Jakarta, Aug 1 (ANTARA) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on all leaders to adopt the character of a champion who upholds good personality, defends the truth and justice and maintains toughness and resilience.
"I ask all leaders to imitate the character, value and attitude of a champion," the president said when being awarded a "prime champion" honorary title from the Indonesian Pencak Silat Association (IPSI) here on Monday evening.
IPSI has awarded a similar title to Soeharto when he was still at the helm of the state.
The honorary title in the coming years will be institutionalized and awarded to national leaders.
The granting of the honorary title to Yudhoyono was marked with a procession of a "kris" delivery used as a symbol of a champion by the association's general chairman, Prabowo Subianto.
"I want to comprehend and take the character as an example including the champion's attitude in this country," the head of state said.
Furthermore, the president said the pencaksilat is actually an art of self-defence, and for an attack. But if the sovereignty of the state is at the stake, the people will fight to defend the country in line with the principles of Pencak Silat.
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