, baik informasinya, maupun cara mengakses. Bahkan muncul persepsi bahwa kredit program adalah "hibah" dari pemerintah.

Hal tersebut menyangkut lemahnya sosialisasi dari pihak Kementerian (man berikutnya). Pihak kementerian dan pemerintah daerah belum mempersiapkan aparatnya untuk sosialisasi. Demikian pula para PPL belum mempersiapkan data kelompok tani (Poktan) yang potensial –versi pihak bank. Bank merasa memiliki kelemahan di sisi petugasnya (account officer atau AO bank) dalam mengetahui perihal teknis pertanian, dan aplikasi skim kredit program. Untuk itu diharapkan kerjasama dengan PPL dalam menutup kelemahan sisi teknis ini.

M yang kedua adalah Manajemen kelompok. Artinya kesamaan visi dari anggota Poktan. Anggota kelompok musti sepaham terlebih dahulu dalam memajukan timnya. Dalam menyusun Rencana Definitif Kebutuhan Kelompok (RDKK) harus melalui musyawarah mufakat dengan dibantu petugas teknis –yaitu PPL dalam hal ini. Saling mengingatkan dan membantu Poktan atau sesama anggotanya akan menjauhkan dari kemungkinan kredit macet (NPL/ non performing loan).

M yang ketiga adalah Mitra. Menjadi tantangan tersendiri untuk mengajak mitra –berupa Bapak Angkat dalam pola inti dan plasma- yang relevan dalam program ini. Bapak angkat setidaknya mampu menjamin keberlangsungan usaha terutama mengingat minimnya dana yang disiapkan dalam skema kredit program. Pihak Bank Sumut menyatakan belum ada mitra yang mau ikut serta terutama dalam proses merevitalisasi perkebunan, yang sangat membutuhkan keterlibatan Bapak angkat.

M yang keempat adalah market atau pasar. Kedua sektor –pertanian dan peternakan- memiliki perbedaan perlakuan pola pasarnya. Peternakan pasarnya sangat luas tetapi supply dari dalam daerah Sumut sendiri kurang, sehingga terpaksa impor. Sementara pertanian, terutama beras, sangat melimpah di Sumut. Tetapi harga beras di Sumut tetap tinggi, karena menurut sinyalemen salah seorang peserta rapat, beras dari Sumut dipasok ke Cipinang untuk menyangga kebutuhan beras nasional.

M yang terakhir adalah material. Maksud dari material di sini adalah materi yang diagunkan, atau collateral. Walaupun pihak BRI menyatakan bahwa agunan "hanya" merupakan syarat kelima (setelah keempat syarat yang lain yaitu character, condition, capacity, dan capital). Tetapi bagi bank lain syarat material agunan sangat diutamakan. Surat Kepemilikan Tanah (SKT) dipandang belum cukup –harus memakai sertifikat tanah. Demikian pula akta jual beli. Perlu terobosan dalam hal kebijakan agunan ini. Melibatkan Badan Pertanahan Nasional (BPN), pemerintah provinsi, dan pemerintah daerah. Melibatkan BPN menyangkut rencana tata ruang dan wilayah (RTRW). Sehingga jangan sampai Pemprov telah memberi ijin usaha tempat (pertanian) tetapi terkendala oleh peraturan BPN, karena dianggap melanggar RTRW.Penelitian dari Puslitbang Fakultas Ekonomi USU (2008) menyebutkan bahwa kendala utama yang dihadapi perbankan dalam merealisasikan KKPE adalah penjaminan pinjaman (kolateral), dan legalitas kepemilikan tanah. Perbankan tidak progresif menyalurkan KKPE karena material agunan yang dimiliki petani tidak menjamin pengembalian kredit. Permasalahan lainnya adalah relatif rendahnya jumlah pagu indikatif yang dapat diberikan oleh perbankan. Masalah yang lebih teknis, misalnya tidak tersedianya pupuk –walaupun kredit telah cair.Fenomena lambatnya pencairan KKPE dan KUPS mengindikasikan adanya asymetric information dari Pusat ke Daerah, terlebih lagi dari program pemerintah ke masyarakat akar rumput. Dalam kajian atau perspektif ekonomi, persoalan kesenjangan informasi merupakan perihal mendasar yang melandasi asumsi pasar. Sehingga kegagalan pasar (market failure) salah satunya disebabkan oleh kesenjangan informasi.

