Indonesians in Oz Hold ‘Pentas Kebersamaan’ Concert

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 6 November 2016
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The declaration for Peaceful and United Indonesia by Indonesians in Sydney, Australia, Sunday (6/11)(Photo by: Public Relations Division/Said)

The declaration for Peaceful and United Indonesia by Indonesians in Sydney, Australia, Sunday (6/11)(Photo by: Public Relations Division/Said)

Although President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo cancelled his visit to Sydney, Australia and could not meet Indonesians in Australia and greeted them through videoconference instead, around 1000 Indonesians in Sydney, Australia, remain enthusiastic watching Togetherness Performance Concert (Konser Pentas Kebersamaan) held at Sydney Hall 4, Sydney Olympic Park, Sunday (5/11) local time.

Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Najib Riphat Kesoema in his remarks said that  Indonesians under the leadership of President Jokowi is now promoting development in order to be able on par with other nations.

“We need good governance of the country. We need to build infrastructures to connect the whole nation. We cut bureaucracy. We wipe out corruption and illegal levies. We uphold law enforcement indiscriminately,” Najib said.

Najib added that Indonesia in the future belongs to Indonesia’s young generation and on that occasion, Indonesians gather to have a joint determination for a united and peaceful Indonesia.

“History shows that nothing can divide Indonesian people. No one can destroy our MerahPutih flag and no one can jeopardize our unity and peace,” Najib said.

The Ambassador added that there are many Indonesians in Australia, which is 72,000 people and around 1,000 people attended the event. The event wasattended by Minister of Trade EnggartiastoLukito, Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong, Indonesian Ambassador to Australia NadjibRiphatKesoema, and Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney YayanGH Mulyana.

Indonesians attended the event also declared the following things:

  1. Peace: We hope President Jokowi remains committed to maintaining peace in Indonesia.
    2. Unity: We hope the Indonesians that are diverse will not be divided by anything.
    3. Firmness: We hope the Government ensures legal reforms to improve the integrity of the Indonesian people.

On that occasion, President Jokowi expressed his apology because he could not meet them in person because the situation in the country needs attention. However, the President ensured that the situation is safe and there is nothing to be worried about.

“I have telephoned Prime Minister Turnbull and told him that my state visit to Australia is postponed for a while and it will be re-scheduled. He very much understands this situation,” President Jokowi said.

President Jokowi added that Indonesia continues to catch up with the development, especially concerning major problems related to gap, poverty, and unemployment.

“Therefore, to catch up with the development, we continue to accelerate infrastructure development, accelerate de-regulation programs,and we hope we can compete with other countries,” President Jokowi said. (SM/GMD/ES)(EP/YM/Naster) 

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