The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo highlighted the need for “Indonesia-centric” development in his annual state of the nation address on Friday, where he took the stage wearing traditional Sasak attire.
Standing at the podium in House of Representatives complex, Jokowi donned golden attire with a black-gold sarong and traditional headband that originates from West Nusa Tenggara.
He stood before members of all branches of the government — the executive, the legislative and the judicial — and reminded them to work together to realize equitable development for the nation.
“Let us revisit the spirit of our Founding Fathers; that Indonesia is not only Jakarta and Java,” Jokowi said in his second of three speeches, “Indonesia is all regions in our homeland.”
“The development programs [in the country] must be Indonesia centered and serve to benefit all the regions in the archipelago,” he went on.
The annual speech came ahead of Indonesia’s Independence Day, which falls on Saturday this year.
During the speech, Jokowi also formally asked all officials and representatives in attendance to support his administration’s plan to relocate Indonesia’s capital to Kalimantan.
The President, however, did not announce in which specific region the new capital would be built.
“The [new] capital is not only a symbol of our nation’s identity, but also represents our nation’s development,” Jokowi said, “It’s for the sake of realizing an equitable and just economy.”
The state of the nation address on Friday was Jokowi’s last of his first five-year term after taking office in 2014. The incumbent — who won reelection in April's presidential race — will be inaugurated for his second term in October.
The President is set to deliver the last of his three speeches on Friday, which will be on the state budget. (afr)