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Opening Speeches by Soekarno and Ali Sastroamidjojo at the Asian-African Conference

image_ asia-africa conference bandung 1955The following two great speeches were delivered by Soekarno and Ali Sastroamidjojo at the Opening of Asian-African Conference, Bandung, Indonesia, April 18, 1955. Source of the files: Vital Speeches of the Day, EBSCO Publishing.

Speech 1: by Soekarno, the President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Here is the excerpt:

It is my great honor and privilege on this historic day to bid you welcome to Indonesia. On behalf of the people and Government of Indonesia –your hosts– I beg your understanding and forbearance if some circumstances in our country do not meet your expectations. We have done our best to make your stay amongst us a memorable one for both our guests and your hosts. …

Speech 2: by Ali Sastroamidjojo, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, and the President of the Asian-African Conference.

Here is the excerpt:

May I first of all express my gratitude for your confidence in entrusting me with the task of the president of this conference. I consider this not merely as a great honor to myself, but also, and in the first place, to Indonesia and its people. We are indeed much honored that this conference; this event of such great historical significance, is taking place in our country. It is my privilege to welcome you also on behalf of the other sponsoring countries –Burma, Ceylon, India and Pakistan– who, together with Indonesia, have convened this conference. …

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An English Speech given by Ir. Soekarno: “The People’s Command”

image__ soekarno trikoraDownload: English Speech Scripts. Topic: Soekarno’s Speech on the Liberation of West Irian (Papua); Tri-Command (TRIKORA). By: Ir. Soekarno, the first President of the Republic of Indonesia. Place and date of the speech: Jogyakarta, 19th December, 1961. File: Pdf. Source of the speech texts: Department of Information, Republic of Indonesia; Special Issue, no.82.





As was said by the Sultan just now, today, it is exactly 15 years since the day on which the city of Jogjakarta – or to be more exact,the Republic of Indonesia was attacked by the Dutch. Thirteen years ago there began what we call the second military action taken by the Dutch against the Republic of Indonesia.

As all of you know, the military action which was begun here13 years ago was the second, which means that we also underwent a first military action. And that first military action started on 21stJuly, 1947. But if it is viewed as a whole, seen as one historical event,then in fact we did not suffer, merely two military actions from the Dutch, the first on 21st July 1947, the second on 19th December 1948,No. In reality the Dutch, Dutch imperialism, on hundreds of occasions has taken military action against the Indonesian People.

You know that the Dutch began to come here to Indonesia in1596, when Admiral Cornelis De Houtman dropped anchor in Banten Bay. Since that time, Friends, Dutch efforts to occupy the whole of Indonesia were always accompanied by force of arms. That is why I say that in fact the Dutch have taken military action against the Indonesian people hundreds of times. And as something for the people of Jogjakarta to be proud of – I say from this rostrum, that it was from the region of Jogjakarta that the first opposition came, fierce opposition against Dutch Imperialism. This was at the time Sultan Agung Hanjokrokusumo mobilised his army from the Jogjakarta region to attack what then was called the city of Batavia. Therefore,Dr. Mohammad Yamin’s proposal in the first meeting of the National Defense Council was most appropriate : that the Command I shall give … God willing – should not be given anywhere else other than in Jogjakarta, the centre of resistance against Dutch imperialism.


Yes, on 17th August 1945 we proclaimed Indonesia’s Independence, we set up the Republic of Indonesia, which now stands firmly established, although several times struck by the Dutch, stands firmly established and today with a resolute mind even wants to bring the region of West Irian also into the territory under our authority.

But, you know the Proclamation of 17th August 1945 was only one of the peaks of the Indonesian Nation’s efforts to set up their own state. You know that decades earlier the Indonesian people had arisen, arisen to become a free Nation, although they had been colonized for hundreds of years, although they had been trampled upon for hundreds of years, although they had been starved for hundreds of years, although they had been humiliated for hundreds of years, although for hundreds of years they had been made into a people of miseries, although efforts had been made to extinguish the National spirit entirely, yet – as I have said repeatedly – we arose again.

I once said, even a worm will wriggle and turn when we tread on it, let alone men, let alone nations. The Indonesian Nation turned, set up organisations called the National Movement, which movement spread out, went deeper, spread out, went deeper, spread out, went deeper, eventually covering the whole of Indonesia. Spread out, went deeper, spread out, went deeper, ultimately on 17th August 1945 exploding as the first Indonesian Revolution.

And it was at that moment, Friends, that the Republic of Indonesia was set up, that the Republic of Indonesia unfurled the Indonesian flag.

