Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Joko Widodo at the Commemoration of the Birthday of Pancasila on 1June 2017, at the Courtyard of Pancasila Building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta
Date 1 Juni 2017
Unofficial English translation
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
Peace and Prosperity be upon us all,
His Excellency Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of State Institutions,
Bapak Try Sutrisno and Bapak Boediono,
Honorable Relatives of the Formulators of Pancasila: Sukarno Family, Mohammad Hatta Family, Radjiman Wedyodoningrat Family, Mohammad Yamin Family, and Soepomo Family,
Honorable religious leaders and prominent public figures, heads of high level educational institutions, and editors-in-chief,
Representatives of youth, student, and college student organizations as well as all participants of todays ceremony,
Praise be to the Almighty God, this morning we can gather to perform a ceremony to commemorate the Birthday of Pancasila State Ideology for the very first time. This ceremony reinforces our commitment, so that we deepen, appreciate, and practice more the noble values ??of Pancasila as the basis of our life in the society, nation and state.
Pancasila is the result of a series of processes, namely the formulation of Pancasila on 1 June 1945, which was delivered by lr. Sukarno, the Jakarta Charter on 22 June1945, and the final formulation of Pancasila on 18 August 1945.
It is the great soul of our founding fathers, religious scholars, religious leaders, and freedom fighters from across the archipelago so that we can build an agreement that unites us.
We must bear in mind that diversity is the nature of the lndonesian nation. God’s destiny for us is diversity. From Sabang to Merauke is diversity. From Miangas to Rote is diversity. Various ethnics, local languages, customs, religions, beliefs, and factions united and formed lndonesia. That is Indonesia, Bhinneka Tunggal lka Unity in Diversity.
However, our nation and state life always face challenges. Our diversity is always tested. There are views and actions that always threaten it. There is an intolerance that carries an ideology other than Pancasila. And all that is exacerbated by the abuse of social media, by false news, by hate speeches that are inconsistent with the culture of our nation.
We must learn from the bad experiences of other countries that are haunted by radicalism and social conflict, terrorism and civil war. With Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution, within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and Bhinneka Tunggal lka, we can avoid these problems. We can live together and work together to advance this country. With Pancasila, Indonesia is a reference of the international community to build a peaceful, just, and prosperous life amidst the plurality of the world.
Therefore, I invite the active roles of ulama (Islamic clerics), ustaz (Islamic scholars), priests, pastors, Buddhist monks, Hindu monks, educators, culture-bearers and artists, media enthusiasts, and government apparatus, the Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI), and the Indonesian National Police (Polri), as well as all components of community to jointly safeguard Pancasila. The understanding and practice of Pancasila must be continuously improved. Religious lectures and educational materials, the focus of news and debates on social media should be part of the deepening and practice of Pancasila.
The Government’s commitment is unquestionable. Many efforts have been and continue to be made. Development of ethical and moral education as well as various other programs become an integral part of the practice of Pancasila values. In the series of the commemoration of the Birthday of Pancasila, I have enacted Presidential Regulation Number 54 of 2017 on the Presidential Work Unit for the Guidance of Pancasila Ideology. This new institution is an extension of my hand and together with all components of the nation strengthens the practice of Pancasila which is an integral part of economic, social, political, and cultural development.
There is no other choice except that we should work together to realize the aspirations of the nation in accordance with Pancasila. There is no other choice except that all the children of the nation should unite their hearts and minds, devote time and energy to our unity and brotherhood. There is no other choice except that we have to return to our identity as a courteous, tolerant nation, and a nation that promotes mutual cooperation. There is no alternative except that we must make Indonesia a just, prosperous, and dignified nation in the global perspectives.
We must be wary of all forms of understanding and movements that are inconsistent with Pancasila. The Government must take firm action against the anti-Pancasila, anti-1945 Constitution, anti-NKRl, and anti-Unity in Diversity organizations and movements. The Government must take firm action against the ideology and movement of communism that is clearly forbidden in lndonesia.
Let me reiterate, let us keep the peace, unity, and brotherhood. Let us be polite and respectful, let us be tolerant and let us work together for the betterment of Indonesia.
Happy Pancasila Day.
We are lndonesia, we are Pancasila.
You are all lndonesia, you are all Pancasila.
I am lndonesia, I am Pancasila.
Wassalamualaikum warahmatuIIahi wabarakatuh,
Om shanti shanti shanti om, Namo buddhaya. (PR, Cabinet Secretariat) (MUR/AW/YM/Naster)