Wednesday, April 30, 2008


The Sitohangs and The Siahaans in Jakarta will have a big day to celebrate these days. Perry Cornelius Parluhutan Sitohang and Regina Merry Aprilia Siahaan will make their wedding vow before the pastor of Huria Kristen Batak Protestan church in Tebet Jakarta Friday, 2 May 2008 10.00. The wedding reception will be held at Taman Museum Satria Mandala Jakarta on Saturday, 3rd May 2008 starting 19.00.

Perry is the son of Mr. Budiman Sitohang and Mrs. Flora Mariani Lumbanraja. Regina is the daughter of Mr. M.G. Meyer Siahaan and Mrs. Irma B.M. Rondonuwu. Both families live in Jakarta.
Perry is the Associate lawyer at The Lubis, Santosa and Maulana, one of the most reputable law firm in Jakarta led by the country top lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis.
The Sitohangs all over the world will join Perry's family and friends to wish him and Regina a very happy wedding day and an everlasting blessed marriage in the days ahead...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Johannes Pandapotan Purba is one of my most loyal fellow Catholic youth activists for the last 5 year. He helped me established Catholic Youth Kepulauan Riau Province chapter early 2003. Since then he has been the President of Batam Branch.

Joe, as we use to call him, has been very active representing Catholic Youth in Indonesian Youth Forum held in Batam untill today. Besides in Catholic Youth he is also now serve as one of Vice Chairman of Batam Brach National Committee of Indonesian Youth (KNPI) Batam Branch.

But it's not just that. Joe is a civil engineer, religious, warm, and dynamic young man and also a talented violin player.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Genesis - Chapter 1:26-28 (taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation ©. Copyright © 1996, by Tyndale Chariatable Trust)

26. Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life - the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals."
27. So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.
28. God blessed them and told them, "Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals."

Eji and Hotman and their best friends

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy spirit Father Ari van Diemen, OFM Cap bless and pronounce Eji Ruth Lein Sitohang and Hotman Marpaung as a husband and wife at St. Joseph Catholic Church Balige. "So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Eji Ruth Lein Sitohang is the youngest daughter of A. Nikson Sitohang and N. Nikson br. Silaban. She and her family live in Batam.
Hotman Marpaung is son of J. Marpaung and T. br Panjaitan from Porsea Balige.

The holy matrimony was held at St. Yoseph Cathohic Church Balige 7 January 2008. Ejis big family flew all the way to Balige to attend the ceremony.

Eji and Hotman pose before of the alter and Father Ari van Diemen, the parish Priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church Balige after the blessing of their wedding.

After the blessing ceremony, A. Nikson Sitohang, Ejis father put rice grain onto Ejis and Hotmans head. This is a tradional Batak custom in which the brides parent wishes the new couple for an everlasting happy marriage, children and prosperity.

Here is Ejis and Hotmat prayer for their wedding:

God help us to remember when we first met
And string love that grew between us
We asks for your your words, that our love grew eternally
And heart always ready to forgive
We herewith put our marriage into Your hand today, tomorrow and the day after...

I would like to join Ejis and Hotmans family and friends to wish both of them all the best and God bless.

The Bataks old men say:

Bintang na rumiris
To ombun na tumorop
Sai dapotan anak ma hamu ris
Boru pe torop

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Saudara-saudaraku yang terkasih dalam Yesus Kristus: para Uskup, Imam, Bruder, Frater dan Suster, serta umat beriman yang berhimpun di sini.

Saya ingin mengajak Anda semua untuk bersama saya bersyukur kepada Tuhan, bahwa Ia telah memperkenankan kita bertemu dari muka ke muka.

1. In every age the Church is on pilgrimage, journeying to the peoples of every continent, preaching the Good News of God’s saving love to those far and near. Today, after more than four hundred years of the Church’s presence in this archipelago, that pilgrimage is experiencing a moment of great spiritual intensity here, in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. For the second time the Pope, the Successor of Peter, has come to Indonesia. I come with the same love and esteem which brought Pope Paul VI to Jakarta in 1970. All the travels of the Bishop of Rome are a response to the command of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whose servants we are. He enjoined on his disciples: “You shall be my witnesses... to the end of the earth” (Act. 1, 8). Therefore, in union of heart with all of you I am profoundly happy to repeat on Indonesian soil the words of the Responsorial Psalm: “I will sing to you, O Lord... of mercy and justice” (Ps. 101 (100), 1).