Dalam konteks para penggagas pemberdayaan ekonomi, perang asimetris sudah lama terjadi. Ia adalah kesenjangan antara pengusaha mikro, kecil, menengah (UKM) dengan lembaga pembiayaan seperti perbankan.Kesenjangan informasi yang sama juga terjadi ketika lembaga keuangan, baik bank maupun lembaga keuangan mikro (LKM), saat berhadapan dengan calon nasabah. Nasabah lebih tahu dari bank/LKM tentang kapasitas keuangan dan kredibilitas mereka. Kalau bank/LKM salah dalam menilai kredibilitas nasabah, akan ada moral hazard di fihak peminjam untuk tidak mengembalikan pinjaman. Karena itu bank dan lembaga keuangan formal selalu meminta jaminan (collateral) yang besar dengan persyaratan tebal.Sehingga Ghatak dan Guinnane (1999) dalam artikelnya, memberikan deskripsi dan ilustrasi mengenai bagaimana lembaga keuangan mikro atau LKM dapat menanggulangi masalah kesenjangan informasi beserta dampaknya melalui metode group lending. Metode ini telah terbukti sukses di Grameen Bank di Bangladesh. Grameen Bank menyalurkan sebagian besar kreditnya kepada masyarakat miskin tanpa jaminan.Selain metode kelompok, proses pendampingan diperlukan untuk mengatasi persoalan asimetris ini. Karena pemerintah memiliki keterbatasan untuk turun langsung ke lapangan, sementara masyarakat memiliki keterbatasan untuk menanyakan secara langsung. Maka dibutuhkan "kepanjangan tangan" para pendamping untuk menyukseskan program. Peran PPL sangat dibutuhkan dalam pendampingan tersebut. Juga keterlibatan pendamping "plus" berupa Konsultan Keuangan Mitra Bank (KKMB) yang setiap tahun rutin dilatih oleh Bank Indonesia ***

dimuat di harian Analisa hari Jumat tanggal 03/ 06/ 11 http://www.analisadaily.com

Sep 15, 2008

2008 Times for Simon


SIMON Santoso, who lost in the finals of the last two tournaments he played in 2008, came up with the match he needed against Malaysia's Roslin Hashim, at the middle of September 2008. Simon has been a runner-up three times since the Super Series was inaugurated in early 2008. Two of these results came in the last two tournaments he played -in Singapore and at home in Jakarta- both in June. Yet, Santoso's only ever recorded win came in a satellite tournament way back in 2005. All of that changed today. Unfortunately for the badminton world -and for Simon, who has too often laboured in the shadows of his star compatriots- it was in the barely-televised, barely-Internet-connected obscurity of Taiwan that the Indonesian fought off a dangerous challenge from Malaysian veteran Roslin Hashim to take his first ever major title –quoted from badzine.com. Simon won two sets versus Lee Tsuen Tseng from Malaysia at the quarter final. Indonesia's top male badminton player Simon Santoso and mixed doubles team Devin Lahardi/Lita Nurlita won gold medals at the Taiwan Open on Sunday, Antara news agency reported. Top seed Simon Santoso secured the gold medal after taming the seventh seed from Malaysia, M Rosloin Hasyim, 21-18, 13-21, 21-10. Simon is like Eddy Kurniawan or Hastomo Arbi, and maybe Joko Supriyanto. They’re all runner-up specialist. Then PBSI have some therapy to the specialist by send him/ them to the ‘little’ tournament so he can became the winner in the small championship. He said on Jakarta Post "I made many mistakes in the second game because the direction of wind was difficult to predict and I played too carefully." This was Simon's first gold medal in three years. His last was when he won the Vietnamese Satellite in 2005. on the other final match Indonesia's mixed doubles team Devin Lahardi/Lita Nurlita dashed the hopes of host players Fang Chieh Min/Cheng Wen Hsing, beating them 14-21, 21-11, 21-19. the coach, Aryono Miranat say that, "They lost the first game because they weren't concentrating." In the women's doubles, Indonesians Jo Novita/Rani Mundiasti settled with silver after losing in straight sets to host players Cheng Wen Hsing/Chien Yu Chin, 16-21, 17-21. Bahasa version at http://perbulutangkisan.blogspot.com/. Yuni Andono Achmad. My friendster at http://profiles.friendster.com/9275817

Aug 19, 2008

Yulianti’s medal is like gold for us


MARIA Kristin Yulianti beat China’s Lu Lan 11-21, 21-13 and 21-15 to clinch third place in the Badminton Women's Singles event on Saturday, August 16, in Beijing Olympic. She got bronze medal. Lu led throughout the first game, winning 21-11 with ease. The second game, however, saw the two shuttlers keep close scores until Yulianti led 7-6. She grabbed the next seven points to lead 14-6 and held this advantage to the end of the game, winning 21-13. Yulianti played in better form than her rival in the tie-breaker, she is very heroic player, reaching 18-8 after a tough contest. Although Lu revived a bit and got the next four points to narrow the gap to six points, and further cut it to four points later, Yulianti managed to reach 21 points first and grabbed this game 21-15. After Mia Audina (silver medal in Atlanta 96) and Susy Susanty got the gold in 92 (in Barcelona) and bronze in Atlanta 96, the Indonesian women single is nothing in olympic. But here she come: Maria Kristin Yulianti. It is the right moment on country’s anniversary August 17th. She made the China’s audience cry. On the other match, The flag red and white with the song "Indonesia Raya” is sung up in Beijing Olympic. The 23 years old, both, Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan have won the gold medal in men’s doubles badminton beating Chinese pair Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 2-1 in three sets, 12-21, 21-5, 21-17. Our pairs en route to the top of the podium. "I cannot emphasize enough how important this Gold medal is to me and to my country, which is celebrating its National Day at the end of the month (17th August)," said a joyful Kido. "I feel extremely honored and emotional about tonight. "We have been building up for this tournament for a very long time and have worked very hard for this." It has been a tradition for Indonesian to win gold medals since Barcelona Olympic at 1992. On behalf of Indonesia we aim to continue the tradition, and we hope to grab at least one gold in every Olympic. How on next Olympic: London 2012. We have another two players, new, still boys and very young in weightlifting: Eko Yuli Irawan and Triyatno. The first medal for Indonesia in Beijing were grabbed from Eko Yuli (bronze, men weighlifting, 56 kilograms) and the 2nd is Triyatno (bronze, men weighlifting, 62 kilograms). So besides badminton, we depend on weightlifting player to get gold in London 2012. BAHASA Indonesia version at http://perbulutangkisan.blogspot.com/2008/08/perunggu-yulianti-serasa-emas.html

