TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Marking their 21st anniversary, the State-owned Enterprises (BUMN) Ministry and state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad Persero organized a Fun Walk and inaugurated the Anoa Panzer Monument at the Cibeunying Park, Bandung, Saturday, under the framework of the ministry's 36th birthday.
BUMN Minister Rini Soemarno, West Java Governor M. Ridwan Kamil, or Emil, and PT. Pindad Director Abraham Mose inaugurated the Anoa Panzer Monument.
Soemarno expressed pride on inaugurating the Anoa Panzer Monument, citing 350 Anoa armored units were currently in use by the United Nations for several world peace missions.
The minister affirmed that the BUMN Ministry and Indonesians felt immense pride of this achievement.
"PT Pindad, in future, must become innovative and creative, so it can be the leader in Asia and the best in the world. This anniversary event reiterates the fact that BUMN should realize the fact that we not only manufacture products and print rupiah, but the key aspect is that BUMN serves as the driver of development, " Soemarno noted.
The minister further affirmed that Pindad's achievements were inseparable from the efforts of the young generation that has been constantly making innovations.
Soemarno is optimistic that other domestic products apart from Anoa Panzers would be able to compete at the global level.
"The young must be ready to continue to carry forward PT Pindad's legacy to their children and grandchildren," the minister affirmed.
In the meantime, West Java Governor Emil pointed to notable assistance extended by Pindad in his endeavor to clean up Citarum River.
Apart from other parties that have made contributions through their knowledge and community, Pindad remains a vanguard, as a provider of technology in the form of garbage-picking equipment.
"Pindad has also been helpful to the West Java provincial government. We have received Pindad's assistance in waste collection from Citarum River. Moreover, Pindad has offered help in conducting tree-planting activities. It is expected that the efforts made will continue to be smooth," the West Java governor stated.