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Public Lecture by the Minister Rizal Ramli: Masela Block Development Plan

Ambon, 28 May 2016. Quoting an analogy from a philosophy of Maluku People: “Cut in nail felt in flesh”, the Coordinator Minister for Maritime and Resources, Dr. Rizal Ramli commented a similar philosophy, “Tip of nail wounded, flesh hurt”. “If brothers and sisters in Maluku are hurt, felt bitterness and disappointment, I felt them too, if Maluku People are happy and satisfied then I felt them too”, this are the comments of the Minister Rizal Ramli in the introduction of the public lecture presented at Universitas Pattimura (UNPATTI) Ambon. The comments received an enthusiastic applause from the audiences.

Minister and Rector

Photo: Exchanging souvernirs between Minister Rizal Ramli and Prof. Saptenno

The public lecture regarding Masela Block was attended by approximately 1500 attendants from various elements of the community which comprises of professors, civitas academica of UNPATTI, students from public and private universities in Maluku, top-level government officers, education and environment observers, distinguished guest, cultural leaders, and high school students. The audiences were enthusiastically attended and followed the event.

The event was initiated by several speeches which presented by the Director of Archipelago Solidarity Foundation, Mrs. Angelina Pattiasina, the Rector of UNPATTI Prof. M. J. Saptenno and the vice governor of Maluku Province Hon. Mr. Zeth Sahuburua, SH., MH, who also officially opened the event through clubbing a traditional Maluku drum (tifa).

The theme of the public lecture is “New Paradigm of Natural Resources Utilization of Masela Abadi Gas Field for the Territorial and National Industry Development”.

In accordance with the statement of the President of Republic of Indonesia in Pontianak on 23 March 2016 that the development plan of the Masela Block Abadi Gas Field will be carried out using the onshore development scheme, the decision would bring an extraordinary economical impact towards the people in Maluku.

“This is not only about moving the refinery of LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) from the sea to an island but it is about the development of a new paradigm for the Masela Block plan. It is about natural resources utilization as an economic prime mover and a territorial development factor and not about using the natural resource only as a state revenue source.

Furthermore, the Minister added, “ therefore, the construction and development of the Masela Block must be carried out in a comprehensive and integrated manners with a careful planning. The construction and development of offshore petro-chemical industries would bring high value-added benefits which would also trigger the development local industries in Maluku and its surroundings”.

It was explained that through the development of an onshore refinery complex then the opportunity to gain revenues from natural gas, liquid natural gas and petro-chemical industry of Masela Block would be approximately at U$ 9 billion per year with the assumption of U$ 60 per barrel of crude oil current price. This is equal to Rp. 177 trillion. This estimated value was possible because the development of petro-chemical industries based on the natural gas resource, which would produce several products such as paints, glues, polymers, plastics, PVC pipes, formica, fiberglass and other hundreds of derived products which may be produced.

There are so many products that may be produced through natural gas utilizations, however quoting a saying “It doesn’t matter how many resources you have, if you don’t know how to use them, they will never be enough” then the Minister warned that we should be able to utilize these available resources in an appropriate manner. The Minister added that the philosophy of Maluku People “cracking a bar of sagoo to be two bars (for sharing)” then he urges Maluku People to wisely manage and utilize the natural resources hence the resources could be used to bring prosperity for the community.

minister and guests photoPhoto: distinguished guests and the minister Rizal Ramli

In the question and answer session of the public lecture which was moderated by Prof. J. W. Mosse, the Minister answered questions from the audiences which represent the curiosity of Maluku People regarding the offshore development plan of the Masela Block. At the end of the event, picture taking of distinguished guests and the presentation of souvenirs exchange between the Minister and rector of UNPATTI were carried out.

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Graduation Exercise for Law Faculty Graduates

Poka Campus, 15 April 2016. Yudisium or graduation exercise is an academic process in which a student is declared have passed all the requirements to be graduated. The final grade of a student is announced and the grade will be become the official record on the academic transcript for the graduation. The final grade is determined based on overall achievement and the period of study of a student. The final grade was determined by the academic officials which have the authority in a faculty within Universitas Pattimura through a special meeting.

Law Faculty Graduates

Inauguration of 86 graduates of Law Faculty were carried out on 15 April 2016 based on the letter of decree issued by the Dean of Law Faculty Number 30/UN13.1.1/SK/2016 regarding special public meeting of the senate of Law Faculty for the purpose of Yudisium and graduation within the faculty for April 2016 term. The event was opened by singing Indonesian National Anthem and followed by the reading of the decree letter, graduation oath, the inauguration of graduates and the presentation of the graduates to the alumni association of Law Faculty were carried out at the event. The presentation of the graduates to the Law Faculty Alumni Association is aimed to bring the new graduates into their professional occupation.

The event was attended by the founding father of Law Faculty and senior lecturer; J. Leiwakabessy, M. A. H. Tahapary, Prof. Lokollo, also academic and administrative staffs, students, lecturers, and parents / relatives of the graduates.

