Home120,000 hectares of Kerinci Seblat National Park destroyed North Maluku Prepared to Host Sail Morotai 2012 JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Blessed with natural and marine
beauty with various coral reefs, schools of decorative fishes, tempting
diving sites, and historical tourist facilities, North Maluku province
is now prepared to host Sail Morotai 2012.
Governor Thaib Armaiyn has expressed optimism that the international
marine event would be realized, no matter an unfounded rumor that it
would be canceled. Even the governor and Sail Morotai 2012 local
committee chairman Muhadjir Albar will in the near future meet with
President Yudhoyono in Jakarta to report the preparation for the event.
will soon meet with the president in Jakarta to report that we are
prepared to host Sail Morotai 2012 but we are now still waiting for
confirmation from the state secretariat," the governor said in Ternate
It was President Yudhoyono who actually suggested
that North Maluku stage an international marine event, namely Sail
Morotai, because he was inspired with the success Indonesia scored by
organizing Sail Banda 2010 in Maluku. The head of state made the
suggestion when speaking at a ceremony in Ternate, North Maluku, marking
the relocation of the province’s capital from Ternate to Sofifi on
Halmahera island in August 2010.
"We have just organized Sail
Banda, and in reality it attracted so many participants from many
countries and developed the economy in Maluku. Therefore, I hope we can
organize a Sail Morotai in North Maluku," the President said at the
President Yudhoyono on the occasion also threw his
weigh behind the North Maluku provincial administration’s wish to turn
Morotai Island into a special economic zone. Therefore the North Maluku
governor said that when he met with the president, he would solicit
funds from the central government for the improvement of various
infrastructure in Morotai island.
Governor Thaib Armaiyn pointed
out that North Maluku provincial and Morotai district governments have
allocated funds from Regional Budget to fix a number infrastructure in
Morotai district town of Daruba. Meanwhile, the event local committee
chairman Muhadjir Albar said in Ternate on Saturday that Sail Morati
2012 would continue to be held in accordance with the originally planned
schedule in spite of the rumors that it would be canceled.
rumors about the cancellation of the international marine event in
Morotai are incorrect. The truth is that the event will be conducted as
scheduled," Muhadjir said.
Therefore he called on the local
community and all related parties in North Maluku to ignore the
misleading issues and continued to make various preparations for Sail
Morotai 2012. According to him, Sail Morotai was part of central
government’s program, and therefore it was ready to allocate oter funds
for various infrastructure improvements in Morotai.
said North Maluku provincial and Morotai district governments have since
2010 allocated a big amount of funds for the improvement of
infrastructure in the district. The funds were spent on road widening
and rehabilitation of local people houses for home stay.
Sail Morotai supporting infrastructure will be completed before the
international marine event in 2012," said the event’s local committee
He noted that the event would be of a great
importance for North Maluku to promote its tourism and investment
potential, especially in the field of fisheries, mining, and plantation.
Muhadjir said Governor Thaib Armaiyn has since 2010 promoted Sail
Morotai 2012 both at home and abroad, namely in Taiwan and South Korea.
his visit to South Korea in September 2010, Governor Thaib Armaiyn also
promoted the international maritime and yachting event in the country.
According to Acting Head of Morotai district, Sukemi Sahab, the
governor during his visit promoted Sail Morotai 2012 to South Korean
The North Maluku governor visited South Korea
to join the Investment National Coordinating Board’s investment
promotion mission, in addition to introducing Sail Morotai to South
Koreans. Sukemi Sahab said that for North Maluku, the Sail Morotai was a
meaningful and strategic international event because it would put the
province on to the world’s tourism and investment maps.
arrival of foreign tourists and sailors for the Sail Morotai events
would introduce the greatness of North Maluku province’s tourism and
investment potentials, he said. "For the Morotai Island district, Sail
Morotai will positively contribute to tourism, investment, and
infrastructure construction," Sukemi said.
In addition, North
Maluku provincial administration spokesman Umar Hasan has said in
Ternate that broken bridges and roads in Morotai have been mended.
Divers accommodations in the form of hostels and procurement of diving
equipment have also been made available in a bid to make the
international marine event of Sail Morotai a success.
the local government would also build three docks in Morotai district
for the upcoming Sail Morotai 2012. "We will focus on the construction
of three docks in Morotai because the new district is located in a
border area where Sail Morotai will take place in 2012," Umar Hasan
According to him, the new district of Morotai got a special
attention from central government. Umar said the construction of three
docks in Morotai would receive funds amounting Rp2.1 billion from 2011
regional budget, and also from state budget, focused on supporting the
public activity through sea transportation.
The docks will be
located at the shipping route of the participants of Sail Morotai from
foreign countries. Other supporting infrastructures at Morotai district
would be improved for the success of the international marine event.
the local government will build three docks namely in Dodola,
Posi-Posi, and Bere-Bere," Umar said, adding that the three locations
were strategic and representative for the Sail Indonesian participants
to visit Morotai.
In addition, he said the docks would be
used to support the international marine event of Sail Morotai 2012 and
to step up the local community’s economy and welfare.