Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Greetings of Peace to all of us
It is with tremendous pleasure and happiness that I stand here and speak to you, delegates of the members of the Progressive Alliance, and delegates of political parties as well as those from labor parties and organizations. Welcome to the Gods Island. This moment reminds me to a historical event which also attended by several countries and initiated by Indonesia, the Asian African Conference. The spirit and soul of the conference has become milestone for the establishment of countries in the Asian, African, and Latin America regions. Dasa Sila Bandung has incinerated the birth of nation movements, to have mutual relationship in order to fight for their freedom and independence who have been under the claw of colonialism and imperialism. For me, this is the most important example in our human kind history, how collective awareness and also solidarity have been overstep the boundaries of countries, they became a positive strength of independence, which therefore was continued by the first Non-bloc Summit Conference in Belgrade/Beograd in 1961. I was present as the youngest delegate, at that time I was 14 years old.
What remained in my memory, and even became an aspiration/dream that I could not erase from my soul and thought is the establishing of a strong brotherhood among countries, an emotional bonding of nations, and eventually a cooperation between countries. It was certainly extraordinary, that at the time the world’s political condition was crystallized into two huge blocs, the eastern bloc and the western bloc , a new hope emerged from and was spearheaded by a handful of leaders of very young countries.
Clearly and distinctly they said “we non-blocs, we do not side with any bloc”. That movement was based by a spirit of effacing the practice of “exploitation de l’homme par l’homme, exploitation de nation par nation”.
Socdem Asia is extremely delighted by the auspicious developments in East Timor, as long-time pro-democracy activist and former health and deputy-prime minister Rui Araujo prepares to become the country’s prime minister. Mr. Araujo, who hails from opposition Fretilin party and has long been seen as a favorite to become the country’s next leader, is set to replace independence hero Xanana Gusmao, who recently submitted his resignation to pave the way for the establishment of a unity government in the Southeast Asian country.
We believe the nomination of Mr. Araujo, which was widely supported by the two leading parties in East Timor’s parliament and enjoys the confidence and trust of the people of East Timor, represents a decisive and highly symbolic step towards establishing a unified government as well as institutionalizing the democratization process in the country, which gained its independence in 2002 following decades of struggles against Indonesian occupation.
The nomination of progressively-minded leaders such as Prime Minister-elect Rui Araujo, who hails from a younger generation of leaders in the country, reflects the growing desire among Asian peoples for more responsive, accountable, and nimble leaders, who understand the complex prerogatives and challenges of democratic governance in the 21st century. We fervently hope that the Mr. Araujo’s leadership will inspire a whole generation of social democrats and progressive leaders in East Timor and across Asia to continue to provide socially just, dedicated, participatory and effective public service to their constituents.
The second part of the Political management Training for Young Progressives is happening again in Manila! The training intends to capacitate young and emerging leaders of political parties and social development organizations with tools that aid and advance their political work, while at the same time consolidate these young leaders that will help advance collective goals in the future under their progressive leadership. The expected 20 participants of the training are active members of political parties and organizations from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand, age 20-35 years old.