Sorong (ANTARA) - Southwest Papua Acting Governor Muhammad Musa'ad has instructed city and district leaders in the province to fly the Red-and-White flag, including in remote areas, to welcome Indonesia's 78th anniversary of Independence Day.

"I would like to ask the leaders of the six regions to fly the national flag in towns and remote areas," Musa'ad told regional leaders in Sorong on Wednesday.

He called on the six regional leaders to appeal to local leaders in their regions to ensure that the instruction will be carried out optimally.

"We have designated the whole month, starting from August 1 to August 31, 2023, as the month of independence. Hence, we have distributed 10 million flags in the hopes of sparking a high sense of nationalism among the government and society," he elaborated.

Musa'ad stated that the month could serve as momentum for affirming the province's commitment to preserving the unity and integrity of the Republic of Indonesia by improving the quality of public services and strengthening community empowerment efforts.

"Hopefully, this momentum will encourage us, a new province, to strengthen our sense of unity, in line with our slogan, 'kitorang kuat karena kitorang satu' (we are strong because we are united)," he remarked.

The provincial government will also strive to install the national flag on Petik Bintang Hill in Maybrat District as well as on Fani Island, which is one of Indonesia's outermost islands.

"The most important aspect is that both the flag and our spirit will fly high. We must never give up. We should keep moving forward to make Southwest Papua a prominent province in the Papua region as well as Indonesia as a whole," he affirmed.

He expressed hope that the provided flags would be properly distributed to every resident of the five districts and one city in the province. Related news: SW Papua distributes 10 thousand chili plants to reduce inflation
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Translator: Yuvensius Lasa, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Anton Santoso
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