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Jakarta Post

The Suramadu Bridge

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, June 10 2009   /  10:13 am

When President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurates the 5.4-kilometer long Suramadu (Surabaya-Madura) bridge today (Wednesday), many Indonesians may sing  “Dari Sabang Sampai Merauke” (From Sabang to Merauke) song, one of our national songs frequently sung by Indonesian children at elementary school. Let us forget – at least for a while – the presidential campaign, hum the popular song and imagine how we should connect our country’s 17,000 islands.   R. Suharjo, the song composer, wanted to provoke our awareness on how to unite our islands, of course not literally, but how to unite a population living in our many islands to live as one nation.

Dari Sabang sampai Merauke (From Sabang to Merauke)
Berjajar pulau pulau (Islands line up)
Sambung menyambung menjadi satu (They are connected)
Itulah Indonesia (to become Indonesia).