Hosni Mubarak Meets Economic Team as Protests Enter Day 12

In this image from Egyptian state television aired Tuesday evening Feb 1 2011, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes what has been billed as an important speech. Mubarak has faced a week of public and international pressure to step down from the role he has held for 30 years, culminating in a day when a quarter-million people turned in the largest protest yet to demand his ouster. (AP Photo/Egyptian state television via APTN)

 

Feb 5 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — Thousands of demonstrators are in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a 12th day of protests against Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Early Saturday, gunfire rang out in the packed square, but there were no reports of casualties.

Egyptian state media report Mr. Mubarak met Saturday with his economic team, including several members of his new Cabinet, to discuss the crisis, which is costing the country an estimated $310 million a day.

On Friday, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters crammed into Tahrir Square for what they called the “day of departure” for Mr. Mubarak, who has vowed to finish his term in office.

Arab League chief Amr Moussa joined the demonstrators in the square Friday.  The long-time Egyptian political figure has said he may consider running for president.  Egyptian Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi also visited the square Friday.  

Also Friday, there were reports of clashes and shots fired into the air as military forces prevented a group of Mubarak supporters from entering Tahrir Square.  Those demonstrators rallied elsewhere in Cairo for what they called a “Day of Loyalty.”

Thousands of anti-government protesters also massed in Alexandria Friday for peaceful rallies.  A VOA correspondent says one group of anti-Mubarak demonstrators gathered in the central part of town Friday while a second group rallied at a mosque.  Thousands of people also rallied in Suez, Ismailia and other cities.

On Wednesday, a violent clash erupted in Tahrir Square between government opponents and supporters.

President Mubarak said earlier this week that he will not seek reelection when his term ends.  In a Thursday interview with the U.S. broadcaster ABC,  he said he would like to leave office now, but fears Egypt would sink deeper into chaos if he did.   

Mr. Mubarak blamed the Muslim Brotherhood – Egypt’s largest and best organized opposition group – for the violence in the capital over the past few days.  Protesters say Mr. Mubarak’s supporters sparked the violence by attacking anti-government demonstrators on Wednesday.

An Egyptian journalist died Friday from gunshot wounds suffered a week ago.  Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud was taking photographs of fighting between protesters and security forces from the balcony of his home when he was shot.  He is the first journalist to die in the crisis.

At least eight people have died and nearly 900 have been injured in the most recent two days of fighting around Tahrir Square.  (*)

 

 

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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PM Netanyahu pledges steps to boost Palestinian Authority economy

In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Envoy of the Quartet to the Middle East Tony Blair on February 4, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. The former British Prime Minister met with Netanyahu ahead of a meeting between Middle East Quartet mediators in Munich. (Photo by Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty Images)

Quartet Envoy Tony Blair, Prime Minister Netanyahu agree on economic incentives including alleviation of construction regulations in east Jerusalem, expanding presence of PA security forces in Area B

Feb 5 (KATAKAMI.COM / YNET) — Amid unrest in the Middle East and attempts to renew negotiations with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday informed Quartet Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair that he will take steps to support economic growth in the Palestinian territories.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu spoke at the Knesset plenum, pledging to introduce economic measures to help boost the Palestinians’ economy.

During his meeting with Blair on Friday, the two agreed on economic gestures that include improvements to infrastru Despite the concessions, Netanyahu emphasized that peace will not be attained by only promoting “economic peace,” but rather by “engaging in negotiations for political peace, and I hope (Palestinian President) Mahmoud Abbas answers my calls

“I insist on elements of peace and security because any agreement we reach needs to take into account not only the situation today, but also the situation that may come into being tomorrow,” he said.

The measures are meant to draw the Palestinians back to the negotiations table in order to resume direct talks.

