Social Affairs Minister Urges Public to Fight to Eradicate Poverty and Ignorance

Wednesday, 10-November-2021 19:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (left)
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (left)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has urged the whole community to defeat the common enemy, namely poverty and ignorance. This is in line with the theme of National Heroes Day 2021, "My Hero My Inspiration," where the Ministry of Social Affairs carries out a historic mission.

"The spirit, determination, and belief of the heroes, should be able to inspire and move us all to carry out the historic mission of defeating the real common enemy, namely poverty and ignorance, in the broadest sense," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

The statement was conveyed in the mandate to commemorate National Heroes Day which was read by the Director General of Social Protection and Security, Pepen Nazaruddin, when he was the Ceremony Inspector on the main Park of the Ministry of Social Affairs office in Jakarta, on Wednesday (11/10/2021).

In front of the limited number of employees, the Minister of Social Affairs, as quoted by Pepen, emphasized that everyone has great potential in winning the war against poverty and ignorance.

"Indonesia has abundant natural resources and a strategic geographical location. The biggest challenge faced is the need for continuous work supported by innovation and high creativity, as well as an unyielding entrepreneurial spirit," he said.

This unyielding spirit, said the Minister of Social Affairs, must be absorbed and preserved as a nation in facing any challenges and threats. "Because we are the biological children and grandchildren of the National Heroes," he continued.

In addition to natural resources, Indonesia also has human capitals. In the next 20 years (2020-2040), Indonesia will enter the "demographic bonus", which is a period where the dependency ratio reaches a minimum.

"In this period, there will be more productive workers who are useful to win the war against poverty and ignorance," he said.

For this reason, through the momentum to commemorate Heroes' Day in 2021, Social Affairs Minister Risma, in her mandate, asks all of them to use heroic values ​​as inspiration at every step full of innovation and creativity.

"Everyone can be a hero in any field. It's as simple as starting by becoming a hero for the economy of his family and community. We and the heroes, of course want our children to be winners. Nothing is impossible, as long as we are willing and trying," said Pepen, conveying the message from Social Affairs Minister Risma.

In Commemoration of National Heroes Day in 2021, the Minister of Social Affairs' mandate was read by the Ceremony Inspector on November 10, 2021 during the Ceremony to commemorate National Heroes Day at Ministries and Institutions, Regional Government Agencies and Indonesian Representatives Abroad.

Four National Heroes

Since 1959 in every commemoration of Natioanal Heroes Day, the President of the Republic of Indonesia has awarded the title of National Hero to figures who have contributed greatly to the struggle for the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia.

This year the President conferred the title of National Hero to four figures, namely: 1) H. Usmar Ismail from Jakarta Province; 2) Raden Aria Wangsakara from Banten Province; 3) Tombolotutu from Central Sulawesi Province, and 4) Sultan Aji Muhammad Idris from East Kalimantan Province.

The National Hero Award Ceremony was held at the State Palace in Jakarta today (11/10/2021) at 10:00 local time. Article 15 of the 1945 Constitution states that the President grants titles, honors and other honors, which are regulated by Law Number 20 Year 2009 on Titles of Service and Honors.

The awarding of the title of National Hero as a tribute to a figure who has contributed greatly to defending the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia. In addition, it also fosters an exemplary attitude for everyone and encourages the spirit of producing the best work for the progress of the nation and state.

A Brief History of the Four National Heroes


Tombolotutu was a figure of resistance to the Dutch oppression in Mautong. The contracts offered by the Dutch to the Mautong people made the Mautong rulers lose their rights as rulers and the people were increasingly miserable because of the limitations of managing their own natural resources. From here, Kunciotutu led and fought for the rights of the Mautong people who were deprived of it, resulting in a battle that took not only many victims but also material losses.

Sultan Aji Muhammad Idris

Sultan Aji Muhammad Idris was a unifying figure who can be a source of inspiration for the Indonesian people. Through changing the system of government into a sultanate, he tried to establish relations and unite forces with various sultanates in opposing colonialism.

Usmar Ismail

He was one of the national and international film figures who has shown his greatest contribution to the advancement of the Indonesian film industry. Pioneering in building a national film that is recognized by the world. This is a pioneering and noteworthy achievement in the journey of the Indonesian nation.

Raden Aria Wangsakara

Apart from being a religious figure in the Banten Sultanate at that time, he was also a political figure and military leader who continued to struggle in the spirit of expelling the invaders.

During the Sultanate of Banten under the leadership of Sultan Abul Mufakhir and Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Raden Aria Wangsakara emphasized his role as a figure who also played an important role against the invaders (VOC).

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