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Jakarta Post

Pancasila commemorations in Ende: Where it all began

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Ende, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Mon, June 3, 2013   /  09:30 am

Vice President Boediono on Saturday asked the people to use Pancasila '€” the five-principle ideology created by founding father Sukarno while in exile in 1934-1938 '€” in their day-to-day lives.

'€œWe will fail to respect each other if we do not apply the Pancasila principles to the way we live,'€ he said during a ceremony to commemorate the conception of Pancasila in Ende, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

He urged the public to understand that managing differences by civilized means was the agenda of the entire nation.

'€œThis does not mean that the principles must be memorized or that Pancasila is sacred and frozen; disseminated through indoctrination like in the past,'€ he said.

NTT Governor Frans Lebu Raya said that NTT people, especially in Ende regency, were proud that Pancasila was formulated there. He said Sukarno, popularly referred to as Bung Karno, realized that Indonesia was a plural entity and fought independence by promoting the pluralistic values of ethnicity, religion and race.

'€œIn Ende, Bung Karno contemplated the values of humanity, peace, egality and tolerance. Ende is the womb of Pancasila,'€ he said.

The governor added that across the nation moral decadence and corruption were rife. '€œI hope we all can contemplate the real values of Pancasila,'€ he said.

A representative of the Sukarno family, M. Risky Pratama said the family was very proud.

'€œA great nation will always honor heros who laid the foundation of the nation'€™s high values,'€ he said, adding that Pancasila was a gotong-royong (cooperation) concept that involved various groups in Indonesia.

Boediono also officiated the Bung Karno Monument and the Bung Karno Exile House. The monument is built in Rendo Park, which is located at the north side of Pancasila Square where the ceremony took place. Bung Karno Monument depicts Sukarno sat facing Ende Beach under a sukun (breadfruit) tree.

It is believed that Sukarno contemplated the five-principle ideology while enjoying the shade of the sukun tree.

Unfortunately, the original tree had died and was replaced by the current woody perennial plant later on. The three is 20-meters high and has five branches.

It was under this tree that Boediono, accompanied by People'€™s Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Taufiq, officiated the Bung Karno Monument. Also attending the ceremony were Education and Culture Minister M. Nuh and Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto.

'€œI want us all to ensure the exile house, Rendo Park and the monument under the sukun tree are well preserved,'€ Boediono said.

After the ceremony, Boediono and his entourage flew to nearby Sumbawa Island to meet local farmers.

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