After the meeting was concluded, Blair noted that the two agreed to extend the presence of Palestinian security forces throughout Area B in the West Bank, and advance the construction and restoration of schools and clinics in Area C based on plans that will be transferred to The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

The Quartet envoy added that Israel has agreed to support all projects in east Jerusalem that comply with municipal regulations, and that are aimed at improving the Palestinian infrastructure including in the field of housing.  (*)

Full Text of Quartet Representative Tony Blair and PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Press Conference

In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with Envoy of the Quartet to the Middle East Tony Blair as they meet on February 4, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. The former British Prime Minister met with Netanyahu ahead of a meeting between Middle East Quartet mediators in Munich. (Photo : PMO )

Agreed to a package of economic steps designed to assist the Palestinian Authority

Feb 4 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — Statement by PM Netanyahu: Tony, I’m delighted to have this opportunity to advance our common goals.  We’ve had a series of meetings and we’re concluding with the announcement of several steps that we take to, first of all to enhance stability.   I think people understand that stability is important at all times, but it’s especially important now and the first set of steps that we’re taking are to continue the policy we’ve advanced to enable economic growth in the Palestinian areas.

I think this has contributed to stability; it’s contributed to a better life for the Palestinians and I think it’s contributing to peace and security in the long term.  So we are announcing a series of steps for the Palestinian areas that I think will make that economic prosperity and living standards rise and I think that’s important.

Well, the second set of steps are intended to make Gaza independent of Israeli infrastructure by helping to develop their electricity plants; water, sewerage treatment. I think this is important.  There are significant international projects that we want to advance.  We talked about the ways to do it in specific concrete terms.

In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks as he meets with Envoy of the Quartet to the Middle East Tony Blair on February 4, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. The former British Prime Minister met with Netanyahu ahead of a meeting between Middle East Quartet mediators in Munich. (Photo by Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty Images)

 

Statement by Quartet Representative Blair:

Even against the background of events in the region and the absence of direct political negotiations, it isimportant we continue to do all we can to improve the conditions and living standards of the Palestinian people. Indeed it is now especially important.

I am pleased at the package of measures agreed today with the Government of Israel.

I thank the Prime Minister for his personal involvement in and support for these measures. The discussions we have been having go back several months. This is my seventh visit to the region in as many weeks. On each occasion the Prime Minister has been generous with his time and determined to move this agenda forward.

The package breaks into three parts:

First, a comprehensive set of changes in Gaza, building on those approved in June 2010. The most important is a long-standing request of the Palestinian Authority and President Abu Mazen for an agreement to revive discussions on the vital project of ‘Gaza Marine’ gas field, with approval in principle of the supply of Palestinian offshore gas to Gaza power plants and specific project approval to a new power station there. Clearly there are many items to be worked out but this is an important breakthrough for the Palestinian Authority, people in Gaza and the broader region.

In addition, there is agreement to mobile desalination plants to meet Gaza’s needs for clean water; and approval in principle for a larger permanent desalination plant.

There is also full approval for all the sanitation and water treatment plants necessary for Gaza, with the Government of Israel agreeing to facilitate and support the entry of construction materials to enable projects to be completed on schedule. There are further measures to promote Gaza exports, especially in furniture and textiles as well as agriculture.

A further 20 named construction projects will be approved. We aim to begin a pilot project for private sector construction materials by 1 April; and in February the Government of Israel will transfer around 40,000 tons of aggregates from Sufa/Karni into Gaza.

The combination of these measures should result, over time, in a radical overhaul of Gaza’s infrastructure.

In this regard, I would urge an end to all attacks coming out of Gaza. Such attacks inhibit our ability to help the people of Gaza and the absence of such attacks allows us to get on with the job of helping them.

On the West Bank, there will be an extension of Palestinian Authority security presence in Area B – with 7 towns approved in principle; an agreement to fast-track the construction or reconstruction of schools and health clinics in Area C on the basis of plans submitted by the Palestinian Authorityand my office to COGAT. 5000 Gaza-registered residents of the West Bank will be given WB ID cards. Outstanding issues to do with revenue collection are agreed to be resolved quickly between the Government of Israel and Palestinian Authority Finance Ministries.

Thirdly, in respect of East Jerusalem, the Government of Israel has agreed to encourage the implementation of all projects that abide by municipal regulations that will improve infrastructure there for Palestinians, including in particular housing, starting with two projects in East Jerusalem.

