Recommended Novel – Negeri Van Oranje

For the novel lover, I’ve just finished reading this novel (in Indonesia)..pretty much light reading. Anyway, I like the way the authors tell the whole story that makes me feel as if I were there. The story is about friendships of five Indonesian graduates student from various background. They were destined to meet each other in somewhere in Netherland. Since then, the story began.
But don’t expect too much for a very deep message from the book. After all, it’s supposed to be a light reading. Nevertheless, many things you can extract out of this book like friendship, love, and nationalism.
Sorry folks, I’m a bad teller, if you want to, just grab the book in Gramedia (shelved among “Best Seller” stock).

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Asylum becomes the favorite..

As expected, Indonesia’s 2009 Parliament general election has harvested the side effect… Many of candidates are experiencing mental problems and are needing special treatment in asylum. What can I say? this is the logical consequence for not being able to take the loss. In some part of the country region, I see from news, one unsuccessful candidate is in conflict with his people whom he wish to vote for him. He force the villagers to get out of his land property. Quite unreasonable…I guess series of this psychological effect keep increasing at least until the Presidential election ends.

Deepest Condolences for airplane crash…again

A plane crash incident at the beginning of this week, so close to Indonesia general election struck was a horrible going. The 24 crews were all killed when the plane hit a hangar own by Dirgantara Indonesia Corporation (PT DI), a state owned plane manufacturer located at Husein Sastranegara air force base.
This accident certainly leaves us a pain in each people heart. It makes the list of plane crash accident even longer….
From the very bottom of my heart, I express my deepest condolence for the brave souls who were leaving before us. May the be rest in peace.

General Election 09

Countdown to the Indonesia president and parliament election is getting closer, less than a month to go. As opposed to the the last general election, recent system offers a different approach. It’s virtually different indeed.
In last election, people votes primarily for political party. Then the most voted parties will determine candidate for people to sit in the parliament and the candidate for president too. In other words, we were like buying cat in the sack, cause our president was not chosen by the people.
I see current election mechanism is very different. Recent representative candidates must now anticipate for extra money, one for campaigning themselves and one for contributing his/her political party. No wonder many health authorities are preparing extra services and spaces related to mental hospitals. With limited hot seat targeted as opposed to huge number of candidates, added with high tension seasoning, there will be high probability that part of these people will enter the services…scarry….

Where to go, accounting profession?

When thinking about accounting education in Indonesia, my highest concern is creating as well as sustaining a proven accounting graduates in the market. Market is increasingly demanding them to be more responsive and adaptive with recent business development. They are not projected merely as a scorekeeper and operationally-centered worker. Nor do they expected to master on just audit skills.

Have Indonesia universities done the utmost to accomplish the goal? well, I guess, the dream is still long way to go. Many of these accountant wannabe supplier still struggle to meet the basic needs such as minimum number of students, teaching staff wealth, and many more. It doesn’t mean that, I by no means, don’t credit the current achievement. Only, I just feel that there is something missing in shaping our students internally.

What I see on current process is that we undeliberately transform them into what I call an accountant with limited organizational view. We place them in a tunnel of limited capability along the way, fueling them with merely basic capability with no limited knowledge of how organization works as a weapon. If they turn out to be auditor, they’re just an auditor with a limited view of enterprise.

The emerging information era and a rapid complexity and risks in business have transformed market expectation on them to be an information workers and business analyst. They are now expected to provide solution for business challenge instead of just merely providing number crunching for the executive annual/monthly meeting, and leave those execs to decide next course of action. Accounting graduates should position themselves to be an integral part of the organization, whatever their role will be, be it an auditor, consultant, tax consultant or other roles. And I guess the most appropriate role they can take is as an analyst. To be a business/system analyst, one ought to be knowledgeable about specific organization’s business processes. They must know how information flows from one state to another.

A part of crucial element constituting accounting expertise is the mastery of information system. University must revamp their orientation to produce a capable user or an excel project manager. They must start to think their students as a future analyst, who will address both user needs and IS development project.

Most determining women – my own version

The newly appointed Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan raised different comments over her next steps for rescuing this state-owned oil company. To me, the assignment probes me to nominate Indonesia women who are inspiring in business and leadership within the last ten years.

The list is obviously subjective, based on my own feeling :). They may be public figure. Furthermore, the ordering doesn’t indicate superiority. So feel free to think about other figures or add it on your own list:

1. Sri Mulyani
Starting her career as lecturer at Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, Dr.Mulyani now bears responsibility to drive Indonesia future economic to be better and more stable as a Minister of Finance. She earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After the so-called monetary crisis in Indonesia (1997- now?), her name started to emerge in many economics discussion in many media. Some of her profesionall recognition I guess are 2006 best Asia Finance Miniter by Emerging Market, the 2nd Indonesia most influencing woman on Globe Asia version, and the 23rd the world most influencing woman Forbes version in 2008. I still recall several occasions where I saw her in the TV arguing and debating her opponents, which sometimes led to a furious debate. One thing I can’t accept is when she took a role in International Monetary Fund. To me, it’s like working for someone who has a hidden and adverse agenda to you.

