The Jakarta Post
Jokowi gives Djamaluddin’s family a certificate for 2,459 square meters of land on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Biro Pers Setpres/File)
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday visited the house of the late Djamaluddin Adinegoro, who pioneered the national press and Indonesian literature, as part of his official trip to West Sumatra.
Ada yang kenal siapa pembuat atlas pertama Indonesia? Siapa pencipta karya sastra 'Darah Muda', 'Asmara Jaya', 'Melawat ke Barat'? Beliau adalah tokoh pers tanah air Djamaluddin Adinegoro. Akhirnya saya memiliki kesempatan silaturahmi dan wisata sejarah ke rumah kelahiran Djamaluddin Adinegoro di kawasan Kecamatan Talawi, Sawahlunto, Sumatra Barat. Saya juga menyerahkan sertifikat tanah keluarga seluas 2.459 meter persegi. Saya dukung rencana pembangunan Museum Adinegoro yang bermanfaat bagi kemajuan jurnalistik dan kesusastraan Tanah Air. Foto: Biro Pers Setpres
On his official Instagram account, the President explained that Djamaluddin, who passed away in 1967, was also the man behind Indonesia’s first atlas. The late journalist also produced three novels, Darah Muda (young blood), Asmara Jaya (great passion) and Melawat ke Barat (journey to the West).
“I finally had the opportunity to visit and take a historical tour to Djamaluddin Adinegoro’s birthplace in Talawi district, Sawahlunto, West Sumatra,” wrote Jokowi, adding that he also handed Djamaluddin’s family a certificate for 2,459 square meters of land. Djamaluddin's house is located on Jl. M. Yamin in Talawi district.
Jokowi also expressed his support for the planned Adinegoro Museum, which would contribute to the development of national journalism and literature.
In addition to his visit to Djamaluddin’s house, the President also posted a video on Silungkang songket (hand-woven brocade textile).
Showing Jokowi and First Lady Iriana in the INJ songket shop, the video shows a brief clip of songket weaver Rafika Yonsi creating the fabric using traditional tools.
In the video, shop owner Rita Kurnia expressed her hope that Silungkang songket would become recognized by many people, just like batik. (kes)