1.368 Kakuru Dancers Attain MURI Record

02 May 2012   |   CSR News

One young student smiles appreciatively while enjoying the books provided by the Mobile Library.

An extraordinary achievement for Mimika Regency by way of the contemporary Kakuru dance presented by 1,368 students in Timika has attained another World Record Museum of Indonesia (MURI) distinction. The dance, which combined movements from the two main tribes of Mimika, the Amungme and Kamoro, was presented in commemoration of 2012 National Education Day in Timika (5/2).

The highlight of the day's commemoration was marked by the handover of the Mobile Library facility from PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) to Mimika Regency Government.

Attendees present at the ceremony included Mimika Vice Regent Abdul Muis, Mimika Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) Chairwoman Trifena Tinal, PTFI Director & EVP - Chief Communication & Public Affairs Officer Sinta Sirait and other PTFI management representatives, Mimika Regency officials, Amungme and Kamoro Community Development Organization (LPMAK) representatives, as well as invited guests and more than 1,000 schoolchildren.

Timika students enjoy the lively ceremony while dancing.

In the opening remarks by PTFI President Director Rozik Soetjipto, read by Sinta Sirait, he stated, "Education is an important element of a sustainable community development program, and is part of PTFI's commitments as one of the major investors in driving economic growth in Mimika Regency, Papua, and Indonesia. The Mobile Library is the realization of our commitment to improve access to reading for the children of Mimika Regency. We aim to help improve the quality of existing public libraries through the Mobile Library car and two specially designed motorcycles that can carry over 3,000 books."

"We should be proud because this library will be used by educational institutions, schoolchildren, and the general public. The vehicles that we received today would greatly assist the government in its efforts to ensure a library can be accessed by the communities. On this occasion, together with the Mimika Regency Government I would like to relate our gratitude and appreciation to the PTFI leadership for its attention and care toward education in our regency," said Abdul Muis in his remarks.

MURI congratulates Mimika Regency Government, PT Freeport Indonesia, St. Bernardus Timika Junior High School, and LPMAK on receiving the MURI award for this cultural world record. The decree, numbered No. 5411.Muri/V/2012, was then donated to Mimika Regency Government for achieving the record for the contemporary Kakuru dance involving 1,368 participants. The previous MURI record was 300 participants, which has been exceeded four times over by the new record. (gm)

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