The Indonesian community in Phnom Penh and surrounding areas celebrated the 78th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia by holding a ceremony in the courtyard of the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (17/08).
The Chargé d’Affaires of the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Mrs Lauti Nia Astri acted as the inspector of the ceremony, while Major Sea (S) Ucok Pramona acted as the ceremony commander. The ceremony was attended by the staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh and around 150 participants from the Indonesian community in Phnom Penh and surrounding areas. The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Cambodian National Police representatives were present at the ceremony, as they are every year.
The 78th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia in 2023 is commemorated as a symbol of the unity, integrity, and the diversity of the Indonesian nation. Most of the ceremony participants wore national clothes, kebaya and batik from many regions in Indonesia.
To uplift the spirits of the ceremony participants, the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh gave awards to the participants who wore the best national costumes. This year, the award was given to Mrs Sri Waryuni and Mr Dwi Akwin Tarwan. The Indonesian Embassy honoured Gen Sulhy, a local employee of the Embassy, for his contribution to the Indonesian Embassy, and Anastasia Santi Handayani, an Indonesian citizen, for her continuous support of Indonesian social activities in Cambodia.
The Indonesian Embassy also facilitated a blood donation activity to show the connection between Indonesia and Cambodia.
At the thanksgiving session after the flag ceremony, in his remarks, The Chargé d’Affaires KBRI expressed her appreciation to the participants for the active participation of the Indonesian community in Cambodia in celebrating the 78th Indonesian Independence Day in 2023.
Mrs Lauti Nia Astri emphasised the importance of the support and collaboration of Indonesian community groups with the Indonesian Embassy, especially from the Indonesian working community and Indonesian entrepreneurs in Cambodia, in various activities of the Indonesian Embassy, and support in organising the Indonesian contingent at the 2023 SEA Games, 2023 ASEAN Para Games, ITTP 2023, various sports and entertainment competitions, which have been running successfully since May 2023 until the culmination of the 78th Indonesian Independence Day commemoration on 17 August 2023.
Mrs. Lauti Nia Astri also invited all components of Indonesian society to continue to encourage the spirit of the Golden Indonesia 2045 vision; the Sovereign, Advanced and Sustainable Archipelago. To achieve this, the development agenda and direction ensure that the Long-term Development Plan is directed and measurable, for the glory of the Indonesian Nation in the future, consistent with the theme of the 78th Indonesian Independence Day in 2023: Keep Moving Forward for Advanced Indonesia. Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh.