Jokowi Announces Public Holiday for Pancasila Day

BY :EKO PRASETYO

JUNE 01, 2016

Jakarta. Indonesians hoping to celebrate the birth of Pancasila, the nation's official philosophical foundation, on June 1 are in luck after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially declared the day a holiday from next year.

“With the Presidential Decree, June 1 will be declared as a holiday and commemorated as the birth of Pancasila,” Jokowi in Bandung, West Java, Wednesday (01/06), as quoted in a statement.

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In his speech, the president called on all Indonesians to be thankful for the foundation of Pancasila, which he said is responsible for the country's strong tolerance and diversity.

Many world leaders, he added, have noted Indonesia's peaceful society, while many struggle with tolerance, solidarity and public order.

"They are haunted by terrorism, extremism and radicalism."

He believes many countries are still searching for a reference of values to deal with their challenges. Pancasila, he said, allows Indonesia to overcome challenges in the current competitive age.

“As a nation, we have to be thankful for Pancasila. There is no reason for us not to be optimistic about the future, we must have confidence to win the global competition,” Jokowi said.

The president used the opportunity to remind Indonesians to work hard and cooperate, echoing the sentiments of the speech Indonesia's first president Sukarno gave 71 years ago in Bandung.

Following his speech, Jokowi signed a decree giving Pancasila Day official public holiday status. The signing was witnessed by former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, People’s Consultative Assembly speaker Zulkifli Hasan, House of Representatives speaker Ade Komarudin and several cabinet ministers.

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