First Time! GAPKI Holds Virtual Halal Bi Halal 2020

For the first time during its history, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) held its halal bi halal or silaturahmi (friendly gathering) to celebrate Idul Fitri 1441 H through a virtual video celebration on Sunday (May 24, 2020).

Every year across Indonesia, which is home to world’s largest Muslim population, the usual norm for Idul Fitri celebrations have been always mass prayers, big family and friendly gatherings and banquets. But this year, due to Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that has forced the government to impose the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) to stop the pandemic, all people and organizations, including Gapki, have to satisfy themselves with virtual celebrations.

The “GAPKI silaturahmi” was participated by members of GAPKI’s advisory council, supervisory council, central executive board and heads of provincial branches.

GAPKI Chairman Joko Supriyono, in representing the palm oil producers organization, conveyed his formal Idul Fitri greeting: “Selamat Idul Fitri. Mohon Maaf lahir dan batin” (“Happy Idul Fitri. Please forgive us for any physical and emotional wrongdoings).

He also expressed his gratitude that despite of the outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the palm oil industries are still operating normally and keep contributing to the state income, including foreign exchange.

He said that the palm oil industries are hopeful that the industries will keep progressing well as expected, which was then echoed by the heads of GAPKI’s provincial branches.

The silaturahmi was also addressed by Achmad Manggabarani, member of Gapki’s advisory council and Daud Dharsono, chairman of Gapki’s supervisory council, who asked all members of GAPKI to brace up themselves for the incoming dry season this year and for the implementation of the New Normal protocol as a follow-up step to the efforts of fighting the Covid-19. (DE)