Friday, October 1, 2010

Hari Kesaktian Pancasila

Every year on 1 October, a commemoration of Hari Kesaktian Pancasila is held at the Pancasila Monument, Lubang Buaya, East Jakarta.

The words Hari Kesaktian Pancasila can be translated as Pancasila Sanctity Day. Pancasila is a symbol of Indonesia as a nation, that can be translated Five Principles consisting of : Believe in God, Humanity, Unified  Indonesia,  Democracy and Social Justice.

Today's event was attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono accompanied by Vice President Boediono, cabinet ministers, military commanders and chief of police.

A Brief History :

On the night of 30 September 1965, six Army Generals and one lieutenant were kidnapped from their homes in Jakarta by unidentified men, who killed and buried their bodies under the present location of the Pancasila Monument at Lubang Buaya (English: Crocodile Hole).

The Army accused that the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) was responsible for said kidnappings and killings, and on 11 March 1966 they have persuaded former President Soekarno to allow the Army led by Maj.Gen Soeharto take repressive actions against PKI, and ban it afterward. 
Actions against PKI,  at that time world's third largest communist party after China and USSR, have caused many of its members died, and many others sent to an isolated detention camp on the Island of Buru in Maluku Province.

On March 1967, Soekarno was replaced as President by Gen. Soeharto who then ruled until May 1998. And since then, 1 October has been commemorated as the Pancasila Sanctity Day.


dee said...

mengenang kembali..rememories Kesaktian Pancasila's day! Hope for the future Indonesia more better n better country! Thanks H. Nizam $mile also..n pl$ $upport me also..Thx

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Sad time in your nation's history!

colson said...

Pancasila is an achievement by the founding fathers Indonesia can be proud of. And fully deserves a commemoration day.

The first of October is about the worst date possible though.

(I like your bitter irony: "they have PERSUADED former President Soekarno to allow the Army head by Maj.Gen Soeharto to take REPRESSIVE actions against PKI and ban it afterwards".

Persuaded = deposed by coup d''etat.
Repressive = State terror resulting in 500000/1000000 kllings)

H. Nizam said...

Yeah, let's hope that when we commemorate this day next year there would not be killing, bombings, shooting like face this year.

Yes it was a sad time in our country's history.

Pancasila is very good as an idea, but the implementation needs lots of improvement.
Re: " ... PERSUADED ...... " you seemed to read my mind LoL.
Untuk this moment there has not been an independent trial on those involved. Now that Soeharto and others have died, the reall story has " gone with the wind ".

Wind said...

Thank you for all this information about your country!
Best regards from Romania!

DS. Utomo said...

Great information, especially for the next generation.Let's keep the Unity in Diversify !

H. Nizam said...

Thank you for your kind words. I am glad to have a friend from Romania.

@DS Utomo,
Yes you are right Pak, for the sake of our next generation we should maintain Pancasila.

seo company said...

Pancasila is the result of the founding fathers of Indonesia can be proud. And deserved a day of remembrance.

H. Nizam said...

SEO Company,
You are right, now the most important thing is how to maintain and implement the values of Pancasila in every day life, not just as a theory but in practice.