Obviously, agreement to all this is not the same as implementation. There is always a continual interaction on this between the Office of the Quartet Representative and the Government of Israel. But over these past two years there has been significant change on the West Bank, as can be seen from the strong economic growth there. This has been due, of course, to the Palestinian Authority’s actions; but also actions of the Government of Israel to facilitate them.

In respect of Gaza, though the challenge remains enormous, there has been a significant increase in goods entering Gaza and in construction work. The measures today will boost all of this significantly and personally I believe the green light to improving living standards and conditions of people in East Jerusalem is of enormous importance to the future.

None of this is a substitute for a credible political process. I hope one gets underway as soon as possible. But I have always maintained that it is a combination of measures that improve life on the ground and a strong political negotiation that will produce peace.

Today, with all the uncertainty in the region, I believe that more than ever.  (*)

Source : PM’s Office

Iraqi premier says he'll cut his salary by half

FILE - In this March 26, 2010 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki speaks to the press in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister says he will return half of his annual salary to the government's treasury in a symbolic effort to balance the standard of living between the nation's rich and poor. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

BAGHDAD, Feb 5 (KATAKAMI.COM / AP)  – Iraq’s prime minister said Friday he’ll return half of his annual salary to the public treasury in a symbolic gesture that appeared calculated to insulate himself from the anti-government unrest spreading across the Middle East.

It was a stunning statement for Nouri al-Maliki, who has resisted disclosing his pay in the five years he has led Iraq. He described it as an effort to narrow the gap between the nation’s rich and poor.

Coming in the wake of popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, however, al-Maliki also seemed to be shielding himself from public bitterness over Iraq’s sagging economy and electricity shortages.

Al-Maliki narrowly secured a second term in office after months of political negotiations last year. He is believed to earn at least $360,000 annually.

“Fifty percent of my monthly salary will be reduced, starting from the current month, as a contribution from me to reduce the difference in the salaries of the state officials,” al-Maliki said in a statement Friday. “That will help limit the differences in the social living standards for different classes of the society.”

Al-Maliki also noted that his pay cut comes as Iraq’s parliament considers what the Finance Ministry projects will be a $90.5 billion spending plan for this year.

Hours earlier, Sunni and Shiite clerics used Friday sermons to warn government leaders against letting poverty, oppression and corruption become the norm — or face the consequences of the unrest that has gripped parts of the Arab world in recent weeks.

“All governments — even those which embraced democracy — have to study the essential reasons that have lead to this overwhelming popular anger against the political regimes in those countries,” said Shiite Sheik Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalaie, a top representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

“They have to learn the lessons from what is happening,” al-Karbalaie said.

Emboldened Iraqis staged several small protests over what they called corruption in the government’s security forces, rampant unemployment and scant electricity and water in homes.

U.S. government estimates indicate that as many as 30 percent of Iraqis are unemployed, and households nationwide have as little as three hours of electricity or running water daily because of the country’s antiquated and overloaded power grid.

Wisam Sabir, a 45-year-old activist for the al-Noor government watchdog group, said Iraq’s problems are far worse than those of some of its Arab neighbors.

“We watched the uprising in Tunisia, but the services there are better than here,” she said at a small demonstration outside the a coffee shop in central Baghdad’s Mutanabi book market.

“Where is the democracy and freedom they promised us?” she said. “This is another dictatorship.”

Menghitung Hari Sang Bayangkara Sejati Komjen Jusuf Manggabarani Yang Bersiap Tinggalkan Polri

Wakapolri Komisaris Jenderal Jusuf Manggabarani

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Jakarta, 5 Februari 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM)   — Ratusan orang yang mengenal sepak terjangnya selama hampir 36 tahun mengabdi sebagai polisi (sejati) telah mengirimkan kesan dan pesan atas sosok Komisaris Jenderal Jusuf Manggabarani. Spontanitas itu terjadi menjelang akan pensiunnya Wakapolri yang dikenal sangat tegas, lurus, bersih, jujur dan pemberani ini.

