Honor of Ratoh Jaroe Dancers at the Suspected Asian Games Problem

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The honor of thousands of dancers who performed Acehnese dance Ratoh Jaroe at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games was allegedly problematic. Two weeks after the event in Asia, a number of dancers did not yet get their fees.

In fact, the appearance of around 1,600 dancers from 18 high schools (SMA) in Jakarta brought the admiration of the Indonesian people. In fact, their performance has become a positive conversation in the mass media.

One of the 23 Jakarta high school students who joined Ratoeh Jaroe said he had started training since April. Previously, out of 200 23 high school students who registered only 75 who passed the selection and eight others participated as backup dancers.

Two days a week, he and his friends spent three hours training in school from early April to mid-June. During that time, there was no payment for training, only snacks provided by the school for students who practiced the original dance from Aceh.


Starting June 24, training was moved to Field B Senayan, Jakarta until two weeks ahead of the opening of the 2018 Asian Games. Then, the exercises were shifted to the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK) Senayan, which was the main venue.

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Since moving the training from school to Senayan, the Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) calculated the awarding of the honorarium for the dancers. Every dancer gets US $ 15 or around Rp.223 thousand per day.

In total, there are 15 meetings until they finish appearing at the opening. If it is broken, per dancer can at least pocket Rp.3.3 million as their honorarium. In fact, they have not received a dime until now.

"The teacher said it, there was no payment so don't be too hopeful. If given thanks, if not yes. But my friends said, it should have been US $ 15 per day, but until now it hasn't gone down and down [honorarium]," the student said. who did not want to be identified by CNNIndonesia.com, Tuesday (18/9).

The same statement was expressed by one of the 78 high school students who also did not want to be named. Together with his friends, he admitted that he had kept asking about the fees he had received after filling out the event at the opening of the 2018 Asian Games.

"Some of our representatives have been called in. But the school says it doesn't want to give cash. We were given three options, given a jacket or shirt, a walk or cash. We want money."

"That's our right. From the beginning we were hot-tempered, tired, went home late at night, why is the money still being held up?" he asked

INASGOC response

On the other hand, INASGOC claimed to have completed three terms of payment of dancer Ratoh Jaroe's honorarium from 18 high schools in Jakarta on Monday (17/9). Payment is provided by INASGOC directly to the school to be managed by its operations.

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