Independence Day is a moment to remember the spirit of the proclamation and the ideals of independence aspired by our national heroes. The independence day is also a moment for all Indonesians to continue the struggle and ideals of the founders of this nation by showing a real work.
"Indonesia needs many worker-leaders who lead by working, fighter who is not only sitting at the table. The leader of this type is like a tree, where the solution is not on the fruit, but the roots, by always checking how the policy is implemented, "said the Governor of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan HB X, in his speech read by the Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D., in the ceremony commemorating Independence Day, Wednesday (17/8), at UGM Central Office.
In a speech titled Real Work Indonesia, Sri Sultan calls on leaders to lead organizations to be gumregah, enlivening innovative creative thinking, take the initiative and move forward.
"With wise and devoted bureaucrats and politicians, innovative-intelligent and committed academics, supported by creative-progressive humanist, accompanied by the prayers of the clergy, all is expected to bring this nation across the golden bridge towards a prosperous Indonesia," he said.
In the context of Yogyakarta as special region, he explained, the elements that are the main pillar of Yogyakarta, namely palace-state-campus-kampong, all encourage one another by sharing ideas and synergyzing work in order to multiply the energy and move quickly for better Indonesia.
However, he regretted that the spirit of the proclamation is now narrowed, crystallized in the group. Identity tribe, region, and religion politics are stronger, evoking religious radicalism and primordial ethnicity. Therefore, Sri Sultan also invites all people to be able to synergize plurality, keeping the spirit of the proclamation of independence which was rejuvenated every August 17 to be able to produce results and achieve the mission for the welfare of the nation.
"Let us go back to the spirit of the proclamation which has an independent spirit, sincere sacrifices, united determination to live in diversity with awareness of social justice for all Indonesian people. May the spirit of the 1945 Proclamation remain on its right path. Once independent, remains free!" He ended the speech.
The release of Bima Sakti Team
Independence Day ceremony this time was also an arena for the Bima Sakti UGM team consisting of 28 students from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation, Economics and Business, as well as two lecturers, to introduce their works in the form of a formula car Bimasakti generation 5. The car will compete in the 14th Student Formula SAE Competition of Japan 2016 from 6 to 10 September 2016 with the target to win Best Improvement award and join the big names of the competitions.
On this occasion, the Rector symbolically released the team by removing the car’s cover. She hoped and prayed that the team can later achieve their goals after their long hard work. Each member of the team believes that after doing some research and a major upgrading in the past year, this year they will be able to follow all the categories and win one of the awards that could lift UGM name in the international arena.