2. Betti Alisjahbana
In Indonesia, Alisjahbana clan brings their own reputation for being a talented people with a very impressive track record of academic. Alisjahbana is a family name, taken from a everlasting reputable Indonesian author, Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana. Though not a direct I may say that the importance of education runs in the family. Born in Bandung, 2 August 1960, Ms.Alisjahbana was raised with many kind of academical activities. She graduated from a nationally reputable Bandung Institute of Technology with major in Architecture. Her highest achievement in career is to role as an CEO of IBM Indonesia, quite amazing for an architecture.

3. Eva Rianti Hutapea
Mrs.Hutapea was a CEO of Indofood, one of the Indonesia’s largest instant noodle producer. From tokoh indonesia , she mentioned three success factor: opportunity, capability and luck.She is regarded as the woman behind the rescue of Indofood due to the huge loss of Rp. 1,2 trilion in 1997. Its biggest revenue source, instant noodle sales plummeted to 7.8 billion packages. Her success in rescuing Indofood made her being awarded as Indonesia Best CEO on Swa Magazine version. Additionally,

4. Rini Suwandi
I know little about her, but I started to recognize her when she was as A Minister of Industrial and Trade when Megawati acted as President of Indonesia. Sometime before being a minister, she was named as a CEO of Astra International, a holding for a number of leading Indonesia’s companies. Most of her time was spent abroad, yet, it doesn’t make her forgeting her root as Indonesia.

5. Karen Agustiawan
Obviously, her update is the most sought-after news recently. She challenges male domination of oil and gas industry by chairing the first person at Pertamina, state-owned oil corporation. Before appointed as president director of Pertamnina, she was also first woman to head the state company’s upstream division, responsible for the management of the company’s drilling rigs, a job which was once seen as too macho for a woman. Graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology, major at physical engineering, she has also been roaming about oil and gas industry from Mobil Oil, CGG Petrosystem, Halliburton, before eventually joined Pertamina.

7. Widyawati
A very famous artist and still enchantedly charming to me. Her husband, Sophan Sopiaan, is also a famous actor from early 70s. They made Indonesia fell in love and made them Indonesia sweetheart from the first time they show up in movie industry until now. Her husband passed away when a street accident took his life during his travel with bikers club to promote nationalism.

8. Mari Elka Pangestu
Ministry of Trade.

9. Miranda Gultom
Deputy Governor of Indonesia Central Bank.

Number n….. Mrs.Taufik Kiemas’s wife???
Well….this one? no comments :)

Human Inflation

A writing I get from my fellow Ebi….You might want to see his blog to. Visit his at:http://ebijun.blog.friendster.com/. A very nice article and so moving

One afternoon in 2002, I met a friend by a coincidence. It was right outside the Mandarin Hotel in Sudirman Road. He was just come back from Germany, to see his brother and grandma. Well, he is half Germany.
“what’s new from Germany ?” I asked. “I found a new theory.” He replied. “What’s the theory?” I said enthusiastically. He always was an inspired friend to talk with. I love the way he conveyed his idea. Thought-provoking but yet never want to be dominant speaker. He listened to you as if you have his full attention. And most of all he is a very resourceful man. He once come to my room in University of Indonesia’s dormitory and give me “Food for thought” as preparation before heading to International Student Festival in Throndheim, Norway, back in 1999. And he had to walk to train station late at night, not to mention in the dark scary part of UI’s forests. Hmmm…. suddenly I miss that conversation!

Anyway…. The theory that we were talking under that burning sun and polluted air on Jalan Sudirman was new for me. He said”I think inflation is not only on money, Ebi. It also applies on human. I found that human is worth more in Germany than here in Indonesia ”Well….I was having some short of “racism” paranoid, at one moment, but then I asked “How could you come up with such a conclusion?”
“In Germany, I found that human is treated better than here. Look at the place where we stand here. Just a small pavement for pedestrians, a lousy transportation, not to mention low-quality and expensive education” He replied.
“That might be because we have so many population and Germany has only a few population” He explained further ”As the number of people increase, its individual value is decreasing, isn’t it the same as inflation? The more money in the country, the less its value since its purchasing power decreased” This “human inflation” theory has never been so much valid for me before this morning. Almost all national media in Australia put the story of two miners who was entombed 1 km underground for two weeks, and eventually make a great escape. Surely, the first two weeks news was much influenced by this so called tragedy. It even outweighs the news on interest rate raised by RBA which impacts most of mortgage holders. Two human lives make a difference in the last two weeks media colours. People concern about it. The government and labour associations speak out about the case. In short, they put efforts to save these two lives.

