MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, SLEMAN - A scouting movement Hizbul Wathan was established in 1918 that Indonesia had not achieved its independence yet. The Hizbul Wathan highly contributed to reach the independence. Hizbul Wathan literally meaning 'a defender of the motherland' exists as a manifestation of the love of the motherland, nation and country.
The statement was declared by General Chairman of the Central Board of Hizbul Wathan Muchdi Purwopranojo in the commemoration ceremony of Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day in Lapangan Kemah Pusbang Dikti Muhammadiyah on Saturday (17/8).
“It was long before the independence that Hizbul Wathan has existed to show our love to this nation,” stated Muchdi.
He added that the greatest dream of the Hizbul Wathan is to contribute to this nation as its love. The ambition underlay Hizbul Wathan to combat colonialism in the Dutch East Indies for several centuries.
“In my point of view, the independence is relevant to the struggle of Hizbul Wathan. Do you know why General Soedirman was elected as a commander of TNI? He loved his nation since he was young, and his love was trained in Hizbul Wathan,” asserted Muchdi.
Besides, to the ceremony audiences who were also participants of Pelatihan Bina Prestasi Pengenalan National, Muchdi advised that Hizbul Wathan cadres should be proud of Indonesia and remember heroes who attempted to achieve this independence.