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1,500 Indonesians in KK mark their nation’s Independence Day
Published on: Friday, August 23, 2019
By: Hayati Dzulkifli

KOTA KINABALU: Some 1,500 Indonesians thronged the Indonesian Consulate here as early as 6am recently to celebrate their nation’s 74th Independence Day.

The ceremony, which started at 7.30am, began with a moment of silence for their fallen heroes. 

This was followed by a recital of Pancasila (the five basic principles of the Republic of Indonesia) and hoisting of the national flag by 20 students of Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu (SIKK) at the consulate’s compound, while the national anthem was being played.

Indonesia was declared independent from the Netherlands on Aug 17, 1945.

A plate of “Nasi Tumpang” like the “Nasi Kuning” was then served as a sign of thanksgiving to the Indonesian Consul General here, Krishna Djelani, his wife Cindy Mayrianti and senior officials of the consulate.

Krishna, accompanied by his wife, also served “Nasi Tumpang” to an Indonesian public figure, Ustaz Iyen Atim, who is staying here.

Krishna said hoisting the national flag was the highlight of the national celebrations here which included holding activities such as charity, sport events and the first Indonesian Street Fest 2019 at Lintasan Deasoka Gaya Street that received tremendous response.

“There are about 300,000 Indonesians in Sabah recorded by the consulate, mostly working in the oil palm plantation sector,” he said.

Krishna said August is a blissful month for both Indonesians and Malaysians as they are celebrating their respective Independence Day.

He described the existing bilateral ties between Malaysia, particularly Sabah and Indonesia, as good.

“We have been engaging in activities that could boost economic ties like in the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Fair and participating in traditional and folk dance competitions.

“Sabah has also taken part in our activities in Indonesia such as when Deputy Chief Minister cum Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau attended the Indonesia’s Trade Expo,” he said.



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