Lessons for ASEAN from the Former Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. Marty Natalegawa

Monday, March 12th, 2018, the University of Sydney was visited by the former Indonesian Foreign Minister, Dr. Marty Natalegawa. He served as Foreign Minister from 2009-2014 and, in 2011, Indonesia was appointed as the Chair of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Between 2002-2005, he performed as the Director-General for ASEAN Cooperation in Indonesia’s Department of Foreign Affairs. He came to give his speech about ‘The Future of ASEAN’ in front of Australian and Indonesian officials, academics, and students at The Refectory, University of Sydney. As we know, ASEAN is still facing challenges and opportunities in the era of prompt geopolitical transformation, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Also, the next day would be an important moment for ASEAN and Australia because both parties were welcoming the Special Summit.

Dr.Michael Spence gave opening speech (Doc. PPIA 2018)

Opening the lecture was Dr. Michael Spence AC, the Vice-Chancellor, and Principal, University of Sydney. Discussing with Dr. Marty Natalegawa in the lecture was Dr. Michael Vatikiotis who is the writer of “Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia”. The lecture given by Dr. Marty Natalegawa was followed then by questions from Dr. Michael Vatikiotis and the floor. It was such an abundant event in the middle of the autumn day at the university.

Dr. Marty Natalegawa spoke confidently throughout the lecture. He said that ASEAN is seen to be proactive and reactive to the issues happening within and outside the neighbourhood. ASEAN has been transformative as well in promoting changes in intra-region and changes of the relation between ASEAN and wider area. Despite the growth potential, ASEAN still should learn a lot from the past, particularly in governance and human rights issues, like Myanmar crisis and Indonesia’s reformation.

Dr. Marty Natalegawa gave his lecture about ASEAN (Doc.PPIA 2018)

Now, ASEAN is also developing its economy as the result of efforts by the policies of ASEAN members. Indonesia, as the biggest economy among members, has contributed the most to the regional gross domestic product (GDP) and this country becomes the only member from ASEAN to the Group of 20 (G20). “Indonesia also has taken the leadership role and been able to be part of (ASEAN) transformation”, said Dr. Marty Natalegawa. He also added that Indonesia has participated in sustaining intra-ASEAN cooperative outlook.

By ASEAN Community 2015, he expects that the community can elevate cooperation which should be learned from European Union (EU). However, to be an integrity like in Europe, ASEAN still has to work hard to make it within their own region. That has been a necessity for ASEAN to build up the ‘sense of community’ which signifies a characteristic of the region ‘people-centered’. By working together, he hopes ASEAN can deal with the complex dynamic, challenges of geopolitical and geo-economic shifts, and progress or regress from uncertainty to drifts.

Instead of transactional foreign policy, ASEAN needs to develop the cooperative partnership. One of the challenges we have is class deficits among the nations. He emphasised,”In the 21st century, let’s apply non-interference and state sovereignty”. For instance, in Cambodia – Thailand conflict, Indonesia still respect the sovereignty of two countries and chose to offer ASEAN Solution as a comprehensive solution. Indonesia should resist saying “no” in conflict resolution because saying ‘no’ is not a policy. Not only in intra-region, ASEAN is a bit more confident and ambitious to offer its ideas towards the wider region.

Dr. Marty Natalegawa encourages the people of ASEAN to be the driver for change. He thinks ASEAN is still too divided and ASEAN should change to be stronger and more integrated to offer the answers to some situations. ASEAN also should change, or even transform, rather than just being a responsive body. In the future, more challenges will come and ASEAN has to be ready for all the shifts happening inside and outside the region.

After he ended the lecture, he had a short discussion with Dr. Michael Vatikiotis about ASEAN’s past and present. He also accepted some questions or comments from the floor before he moved to the press room to give the release. The participants made networking group and enjoyed the refreshment served. It was such a fruitful event of his due to his faith and confidence on ASEAN in bridging the region to the world.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Bakti A. P. Rozali

PPI AUSTRALIA mempersembahkan Sembilan Gagasan Pelajar Indonesia di Australia atau “SEGARA” untuk Presiden Republik Indonesia

Berkaca pada kekayaan maritim Indonesia yang mengapit lebih dari 17.500 pulau, Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Australia (PPIA) sebagai perhimpunan pelajar Indonesia terbesar di dunia kembali mengadakan Indonesia Global Scholars’ Forum atau IGSF 2018 yang mengangkat tema Global Maritime Fulcrum: Assessing Indonesia Policies, Strategies and Position. Kegiatan yang diadakan pada tanggal 23-24 Februari di Perth, Western Australia ini merumuskan sembilan poin rekomendasi mengenai kemaritiman Republik Indonesia.

Pakar-pakar di bidang kemaritiman turut hadir untuk membagikan pandangan dan pengalaman mereka, diantaranya adalah Mantan Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Amerika Serikat, Prof. Dr. Hasjim Djalal dan Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Natalie Sambhi M.A. dari Perth USAsia, Letkol Agus Pramono dari TNI AU, Pakar Ekonomi Murdoch University Prof. Malcolm Tull, Pakar Maritim Universitas Hassanudin Prof. Jamaludin Jompa dan Pakar Ekowisata Universitas Gadjah Mada Prof. Baiquni. Pemaparan oleh para ahli memancing diskusi yang menarik sepanjang sesi dari seluruh peserta forum.

