Unity in Diversity is the Key to National Awakening
[unpad.ac.id, 5/20/2019] The University of Padjadjaran held the 111th National Awakening Day Ceremony which was held on 20 May in the campus yard of Iwa Koesoemasoemantri, 35 Dipati Ukur Street, Bandung, Monday (5/20).
At the ceremony, remarks from the Minister of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia Rudiantara read by Unpad Deputy Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Arry Bainus, M.A.. In his remarks, the Minister of Communication and Information invited all Indonesian people to maintain unity.
More than a century Indonesia has carved a record of respect and appreciation for national pluralism. Until this moment, Indonesia is still able to maintain unity amid plurality of languages, ethnicities, religions, and cultures.
“Therefore, there is no doubt that we will certainly be able to reunite immediately from the gap of dissent, from social divisions, by thinking of the wider interests of our nation’s children and grandchildren, namely Indonesian unity,” said Dr. Arry.
Dr. Arry read, the attitude that reflected Indonesia’s unity was mutual cooperation. This spirit has taken root and spread throughout the archipelago. This is evidenced by various expressions about wisdom prioritizing unity in all tribes, customs, and cultures in Indonesia.
“Actually the spirit of mutual cooperation is not an old spirit. Until this spirit will always be relevant, even more, urgent as a demand for an era that is full of various changes,” he said.*
Reported by Arief Maulana | Translated by dfa
Photograph by Tedi Yusup and Dani Firmansyah