Sejumlah pihak yang begitu menghormati figur Jusuf Manggabarani sudah memasuki tahap akhir pembuatan sebuah buku yang akan dihadiahkan kepada Wakapolri Komjen. Jusuf Manggabarani dalam rangka 2 momen penting di bulan Februari ini yaitu ulangtahun ke 58 pada tanggal 11 Febuari 2011 dan memasuki masa purna bhakti (pensiun).

Komjen Pol Jusuf Manggabarani lahir di Makassar 11 Februari 1953.

Ia adalah lulusan Akpol tahun 1975 dan dalam pernah bertugas di Dili, Timtim (sekarang Timor Leste) sebagai pasukan khusus anti gerilya BKO Korem mulai pangkat Letda sampai Kapten (sekarang AKP).

Sejak 1976 sampai 1982, Jusuf Manggabarani menjabat Kasat Sabhara Polwiltabes Makassar dan kemudian Dansat Brimob di Makassar dengan pangkat mayor (sekarang Kompol).

Antara tahun 1982 sampai 1988, ia masuk Sespim, kesatuan Gegana kemudian mengambil Sesko ABRI. Selanjutnya, dari tahun 1988 sampai 1994 menjabat Kapolwiltabes Makassar, Kapolwiltabes Bandung, Wakapolda Sulsel, Dansat Brimob. Jusuf pernah juga menjabat Kapoda NAD dan Kapolda Sulsel (1994-2002). Pada 2004 menjabat Kadiv Propam, pada 2005 sebagai Irwasum, dan Wakapolri pada 2010.

Wakapolri Komisaris Jenderal Jusuf Manggabarani

Ia sangat amat tertutup kepada pers.

Mau sedekat apapun berkawan dengan Jusuf Manggabarani, sepanjang ia mengetahui bahwa pihak yang dekat dengannya itu adalah jurnalis maka secara otomatis juga pria kelahiran Makassar ini akan mengunci mulutnya rapat-rapat.

Tak akan pernah ada satu wartawan pun yang bisa memancing atau mengorek secuil saja informasi berharga berkait rahasia-rahasia atau bocoran-bocoran kebijakan dalam internal Mabes Polri.

Sebab sejak beberapa tahun terakhir ini, Jusuf Manggabarani menduduki pos-pos sangat penting di Mabes Polri yaitu berturut-turut sebagai Kepala Divisi Profesi dan Pengamanan (Kadiv Propam Polri), Inspektur Jenderal Pengawasan Umum (Irwasum) dan Wakil Kepala Kepolisian Indonesia (Wakapolri).

Hari-hari menjelang masa pensiunnya per tanggal 1 Maret 2011 mendatang, Jusuf Manggabarani tetap bertugas seperti biasanya.

Misalnya berdasarnya pantauan KATAKAMI.COM pada hari Jumat (4/2/2011), Wakapolri Komjen Jusuf Manggabarani ikut menghadiri upacara penganugerahan peenghargaan dari Pemerintah Republika Indonesia (cq Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) lewat pemberian bintang tanda jasa Bhayangkara Utama untuk Kapolri Jenderal Timur Pradopo.

Sesuai upacara tersebut, Jusuf Manggabarani menerima KATAKAMI.COM secara EKSKLUSIF di ruang kerjanya selama 2 jam.

“Pak Wakapolri, sebagai wartawan saya jadi heran, atas dasar penilaian apa sehingga Presiden SBY menganugerahi Kapolri bintang tanda jasa Bhayangkara Utama. Kapolri baru bertugas 2 bulan. Masih belum ada hal-hal nyata yang bisa dilihat dan dirasakan langsung oleh masyarakat terhadap kinerja Kapolri yang baru. Ada komentar ? tanya KATAKAMI.COM.

Jusuf Manggabarani terdiam beberapa saat.

“Penghargaan ini kan diberikan oleh Pemerintah, saya tidak berwenang mengomentari. Tetapi kalau soal Bapak Kapolri, sebagai bawahan saya menilai beliau cukup bagus. Orangnya tenang dan pendiam. Tidak ada masalah” jawan Jusuf Mangabarani secara diplomatis.

“Lalu soal buku yang siap diluncurkan sebagai hadiah kepada Pak Wakapolri dari para sahabat, apakah Bapak sudah tahu ?” tanya KATAKAMI.COM kembali.