2. My pastoral visit to you, my Catholic brothers and sisters, is part of my ministry which is, above all, a service to the faith and unity of the universal Church. I have also come as a friend of every Indonesian in our common humanity and our common concern for the development and peace of the world in which we live. I greet the public authorities present at this solemn Eucharistic celebration and I express my appreciation to President Soeharto and to the Government for graciously inviting me and thus making this visit possible.

In a special way my greetings go to Cardinal Darmojuwono, to Archbishop Soekoto and to all the bishops of the Catholic Church in Indonesia who repeatedly made known their desire for me to come. My affection reaches out to all the priests, religious and laity. It will be impossible for me to meet all of you during these days, but I assure each one of you of my concern and prayerful encouragement.

In the fellowship that unites us through the sacramental bond of Baptism, I express my cordial esteem for all the members of the various Christian communities present in Indonesia. And to our Muslim brothers and sisters, who are so numerous in this country, I extend the hand of sincere and heartfelt friendship in our common belief in the one God, our Creator and merciful Lord.

Kepada para anggauta semua agama saya ucapkan: Semoga damai sejahtera dan kasih karania berada ditengah-tengah kita.

3. “Laetentur insulae multae”: let the many islands rejoice (Ps. 96 (95) 1). For Bishop Walter Staal, Apostolic Vicar of Batavia at the end of the last century, this motto taken from the Psalms expressed the significance of the Church’s presence in this vast archipelago. Today, the whole Church in these islands cries out with joy: “Laetentur insulae multae”.

Dear brother bishops and faithful of the Church in Indonesia: because the bonds of faith, sacramental life and ecclesial communion receive their fullest expression in the celebration of the Eucharist – especially in this Eucharist which gathers the people of God around their bishops in union with the Pope, the head of the Episcopal College – we live this moment with hearts filled with gratitude to the Most Blessed Trinity.

Our hearts sing a hymn of thanksgiving to our heavenly Father for the life of the Church in Indonesia: for her history, for the missionaries who have preached God’s word with wisdom and love, for the holiness of life which the Gospel has inspired, for the good deeds that have been done in its name, for the solidarity it has produced in the building up of modern Indonesia as a unified and dynamic country on the road to ever greater human development, social harmony and peace. We raise our hearts in thanksgiving for the vitality of each of the particular Churches represented here.

As sons and daughters of independent Indonesia, Catholics have nurtured a profound sense of pride in their country. Pro Ecclesia et Patria: “We must be fully Catholic and fully Indonesian”. These words are deeply inscribed in the modern history of the nation. They express the attitude of many Catholics during the struggle for independence, and they continue to inspire the Church’s life in the Indonesia of today.

4. In today’s Gospel reading we heard a significant teaching of Jesus concerning the religious and political dimensions of our existence in society. Some religious leaders had asked Jesus: “Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” (Luc. 20, 22). Pointing to one of the coins in circulation in their country, Jesus answers with a question: “Whose likeness and inscription has it.? They replied, ‘Caesar’s’”. Then, in response to their initial question Jesus said: “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Ibid. 20, 25).

By replying in this way Jesus acknowledges a distinction but not a separation between the kingdom of God which he preached and the earthly realm to which all belong as citizens of their country and members of the one great human family (Cfr. Congr. Pro Doctrina Fidei Libertatis Conscientia, 60). Above all Jesus makes known the nature of his own mission, which is to bear witness to the truth (Cfr. Io. 18, 37), the truth expressed in the words: “The kingdom of God is at hand” (Marc. 1, 14). The Lord is teaching us that God is close to every aspect of our existence in society and in the world. His presence in our lives is most deeply experienced in the life of grace and the exercise of moral responsibility.

