Jakarta, Thursday, 28/9/2023,



September 2023 has become a month of great blessings for the CEO of PT Saadah Mega Persada, Ir. Hj. Nur Saadah ST., M.Si., IPU., Asean Eng, who has received prestigious awards at the national, ASEAN, and Asian levels. These awards include the “Best Inspiring and Creativity Women Award 2023” in the category of “The Best Inspiring, Leadership, Innovative, & Entrepreneur Women 2023” at the ASEAN level, held at Shangri-La Hotel on September 8, 2023.


Furthermore, on September 16, 2023, at the Hotel Grand Mercure Kemayoran Jakarta, she received the “Women Entrepreneurs Award 2023” in the category of “The Best CEO 2023 Entrepreneur Women 2023,” and on September 22, 2023, at the Pullman Hotel & Resort Bandung, she received the “Best of The Best Award 2023” in the category of “The Best Women CEO 2023” at the Asian level, along with the “No 1 Trusted Company Excellent Award 2023” in the category of “Best Company in Electric Battery Manufacturing, LED Solar Lighting, & Electric Car Production of the Year 2023” in Surabaya. On September 29, 2023, she will also receive two awards, namely the “Successful Women Award 2023” in the category of “Successful Women in Leadership Award 2023” and the “Executive Women Award 2023” at the Hotel Mercure Nusa Dua Bali.



After receiving these prestigious awards, there are numerous invitations that must be attended, including an invitation from Mrs. Hj. Mundjidah Wahab (Regent of Jombang) to provide motivation for women across East Java at the Pendopo Kabupaten. Additionally, there is a seminar on “Electric Vehicle Potential & Challenges in Indonesia,” where notable figures such as General (Ret.) TNI Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, MPA, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, and Dr. (Hc). Ir. Budi Karya Sumadi, the Minister of Transportation, who are both members of the Central Board of the Indonesian Engineers Association and Alumni of Gadjah Mada University, are present.


During the dialogue session, Nur Saadah conveyed her input to the government in two aspects. First, she projected Indonesia as the world’s largest electric battery producer, emphasizing the need for financial support to domestic private companies to ensure that the industry is truly controlled by the nation. Previously, PT Saadah Mega Persada, under her leadership, along with a team mostly composed of engineers, including Nur Saadah herself with a background in Chemical Engineering, had engaged in discussions with South Korea for the construction of an environmentally friendly electric battery plant that uses coffee waste as its raw material. This scheme has already been implemented in the Philippines and Australia as a form of technology transfer supported by the financial backing of the respective governments and the involvement of private companies in the consortium.



Second, she emphasized the need for government subsidies for electric batteries. Until now, the government has provided subsidies for electric motorcycles and electric cars, and by subsidizing electric batteries, which are currently expensive, the purchasing power of the public will increase, accelerating the transition to electric batteries. These batteries can be used for solar-powered lights, electric motorcycles, electric cars, and solar panels, she concluded.


The high cost of electric batteries has made the public wary of switching to electric cars, as replacing a battery, which is currently unaffordable, becomes a concern if it runs out. This has led to a return to traditional electric lighting from solar-powered lights on the streets. This is because the batteries only last for 2 (two) years, and there is a lack of understanding or skills to replace the batteries. In my opinion, there is a need for government support similar to the power bank industry, so that when electric batteries run out, they can be charged inside the car, ensuring a comfortable electric vehicle experience.



Furthermore, there is a need for widespread education about the importance of saving the environment due to Global Warming or global warming by transitioning to electric batteries. This includes outreach from the village to provincial levels, similar to what was done when Indonesia switched from kerosene to gas. Initially, people were afraid to use gas due to fears of explosions, but now they feel comfortable using gas. I strongly support the government’s program, which aligns with my thesis during my studies at UGM on Global Warming.



During her studies, Nur Saadah once received the award for “Best Future Student at the National Level” from the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and was invited to the Presidential Palace to meet the President and Ministers.


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