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Honesty the Foundation of Indonesia’s Development: President Jokowi

December 24, 2015 Destination ASEAN No Comments Print Print Email Email

The foundation of Indonesia’s development hinges on the values of honesty and integrity, which should be inculcated from an early age, according to President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi.“Honesty is the foundation of the nation’s development. Our nation will be respected if its people demonstrate high standards of honesty and integrity,” the president remarked at a gathering of 505 school principals, the recipients of the National Exam Integrity Award, at the State Palace on Monday.

The president emphasized that a country that cannot maintain its integrity is a failed nation. Therefore, he stressed that the values of honesty and integrity must be imbued from an early age in families and schools.

Jokowi pointed out that the people in Singapore abstain from habits, such as smoking and spitting.

According to the president, most children today are influenced by Western values that they consider modern, whereas Indonesia has its own values and character, such as the values of Pancasila and mutual cooperation.

“The values of Pancasila and mutual cooperation can only be inculcated at homes and schools and in the family environment,” Jokowi stated. –Antara.

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