“Oh, soal buku. Ya saya sudah tahu. Saya ini tidak akan pernah mau menjual-jual diri saya seakan-akan diri saya ini hebat dan pantas membanggakan diri secara berlebihan. Tapi saya dapat laporan, ada kawan-kawan yang berinisiatif membuatkan buku. Kalau saya tidak salah, isinya itu adalah kesan-kesan dari banyak orang terhadap diri saya selama ini. Silahkan saja. Saya tidak boleh menampik dan menolak perhatian dari orang-orang yang memberikan perhatian kepada saya” jawab Jusuf Manggabarani.

Kapolri Jenderal (Pol) Timur Pradopo (tengah) di dampingi Wakapolri Komjen Jusuf Manggabarani (kiri) saat berdoa bersama sebelum menyerahkan sapi kurban secara simbolis di lapangan Bhayangkara Mabes Polri, Jakarta, Rabu (17/11) Mabes Polri menyerahkan 29 ekor hewan kurban yang terdiri dari 23 ekor sapi dan 6 ekor kambing. "Semua hewan kurban akan dibagikan kepada korban bencana Mentawai dan Merapi. (FOTO ANTARA)

Dan ketika ditanya soal kesan-kesan selama bertugas sebagai polisi selama 36 tahun, Jusuf Mangabarani menjawab sebagai berikut :

“Semua tugas saya selama 36 tahun ini berkesan. Tidak ada yang tidak berkesan. Lalu setiap bertemu saya, kamu ini selalu saja bertanya kepada saya, mengapa gaji polisi terlalu kecil ? Kalau soal gaji, sudah mulai alhamdulilah. Polri menyesuaikan dengan kemampuan negara. Jangan dibilang ini bahasa klise bahwa kemampuan keuangan negara terbatas. Ini sungguh-sungguh bahwa Polri memang menyesuaikan diri dengan kemampuan negara” ungkap Jusuf Mangga.

Lalu tentang keberadaan dirinya yang sejak belasan tahun terakhir selalu dikirim dan diandalkan oleh Pemerintah untuk terjun langsung mengatasi daerah-daerah konflik seperti Aceh dan Poso, Jusuf Mangga menjawab sebagai berikut :

“Saya selalu membawa kader-kader setiap kali saya diperintahkan menangani daerah-daerah konflik yang penuh kerusuhan. Ini berkaitan dengan prinsip LEARNING BY DOING. Saya menangani masalah kerusuhan di Poso tahun 2000-2001 dan 2009. Jadi dimanapun terjadi kerusuhan atau konflik, akar permasalahannya adalah perbedaan pendapat. Sehingga permasalahan yang menimbulkan konflik dan berbagai kerusuhan berdarah tadi harus ditangani dengan jujur, arif dan bijaksana. Jadi itulah juga yang saya lakukan sebagai penengah setiap kali mendapat perintah menangani daerah kerusuhan” jawab Jusuf Mangga.

Apa kabar putra Bapak yang menjadi pasukan khususnya Polri ?

“Oh, dia namanya Edhie Sabara Mangabarani. Beberapa hari lalu dia datang mau menemui saya tetapi ditahan dia sama Provost. Dia baru tahu rupanya kalau Bapaknya ini Wakapolri” kata Jusuf Mangga sambil tersenyum.

“Ditahan sama Provost, maksudnya bagaimana pak ?” tanya KATAKAMI.COM

“Anak saya datang ke sini. Semua tamu kan harus berhadapan dengan Provost dulu di Gedung Utama ini. Provost tanya mau bertemu siapa ? Anak saya bilang dia mau bertemu Wakapolri. Provost bilang mereka harus periksa dulu tas dan bawaan dari setiap tamu. Begitu tas anak saya dibuka, isinya senjata semua. Dia langsung dibawa ke ruangan khusus oleh Provost untuk diperiksa. Provost tanya kamu ini siapa dan mengapa membawa banyak sekali senjata ? Terpaksa anak saya mengeluarkan tanda pengenalnya. Dia jawab namanya adalah Edhie Sabara Manggabarani” tutur Jusuf Mangga sambil tertawa.