And that Indonesian flag is not only known by the people of Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke, but the Indonesian flag is now respected by the greater part of mankind. People see the Indonesian flag flying in our Embassy in Washington, people see the Honoured Red and White flying in London, people see the Honoured Red and White flying in Moscow, flying in Cairo, flying in Paris, flying in Mexico-City, flying in Ottawa – in short, the Honoured Red and White Flag is already known by all the people in this world, and as I have said, the greater part of mankind respects the Honoured Red and White Flag. Only the imperialists and the stooges of the imperialists do not respect the Red and White Flag. And as I say, God willing, the time will come when all the people in this world will respect the Red and While Flag wherever it may fly. » Click here to download this speech completely»»…


Transforming Indonesia: The Challenges of Good Governance and Development

GEG logoTransforming Indonesia: The Challenges of Good Governance and Development, a speech (abridged version) by Dr. Budiono, Vice President of Indonesia, at the Blavatnik School of Government and Global Economic Governance Program, University of Oxford on October 30, 2013. In his lecture, he discussed the challenges facing Indonesia’s development as the country seeks to ensure strong economic growth and accountable, democratic governance.


Transforming Indonesia: The Challenges of Good Governance and Development

Learning from Indonesia’s varied and at times checked historical experience it has become increasingly clear to me that the problems of politics, economics and governance cannot be completely separated or pursued independently of each other.

This is especially true in a fledgling democracy and a developing country like Indonesia as we have to simultaneously strive to consolidate our participatory system of government, sustain economic growth and widely distribute its fruits if we wish to take the country into the realm of the virtuous circle of development.

This world view changed dramatically with the onset of the Asian financial crisis in 1997 which affected Indonesia the most, as the authoritarian system of government was seen to be part of the problem.  Henceforth Indonesia has been engaged in transforming its political system at all levels of government to become much more democratic, decentralized and publicly accountable. The key word in Indonesia’s transition was Reformasi or reform, rather than revolution. Although dissatisfactory to some who wished for more radical changes and a complete break with the past regime, the majority of Indonesians opted for an orderly and constitutional process of political transition towards democracy through a more inclusive negotiated process.

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Listening (Audio and Transcript): “Julius Caesar”

image_ julius caesarDownload: English listening material. Topic/Title: Julius Caesar. Audio: mp3. Transcript and sample of exercises: doc.file.  Type: History, Famous Men Series. These listening audio and transcript are intended to be used for Indonesian students (SMP, SMA, SMK).



Gaius Julius Caesar (July 12 or July 13, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC), often simply called Julius Caesar, was a Roman military and political leader and one of the most influential men in world history. He played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. His conquest of Gaul extended the Roman world all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, and he was also responsible for the first Roman invasion of Britain in 55 BC.

Leading his legions across the Rubicon, Caesar sparked civil war in 49 BC that left him the undisputed master of the Roman world. After assuming control of the government, he began extensive reforms of Roman society and government. He was proclaimed dictator for life, and he heavily centralized the bureaucracy of the Republic. This forced the hand of a friend of Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus, who then conspired with others to murder the dictator and restore the Republic. This dramatic assassination occurred on the Ides of March (March 15th) in 44 BC and led to another Roman civil war. In 42 BC, two years after his assassination, the Roman Senate officially sanctified him as one of the Roman deities.

Caesar’s military campaigns are known in detail from his own written Commentaries, and many details of his life are recorded by later historians, such as Appian, Suetonius, Plutarch, Cassius Dio and Strabo. Other information can be gleaned from other contemporary sources, such as the letters and speeches of Caesar’s political rival Cicero, the poetry of Catullus and the writings of the historian Sallust.


English Speech: Idul Fitri in Indonesia

image_ islamic cultureDownload: an example of English speech. Theme: Religion; Islam. Title: Idul Fitri (Eid al-Fitr) in Indonesia. File: pdf. This English speech script is intended to be used for Indonesian students;  grade: secondary school students, SMP/MTs, SMA/MA/SMK. Script by: Soehaarrr ©2013_http://soehaarrr.com. File archive: July, 2013.


Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

Honorable Juries

Ladies and Gentlemen

Sisters and brothers …

First  of  all,  let  us  praise  to  the  Almighty  Allah  SWT,  because  of  His  Blessing  we  are able to attend this English speech contest. Secondly, may peace be upon the prophet Muhammad Saw who has guided us from the darkness into the brightness.

