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Date 22 September 2017, category News


Student of Industrial Engineering (TI) Department, Faculty of Engineering Universitas Brawijaya (FT-UB), Cesilia Putri Singarimbun, had the opportunity to become one of 60 delegates of the Pemuda MenduniaProgram Batch II in Malaysia. The devotion program initiated by the Studec International education consultant held for three days, 16 – 18 August 2017 in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.

The delegates or tutors selected in this program are tasked with introducing, instilling, and strengthening the nationalism of Indonesian youths abroad. Especially, for Indonesian youth in Malaysia who are students of Klang Indonesia School. Klang Indonesia School is an informal school established exclusively for youth illegal Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI) who do not have the opportunity to study in Malaysia’s formal school.

“Unlike in the country, the education access of illegal migrant workers in Malaysia is very alarming. This is due to the status of their parents who do not have an official residence permit or a problem with immigration,” Cesilia disclosed.


“So Indonesian children and youth can not go to school freely in Malaysia if their parents’ status is illegal,” said this Medan-born student.

To join this service program is not easy. The 7th semester student must compete with approximately 1000 applicants with different backgrounds from all over Indonesia. Selection is done starting from the making of essays, motivation letter, and interview.

“So the selection process is actually to test, whether we love Indonesia or not,” she said.

In this Pemuda Mendunia program, Cesilia together with the other delegates performed local dance performances, choirs, games, and drama performances which all aimed at telling and introducing Indonesian culture to the children.


In addition, the delegation also had the opportunity to follow and celebrate the independence day ceremony with Indonesian citizens in Malaysia at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) of Johor Bahru.

Later, the delegation also enjoyed cultural performances in Cultural Exchange sessions at Malaysian Tourism Center (MaTIC), nationalistic training, and dinner at Kuala Lumpur City Center. A lot of experience and valuable stories that Cesilia obtained from this program.


Cesilia remembered, at the opening ceremony of teaching activities at Klang School of Indonesia, the children of illegal migrant workers cried when national anthem, Indonesia Raya, echoed. Many of them want to go back to Indonesia and aspire to be teachers, doctors, or nurses.

“This is a motivation for me especially, amid a sense of nationalism that began to fade among Indonesian youth,” she said.

Knowing the educational facilities at Klang Indonesia School which is still roughing with limited access, she also expressed her gratefulness for her to be able to go to school easily with complete facilities in her own country.

“While we are in Indonesia and free for creative work, please continue to contribute for Indonesia. Because there are many out there who want to go back to Indonesia, but isn’t able to,” she concluded. (and/mic)

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