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Indonesians in Cambodia celebrate Independence Day

On Thursday, more than 150 Indonesians living in Phnom Penh had a particular reason to celebrate: it was their country’s 78th Independence Day.

All members of the Indonesian Embassy staff in Phnom Penh as well as Indonesian citizens, particularly those living in Phnom Penh and the neighbouring areas, participated in the ceremony.

The ceremony was conducted by Major Ucok Pramono, who served as the inspector, with Lauti Nia Astri serving as the Chargé d’Affaires Ad-Interim of the Embassy in Phnom Penh.

Indonesia’s Independence Day is celebrated on August 17 each year. The national holiday commemorates Indonesia’s declaration of independence from the Netherlands in 1945. The annual holiday is known as ‘Hari Ulang Tahun Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia’ or simply ‘Hari Kemerdekaan’.

According to the embassy, celebrating the 78th Indonesian Independence Day serves as a physical representation of the Indonesian people’s attitude of unity and diversity.

Most of the participants donned the national attire, some in kebaya while others wore batik costumes that represented various regions of Indonesia.

After the flag-raising ceremony, during the special event and entertainment, the embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Lauti congratulated the attendees for their patriotic commitment.

Lauti emphasised the importance of the Indonesian community’s cooperation and support for the Embassy’s participation in various activities.

She also highlighted their role in planning the Indonesian contingent for the 2023 SEA Games, ASEAN Para Games, and Indonesia Trade & Tourism Promotion.

From a few months ago up until the commemoration of the 78th anniversary of Indonesia on Thursday, she said that a number of activities such as sporting events, community services and entertainment competitions had been successfully held.

Lauti urged the Indonesian diaspora to continue to be enthusiastic in facing the vision of Golden Indonesia 2045. (The vision is an Indonesian ideal that sets the goal for the country to be a sovereign, advanced, fair and prosperous nation by its centennial in 2045.)

In her closing remarks, she urged the Indonesian community in Cambodia to work toward a successful general election in 2024 as well as elections for the president, vice president, and parliamentarians based on the principles of openness, transparency, honesty, and fairness.

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