Further Provisions on Mandatory Use of Bahasa Indonesia


On 28 October 1928, the representatives of Indonesian youth organizations declared the monumental Sumpah Pemuda or Youth Pledge by which they vowed to recognize only one Indonesian motherland, one Indonesian nation, and one Indonesian language – Bahasa Indonesia. The Youth Pledge is considered as the moment of the birth of Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia. Almost 91 (ninety-one) years after the Youth Pledge, the President of the Republic of Indonesia promulgated Presidential Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia No. 63 of 2019 concerning the Use of Bahasa Indonesia ("PR 63/2019" or "Regulation"). The Regulation was enacted and became effective on 30 September 2019.

The Objective of PR 63/2019 -

The Regulation was issued with the objective of carrying out the mandate of Article 40 of Law of the Republic of Indonesia No. 24 of 2009 concerning Flags, Languages, Symbols and National Anthem ("Law 24/2009"). Article 40 of Law 24/2009 mandates implementing regulations regarding the obligation to use Bahasa Indonesia, among others, in: (i) official state documents; (ii) memorandums of understanding or agreements; (iii) national or international forums; (iv) official communications within the government and private sector; (v) names of buildings and roads in Indonesia

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