President Joko Widodo, in a recording played during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in the Jakarta last night, said that the positive energy exuded by Asia can bring positive reinforcements into the world, according to Antara news agency.
“Congratulations and thank you to all contingents from all countries for your achievements, warmth and spirit. This is the true energy of Asia, bringing positive reinforcement to the world,” said the president.
He appeared to still be at the shelter camps for victims of the earthquake that have been rattling Lombok, and said that the momentum and the spirit of the 18th Asian Games can be a spirit for Indonesia to become a big nation, one that is advanced and united.
“I would like to apologize for not being able to come to the closing ceremony in person. The Governor and I are currently in Lombok, along with our brothers and sisters here. We can feel all of your spirit from the GBK (stadium),” he said.
At the same time, the president also asked for all the guests and spectators of the Asian Games closing ceremony to send their prayers over to the victims of the Lombok earthquake.
“Let us pray together for our brothers and sisters in Lombok, and send positive energy so that West Nusa Tenggara Lombok can recover, even better than before,” said the president.