I  would  also  like  to  say  many  thanks  to  the  juries  and  MC  who  have  given  me opportunity to deliver an English speech in front of you all.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I would like to talk about “Idul Fitri in Indonesia”.

Idul Fitri (Eid al-Fitr), also known as the Feast or Festival of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the fasting month, Ramadhan. The day of Idul Fitri is on the first day of the month of Shawwal. Muslims are prohibited to fast on that day, and the main ritual done by Muslims is praying in the morning or shalat Idul Fitri which is usually carried out in an open field or a large hall.  As one of the biggest Islamic traditions, Idul Fitri is always celebrated happily by Muslims around the world.

Sisters and Brothers,

In our country, Indonesia, Idul Fitri is the biggest festival celebrated by our people. Idul Fitri, popularly called as ‘Lebaran’, is not only a religion festival but also a tradition that has become a part of our culture. Muslims in our country, just like in other countries, celebrate it happily. They recite incantation or known as ‘Takbiran’, and pray in the morning or Shalat Idul Fitri. On the day of Idul Fitri, Muslims also visit their families, relatives, and friends to ask forgiveness to each other… Click here to download this speech completely »…



English Speech: Prophet Muhammad SAW

image mosqueDownload: an example of English speech. Theme: Religion; Islam. Title: The Life story of Prophet Muhammad SAW. File: pdf. This English speech script is intended to be used for Indonesian students;  grade: secondary school students, SMP/MTs, SMA/MA/SMK. Source of the speech script: shareyouressays.com. Reposted on and by: http://www.soehaarrr.com. File archive: May, 2013.



Assalamu’alaikum Wr.Wb.

Honorable juries, teachers, committees and all the participants.  It is a great honor for me to join this English speech contest.


In the name of Allah, the most Merciful and the most Gracious.

All praises be to Allah SWT, the lord of the world, the master of the day after, the creator of everything in this universe.

Peace and Salutation be upon our prophet Muhammad SAW, who has brought us from the darkness into the brightness and guided us into the right way of life.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In this good opportunity, I would like to give a speech on the life story of our beloved prophet: Muhammad SAW (peace be upon him).

Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca in 571 A.D. The name of his father was Abdullah and the name of his mother was Aminah. Muhammad was born after the death of his father. His mother also died when he was only six years old. After the death of his mother, Muhammad was brought up by his grand-father Abdul Muttalib and later on, by his uncle Abu Thalib. From the very childhood Muhammad was serious minded and very often used to think about everything which he saw around him.

As a young boy of thirteen years, he joined his uncle in his business. During his trade-journeys he curiously watched the various customs of the different Arab societies. At the age of twenty-five years he was employed by a rich widow Khadijah for looking after her business. She was so impressed with the noble character of Muhammad that she subsequently married him. Prophet lived with her till she died. After her death the Prophet married other women who were also widows except the fourth one (Ayesha Begum) who was daughter of his friend and disciple Abu Bakar from Khadijah, the Prophet had two sons and four daughters. But, only the fourth daughter Fatima survived him. From other wives there were no children.

Prophet Muhammad thought seriously about the evils in the society and was anxious to find out ways and means to remove them. He used to go to a lonely cave in the mountain called Hira’ where he thought about the concept of God, religion and the reform of the society. It is believed that once, in the month of Ramadhan in 609 A.D., when the Prophet was meditating in the cave, he heard a strange voice.

The voice was from Angle Gabriel who was sent to him by God. Gabriel whispered in the ears of the Prophet: “Read in the name of Allah, the Creator of all things, who made man from a clot of blood. Read for thy Lord is most gracious, he who teaches the use of pen teaches man what he does not know”.

This was the first ‘message of God’ (Wahi) to the Prophet. Since then, a series of divine communications or messages of God were received by him on different occasions till his death. Quran is a collection of all such divine messages revealed to the Prophet from time to time. In short, the basic principles of the religion which were preached by the Prophet are as under:

(i) God (Allah) is one and only one, and that Muhammad is His messenger (Rasool).

(ii) God (Allah) is the Supreme Commander of everything that exists in this World and that everyone should “submit to the will of God”. As pointed out earlier, the Arabic word Islam means “submission to the will of God”.

(iii) All human beings are equal. No one is to be treated as superior to another because they are like brothers.

Through his preaching, the Prophet laid down also the new principles of life and abolished the existing evil customs from the society. First to believe and obey these divine messages was Prophet’s wife Khadijah.

