The scenery is wonderful and educes our working spirit.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin visited the XVIII Kasuari Regional Military Command (Kodam) Headquarters Complex in Manokwari City, West Papua Province, on Friday.

The visit was undertaken in the midst of his working visit to the provinces of West Papua and Papua from Thursday to Saturday.

According to the Press, Media, and Information Bureau of the Vice President’s Secretariat, Amin arrived at the complex on 6:30 Eastern Indonesia Standard Time.

Amin was greeted by West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan and Commander of the XVIII Kasuari Kodam Major General I Nyoman Cantiasa.

The vice president walked around the complex and enjoyed the surrounding scenery.

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"The scenery is wonderful and educes our working spirit," the vice president remarked.

In addition, he lauded the arrangement of the complex, with several places of worship, to uphold tolerance and unity among various religious believers.

"It is extraordinary. The worship places are complete. There is a mosque as well as Catholic and Protestant churches. Later, a temple will also be built. It symbolizes religious diversity and harmony," he noted.

Furthermore, one of the places that also drew the vice president’s attention was the Kodam’s Green Kasuari plantation area.

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"I really laud the area used to plant various commodities of vegetables, watermelon, and orchid," he noted.

The plantation can serve as an example for other military and police headquarter complexes, he stated.

"The plantation activity can be developed to be taught to the community. Thus, we will not face anymore difficulties in meeting their needs. Even, if it is possible, we can also meet the other regions’ demand," he added.

At the end of his visit, Vice President Amin planted a matoa (Pometia pinnata) tree and left a note of "Please continue your service for the beloved Republic of Indonesia."

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Translator: Fransiska Ninditya, Uyu Liman
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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