President SBY to attend Komodo wonder of nature inauguration
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will attend the inauguration ceremony of the Komodo National Park as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, which is slated to be held in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, in April.
Former Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who also served as the Komodo ambassador in the New 7 Wonders online competition, formally conveyed the invitation to Yudhoyono at the Presidential Office on Friday.
“God willing, the President will be present [at the inauguration]. It will be a large-scale event where spectators from around the world will attend. There will also be a big international conference in Bali about the same theme,” Kalla told reporters after meeting with Yudhoyono.
The Komodo National Park in Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara, has been named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature by the New 7 Wonders Foundation after gaining the seventh largest amount of online and text-message votes.
The 390-kilometer-square island, which has a population of over 2,000, is particularly notable as the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on earth.
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Jeju Island in South Korea, Iguazu Falls in Brazil, Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines, Table Mountain in South Africa and the Amazon Rainforest have also been named as new wonders of nature.
Each of the sites has held inauguration ceremonies.
Kalla, who is now the chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), was Yudhoyono’s vice president when the pair were elected as President and vice president in 2004. Yudhoyono won the presidency for a second time in 2009 with Boediono now serving as vice president. (Jakarta Post)