There were several awards presented at the event. Awards for 5 top graduated students were given to Julio A.R. Sopacua (IPK 3,89), Nensi Muskita (IPK, 3,84), Fadhil A.R. Sanaky (IPK 3,79), Ierene J.H. Siahailatua (IPK 3,79) dan Maikel Maturbongs (IPK 3,72).

Special awards related to tourism were Barnev Soukota, First Winner I for the male genre at the provincial level, Martial Marlissa, Third Winner for the male genre at the provincial level , Monica Hukom, Third Winner for the female genre at the provincial level

Awards presentation were also given to academic staff Valliyda Anita Peter, SH, MH for 28 years and 10 months working time at the faculty and to an administrative staff, Jacob Soplantila for 35 years and 1 months working time at the faculty.

J. A. R. Sopacua

Julio A. R. Sopacua, the top rank graduate, in his speech representing all of the graduates offered gratitude towards all graduates, lecturers and academic staffs of the faculty who had contributed through all graduates education processes. The processes have contributed invaluable knowledge to the graduates hence they are ready to enter the stage of their life.

Graduates representative, J. A. R. Sopacua (left)

Supports from parents and families are the most important thing that contributed to graduates success. The education efforts of the faculty staffs have contributed to the knowledge and skills gained that form educated persons who will soon enter the professional / working environment. The graduates present their achievement as gifts to the families as their thanks toward all the efforts and supports given during the time of their studies. The graduates are now ready to contribute their knowledge to the community of the nation, hence pray and supports are for them. Sopacua finished his speech by chanting the motto of Law Faculty “Ad Augusta Per Angusta”.

A speech also presented by Lutfi Sanaky, SH, M.Hum, the representative from a parents of the graduates. Sanaky offered his gratitude and honor to the civitas academica of Law Faculty of Universitas Pattimura that had successfully educate and guide the graduates, hence they have finished their study.

Parents representative

Sanaky himself is also an alumnus of the Law Faculty who now has a position as a representative at the Regional People’s Representative Assembly (DPRD) of Maluku Province.

Parents representative, Lutfi Sanaky (right)

He added that the graduates should continue to improve their knowledge and improve their skill to be become a professional who have good morals and ethics. He also added that the graduates should never forget their alma mater, the Law Faculty of Universitas Pattimura.

At the end of his speech, he also remarked on the issue regarding the operation of Masela Natural Gas Block that when opened, would need thousands of professional work force. Law Faculty of Universitas Pattimura should made ready to provide the needed professional human resource.

It is hoped that Universitas Pattimura, Rector and all staffs could carry out research and evaluation and to realize a faculty for the study of oil and mining. At the provincial level, the Regional People’s Representative Assembly (DPRD) and the governor have had meeting with all companies that would manage the Masela Block regarding the operation of the Masela Block. Further, the Provincial Government would provide the fund for the student of Maluku to study in the field of Oil, Gas, and Mining specialty. Sanaky stressed that we should take part in the development of the Masela Block as the professional human resource, hence will not to be spectator only.

Dr. Janes Leatemia, SH, MH, the head of Law Faculty Alumni Association elaborated in his speech that Indonesia in the era of Asean Economy Community (MEA) would need professional and skilled human resource, especially in the law sector. In anticipating the opening and operation of Masela Block then law experts are needed to answer international law problems which may arise in the filed of civil, state craft, and international relations.

Alumni Assoc Rep.

As the head of Alumni Association, he state that the Association has the responsibility to empower the graduates hence they would have better chances to have jobs.

Dr. J. Leateamia, head of Alumni Assoc. (left)

He stated the law graduates have chances to work in many areas, as long as they are eager to work. This a benefit as a law faculty graduates. Further he quoted a saying, “Life and make mistakes would seem honorable then always right without doing nothing”.

The head of Law Faculty senate, Dr. J. Tjiptabudi, SH, M.Hum in his speech, remained the graduates regarding the importance of parents/families supports hence they are able to succeed in their study.

He hoped that in another similar event, there would be more parents that attend the event since the event is very important moment to the Law Faculty to present the graduates to their families. At the of his speech, Tjiptabudy commented on the responsibility of Universitas Pattimura as the Higher Education Institution in Maluku to provide skilled human resources in anticipating the recruitment for jobs, once the Masela Block operates in the near future.

Senate Representative

Tjiptabudi hoped that through the attendance Mr. Sanaky as a Regional People’s Representative Assembly member, the message could reach the provincial and central governments regarding the need to give full support and attention to Universitas Pattimura, which currently needs to improve the availability of its academic infrastructures, hence the University needs funding supports from the government.

Dr. J. Tjiptabudi, senate representative (right)

There are many responsibilities taken by the University regarding the preparation for the opening of the new faculties in anticipating the operation of Masela Block gas industry, hence the government should support the University through the availability of appropriate funding.

Vice Rector One

The vice rector for Academic Affairs, Dr. Riadh Uluputty, MP, in his speech representing rector, congratulated the new graduates for their achievements as an initial success in life and hopes that they could continue their endeavor in the future to work in their field of knowledge and expertise.

Dr. R. Uluputty, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs  (left)

Uluputty added the graduates should uphold the integrity the alma mater and also the integrity of themselves in all of their efforts to apply their knowledge and expertise for the community, the nation and the country.