Jesus’ injunction to “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” is a specific application of the greatest of all the commandments: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself” (Luc. 10, 27). It is precisely when we recognize the moral obligation to love our neighbour – all our neighbours, all our fellow citizens – that we acknowledge and fulfil our duties to the State and to those responsible for public life. Furthermore, those who love God know that it is his will that they be active and responsible builders of a just and humane society.
5. The Letter of Peter helps us to apply Jesus’ response in the Gospel to life in the political community: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution... for it is God’s will... Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil: but live as servants of God” (1Petr. 2, 13-16). For the believer all authority has its origin in God, and those who exercise it for the common good should be respected “for the sake of conscience” (Cfr. Rom. 13, 1-7). The words of Christ and the teaching of the New Testament are the basis of what the Catholic Church has always taught, namely, that political authority and the duties of citizens have to do with the moral order. As a nation, you have incorporated this truth into your own national ethos.
In a certain sense Indonesia’s official attitude of respect for religion reflects the truth of Jesus’ saving in today’s Gospel. You seek to promote the well-being of your country according to the human values on which it is built – rendering to civil society what is its due. At the same time, all are encouraged to render to God what is his, recognizing that the right to practise one’s religion takes its origin directly from the very dignity of the human person as a creature of God. This understanding ensures peace and collaboration among the followers of different religious traditions and permits all to be actively involved in serving the common good.

Maka saya menyerukan kepada seluruh Umat Katolik Indonesia: Jadilah putera bangsa dan warga negara Indonesia yang baik.

6. “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly... you truly teach the way of God” (Luc. 20, 21).

Today the Church in Jakarta and in all Indonesia, in union with the Bishop of Rome, renews this profession of faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We do so in imitation of Mary who was blessed because she believed (Cfr. ibid. 1, 45), and of Peter who spoke on behalf of the other Apostles to proclaim: “Lord, you have the words of eternal life!” (Io. 6, 86). We profess this faith in continuity with the men and women who have been the zealous witnesses of the Gospel in these islands.
This is a fitting moment for you, the present generation of Indonesian Catholics, to take up with renewed hope and vigour the evangelical challenge which you have inherited from your forebears. This is a fitting moment for all of you, especially the Catholic laity of Indonesia, to rededicate yourselves to the great tasks of transmitting the faith whole and entire to each new generation, of sustaining family life against all that weakens it, of serving the needs of your fellow citizens, especially the poor, the sick and suffering, those lacking education, and those who for any reason are left behind in the processes of growth and development.
And you, dear brother bishops, who are the teachers and pastors of the Church of Christ in Indonesia! It is you above all, together with your priests, who must lead the Church in Indonesia to her fullness in Christ. For this you have been invested with the episcopal ministry through the Holy Spirit whom Christ has given to the Church, that you may be able to teach in truth the ways of God. This is your vocation and your ministry. Christ who lives in his Church in every part of the world expects this service of you.
May the peace and love of him, who teaches the “way of God” – Jesus Christ, who is “the Way and the Truth and the Life” (Io. 14, 6) – be ever with the Church that is present on the islands of this splendid archipelago of Indonesia! May God abundantly bless the Indonesian people!

Damai dan sejahtera menyertai kamu sekalian yang berada dalam Kristus (1Petr. 5, 4).
Pope John Paul II Short biography:

Karol Józef Wojtyła, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941. A sister, Olga, had died before he was born.He was baptized on June 20, 1920 in the parish church of Wadowice by Fr. Franciszek Zak, made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Krakow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama.
The Cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.

Driven by his pastoral solicitude for all Churches and by a sense of openness and charity to the entire human race, John Paul II exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit, dedicating it all his energy. He made 104 pastoral visits outside Italy and 146 within Italy. As bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the city's 333 parishes.

In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April a.D. 2005, at 9.37 p.m., while Saturday was drawing to a close and the Lord's Day was already beginning, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church's beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father.
From that evening until April 8, date of the funeral of the late Pontiff, more than three million pilgrims came to Rome to pay homage to the mortal remains of the Pope. Some of them queued up to 24 hours to enter St. Peter's Basilica.On April 28, the Holy Father Benedict XVI announced that the normal five-year waiting period before beginning the cause of beatification and canonization would be waived for John Paul II. The cause was officially opened by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, on June 28 2005.


Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd after celebrating a holy mass at the Yankee Stadium New York where 57,000 people attend (Photo: Reuters/ Mike Segar)

Pope Benedict addressed the United Nations' General Assembly Friday as part of his first visit to the United States as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

He commended the work of the international body, calling it "vital," but he said that nations need to work together to solve crises, rather than act unilaterally.

President George Bush accompanied by First Lady Laura Bush welcome Pope Benedict XVI at St. Andrews Air Force Base on Wednesday, 16 April 2008 (Photo: AP/ L'osservatore Romano)

Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker, kisses pope rings at White House arrival ceremony while President Bush and Secretary of State Rice look on. Kissing pope or bishop ring is one of catholics traditions symbolising their obedience to their pope or bishop. (Photo: AP/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pope Benedict XVI adresses United Nations General Assemby in New York Friday 18 April 2008 (Photo: AP/ Richard Drew)

"Multilateral consensus continues to be in crisis because it is still subordinated to the decisions of a small number," he said, speaking in French.

"The promotion of human rights remains the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups, and increasing security."

This is only the third time that a visiting pope has addressed the UN. The pontiff's arrival at the UN was greeted by several hundred supporters, many of them Hispanic, behind police barricades. There was also a small anti-pope demonstration by a group calling itself the Forum for Protection of Religious Pluralism. That group had a number of complaints about the Vatican, including increased conversions to Catholicism in India and the church's impact on Native Americans during the colonization of the U.S.

The pontiff has a busy schedule in New York. His agenda includes a visit to Ground Zero, a mass at Yankee Stadium, a visit to a synagogue and a meeting with leaders of other Christian denominations.

He also lead mass for priests, deacons and other clergy at Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral. ABC's Viviana Hurtado told CTV's Canada AM on Friday that the Pope has clearly been trying to reach out to Catholics in the United States.

"The main goal has been to really re-energize and renew the American Catholic Church and to do that by spreading a message of hope," Hurtado said.

Pope Addresses Abuse

The Pope has also taken the opportunity during his visit to try and repair the damage done by the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the Church in the U.S. The pontiff has paid considerable attention to the scandal, including acknowledging the suffering of victims during a mass for 45,000 people at Washington's Nationals Park baseball stadium.

On Thursday, he prayed with abuse victims from Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley's archdiocese. Papal spokesperson, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that Benedict and O'Malley met with a group of five or six abuse victims. The group who met with the pope were all adults, who had been molested when they were minors.
One of the victims, Bernie McDaid, told The Associated Press that he told the pope that when he was an alter boy, he was abused by a priest in his parish. He said the abuse was not just sexual, but spiritual.

"I said, 'Holy Father, you need to know you have a cancer in your flock and I hope you will do something for this problem; you have to fix this,'" McDaid said. "He looked down at the floor and back at me, like, 'I know what you mean.' He took it in emotionally. We looked eye to eye."
Hurtado said that the Pope's efforts to make peace with American Catholics over the abuse scandal is the key to reviving the religion in the country.

"This scandal has really shaken the American Catholic church to its core over the last several years and certainly turned off wayward Catholics, Catholics that are on the fence, and it's actually bankrupted some diocese," she said.

The Pope has also acknowledged the Church's strong roots in the American Latino community -- as well as its strength across Latin America -- as he addressed Washington mass attendees in Spanish for several minutes. News Staff

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


For the last two years now, I have been the special consultant for budget and public finance administration matters to Tanjungpinang City Council (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah). This is purely professional engagement and non political as I am not affiliated to any political parties in the house.

Tanjungpinang City Council building, new landmark of the city.

Posing with Commision II (Finance and Budget) members. From left to right: Sukandar (PDIP Faction), Fauzy Saleh (Golkar), me and Pipin Hasibuan (Democrat)
Sitting are (left to right) Suparno (PDIP Chairman), me, and Sumarmo (PDK). Standing behind: Endang (Democrat) and Asep Nana Suryana (PDIP, Speaker of Commision II)
During the sideline of the council meeting. Suparno (PDIP Chairman), Zainul Arifin (PPP Secretary), Hartono (Democrat Secretary), me and Leo Siahaan (PDIP).