Wakapolri Komisaris Jenderal Jusuf Manggabarani

“Mengapa datang menemui Bapak sambil bawa senjata begitu banyak ?” tanya KATAKAMI.COM.

“Dia mau menunjukkan pada saya tentang beberapa contoh sejata yang mereka pakai untuk latihan. Dia kan sekarang semacam pasukan khusus di Polri ini. Mereka butuh peluru untuk latihan. Jadi dia ditugaskan atasannya untuk menerangkan kepada saya. Ini bukan KKN ya. Mereka memang menggunakan jalur resmi juga untuk meminta logistik peluru untuk latihan tetapi secara informal dirasa perlu untuk menerangkan kepada saya. Saya candai dia waktu datang kemarin. Saya bilang, kamu memang pantas ditahan Provost karena datang bawa senjata begitu banyak mau menemui Wakapolri. Jangan dipikir, bisa gampang-gampang saja kalau mau menemui Wakapolri” jawab Jusuf Mangga.

“Lho memangnya tidak bisa bertemu di rumah saja, Pak ” tanya KATAKAMI.COM.

“Saya saja tidak tahu dimana dia hari demi hari. Berteleponan saja tidak pernah. Kalau saya coba telepon, handphone-nya mati. Dia itu memang tidak pernah mau dekat sama Bapaknya ini karena nanti penilaian orang bisa macam-macam. Jadi saya baru bisa bicara dengan dia kalau dia yang menepon saya. Pak, kirim pulsa ya … pulsa saya habis. Kalau sudah kehabisan pulsa untuk telepon, barulah dia menelepon Bapaknya. Dia juga jarang datang ke rumah saya. Tapi tiba-tiba, dia bisa datang dan ketuk kamar tidur saya ” jawab Jusuf Mangga menahan geli atas perilaku anaknya.

“Apa bapak tidak kuatir tentang keberadaan dan keselamatan anak Bapak ” tanya KATAKAMI.COM.

“Kenapa saya harus kuatir ? Saya polisi, dia juga polisi. Kami sama-sama tugas. Dan saya percaya dia bisa menjaga dirinya dalam menjalankan tugas-tugasnya. Anak saya yang satu ini berbeda penampilannya. Dia pakai jenggot dan kemana-mana sering pakai celana pendek. Ya itu karena tuntutan tugasnya. Waktu kemarin dia ditugaskan atasannya datang menemui saya, dia datang pakai celana panjang. Dia tidak pakai celana pendeknya tapi jenggotnya masih tetap dipelihara” kata Jusuf Mangga.

Komisaris Jenderal Jusuf Manggabarani dengan seragam dinas BRIMOB

Untuk menutup pembicaraan dengan Jusuf Mangga, KATAKAMI.COM menanyakan tentang banyaknya kritikan sangat pedas dari masyarakat Indonesia terhadap institusi Polri yang dianggap tidak transparan dalam menyelesaikan sejumlah kasus penting. Seperti misalnya kasus mafia pajak yang melibatkan Gayus Tambunan atau kasus yang menimpa Mantan Kabareskrim Komjen Susno Duadji.

“Kalau soal kritikan maka itu jangan diartikan secara sempit. Kritikan itu menandakan bahwa harapan masyarakat kepada Polri ini sangat tinggi dan tanda bahwa di Indonesia ini sudah diterapkan demokratisasi. Tapi percayalah bahwa polisi segera berubah. Dan saat ini sudah sangat banyak perubahan di dalam tubuh Polri. Misalnya perubahan dalam rangka penataan penegakan hukum dan meningkatnya pelayanan Polri terhadap masyarakat” kata Jusuf Mangga.

Mantan Komandan Brimob ini menegaskan bahwa Polri tidak pernah menutup-nutupi kasus, termasuk yang melibatkan oknum perwira tinggi Polri.

