THE Indonesian consulate in Penang celebrated its 75th Independence Day in a moderate and solemn manner due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instead of activities such as games, competitions and a parade, this year’s celebration was held under strict health protocols.
It involved a flag raising ceremony with limited participants held at the consulate grounds in Burmah Road recently.
There was also a speech by consul-general Bambang Suharto which was uploaded on the consulate’s social media platform.
The staff practised physical distancing and wore masks.
Suharto encouraged Indonesians living and working in Malaysia to ride on the
independence spirit and keep united as one nation to overcome the impact of the pandemic.
He also underlined the strong commitment to further cooperate with the people and the Malaysian government for the benefit of both nations and to strengthen bilateral ties.
After the ceremony, Suharto and his staff joined the national flag raising ceremony led by Indonesian president Joko Widodo from Istana Merdeka in Jakarta that was telecast via an online facility at the consulate.
The celebration was held five days before Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day celebration on Aug 17.
On that day, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow also sent a
congratulatory video message to Suharto where he wished for good health and well-being of the Indonesian president, and for continued success and prosperity of the government and the Indonesian people.
Chow said he hoped that the existing warm relations between Indonesia and Malaysia would continue to flourish, adding that Penang would always be a ‘home away from home’ for Indonesians living and working here.
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