Tanjungpinang City Council is consist of 25 members representing around 180,000 of the city population. The house is made up by 9 out of 24 political parties contesting in 2004 general who managed to secure enough votes for the seats. They are:
  1. PDIP (6): Maria Titik P. Angesti, Suparno, Asep Nana Suryana, Leo Mangasa Tasman Siahaan, Sukandar and Sulardi;

  2. Golkar (3): R.M.E Mansyur Razak, Fauzy Saleh and Muhammad Nazar;

  3. PAN (3): Irsyadul Fauzy, Azwar Abdullah and Burhanuddin

  4. PKS (3): Muhammad Arief, Muhammad Ali and Wan Firman;

  5. Patriot Pancasila(3): Bobby Jayanto, Tahi Lumbantobing and Charles Haryanto;

  6. Democrat (3): Hartono, Pipin Hasibuan and Endang

  7. PPP (2): Zainul Arifin and Tri Artanto;

  8. PKB (1): Subiyanto;

  9. PDK (1): Sumarmo;
The composition of the city council itself well reflect the ecthnic diversity of the city population.
According to Indonesian law, the City Council together with the mayor is the integral part of local government. It's principal duties are divided into three categories:
  • Legislation: deliberating or proposing local bylaw draft
  • Budgeting: deliberating city budget proposed by the mayor, and
  • Supervision: budget implementation and local administration.
Below is what the Maria Titik P. Angesti and R.M.E. Mansyur Razak, both are council deputy speakers testimony about my service:
"Petrus Marulak Sitohang has been the part time resource person for Tanjungpinang City Council since 2006 especially on budgeting and public finance administration matters.

His knowledge on budgeting and Indonesian laws and government regulations on public finance matters have been very helpful to Tanjungpinang city council in performing its duties on legislation, budgeting and supervision concerning the abovementioned matters. His outstanding skills in computer and presentation technique are the main advantages that make him a reliable consultant on budgeting and public finance administration matters."

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


I never met this gentleman before. Despite this fact, I think I have to publish him for one reason, Monang Naipospos is the person any one must see today if you are looking for a champion in Batak culture, tradition, philosophy, way of life and its language. Why? Becuase he is not only inherit the batak culture from his parent, but live with it in the most genuine form it could be today. Besides that, Monang is a Parmalim believer, the original Batak religion which devote Batak Great King Sisingamangaraja as one of their prophets.

Monang Naipospos holding a hasapi, traditional Batak music instrument with background of a ruma batak, traditional Batak house. (photo by Aryono Huboyo Dati)

Monang Naipospos and one of his close friends (Photo reproduced from

Monang Naipsospos when met with his blogger friends in Jakarta. Sitting (from left to right) Monang Naipospos, Charlie Sianipar, Merdi Sihombing (ulos designer) and Suhunan Situmorang. Behind are Vicky Sianipar, a batak singer and Siallagan (a Batak traditional sculptor from Ambarita Samosir)/ Photo: reproduced from

I get to know Monang when visiting his personal blog Tano Batak is Batak language for batak land. He started blogging Batak culture last year and in a very short while has managed to draw a lot of visitors some of them even as far as from the US and European countries. Although most of them are Bataks, but quite a number of his visitors are not Batak descendants. Monang blog is considered as the most updated and reliable site for Batak culture today. His blogs number of hits and the background of the visitors which most of them are well educated and professional Bataks will speak for it self how his blog gained this status.

This recoqnition perhaps is also due to the facts that Monang is the most prominent Parmalim scholar who is also internet savvy especially in blogging. For long the Parmalim is considered a secluded society which even stranger to most of Bataks. Parmalim, which means “holy people” is an old religion which has long been forgotten by the state of Indonesia although they are part of the most die hard group of Indoensian people who resisted Dutch colonial without compromise.

Huta Tinggi village in Laguboti district of Toba Samosir Regency is the holy city of Parmalim where around 1,000 Parmalim family and their King Priest Raja Ihutan Marnangkok Naipospos live. The Parmalims believe in Mulajadi na Bolon, The Supreme Creator. Across Indonesia the Parmalims number around 5,000 families. They eschew usury and consumption of various meats, including pork. They also take good care of the environment. When cutting down a tree, the falling tree must not hit any seedlings. When they dig up tubers and roots, they must avoid damaging any buds or sprouts.

