On the introductary night of the new consul general which took place at the hall of the Indonesian Consulate General in Noumea on 29 October 2010, hundreds of Indonesian community in New Caledonia and their descendants, most of whom are French citizen, observed a moment of silence for the victims of natural disasters hitting the region of Wasior (Papua), Mount Merapi (Yogyakarta) and Mentawai (West Sumatra). They also prayed that the families of victims could bounce back in the near future.
In the evening of the same day, the mayor of the city of Noumea, Mr. Jean Lèques called the Consul General to express his condolences and sympathy to families of victims.
Following the questions from journalists of Radio Rhythme Bleu and New Caledonian Newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes, the Consulate General of Indonesia in Noumea has placed a book of condolences and a box for collecting donations at the lobby since 28 October 2010 for those wishing to express sympathy or make donation. Later on, these donations will be sent to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The President of the Association of Indonesian Community in New Caledonia, Bapak Djintar Tambunan (Indonesian), the President of the association of “Pencak Silat Merpati Putih” (Indonesian martial arts) in New Caledonia, Bapak Supinarno (Indonesian), the Honorary President of the Association of Indonesian Community in New Caledonia, Ibu Marie-Jo Siban (French), the President of the Association “Dakwah Sosial”, Bapak Sunarto (French), the President of the Association of Indonesian Moslems in New Caledonia, Ibu Toukina Sabeni, the member of the Institute of Statistical and Economic Studies of New Caledonia, Bapak Sagit Suki (French), and also Mr. Claude Japel (French), the champion of “Pencak Silat” in 2004, were spotted amongst 300 peoples attending the event.