Jokowi’s Inaugural Speech as Nation’s Seventh President

President Joko Widodo shouts ‘Merdeka,’ or Freedom, at the end of his speech, during his inauguration at the House of Representatives building in Jakarta on Oct. 20, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 11:05 PM October 20, 2014
Category : News, Politics, Featured, Human Rights

Jakarta. The following is an unofficial transcript of the speech delivered by Indonesian President Joko Widodo during his inauguration in the national legislature in Jakarta on Monday.

“Under the Will of the People and the Constitution. Peace be upon all of us.

I just pledged my oath. The oath has a deep, spiritual meaning, underlining my commitment to working hard in order to achieve our dream of becoming a big nation.

It is now time for us to unite our hearts and join our hands.

It’s time for us to continue with our next historical tasks, which are tremendously heavy; to transform Indonesia into a sovereign country politically, self-sufficient economically, and with its own strong cultural identity.

I believe we will be able to carry out these heavy historical tasks together — united, in partnerships between us and with hard work.

Unity and partnerships are required from us to be able to grow into a great nation.

We will never become great if we’re still trapped in discord and division. And we will never be fully independent without hard work.

The government I lead will work hard to ensure that every citizen throughout our nation will have access to public services.

I’m also asking of all state institutions to perform each of their duties and functions with the same spirit. I believe this country will grow stronger and more dignified if all state institutions carry the mandates given to them by the Constitution.

To the fishermen, laborers, farmers, meatball sellers, hawkers, drivers, academics, teachers, the Indonesian Military, the National Police, business people and professionals, I’m calling on [all of us] to work hard, hand in hand, in partnership. This is a historical moment for all of us, to move together to work ... work ... and work.

Maritime nation

Honorable guests, we want to be present among other nations with honor, dignity and self-esteem. We want to be a nation that will be able to build its own civilization, to become a creative, great nation that will contribute to the greatness of the global civilization.

We have to work as hard as possible to turn Indonesia into a maritime nation once again.

Oceans, seas, straits and bays are the future of our civilization.

We’ve turned our back on the seas, oceans, straits and bays for far too long. It is time for us to realize ‘jalesveva jayamahe,’ ‘in the ocean we triumph,’ a motto upheld by our ancestors in the past.

We want to make that happen again.

My fellow countrymen and women:

The big job to build the nation cannot be done by the president, vice president and the government I lead alone. It needs the support of a collective power, which is a united nation.

In the next five years we will continue our momentum as an independent nation. Therefore work, work and work are most important.

I believe that with hard work and cooperation, we will be able to protect the nation and all the citizens of Indonesia, to improve public welfare, to educate the nation and to participate in efforts to maintain the world order based on independence, eternal peace and social justice.

My fellow countrymen and women:

On behalf of the people and the government of Indonesia, I extend my gratitude and appreciation to their excellencies heads of states and governments and special envoys from foreign nations [attending this ceremony].

I want to emphasize that under my leadership, Indonesia — as the world’s third-largest democracy, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, an archipelagic state and the biggest nation in Southeast Asia — will continue to exercise our independent and active foreign policy dedicated for the national interest, and will take part in maintaining the world order based on independence, eternal peace and social justice.

In this historical moment, allow me, personally, and on behalf of Vice President Muhamad Jusuf Kalla and the people of Indonesia to extend our gratitude and appreciation to Bapak Prof. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Bapak Prof. Dr. Boediono — who have run the government over the past five years.

Great Indonesia

Honorable guests, to end this speech, I’m calling on my fellow countrymen and women to remember one thing the first president of the Republic of Indonesia, Bung Karno, once said; that to develop Indonesia into a great, strong, prosperous and peaceful nation, we must possess the heart of ‘cakrawarti samudera,’ namely the heart of a sailor who courageously sails through big currents and rolling waves.

As a captain mandated by the people, I’m asking the entire nation to board this ship that is the Republic of Indonesia and to sail together toward a Great Indonesia. We will stretch sturdy sails.

We will face storms and ocean waves using our own power. I’m standing under the will of the people and the Constitution. Hopefully the One God will always bless our efforts together.

Freedom! Peace be upon us. May God bless us.”

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