Indonesia is a big nation. Indonesia is big not only because of its population of more than 250 million people. Indonesia is big not because it has around 17,000 islands. Indonesia is big not only because of its abundant resources, but it has stood the test of time and because it is able to remain united until we reach our 72nd anniversary of independence.
The statements were made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the State Address on the Occasion of the 72nd Anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia before the Joint Session of the Regional Representatives Council of the Republic of Indonesia and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia.
President Jokowi also said that Indonesia is a fighting nation who possesses the courage to fight with our own power to win our independence. We fought for our independence, thanks to the struggles of our heroes, clerics, Islamic students, religious leaders, and fighters from all across the nation.
This all gives us a sense of pride of Indonesia, our beloved country. This all too gives us confidence to face the future.
“We have to abandon the legacy of colonialism that bequeathed our nation a slave mentality, a character of inferiority, a character of cowardice, and persistent pessimism to look to the future,” the President added.
President Jokowi also asserted that we have to abandon those negative mentalities of scorning one another, mocking one another, and slandering one another because we are all brothers and sisters of the nation.
According to the President, we have to lay a strong cultural foundation. We have to remain united and stand tall to surmount global challenges that are increasingly complex, that are more extreme, and changing rapidly.
“Only a virtuous nation is capable of winning the global competition,” President Jokowi said adding that Indonesia once became a destination for other countries to study about Islam, art and cultures, science and technology and many others.
It is this pride that we will have to re-claim. It is the pride in our own creation and works and our own products.