Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X
From traditional leader to Governor of Yogyakarta Special Region.
The government of the Republic of Indonesia, in October 3, 1998, has installed Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X as the Governor of Yogyakarta Special Region. It is a confirmation of the people wish, that for Yogyakarta, at present. Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, is the only suitable and capable figure to lead the region.
People wonít forget with his exact action together with the late Sri Paku Alam VIII, during the critical moment of the country hit by credibility crises, lead the people of Yogyakarta to support the Reformation movement. In front of hundred thousands of Yogyakartans, in front of Pagelaran, North Square. Yogyakarta. on Wednesday, May 20, 1998 on Javanese calendar of Suro 23, 1930, read a declaration (Maklumat) as follow:
We the undersigned, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X and K.G.P.A.A. Paku Alam VIII, on the basic of traditional struggle, with the spirit of pure people souvereignity, based on Proclamation of Independence of August 17, 1945 and the Declaration of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX and K.G.P.A. Paku Alam VIII in September 5, 1945, herewith declare:
Yogyakarta, Wednesday Kliwon, May 20, 1998 (Suro, 23, 1931)
The above brave declaration was only one indication of his whole-heartedly dedication toward Yogyakarta and Indonesia. In coronation as Sultan Hamengku Buwono X in March 7, 1989, he said: "what for the throne and the title of Sultan (for me) if they are not beneficial for the society".
The present Sultan is always working for the welfare and better life of the people. At the same time he is implementing a policy to preserve the culture in line with the development of the country. In a cultural seminar held in Gajah Mada University last year, he said that people should learn the teaching of the countryís traditional leaders spread out in many ancient and old manuscripts. The country has witnessed the great achievement of its best sons:
With the spirit of reformation, as if a dialogue with the patriotic leaders of the nation is opened.
Holding Pancasila and constitution of 1945 as the basic of reformation, we can be a progressive nation, where democracy and transparancy are correctly practiced, free from corruption, collusion and nepotism.
In this context:
The leaders have to be aware to end this crisis of credibility with honor, dignity and sincerity. The people especially small people must be freed from hunger, fear and suffering of being neglected. The nation needs good-mannered intellectual and rational leaders, the ones who are able to always give good example, flexible in serving the people, low-profile, with great love to humanity.
It is very important to every one before lifting the difficulties or trouble, has to know first: What is the mistake which cause the difficulties or trouble. After knowing the mistake, throw it away and never do the same thing again. The same attitude should be applied in Indonesia.
Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, shall do necessary thing, so that the city of Yogyakarta remains calm and peaceful as the seedbed of pure idea of reformation, a place of crystallization of ideas and leaders trusted by the vast society, not only trusted but also highly adored.
As a Governor he shall remain close to the people and open to any critic. He shall fight for a greater autonomy for Yogyakarta Special Region. He is of the opinion that it is high time to give a greater autonomy also to the other provinces in Indonesia.
(Suryo S. Negoro)
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