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Assalamualaikum wr wb.
With all due respect to the honorable judges representing, to all of the teachers here attending, and to all of the audiences, ladies and gentlemen, good morning everyone!
First of all, let us thank Allah SWT which because of His blessings, we all can gather here on this event. Shalawat and prayer we will say to our greatest prophet, Muhammad SAW, his family, his friends, and all of his followers. Amien! In this chance I would like to tell you my speech about the Indonesian 66rd Independence Day.
In 66 years this nation has tasted its freedom. Struggle after struggle had been done to obtain this freedom. Sweat and blood had been sacrificed by our heroes, our people, so that the freedom could be realized. In 66 years, Indonesia has celebrated the Independence Day. With honor, with joy, with happiness, and with the breeze of freedom right in our heart. And in 66 years already, we have built this country. In sadness and happiness, in hope and despair, in fate and love. Yes, 66 years. In that length of time Indonesia should have grown up in many situations. In that length of time this country should have become one fabulous country and one of the biggest nation with the richness of its cultures. But it’s sad, so sad to see our Indonesia here nowadays where the civilians are poor, hunger’s in everywhere, corruption is in charge, our economy is getting worst day by day. In that length of time Indonesia should have not face any of those problems. Then why? Why the Land of Ibu Pertiwi that we loved so much is, becoming like this?! Many said that all of this is the fault of the government. Clean the government so that the nation will be cleaned. That’s what civilians said. In other side, the government accused civilians because of their lack of nationalism. Both of them were not wrong.
They were right! The government should be cleaned from the corruption culture. Not only in the central governance, but also the regional governance till its roots. Meanwhile, the civilians these days are not really care about the condition of their very own country, especially young generations like us. The nationalism of Indonesian youth nowadays is extremely low. You see… many Indonesian youngsters who can’t say the sound of Pancasila, many who can’t say the sound of Sumpah Pemuda, many who can’t say the openings of the 1945’s constitutions, and even so many youngsters who gets lazy when it comes to flag ceremony attending in their school. Hello youngsters of Indonesia?! Where is your nationalism?!
Our country’s hope lies on our backs. Knowing that, we as the line of our nation must plant nationalism character, eastern rules, and the cultures of Indonesia. Long time ago, this country has felt its independence because of young generations. This country has been saved by the orde baru era because of young generations. So as the young generation, don’t always think of your own happiness. People said that as long as we’re still young, just do as you will and be happy with it. That’s a lie! That’s wrong! As long as we’re still young, do everything useful for our surroundings. Take example of Indonesian youth long time ago where their struggling spirit is extremely high, they have high dedication to Pancasila, and they have strong wills and visions.
In this 66rd Independence Day we should think. Think of how our country should be in the future. Indonesia now is very sick. Very very sick. But yet every sickness has medicines. May all of the ordeals we felt make us stronger, better, and even wiser to face the problems. Let us all change the face of our nation, because if it’s not us, then who will? So, MERDEKA INDONESIA!!