Aug 15, 2008

Beijing’s Olympic is Asian Games



OLYMPIC Games which held in Beijing started from 8th August is similar with Asian Games. Case for final part of Badminton. No European at all. The semifinal all for Asian player. Danish shuttlers Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen is beaten by Indonesian man double. Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Thomas Laybourn of Denmark is stopped by Indonesian mixed double. Number 4 (four) seeded Tine Rasmussen from Denmark loss from Indonesian women single. British Mixed Doubles duo Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson was outplayed by players from Republic of Korea. And the legend, Peter Gade is cruised past by number one player of China, Lin Dan. What about the women’s double? In the quarter final, all is Asian. No European at all.
Indonesians Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan are only a step away from the 2008 Beijing Olympics badminton men’s doubles gold medal after ousting Danish shuttlers Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen 21-19, 21-17 in 31 minutes in Beijing on Friday. the final, Kido and Hendra will meet the winner between second seeds Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China and South Koreans Lee Jaejin and Hwang Jiman. Indonesian mixed doubles third seeds Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa advanced to the 2008 Beijing Olympics semifinals after sweating out to oust Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Thomas Laybourn of Denmark 21-17, 15-21, 21-17. Determined to move past his unexpected first-round exit in Athens, Lin, a heavy favorite, is geared up for the coveted Men's Singles gold medal. Lin cruised past Gade 21-13, 21-16 on August 14 to enter the semifinal, continuing his undefeated run for gold in the tournament. The anticipated heart-pounding clash turned out to be a disastrous outing for Gade, who was no match for Lin's super high tempo and unassailable smashes. Yulianti, on the other hand, was an overachiever in this competition. Ranking 21st in the world, she overcame World No. 4 Tine Rasmussen of Denmark and World No. 15 Saina Nehwal of India to come this far. However, her luck ran out in this semifinal.British Mixed Doubles duo Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson was outplayed by Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae of the Republic of Korea 21-19, 21-12 in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Badminton tournament on Thursday, August 14.Source: http://results.beijing2008.cn, and thejakartapost. BAHASA Indonesia version at http://perbulutangkisan.blogspot.com/2008/08/olimpiade-beijing-adalah-asian-games.html

Jul 27, 2008

KUR or KURaP


ON November 5th 2007 the President of Republic of Indonesia has launched the People’s Entrepreneurship Credit (Kredit Usaha Rakyat, KUR). This program, under responsibility from the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Micro Enterprises, existed in order to facilitate poor people to get access to the financial services. This program hoped to reach the poor people to get capital to start their own micro enterprises. Until the end of 2007, realization of KUR is 485 billion rupiahs (about 9200 rupiah is similar with 1 dollar USA). The last data I got from Coordinating Team for Poverty Alleviation, Ministry for Coordinating People Welfare mention that on March 31st 2008 the number hit the amount 3 trillion rupiahs (Rp 3.276 trillion) and the customer close to 187.860 people.
I have some idea to read the implementation of KUR. Better that we see the ‘location’ of the realization of KUR –not just ‘how much’ the money to be dropped. To implement the mottos ‘employment, income, and growth’ KUR must be replicable for poor people in rural, and working in agriculture. How if the name of the program not jus KUR but KURP or more provocative we can use the abbreviation of “KURaP DiiSeP” (Kredit Usaha Rakyat Perdesaan di Sektor Pertanian: Urban People’s Entrepreneurship Credit in Agricultural Sector). Ridiculous of bank KUR just services to the urban people like in Jakarta –because it is a kind of trade off program with the Official Jakarta’s project to decrease the number of informal micro entrepreneur.
Marguerite Robinson ever wrote about the learn lesson of BRI in Indonesia. The reform of BRI's microbanking system was undertaken in order to bring about a major increase in the availability of financial services-initially a profitable financial for the rural population and later for low-income urban residents as well. BRI is state owned bank.

KUR should become a special services that are widely available in rural areas and in low-income urban neighborhoods help the poor improve their financial security, allow them to take longstanding advantage of business opportunities, and facilitate the growth of their enterprises.
In Indonesia sustainable microfinance in the formal sector began in 1970 with interest in the the opening of Bank Dagang Bali (BDB), a private bank in Bali, and attained nationwide coverage with the 1984 restructuring of the unit desa, or local banking -emerging, system of the state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).

According to empower the rural poor people who work in agricultuture, in the 1970s BRI opened more than 3,500 village units to channel subsidized government credit to rice farmers through BIMAS. It is a tremendous program under supervising by almarhum Soeharto. Bimas or “Bimbingan Massal” is the credit component of Indonesia's massive rice intensification program. As it turned out, the rice intensification program was highly successful, but its credit component was not. The long-term results of BIMAS were similar to those found in many developing countries. The subsidized loans, being at below-market interest rates and so in demand by wealthier farmers, often did not reach poor farmers. Moreover, arrears and losses were high. The program was phased out in 1985.
The Bimas program has passed away but we have to learn about. KUR must be focused to rural poor people who live and work in agriculture. Not just how much money to be dropped. Go to our beloved village, back to rural. focused on agriculture…