“Kalau ada yang melakukan pelanggaran, itu bukan polisi tetapi oknum polisi. Kau harus tulis kata oknum. Saya sebagai bagian dari Polri tidak pernah menutup-nutupi kasus. Personil Brimob sebanyak 18 ribu orang, tidak pernah menutupi kasus. Personil Sabara sejumlah 36 ribu orang, tidak pernah menutupi kasus.  Lalu kalau tadi disebut nama Susno Duadji, dia terlibat didalam kasus itu. Dia bukan pahlawan, dia terlibat didalamnya. Dia tidak bersih. Justru karena Polri transparan maka dibiarkan proses hukum terjadi pada Susno. Itu penjelasan saya” kata Jusuf Mangga.

Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (berdiri, kedua dari kiri), didampingi Menkopolhukkam Djoko Suyanto (paling kiri), berfoto bersama Kapolri Jenderal Bambang Hendarso Danuri, Wakapolri Komjen Jusuf Manggabarani (duduk, kedua dari kanan), beserta para perwira tinggi Polri

Jusuf Mangga adalah seorang bhayangkara sejati.

Ia memang berwajah tanpa ekspresi, kaku dan sangat dingin. Tetapi penilaian sekilas ini memang wajar sekali sebab ia terbiasa untuk senantiasa menjaga kerahasiaan tugas dan bekerja secara profesional dalam perjalanan waktu selama hampir 36 tahun sebagai seorang abdi negara.

Wajar jika kalangan tertentu mempertanyakan kepada Presiden SBY mengapa polisi yang handal seperti Jusuf Mangga tidak masuk dalam kategori yang harus diberi tanda penghargaan.

Belasan tahun, Jusuf Mangga sangat diandalkan oleh Pemerintah setiap kali terjadi kerusuhan di berbagai daerah-daerah konflik semacam Poso dan Aceh.

Tapi Jusuf Mangga selalu terlihat rendah hati dan memegang teguh prinsip hidupnya bahwa pengabdian tidak mengenal batas ruang dan waktu. Pengabdian tak menuntut tanda jasa. Pengabdian adalah pengabdian. Totalitas dalam mengabdi harus dipersembahkan kepada bangsa, negara dan rakyat Indonesia dengan satu misi yang jelas yaitu tanpa pamrih.

Terimakasih Jenderal, anda adalah polisi sejati yang pantas untuk dihormati dan dikenang sebagai seorang bhayangkara yang menjaga secara baik jati diri polisi dan nama baik institusi selama 36 tahun mengabdi.

Dan selamat ulang tahun, Jenderal Jusuf Mangga.

Selamat menjalani babak baru pengabdian pasca purna bhakti nanti.

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Husband of Wounded US Lawmaker to Return to Space

This January 9, 2011 photo released by Congressworman Gabrielle Giffords' office shows Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, holding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) hand in her hospital room at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords remains in critical condition after being shot in the head after a gunman opened fire during a political event in Tucson on Saturday. (Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Office/Handout )

Feb 5 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — NASA says astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of wounded U.S. lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, will return to command the space shuttle Endeavour on its final mission in April.

The space agency says Kelly will resume training Monday for the trip to the International Space Station.

At a press conference, Kelly said Giffords’ ability to improve rapidly from a bullet wound in the head influenced his decision to rejoin the mission. He said he originally thought her pace of improvement would be much slower, and that he questioned his future as an astronaut.

Kelly would not share details on Giffords’ condition or prognosis, except to say that doctors think she will make a “really good” recovery.

A NASA official, Brent Jett, said he is glad Kelly is returning to command the mission. He said he is confident Kelly will not be distracted by his wife’s health situation.

Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in Tuscon, Arizona nearly a month ago.

Giffords was recently moved from Tucson to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston, where Kelly trains at the Johnson Space Center.

Six people were killed in the Arizona shooting rampage on January 8, including a U.S. federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.

Scott Kelly, Mark Kelly’s twin brother and fellow astronaut, said this week he is “absolutely 100 percent confident” his brother will be able to fulfill his responsibilities if he chooses to fly Endeavour. Scott Kelly is the current commander of the International Space Station.

NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet this year.  (*)

Husband: Giffords would be OK with flight decision

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband, space shuttle astronaut Mark Kelly, are seen in an undated handout photo provided by her Congressional campaign, January 8, 2011. Giffords was hit in a shooting on Saturday at a public event of the Congresswoman's at a Tucson, Arizona grocery store that also injured at least nine other people, hospital and law enforcement sources said. REUTERS/Giffords for Congress/PK Weis/Handout

HOUSTON, Feb 5 (KATAKAMI.COM / AP)  – The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said his wife would be “very comfortable” with his decision to go back into space and he expects her to be at his launch in April.

Space shuttle commander Mark Kelly wouldn’t go into details about her condition during a news conference Friday, and deflected questions about how he knows she supports his choice to fly.

“I know her very well and she would be very comfortable with the decision that I made,” Kelly said.

Kelly stepped down from training after Giffords was gunned down in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. His decision to resume training for space shuttle Endeavour’s mission was announced earlier Friday.

He said he plans for his wife to be at Cape Canaveral, Fla., for liftoff, targeted for April 19.

“I have every intention that she’ll be there for launch. I’ve talked to her doctors about that,” he said.

It will be Endeavour’s final flight and the fourth spaceflight for Kelly.

Kelly said the congresswoman continues to improve in rehab in Houston. One doctor has described her recovery as “lightning speed.” She’s kept very busy with therapy, a key to his decision, he said.

The 40-year-old Giffords was in intensive care for two weeks in Arizona, with Kelly at her bedside, before she was transferred to Houston for what is expected to be a lengthy rehabilitation. Kelly wanted her as close to him as possible, if he returned to work at Johnson Space Center. He lives in the Houston area with his two teenage daughters from a previous marriage, Claudia and Claire.

Giffords was meeting with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket when she was shot in the head. Six people were killed and 13 were injured in the rampage; a 22-year-old suspect is in custody.

Kelly, 46, said he initially expected to step down as commander of Endeavour. As he agonized over the decision, NASA named a backup commander, Rick Sturckow, who joined the crew for training. Kelly said all along that he wanted his wife’s input in the matter, if at all possible.

Specific details of Giffords’ recovery have not been released, including whether she’s able to speak. Last week, doctors said she would have a valve inserted into her breathing tube to help her talk. They said she could breathe on her own but they weren’t going to remove the tube immediately. She was shot in the left side of her brain and doctors have said she had weakness on her right side.

Her hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, last week said it would not provide any more information on her condition. In a Twitter update Wednesday, Mark Kelly said Giffords is making “Lots of progress!”

Kelly — whose identical twin Scott currently is commander of the International Space Station — has flown three times aboard space shuttles. He will lead a veteran, all-male, American-Italian crew to the International Space Station.

There’s considerable training between now and the April 19 launch target date, almost certainly with long hours and few days off for the crew. The six astronauts will go into quarantine a week before the launch, with limited access to family members.

“I obviously weighed time I could spend with her over time I could spend with NASA and my crew,” he said on Friday.

Kelly’s mission already was set to be one of the highest profile shuttle flights ever. It will be Endeavour’s last voyage and the next-to-last for the entire 30-year shuttle program, and will feature the delivery of an elaborate physics experiment by a Nobel prize winner.

Endeavour was originally scheduled to launch last July, but was bumped into 2011 because the experiment wasn’t ready.

“I’m not going to second guess his decision for anything. I respect his decision, I’m sure it’s the decision that Gabby would have wanted him to make and I’m sure he has the support of his family and friends there,” said former astronaut Susan Still Kilrain, who gave up her astronaut career when she had the first of her four children.

Susan Hileman, who was wounded in Tucson, trusts Kelly’s decision. She was holding 9-year-old Christina Green’s hand when the shooting erupted. The girl was killed.

“I’m sure this decision was carefully made and thoughtfully made, and right for him and for them,” said Hileman, who was shot three times. “He’s kind and thoughtful and he loves his wife as much as my husband loves me, which is a lot, and we’re both lucky women to have such strong men in our lives.”

Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, who married Giffords and Kelly in 2007, said the couple has been communicating but she didn’t elaborate.

“I think that once he saw that Gabby was so strong and on the mend …. that he made the decision based on, I’m sure, what her wishes would be,” Aaron said.  (*)

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