[Singing] “…Indonesia raya merdeka merdeka Tanahku negeriku yang kucinta Indonesia raya merdeka merdeka Hiduplah Indonesia raya”
-pieces of Indonesian National Anthem, Indonesia Raya-
“Merdeka” is not only about how loud you sing Indonesia Raya “Merdeka” is not only about how strong you stand in the sun heat during a flag ceremony “Merdeka” is not only about how often you participate in Independence Day celebrations (in Indonesia we called it tujuhbelasan) “Merdeka” is not only about how you memorize the names of national heroes and historical events complete with the year of its occurence
“Merdeka” is about how you advance the nation’s civilization with what you have Stretch out your hands to those who live in poverty Use your strength to protect those who are weak Use your power to uphold the law and justice don’t let the rulers play with the law don’t let the justice be bought by bourgeouis family Light their hearts and minds with knowledge and wisdom don’t let them be cruel and heartless oppressors
No more tears No more bloodshed No more barrier We are used to living in difference but, we are able to move together and I don’t want anyone to destroy it
Yogyakarta, August 17th, 2019-10.00 a.m.-on 74th Indonesian Independence Day
*) notes : “Merdeka” is a word in the Indonesian and Malay language meaning independent or free.