Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin (SMB) IV Jaya Wikrama RM.Fauwaz Diradja, S.H.M.Kn officially sent a letter to the Minister of Defence (Menhan) of the Republic of Indonesia, H. Prabowo Subianto so that the Kuto Besak Fortress (BKB) can be revitalized by the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, Wednesday (30/9).
“Our purpose in providing this letter is to revitalize the Kuto Besak Fortress (BKB), which is currently under the Ministry of Defence (Kemenhan), where Kuto Besak Fortress is a historic asset, so it should be used as a defence heritage that has long been echoed by the state-countries in the European region, ”said SMB IV at the Traditional Palace of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate on Jalan Sultan Muhammad Mansyur number 776, 32 Ilir Palembang, Wednesday (30/9).
His party still wants the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to continue to manage and initiate to turn the Kuto Besak Fortress area into a cultural heritage area in the form of defense heritage.
“We ask the Ministry of Defence to create a small team to revitalize Kuto Besak Fortress which consists of several stakeholders with an interest in Kuto Besak Fortress,” he said.
Apart from sending a letter to the Indonesian Minister of Defence, the man who is also a notary and PPAT said he also sent letters to the Minister of Political, Law and Human Rights, the Minister of Home Affairs, the Minister of Education and Culture and the Coordinating Minister for Presidential Staff.
“Our goal is to hope that this Kuto Besak Fortress will be made a Defense Heritage by the Ministry of Defence. It is so that we continue to respect and uphold the legacy of our ancestors who fought for the independence of the Republic of Indonesia,” he said.
While Pengeran Suryo Vebri Irwansyah (Vebri Al Lintani) added that the sending of the letter to a number of Ministries was based on the results of visits from two teams from the Research and Development Agency (Balitbang) of the Ministry of Defense (Kemenhan) of the Republic of Indonesia to visit Palembang city for several days in research framework related to cultural heritage objects of defense value in Palembang city. where the team was chaired by Gerald Theodorus L. Toruan, S.H., M.H (Young Researcher of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (Balitbang) with team members, Jeanne Francoise (Writer of the first dissertation on Defense Heritage and Founder of Defense Heritage Intellectual Community; Instagram @defenseheritage).
“And we listened to their information about the revitalization, indeed before this team existed, we had long wanted BKB to function as a manifestation of the history of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, a manifestation of extraordinary cultural heritage objects,” he said while saying that now BKB Fortress has become three features. namely built by Indigenous people, the function of the palace, the function of defense and hospital function.
Moreover, according to him the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate has an interest in BKB Fortress.
“We will follow up with the Ministry of Defence’s letter, because BKB Fortress is now managed by the Indonesian Military, in this case the Ministry of Defence, so we write to the Minister of Defence, we will copy the Minister of Politic, Legal and Human Rights, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Education and Culture and Coordinating Minister for Presidential Staff,” he said.
He asked the central government to initiate a small team for revitalization of BKB Fortress, where the task of this team is towards revitalizing BKB Fortress from the center.#osk