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20 May 2019

111th National Awakening Day Commemoration: Rise to Unite

Salemba, Jakarta—On Palapa Oath script in the Book of Pararaton it is written that Maha Patih Gajah Mada will not quit his fasting before uniting Archipelago.

Palapa Oath is the strongest embryo for Indonesian unity fetus. Archipelago region was united by Gajah Mada has become a reference for the heavy struggle of national heroes in uniting Indonesia. 111th National Awakening Day Commemoration, on May 20, 2019 is very relevant if it is interpreted with the text of Palapa Oath.

For more than a century, Indonesia carved a record of respect and appreciation for national pluralism marked by the establishment of Boedi Oetomo organisation. In the midst of the language, ethnicity, religion, culture pluralism conditions, once again Indonesia proves to be able to maintain unity to this day.

“We must be able to re-knit and unite from the gap of dissent, from social division, by thinking of a wider interest for this nation, namely Indonesian unity,” said Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando reading out the speech of Minister of Communication and Information at 111th National Awakening Day Commemoration in Salemba, Monday, (20/5).  

Thus, it is very relevant if National Awakening Day commemoration uses "Rise to Unite" as theme, wrote Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara.

Learning from the wisdom of Indonesian people’s ancestors who have been cultivated for centuries, the spirit of mutual cooperation is not an old spirit. This spirit will always be relevant, even more urgent as a demand for an era that is full of various changes.  

By relying on the strength of human resources and market population number, Indonesia is projected to pick up new dignity in the flow of world economy. Together with other major countries, such as China, United States, India, Indonesian economy will grow into top ten, even the world’s top five, in the next 10 to 30 years. 

“The key lies in our desire to maintain momentum and a calm climate to work. We must keep the atmosphere to be always conducive full of harmony and unity,” said Director of National Library.

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