As human beings, and a nation of faith, we must believe that every cloud has a silver lining, Insya Allah (with God’s will)
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Commenting on the commemoration of the 76th anniversary of Indonesian independence amid the pandemic, former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urged Indonesian citizens to believe that every cloud has a silver lining.

“As human beings, and a nation of faith, we must believe that every cloud has a silver lining, Insha Allah (with God’s will),” the sixth Indonesian president said in a broadcast entitled 'Seconds to Proclamation of the 76th Independence of the Republic of Indonesia', streamed via the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel here on Tuesday.

Indonesia has been facing historic challenges and tests wrought by a major pandemic, social anxiety, and economic pressures that have hit all Indonesian citizens hard, he remarked.

He acknowledged the unwavering efforts of the government and all stakeholders in tackling the crises.

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“However, we have not finished yet. The government along with the public must continue their efforts,” he said.

Yudhoyono, who served as president from 2004-2009 and 2014-2019, also appealed to the public to look forward in order to make Indonesia more advanced, harmonious and peaceful, just and prosperous.

“To achieve such a glorious future, there are no shortcuts, nor magical recipes. We need to have vision and intelligent thinking as well as the willingness to work relentlessly. There are soft ways to achieve big goals,” Yudhoyono stressed.

He expressed the hope that the 76th Independence Day commemoration would bring blessings to the Indonesian people, adding that all people should be grateful to God and thank the founding fathers of the Republic of Indonesia.

“We have to be grateful to Allah SWT, God Almighty, and thank the republic’s founding fathers who had contributed this independence from generation to generation,” he remarked.

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Translator: Indra Arief, Juwita Trisna R
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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