Tema kemaritiman diangkat karena mahasiswa Indonesia di Australia menganggap bahwa kedaulatan maritim Indonesia merupakan salah satu faktor yang dibutuhkan bangsa untuk menjadi negara yang besar dan berdaulat. Menurut ketua PPIA, Brena Dwita Budiart, kegiatan ini merupakan bukti kontribusi dan rasa cinta tanah air 20,000 pelajar Indonesia di Australia. Acara ini diharapkan dapat membuka pikiran mahasiswa akan pentingnya kemaritiman sebagai tonggak kedaulatan Indonesia. “Tidak hanya bersifat seremonial saja, IGSF merumuskan hasil yang lebih nyata. Kami mempersembahkan SEGARA yang berisi sembilan poin rekomendasi untuk Bapak Joko Widodo” ucap Brena yang tengah menyelesaikan studi Master di Australian National University. Dokumen SEGARA ini diserahkan langsung kepada Staf Khusus Kepresidenan, Diaz Hendropriyono, di KJRI Perth, Western Australia.

Diaz Hendropriyono, selaku Staf Khusus Kepresidenan yang juga hadir untuk menerima sembilan poin rekomendasi dari pelajar Indonesia di Australia mengatakan bahwa pembangunan Poros Maritim Global harus juga dimulai dari sisi domestik dengan tidak melupakan fokus internasional. Dengan memerhatikan pada pembangunan infrastruktur yang memadai, maka cita-cita besar bangsa Indonesia sebagai negara maritim akan tercapai dengan lebih mudah.

Terdapat sebelas makalah ilmiah terpilih yang dipresentasikan dalam konferensi ini. “Ada peserta yang berasal dari Indonesia, Australia hingga dari Inggris dengan beragam jenis topik penelitian mulai dari infrastuktur, geopolitik hingga coastal area. Kami melakukan penyeleksian yang ketat agar makalah yang diterima benar-benar memiliki ide yang orisinil dan diharapkan memberikan sumbangsih pemikiran kepada Indonesia”, ujar Hakam Junus, Project Coordinator IGSF 2018. (publicrelations@ppi-australia.org)

Music and Friends: Muhibah Angklung goes to Canberra

By: Qisthi Shafira

In Monday, 22 January 2018, you can hear the melody of Angklung, Indonesian musical instruments, around Pop Up Village in Australian National University. This is because a team of Angklung flies all the way from Bandung to do an Australian tour, and Canberra is where they perform that evening. The team is called Muhibah Angklung. They consist of around 42 high school students who are talented and believe in promoting Indonesian culture through music around the world. Having said that, Australia is not their only destination. Their instructor, Sang Maulana, mentions that they have performed around Europe to introduce Angklung to the world, such as 44th Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, 50th Westerlo International Folklore Festival in Belgium, 62nd International Folklore Festival in Czech Republic, and 48th International Festival of Highland Folklore in Poland.

Canberra is lucky that evening to have such great performers. Starting with some Western songs as the opening act, the audience, Indonesian Diaspora Community in Canberra and Australians interested in Indonesian culture, is humming and dancing to Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love and The Beatles’ Obladi-Oblada. Not only that, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia and Vanuatu, H.E. Mr. Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo and Mrs. Caecilia S. Legowo, are also there to enjoy the performance. In his speech, H.E. Mr. Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo emphasises that music is a good pillar to bridge the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, because music is a universal language. The President of Indonesian Students Association – ACT Chapter, Yuhan Farah Maulida, also delivers her speech to thank everyone involved in making the event come true, especially the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia in Canberra, Indonesian students community in ANU and UC, and all Indonesian diaspora who have provided accommodation for the Angklung team members.

Muhibah Angklung, then, presents Indonesian traditional songs as well as the dance. They also perform songs like New York New York by Kander and Ebb and ABBA’s Mamma Mia. There are many interactive sessions with the audience, so the atmosphere is very warm and friendly that night. Indonesian students, Indonesian diaspora community, and Australians enthusiastic about Indonesian culture are there to enjoy the night. It feels so much like home in the middle of the bush capital.

Photo Cred: PPI ACT


Life in Melbourne: Music as a Getaway

By: Nadya Yolanda Moeda

Naya (left) during her one and only concert in Melbourne.

Music has been one of my interests. I still remember how I convinced my parents to let me earn a Bachelor’s degree in music, but they kept rejecting this idea. Since it was not easy for a 16-year old me to envision my future career besides being a musician or performer, I thought there was nothing to plan for. So then, at that time I did not strive to achieve what teenagers my age typically dream of: To get accepted in one of the most prestigious state universities in Indonesia. Because I thought, as long as I still could find the way to play my instrument in my future college—wherever it would be, I would be fine.


Bits and Pieces of Indonesia in Curtin Primary School

By: Qisthi Shafira


I am glad I have the opportunity to be an Indonesian Language Teaching Assistant (ILTA) in Curtin Primary School, Australian Capital Territory (ACT). This happens because of an MoU between Indonesian Embassy in Canberra and ACT Government. The Embassy in Canberra has to provide ILTAs for primary schools in ACT, and ACT Government helps to evaluate this cooperation each year by monitoring the activities and communication between ILTAs and Indonesian Language Teachers at schools.


PPIA Vision 2017: Be The Right Person in The Right Place

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Soundsekerta 2017 by PPIA Monash University

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“SAUNG KITA”: Indonesian Bazaar by PPI UTS

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Cheerful Day in University of Wollongong

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LinkedIn Master Class

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