Hanief Syafi Al Umam, Jakarta – The Minister for Youth and Sports Affairs (Kemenpora), Imam Nahrawi, has sent an example by following his own ministerial appeal for cinemas to get audiences to sing the national anthem Indonesia Raya before film screenings when he went to watch the film "The Cemara Family" at the Studio 01 Djakarta Theater XXI in Central Jakarta on the evening of Thursday January 31.
According to Nahrawi, the appeal is already being made by cinema managements to all audiences before films are screened.
"The appeal has already been circulated, within around two-and-a-half minutes before screening, we'll sing Indonesia Raya to express our love for the red-and-white [flag], [so] love for the motherland will grow, no matter who we are we are still Indonesian", said Nahrawi.
Nahrawi explained that cinema audience will become more loyal and solid if they sing Indonesia Raya together before screenings.
Earlier, the minister appealed to audiences to sing Indonesia Raya before film screenings at cinemas.
The appeal was made in a letter sent to cinema managements throughout the country in which Nahrawi stated that singing the national anthem before screenings is aimed at aimed at increasing people's sense of nationalism.
In addition to this, the other goal is to create a generation of youth who are proud of and love the motherland.
The written appeal was signed by Nahrawi in Jakarta on Wednesday January 30 and copies sent to the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, the Minister of Information and Communication and the head of the Creative Economics Agency.
Below is the full text of the written appeal:
Letter of Appeal Number 1.30.1/Menpora/1/2019 on the Activity of Singing the National Anthem Indonesia Raya before Film Screenings
In the framework of increasing the sense of nationalism and creating a generation of youth who are proud of and love the motherland, we are therefore appealing to managers of cinemas throughout Indonesia to screen and simultaneously sing the national anthem Indonesia Raya before film screenings commence.
Thus this appeal is conveyed to you for implementation. We express our thanks for your attention and cooperation.
Signed in Jakarta on January 30, 2019
Minister for Youth and Sports Affairs
1. Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture
2. Minister of Information and Communication
3. Head of the Creative Economics Agency.
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Menpora Nyanyikan Lagu Indonesia Raya Saat Tonton Keluarga Cemara".]