Gradually others also believed in what he said. But a great majority of people in Mecca opposed these preachings. They did not allow the Prophet to speak and communicate the message to the people. Finding it difficult, the Prophet left Mecca and went to Medina in 622 A.D. This journey from Mecca to Medina is taken to be a ‘holy mission’ (Hejarat). At Medina his preaching’s were appreciated and more and more people became followers of the Prophet…

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English Speech: Teachers, Heroes without Medals

An example of English speech. Theme: Education, Teachers’ Day, Teachers’ Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PGRI). Title: “Teachers, Heroes without Medals”; intended to be used for Indonesian students, grade: elementary and secondary schools. This speech script is written and posted by soehaarrr; ©haarrr.wordpress.com


Script of the speech:

Honorable Juries
Honorable our Teachers
Ladies and Gentlemen; Brothers and Sisters

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.
It is a great honor for me to join this English speech contest. Thank you very much for the chance given to me.

Ladies and Gentlemen;
In this good opportunity, I would like to give an English speech entitled: “Teachers: Heroes without Medals”.

Every year, on the 25th of November, we commemorate the birthday of Teachers’ Association of the Republic of Indonesia, or known as PGRI. The day is also called National Teachers’ Day. The commemoration is a kind of appreciation for our teachers. It is usually celebrated in a ceremonial activity by giving a recognition to a certain teachers, head masters, or school attendants.

Brothers and Sisters;
Every time we talk about teachers, we often hear… “heroes without medals’. It seems that the title has been a trademark of teachers. The profession of teachers is considered as the hero without medals. Why do we call them like that? The answer is, I think, because of teachers’ services in educating people. The teachers’ dedication cannot be measured with the symbols or trophies, just like gold, silver or bronze medals.

But, even though there are no medals for teachers’ dedication, we realize that the profession of teachers has given a great contribution to the development of our country, especially in education sector. Let us imagine… what are we going to be, if there is no teacher in our lives? Because of teachers, we are able to read, write, and speak. Because of teachers, we can get knowledge and skills that we need to face the competition in this life ….

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Malcolm X’s Speech: ‘Message to the Grass Roots’

Free download: Malcolm X’s speech: Message to the Grass Roots (files: audio & script). Audio (mp-3): 7.7mb. Script (pdf): 43kb. This speech was delivered by Malcolm X, a well-known human rights activist [see more>], on November 10, 1962 in Detroit. The files are provided courtesy of CMG Worldwide, Inc. and the Official Website of Malcolm X. Re-upload by har @2011_www.haarrr.wordpress.com; intended for English learners in Indonesia (SMA/MA/SMK, College/University students); used for educational purposes only.

In his speech, Malcolm X also mentioned Bandung (Indonesia) regarding with Asian-African Conference. Check out the following excerpt:


In Bandung back in, I think, 1954, was the first unity meeting in centuries of black people. And once you study what happened at the Bandung conference, and the results of the Bandung conference, it actually serves as a model for the same procedure you and I can use to get our problems solved. At Bandung all the nations came together, the dark nations from Africa and Asia. Some of them were Buddhists, some of them were Muslims, some of them were Christians, some were Confucianists, some were atheists. Despite their religious differences, they came together. Some were communists, some were socialists, some were capitalists. Despite their economic and political differences, they came together. All of them were black, brown, red or yellow.


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English Speech: “Tourism”

Free download: English Speech Scripts. Topic: “Tourism”. Title: “Mamasa as a Tourist Destination in West Sulawesi”. Duration: 10-20 minutes. Grade: SMA/MA/SMK, College/University, Public. Scripts: pdf, originally in Indonesian, written by ©Rina Rahmatia Ridwan; translated into English by ©har;  uploaded to @2011_www.haarrr.wordpress.com; intended to use for Indonesian students.


Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

Firstly, let us praise to the Almighty God for His Blessing that enables us to come here to join this English speech contest regarding with the sixth anniversary celebration of Mamasa regency.

I would also like to say many thanks to the MC who has given me chance to deliver my English speech.

Honorable Juries, Ladies and gentlemen, Sisters and Brothers…

On this occasion I would like to talk about Mamasa as a tourist destination in West Sulawesi.

As we all know, West Sulawesi has 5 regencies, they are: Polewali Mandar, Majene, Mamuju, North Mamuju and Mamasa. We are proud that of all the regencies belong to West Sulawesi, Mamasa is considered as the most potential tourist destination for its beautiful nature and interesting culture supported with friendly society.

Mamasa is well-known for its unique and remarkable custom, such as: its architectures, dances, languages and funeral ceremonies. At a glance, the custom in Mamasa seems to relate with Tana Toraja which is located in eastern part of Mount Quarles. This mount becomes the border area between Mamasa and Tana Toraja. Although there are similarities between Mamasa and Tana Toraja’s customs, they are not exactly same to each other.

