Actualization of Nationalism of Indonesia-Malaysia Border Community in Sebatik Island, North Kalimantan Province

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Wahyudi et al.


This research examines nationalism of Indonesia-Malaysia border community in Sebatikisland, North Kalimantan province. Sebatikisland is one of the islands in North Kalimantan province (Indonesia) which shares a border with Sabah, Malaysia. Easy accessibility to Malaysia causes the people on this island to have direct social interaction with Malaysians. Furthermore, to meet their daily basic needs, they are reliant on Malaysia. The problem in this study is "How is nationalism of Indonesia-Malaysia border society in Sebatikisland, North Kalimantan province, Indonesia amidst social interaction and economic dependence with Malaysia?". The purpose of this study is to describe nationalism of the people of Sebatikisland, North Kalimantan province. This research is a case study that used several theories, namely Nationalism theory, Borders theory, State Defense theory, and Citizenship Education theory. The results of the study show that nationalism of Sebatikisland border community is realized through the actualization of the State Defense values ​​: Love for the Motherland, actualized by community participation in preserving the country's land border pillar and the active involvement of Sebatikfishermen inflying Indonesian flag on their boats while fishingat the country's sea borders; National and state awareness, actualized by displaying the symbols of nationalism, such as the formation of the largest flag raisers in Indonesia and the flying of large red and white flag during the national day ceremonies; Belief in Pancasila as the state ideology, showed by the attitude of tolerance among Muslim and Christian communities inSebatikisland and the designation ofSebatik island as a Santriisland by the local government; Willingness to sacrifice for the country, actualized through the community commitment of choosing to work in Sebatik rather than having to work in Malaysia as a laborer (TKI) which is based on the principles of nationalism, and; State Defense initial ability, actualized through the existence of cadres of basic military training, including the formation of State Defense Forums, Scouting Cadres and Student Forces (SAKA) fostered by the Indonesian National Armed Forces / Indonesian National Police

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