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Jakarta Post

Celebrating a hundred years of maritime nation

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Yogyakarta   /   Sat, April 26 2008   /  12:02 pm

"Nenek moyangku orang pelaut/Gemar mengarung luas samudera/Menerjang ombak tiada takut/Menempuh badai sudah biasa ...." (Our ancestors were sailors/ They sailed across the oceans/ Challenged the waves fearlessly/Surfed the storm familiarly.) In the early 1990s or before, the above song was popular in Indonesia. I wonder whether Indonesian children nowadays still sing this song. One thing for sure, children seem to be more interested in drawing mountain views rather than seas. Does it indicate a degradation of the maritime spirit? Let us go back a while. In 1908, 100 years ago, Indonesians initiated the national awakening. It was followed by the Youth Pledge in 1928 declaring one state, one nation and one language: Indonesia. This then led Indonesia to independence in 1945. In 1939, the Netherlands Indische stipulated the 1930 Ordnance concerning territoria...