Honorable Juries, Ladies and gentlemen, Sisters and Brothers…

Mamasa regency, located in the eastern part of West Sulawesi, borders on Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi which is also a well-known destination for domestic and international tourists. With the availability of facilities and infrastructures in Mamasa Regency, there is a high possibility for tourists who occasionally visit Tana Toraja will also be interested to drop in Mamasa, even they will enjoy its tourism objects.

Tourism objects in Mamasa are basically not different with Tana Toraja. If we compare both of them, we will find that Mamasa seems to have more interesting objects, like amazing waterfalls and exotic rivers for rafting. Even if we see our beloved regency in the morning, we will find that we have a remarkable small town surrounded by mountains with thick fog….

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An English speech given by Ir. Soekarno at the Asian-African Conference, 1955

Free download: English Speech. Title: An Opening/Address Speech by the President of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, at the Asian – African Conference (Bandung, 17th – 24th April, 1955). File: pdf.  Date of speech: 17th April, 1955. Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia (sous la dir.). ‘Asia-Africa speak from Bandung’. Djakarta: 1955, p. 19-29. Re-upload by: har.


An Opening/Address Speech by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, at the Asian – African Conference (Bandung, 17th – 24th April, 1955)

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Sisters and Brothers.

It is my great honour and privilege on this historic day to bid you welcome to Indonesia. On behalf of the people and government of Indonesia – your hosts – I beg your understanding and forbearance if some circumstances in our country do not meet your expectation. We have, I assure you, done our best to make your stay amongst us memorable for both our guests and your hosts. We hope that the warmth of our welcome will compensate for whatever material shortcomings there may be.

As I survey this hall and the distinguished guests gathered here, my heart is filled with emotion. This is the first intercontinental conference of coloured peoples in the history of mankind! I am proud that my country is your host. I am happy that you were able to accept the invitations extended by the Five Sponsoring Countries. But also I cannot restrain feelings of sadness when I recall the tribulations through which many of our peoples have so recently passed, tribulations which have exacted a heavy toll in life, in material things, and in the things of the spirit.

I recognise that we are gathered here today as a result of sacrifices. Sacrifices made by our forefathers and by the people of our own and younger generations. For me, this hall is filled not only by the leaders of the nations of Asia and Africa; it also contains within its walls the undying, the indomitable, the invincible spirit of those who went before us. Their struggle and sacrifice paved the way for this meeting of the highest representatives of independent and sovereign nations from two of the biggest continents of the globe.

It is a new departure in the history of the world that leaders of Asian and African peoples can meet together in their own countries to discuss and deliberate upon matters of common concern. Only a few decades ago it was frequently necessary to travel to other countries and even other continents before the spokesmen of our peoples could confer.

I recall in this connection the Conference of the “League Against Imperialism and Colonialism” which was held in Brussels almost thirty years ago. At that Conference many distinguished Delegates who are present here today met each other and found new strength in their fight for independence.

But that was a meeting place thousands of miles away, amidst foreign people, in a foreign country, in a foreign continent. It was not assembled there by choice, but by necessity.

Today the contrast is great. Our nations and countries are colonies no more. Now we are free, sovereign and independent. We are again masters in our own house. We do not need to go to other continents to confer.

Already there have been important meetings of Asian States in Asia itself.

If we look for the forerunner of this our great gathering, we must look to Colombo, capital of independent Çri Lanka, and to the Conference of the five Prime Ministers which was held there in 1954. And the Bogor Conference in December 1954 showed that the road ahead was clear for Asian-African solidarity, and the Conference to which I have the honour of welcoming you today is the realisation of that solidarity.

Indeed, I am proud that my country is your host.

But my thoughts are not wholly of the honour which is Indonesia’s today. No. My mind is for a part darkened by other considerations.

You have not gathered together in a world of peace and unity and cooperation. Great chasms yawn between nations and groups of nations. Our unhappy world is torn and tortured, and the peoples of all countries walk in fear lest, through no fault of theirs, the dogs of war are unchained once again.

And if in spite of all that the peoples may do, this should happen. What then? What of our newly-recovered independence then? What of our children and our parents ?

The burden of the delegates to this Conference is not a light one, for I know that these questions – which are questions of the life or death of humanity itself – must be on your minds, as they are on mine. And the nations of Asia and Africa cannot, even if they wish to, avoid their part in finding solutions to these problems….

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