Chairman of the KASN Assesses ASN Still a Commodity in Indonesian Elections
Jakarta – Chairman of the State Civil Apparatus Commission (KASN) Agus Pramusinto said, the State Civil Apparatus (ASN) still has loopholes in involving partisanship in elections. In the end ASN is trapped in the politics of reciprocity or the politics of revenge.
He expressed this in a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) themed “Pancasila: Dynamics and Challenges Faced?” which was held by the Moya Institute at the Gran Melia Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday (25/5/2023).
“Our politics often drag ASN. Go wrong, don’t go wrong. So, if they are ASN involved, it will make the work of the bureaucracy ineffective. Because what emerges is the politics of reciprocity, the politics of revenge,” he said.
Agus said that ahead of next year’s elections and legislative elections there will be many challenges that must be faced. There will be divisions due to differences in political choices. If it is not prevented, it will endanger the unity and integrity of the Indonesian nation.
“We have entered the political year and next year’s peak, there will be 548 Pilkada and Pileg as well as the Presidential Election. The potential for chaos will multiply. Now if followed by social media, the term cebong, kadrun still exists. And if it continues, it is dangerous, “he added.
Therefore, Agus emphasized that neutrality is something that needs to be continuously maintained and monitored, so that elections can run in an honest and fair manner between candidates who have power and candidates who do not have power relations within the government bureaucracy.
“Because if it doesn’t affect public services in the future. This is one of the challenges faced by Pancasila, where we still often have the potential to be divided because of politics,” he said.
On the same occasion, Member of the Republic of Indonesia Presidential Advisory Council Inspector General (Purn) Sidarto Danusubroto said that the pillars contained in Pancasila must really be carried out properly to maintain the unity and integrity of the Indonesian nation.
“Because Pancasila is Bung Karno’s legacy as a founding father, which so far has proven to be able to unite diversity. If Indonesia is likened to a house, the basic foundation is Pancasila, the pillars of the 1945 Constitution, the walls and roof are the Republic of Indonesia and its inhabitants are Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. These are the four pillars, since I was chairman of the MPR, they have been encouraged. So the inhabitants are various tribes, religions, cultures and customs, must be accommodated together in this Pancasila house,” he explained.
The reform politician who is also the Secretary General of the Gelora Party Mahfudz Sidiq conveyed that there are three main challenges faced by Pancasila ideology. First, the challenge is to eliminate the contradictions in attitudes, behavior and actions towards the teachings of Pancasila. For example, corrupt behavior, LGBT, and cultural liberalization.
The second challenge is to strengthen the nation’s collective vision towards a new power in the world in 2045. The third challenge is to develop national resilience in the context of facing global dynamics. You do this by not becoming a proxy or part of a global force. It is these three challenges that are very important to overcome.
“The main threat to Pancasila ideology is a proxy for global power in an asymmetric war. Then, the flow of liberalization in the trend of open society. Another threat is political industrialization. The number of political consultants, pollsters, that makes the political adrenaline of many parties rise, so that those who have never joined a political organization and do not have an ideology, are trapped in political games without vision and make our democracy Wani Piro, “said Mahfudz.
On the other hand, observer of national and global strategic issues Prof. Ambassador Imron Cotan argued that Pancasila had been tested by various clashes of ideologies such as the extreme left and the extreme right, even liberal ideology, and Pancasila succeeded in graduating, graduating summa cum laude.
Imron also advised that politics should not be divided and that the candidates for president and vice president should not insult each other.
“If this ‘wisdom’ is also followed by all presidential and vice presidential candidates and other election contestants, then the flexible power of Pancasila in dampening the five-year political dynamics will be maintained. This is a warning to certain groups not to try to test Pancasila’s ability to moderate differences that come from all over,” he concluded.