Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chief of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Moeldoko stated that the Indonesian Radio Broadcasters Association (Persiari) is intent on being a strategic partner to disseminate information on the government's works to the people.

"Persiari indeed must place itself as the government's strategic partner because Persiari ought to be the bridge between its members and the government as well as with the people and other institutions," the KSP chief stated at the meeting with the Persiari executive board members here on Wednesday, according to the KSP statement.

Moeldoko affirmed that collaboration with Persiari would be important, as the government needed support from other stakeholders to advance its tasks.

"The government needs support from various interests to ensure that the management of strategic issues can be handled together," he stated.

During the meeting, Persiari conveyed their 10-point aspirations to the government, including a proposal to provide free radio sets for residents in border, remote, and underdeveloped regions to educate them.

"I hope, for instance, residents can receive education about farming, fertilizer use, or other information through radio broadcasts between songs. Yes, residents must be given radio sets gratis," the KSP chief stated in response to Persiari's aspirations.

Moeldoko, who has been declared as Persiari's advisory board head, also reiterated his commitment to improving and advancing radio broadcasters' welfare through amendment of the broadcasting law that he considers as outdated.

The fight for broadcasters' welfare would not be limited to public and private radio broadcasters but also to those of community radio stations in regions, he affirmed.

Meanwhile, apart from conveying their 10-point aspirations, Persiari advisory board member Agung Suprio also proposed April 1 to be designated as National Broadcasting Day.

He explained that it will be a day to commemorate the establishment of the first Indonesian language radio by Javanese royalty Mangkunegara VII in Surakarta, Central Java, which broadcast nationalist and cultural programs reaching the Netherlands.

Suprio also called on the government to designate Mangkunegara VII as the father of national radio broadcasting.

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Translator: Indra Arief P, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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