President Jokowi Appreciates HMI’s Role in Indonesia

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 6 Februari 2019
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Family of National Hero Lafran Pane put North Sumatera’s traditional fabric ‘ulos’ on President Jokowi, in Jakarta, Tuesday (5/2). (Photo: Presidential Secretariat)

Family of National Hero Lafran Pane put North Sumatera’s traditional fabric ‘ulos’ on President Jokowi, in Jakarta, Tuesday (5/2). (Photo: Presidential Secretariat)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his appreciation for the Islamic Student Association (HMI)’s role which has produced numerous young intellectuals, while keep upholding Islamic teachings and Indonesian values.

“These are positive aspects of the HMI cadres that I have long-admired ,” said the President when attending the 72nd anniversary of the HMI and Syukuran (a gathering to express gratitude to God) of the Conferral of Lafran Pane as National Hero, at the resident of Akbar Tanjung (Chairman of the Advisory Board of Islamic Student Association National Assembly), in Jakarta, Tuesday (5/2). For the record, Lafran Pane was the founder of the HMI who was conferred the title of National Hero by President Jokowi on 9 November 2017.

According to the President, Indonesia was blessed by an extraordinary diversity, for example tribes, religions, customs, traditions, and languages that have to be preserved as the nation’s greatest assets.

“Our responsibility is to maintain unity and harmony to preserve the assets,” he continued.

On that occasion, President Jokowi was given Bataknese traditional hand-woven textile called ulos by the family of Lafran Pane. (BPMI Setpres/ES)

Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Mia Medyana

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