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Jakarta Post

Unity in diversity our force to move forward

  • Joko Widodo

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  12:48 am

In this honorable Assembly session, I would like to rekindle the blazing passion of our freedom fighters 74 years ago. The founding of Indonesia, our great home, was made possible as we cling together. We have to remain united in achieving our common goal, in going through the course of changes and in facing the future with guarded optimism. It is this spirit that led Indonesia to independence, becoming a sovereign state that stands on equal footing with other nations in the world.Today, we face different challenges. However, such spirit must continue to burn in our hearts. We live in an era where changes occur very fast, but we must not lose the guiding star. We have to accept the era of openness. We are entering an era typified by fierce competition; therefore, we must continue to create and innovate.The same vision must also unite all of our state institutions. Checks and balances bet...