According to prominent poet and author Sitor Situmorang in his book Toba Na Sae, the Parmalim was founded by Guru Somalaing Pardede in the 1890s during the period of resistance against Dutch colonization. Guru Somalaing was an advisor and chief aide to Batak King Si Singamangaraja XII. In the eyes of the Parmalims, Sisingamaraja was a prophet who uncompromisingly and persistently oppose and fought against the Dutch colonial government in Batak land. However it is the most irony for the Parmalim as their religion is not recoqnized by Indonesian government until today. This has lead to a very long marginalization of the whole Parmalim believer in Indonesian social, political, economy, legal and cultural landscape.
Monang who is the younger brother of Raja Marnangkok Naipospos the King Chief of Parmalim, lives with his his wife, three sons and two daughters in Huta Tinggi. Monang is now trying to change the stigma Parmalim have suffered for long in the country they fought for by using internet to reach a bigger and borderless audience. His writing skills in Bahasa Indonesia is very good. And when he write Batak language even most Batak today will need a Batak language dictionary to understand as he uses the genuine Batak vocabularies which most of them are no longer in use by Bataks nowadays. I must say that his writings especially in Bataks are the most refine one I can find today.
I believe the road is still "thousands miles" away for Monang to gain his cause; a formal recoqnition of Parmalim by Indonesian legal system. But I will wish him and all his Parmalim fellow well.
And may the Debata Mulajadi Nabolon bless them.


Friday, April 4, 2008


Wan Ahmad Lutfi born in Tarempa Island 3o years ago. He is a proud son of Tarempa, one of the most remote islands in the northern part of Riau Archipelago Province. He ussually identify himself as "Si Anak Pulau", the son of the island, the one who is considered as the true member and the vanguard of the place. Tarempa island is part of the country oil and gas rich Natuna Regency.

Wan Ahmad Lutfi, Bintan Offshore Project Engineer. Behind him is the giant floating crane HERCULES with lifting capacity 2,500 ton when lifting up one block to the barge.

Lutfi, as his colleagues ussually call him, spent his childhood in his home town Tarempa and then moved to Sedanau, another island in Natuna where he finished his Junior High School. After that his parent sent him to Tanjungpinang, the capital of the then Riau Archipelago Regency to continue his study in senior high school. Before its split, Natuna, as well as the now city of Batam, Tanjungpinang, Regency of Bintan, Karimun and Lingga were part of Regency of Riau Archipelago. All these regencies and the cities are now part of the Riau Archipelago province, the 32nd province of Indonesia. He then went to the Muhammadiyah University Surakarta in Centra Java where he earned his Mechanical Engineering degree.

After finished his study, Lutfy started his career in Bandung as Mechanical Engineer of a company providing engineering calculation, analysis, design and manufacturing of aerospace industry equipment such as wind tunnel testing, Unman Arial Vehicle (UAV), aerodynamic calculation, aeroplane wing design. He then move to another company as Design Engineer of microbattery manufactures providing battery design and battery prototyping to match the customer requirements. In 2007 he diecided to come home and dedicated his knowledge and skill to his very own province and work as Project Engineer in Bintan Offshore project. His duties are to ensure the projects running as per schedule; ensure that the products are fabricated as per drawing and design and ensure that the safety procedures and qualities are followed hand in hand.

Lutfi speaks English besides Bahasa Indonesia and his own native language Malay. He also masters in various engineering computer applications such as: MSES (for aerodynamic design and computational), CATIA (Computer Aided Three Dimension Interactive Application), Autodesk Inventor, Mechanical Desktop, AutoCAD and Microsoft Project

But having completed a tertiery education in engineering, traveling coast to coast and many islands in Indonesia, his upbringin in Tarempa, Sedanau and Tanjungpinang the stronghold of Malay culture, Lutfi remain a typical Malay: a friendly, humble and religious person.

Map of Natuna Regency (map by Google Earth)

Map of Tarempa Island and Anambas isles (map by Google Earth)

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