President Jokowi Names Four Historical Figures as National Heroes
President Joko “Jokowi” Wednesday (10/11) named four historical figures as national heroes during the commemoration of the 2021 Heroes Day at the State Palace in Jakarta.
The four figures were given the award posthumously for their service in the struggle to achieve, regain, and maintain independence as well as maintain national unity and integrity.
Based on Decree of President of the Republic of Indonesia Number 109/TK/2021 promulgated on 25 October 2021, the President stipulated the following names as national heroes:
- Tombolotutu, from Central Sulawesi province;
- Sultan Aji Muhammad Idris, from East Kalimantan province;
- Usmar Ismail, from Special Capital Region of Jakarta; and
- Raden Aria Wangsakara, from Banten province.
The ceremony was attended by the heirs of the heroes and held with strict health protocols.
Quoting the press statement of the Head of the Bureau of Title, Mark of Service, and Mark of Honor Rear Admiral Imam Suprayitno published today (10/11), the Board of Title, Mark of Service, and Mark of Honor used Law Number 20 of 2009 on Title, Mark of Service, and Mark of Honor in considering and nominating the title of national hero.
On that occasion, President Jokowi and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin as well as other limited guests congratulated the heirs of the national hero title awardees.
Previously, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud M. D. said that the title of the national hero this year was awarded by prioritizing not only character but also regional equality.
“As there are hundreds of nominees and they are all excellent, this time, the Government prioritizes, besides character, regional equality. It is more prioritized. Until now, Central Sulawesi province has not had a national hero. And East Kalimantan province has not had a national hero either,” he said as Head of the Board of Title, Mark of Service, and Mark of Honor in his press statement aired on the YouTube channel of Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Thursday (28/10).
On the same occasion, President Jokowi also awarded meritorious service stars posthumously to 300 health care workers who perished while tackling COVID-19 in accordance with Presidential Decree Number 110/TK/2021 promulgated on 25 October 2021.
Bintang Jasa Pratama (2nd class star of service) was awarded to 223 people represented by:
- the late dr. I Ketut surya Negara, Sp.OG (K)-KFM, MARS, a doctor at Sanglah Central General Hospital in Denpasar city, Bali province; and
- the late Sucilia Indah, AMK, a nurse at Dr. Sitanala Central General Hospital in Tangerang city, Banten province.
Meanwhile, Bintang Jasa Nararya (3rd class star of service) was conferred to 77 people represented by the late Emialoina Lasia Carolin who was a midwife at Pesanggrahan Sub-District Community Health Center in Special Capital Region of Jakarta. (UN/DND/AIT/SLN) (DH/EP)