Operette Aku Anak Rusun is a musical cast and played by children whose parents were moved by the local government from slum areas to low cost high rise buildings in Jakarta. IM&A was entrusted as the Official PR Partner for the Operette Aku Anak Rusun since 2017 and supported by our strong media network, Operette Aku Anak Rusun garnered positive coverage throughout the whole production, from the stage preparations and even after the first opening night. IM&A had collaborated with stakeholders to provide the required amenities, help prepare the venue, and raise funds through sponsorship to create a spectacular show.
Making its first debut in 2017, Operette Aku Anak Rusun is a live musical drama that tells stories of children living in low-cost apartments (rusun) in Jakarta. The musical drama, which initiated by Ibu Veronica Tan and organized by musician community Soundkestra and social foundation Yayasan Waroeng Imaji. The musical drama project was hoped to become a platform for children to develop their talents in performing music and arts.
In 2019, Operette Aku Anak Rusun presented its latest performance "Selendang Arimbi" (Arimbi’s Scarf) emphasizing the value of tolerance, solidarity, and courage to achieve one’s dreams. The show involved children from the low-cost apartments of Rawa Bebek and Pulo Gebang in East Jakarta as well as Daan Mogot in West Jakarta. Twelve children passed the casting process and were selected for the main roles, while 130 children were selected as dancers and 40 children as singers, performing Indonesian dances and songs, carefully coordinated by the Gerakan Kepedulian Indonesia Foundation and trained by renowned artists. In 2020, Operet Aku Anak Rusun "Selendang Arimbi" was broadcast on KompasTV and Daai TV.
Following the musical drama project, we have recently released an inspiring song “Together for The World” to raise funds to help pandemic-affected residents. The funds raised will immediately be donated to help children in rusun stay educated and nourished amidst the pandemic. Inke Maris & Associates also supported the collaboration of Waroeng Imaji Foundation and KompasTV to hold a press conference to amplify the fundraising initiative.
Inke Maris & Associates has been appointed as the official PR partner for the Special Kids Expo (SPEKIX) organized by the Indonesian Autism Awareness Association (MPATI) and the Zally Zarras Learning Center (ZZLC). SPEKIX aims to provide comprehensive information about autism and inform the general audience on how to care for children with special needs. The initiative also encourages people to provide equal opportunity for these passionate and talented children capable of producing extraordinary works.
SPEKIX is an annual event and a continuation of the "Autism Friendly Jakarta" program originally initiated on April 6th, 2013, by Joko Widodo when he took office as the Governor of Jakarta. After 5 years, it was renamed the “Autism Friendly Indonesia Program” in 2019. The exhibition featured more than 150 booths for tenants across Indonesia and provided information about autism-friendly schools and therapies, while offering a wide selection of healthy food products, handicrafts made by special needs children, exciting activities, and free counseling. It also hosts seminars and workshops featuring expert practitioners from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and England.
Aliansi Selamatkan Anak Indonesia/ASA Indonesia, the Save the Children of Indonesia Alliance was established in 2006 by likeminded friends and activists to stop the spread of exposure of children to cheap pornography through many communication channels. ASA Indonesia was formed at Inke Maris & Associates with Inke Maris as Secretary General, in support of the Anti-Pornography Bill, which was stuck for over 10 years before the House of Representative (DPR) decided to pass it into law in 2008. ASA Indonesia succesfully added clauses in the Bill to protect children, such as prohibiting the duplicating and forwarding of pornographic material through handphones, and DVDs, prohibiting entry to school children to internet shops that offer pornography. ASA Indonesia’s study study, pornographic contents were massively reproduced and distributed through VCD/DVD, online websites, internet cafes, mobile phones, and adult magazines, and these could be easily and cheaply purchased by anyone, including children, in Jakarta and remote parts of Indonesia.
ASA Indonesia’s Secretary General Mrs. Inke Maris, in collaboration with like-minded activists, rolled out a campaign to approach factions in the House of Representatives (DPR) and Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), and reached out to several humanitarian organizations including Indonesian Women's Congress (Kowani), the Child Protection Commission, Muslimat NU, and Dharmawanita. Mrs. Inke Maris at the time also delivered a presentation on the dangers of pornography among children in front of the former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia Mr. Mahfud MD and government representatives including the Communication and Information Minister and Youth and Sports Minister. The basis of ASA Indonesia campain is the Law for the Protection of Childrens Rights number 23, 2020.
In her journey to support children’s rights, Mrs. Inke Maris was appointed by the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry to become a member of the Ministry task force to review Pornography Bill. Mrs. Inke Maris was also part of the Ministry’s delegation to the UN’s 51st Commission on the Status of Women: Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence Against the Girl Child in New York, February 2007, and was invited and attended the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking in February 2008. The campaign which sought to ratify the Anti-Pornography Bill was met with resistance from several politicians, cultural observers, and feminists, who then filed for a judicial review in the Constitutional Court, and who lost. When the trial began, Mrs. Inke Maris was summoned as an expert witness in her capacity as communications consultant.
Mrs. Widyaretna Buenastuti, currently one of the senior consultants at Inke Maris & Associates, has made her contributions to share her extensive knowledge in law, communication, and health.
In 2019, Mrs. Widyaretna Buenastuti and the Baznas Scholarship Institute organized a virtual classroom lecture using Whatsapp on “Netiquette: Communication Ethics on the Internet”, involving thousands of scholarship beneficiaries across Indonesia. The lecture aimed to educate youths on the importance of etiquette when interacting with online platforms such as the social media and inform them about the increasing number of violations of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law. The lecture and in-class discussion were recorded and uploaded online. General audience can access the video freely and Mrs. Widyaretna Buenastuti has high hopes that her knowledge will be useful to those who watch.
Mrs. Widyaretna Buenastuti is also an active public educator and has previously worked with the government to raise public awareness of intellectual property and counterfeit goods eradication through the Indonesian Anti-Counterfeiting Society (MIAP). Throughout 2008 and 2017, she served as Chairman of MIAP, and is now the Lead Advisor for MIAP.
Mrs. Widyaretna Buenastuti has been frequently invited as spokesperson or host for talk shows and events discussing law, communication, and health. She shares her knowledge in Public Speaking or English for Lawyers and often talks about drug patents and other topics in the healthcare segment.
Inke Maris & Associates, represented by Mr. Lawrence Tjandra, has been committed to supporting the government in providing suggestions for public communications related to efforts carried out by the COVID-19 Response Acceleration Task Force.