Dream, Act, Create: PPIA Bincang Merdeka 2015

YOUNG Indonesians are invited to reignite the spirit of nationalism by exchanging ideas that can aid the development of Indonesia at PPIA Victoria’s upcoming discussion forum Bincang Merdeka. Allan Tanoemarga has the details.

Photo: 世書 名付 via Flickr

Photo: 世書 名付 via Flickr

Nearly 70 years have passed since Indonesia achieved its independence in 1945, but the nation still has a long way to go in creating the standard of living each citizen desires.

A plethora of issues and challenges unfortunately remain prevalent in every Indonesians’ day-to-day life in the nation. These include the country’s prevalent environmental pollution, lamentable traffic and harrowing public service – among dozens of others.

In response to this distress call, PPIA Victoria has organised an open discussion forum: Bincang Merderka. Through conversation and the exchange of ideas, the forum invites young Indonesians studying in Australia to engage in a two-way discourse around issues that could help develop the country and improve the quality of life in Indonesia.

The forum’s tagline ‘Bermimpi, Bertindak, Berkarya’ (‘Dream, Act, Create’) is designated to inspire young generations of Indonesians to participate in the development of their nation, whenever and wherever they may be in the future.

The event will be held on August 22, featuring prominent Indonesian public figures and government representatives.

Some of the big names include Rosianna Silalahi, celebrated journalist and current News Director of Kompas TV; Ken Dean Lawadinata, Chairman of Indonesian’s biggest online trading forum Kaskus; and Bagus Nugroho, distinguished Indonesian student invited to join Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s research team on Mars exploration.

Apart from the dialogues, Bincang Merdeka will also promote Buku Untuk Anak Bangsa (Books for the Nation’s Children), an initiative that collects unused second-hand English books and donates them to Indonesian libraries and schools.

PPIA Victoria’s Bincang Merdeka will be held on August 22 from 6.00pm to 10.00pm at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (31 Sturt St, Southbank). Tickets are $10 per person and can be booked at Melbourne Recital Centre’s website.

For more information about the event, please head to the designated event page at PPIA Victoria’s website.

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