Not let’s come back to Indonesia. How would the reaction if the same things happened. I believe we could not hope to much cover on the same story. People have “got used” to such news. Death due to bus crashed by train or other traffic accidents, due to natural disasters, mal-nutrition babies, etc…etc…(not to mention death due to criminal acts)

Is there such a human inflation? Are we valuing less when we have more? Isn’t saving one life equal to saving the human as a whole? I don’t want to answer it simply because sometimes the fact is too far from the norm.

[Call For Papers] Asia Modelling Symposium 2009

Deadline : 31 Januari 2009.
AMS2009 will be held over 3 day period in Indonesia, with days 1 and 2 on 25 and 26 May in Bandung and day 3 on 29 May in Bali. For participants starting their trip in the UK, the conference organizers are preparing a 10 day travel and accommodation package to include 4 days in Bandung and 6 days in Bali, details will be made available on this website in due course.
http://www.ams2009.org.uk/

Salam,
Nico

Call for Papers
The Symposium will focus on all aspects of modelling and simulation techniques, particularly those involving intelligent and hybrid intelligent systems in engineering, remote sensing and wireless technologies. Models in computational intelligence, hybrid and connectionist systems, evolutionary algorithms and fuzzy systems are used by designers, implementers and managers to improve understanding, evaluation and assessment. Modelling and Simulation techniques provide fundamental support at all stages of the life cycle in application areas such as industry, business, energy, transport and the environment.

Papers are invited in these and other areas:
– Industry, Business and Management
– Algorithms, Methods and their Applications
– Methodologies and Tools
– Energy, Power Generation and Distribution
– Distributed Systems and Networks
– Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
– Environment and Health
– Education and Training
– Bioinformatics
– Remote Sensing applications & technologies – Robotics, Fuzzy modelling, Control and Automation
– Software Agents and Agent Based Simulation
– Knowledge and Data Mining
– Neural Networks and Evolutionary Computation
– Swarm Intelligence & Technology
– Architectures of Intelligent Systems
– Image, Speech and Signal Processing
– Internet Modelling, Semantic Web and Ontologies
Submission Guidelines
You are invited to submit:
– full paper of 6 pages (A4 format) for oral presentation,
– proposal to organize a technical session and/or workshop.

Submissions must be original, unpublished work containing new and interesting results that demonstrate current research in all areas of intelligent systems modelling and simulation and their applications in science, technology, business and commerce. As in previous years (see AMS2007 and AMS2008 on the IEEE website) the proceedings of the Conference will be published in the IEEE Digital Library. The conference is organised by Asia Modelling and Simulation Society and is co-sponsored by

– IEEE UK &RI Computer Chapter
– Asia Modelling & Simulation Society
– UK Simulation Society
– EUROSIM
– European Council for Modelling & Simulation

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper. All papers are to be submitted electronically,- see full instructions under Paper Submission below, in PDF or Word format. All papers will be peer reviewed by at least three independent referees of the international program committee of AMS2009.

Authors of the best papers will be invited to revise and extend their work for publication in a special issue of theInternational Journal of Simulation: Systems, Science and Technology.
Conference website: http://www.ams2009.org.uk/

Palestine update

Victims list … over 700 people were sacrificed for something or nothing? While European people started to rally protesting the violence against Palestinian ( I would say, genocide indeed), Indonesia government that’s obviously the largest muslim country in the world (?) seems do very little move to support Palestine. Where the hell humanity gone?

Palestine..all my best wishes

Conflict over Israel attack on Palestine area becomes more intense. According to TV news couple hours ago, major war between Israel and Palestine has occurred for about three times. Since 1946, the UK backed newly emerged Israeli state, gradually took over Palestinian’s land through war, harsh and occupation. From the map, it can be seen that the Palestine land is shrinking time to time. Big question is, how’s on earth the so called peacemaker UN can foolishly award the land to the Jewish without considering the history and the fact that the land was not even Jewish de facto area?
The situation became more frustrating since Arabian league is never able to unite their view to support the Palestine. I wonder what happened with the heart and brain of those leaders? I certainly don’t have the right to judge them, but it’s just too obvious, that both Arabian League and international community lead by UN doesn’t have true willingness to fix the thing. Let’s hope the situation turns for Palestinian people good. I believe that Allah will help on those who fight for Him, be it now or then.

israel-palestine-map. From annies-letters.blogspot.com