The fluency in the Indonesian language
by David Hurley, New South Wales Governor, a populous
state in Australia proves the popularity of
Indonesian in foreign countries, especially in the land
of the Kangaroo, which is something
to be proud of.
the Awards Night of the Australia-Indonesia Awards held by the Australia-Indonesia
Association (AIA), which took place in Sydney, on March 11 2017, the NSW
governor impressed during his speech in Indonesian. The speech was
delivered in front of various parties, including RI Ambassador Najib Riphat
Kesoema and his wife (Nino Riphat), AIA President (Eric de Haas), senators, government
officials, entrepreneurs, academics, athletes, culturalist and Autralian
students which are actually the Indonesian lovers. The Consul General of RI in
Sydney, Yayan Mulyana was also present on this event.
By wearing a black long-sleeve Batik, Governor David
Hurley was accompanied by his wife, Linda Hurley directly addressed and started
the speech by saying “Selamat Malam” (Good evening) to the audiences.
Governor David Hurley who had served as the Commander
of Australian Armed Forces, delivered his
in Indonesian, although in the end he also translated the speech into English
for the Autralian Public.
In his speech, the NSW governor asserted that Indonesia
and Australia have good bilateral relations which will be important for both
countries and the region in the future.
The Indonesian speech from the NSW governor led to the other Australian officials also present at the award night to open and close their speeches
by using the typical Indonesian greetings, as was done by senator Zed Seselja who represented
the Prime Minister Malcolm Tumbull and Jonathan O’Dea who represented
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian.
RI ambassador to Australia, Najib Riphat Kesoema stated
that the AIA Awards night which was
being held for the third time, is
very important in order to encourage the roles and contributions from the
community in both countries, actually in various fields, starting from the
environmental conservation, education, small and medium enterprises (UKM), sport
“The candidates and the winners of AIA are inspirational
people who selflessly try to help in advancing peoples’
interests and relations of both countries,” said The Ambassador Nadjib.
The RI Ambassador who has known the NSW governor for a long time also expressed his
appreciation for AIA, which was established a few months before Indonesian
Independence in 1945, then became one of the oldest organization in the world
that still exists and had a close attachment and relationship with Indonesia. AIA has
been the affective link in promoting mutual understanding between the people of
According to Nadjib, the Indonesian language in Australia has become
one of the most popular foreign languages, besides Mandarin and Japanese. The enthusiasts are not
only students, but also government officials, military cadets and
entrepreneurs. At this time, no fewer than 160 thousand Indonesian learners are spread over
various parts in Australia.
In 2017 the Indonesian Institute (BBI) was
established in Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and Tasmania which was
inaugurated by President Joko Widodo during his visit to Sydney, on February
26, 2017. In the near future, other BBIs will be built, such as in Sydney, Darwin, Adelaide and
the Award Night, the AIA Award 2017 winners
were Luke Bowen in Research field category, Robie Gaspar
(sports field) known as the first Australian professional football player who ever joined Liga Indonesia, and Judy
Anglim (tourism field) because of her efforts in promoting Indonesian travel destinations for
tourists in Australia.
the Award Night Javanese music was well performed by the Langen Suka group, mostly made up of Australian members. Langen Suka is
led by Vi King Lim who has been active for more than 15 years in
promoting Gamelan in Australia.
Other than Javanese Gamelan, there was also a Balinese
dance perdormance by Mrs. Sumerti. (Source:
Indonesian Embassy in Canberra)