Indonesia still needs Pancasila as an ideological vaccine to protect the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia
Jakarta – Member of the Presidential Advisory Council (Wantimpres) who is also a former aide to President Soekarno (1967-1968), Sidarto Danusubroto, revealed that the Indonesian nation still and continues to need Pancasila as an ideological vaccine to maintain the integrity of the nation.
He said this when he was the keynote speaker at the FGD by the Moya Institute with the theme “Pancasila: Dynamics and Challenges Faced?” at the Gran Melia Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday (25/5). Other sources include the Secretary General of the Gelora Party Mahfudz Sidiq, Chairman of the State Civil Apparatus Commission (KASN) Agus Pramusinto and Observer of National and Global Strategic Issues, Prof. Imran Cotan.
According to Sidarto, the dynamics of national politics ahead of the 2024 Presidential and Legislative Elections are getting higher and giving rise to a number of challenges for the process of maturing democracy in Indonesia. Based on research results, it is said that the IRT is relatively capable of infiltrating the state civil apparatus (ASN) in various institutions, and is even suspected of having infiltrated members of the TNI-Polri.
“After the threat of Covid-19 is over, the threat of intolerance, radicalism and terrorism (IRT) is also very dangerous. There have been many findings indicating that several institutions and communities are exposed to this threat,” said Sidarto.
Meanwhile, with regard to elections, only the President and DPR RI should be directly elected. He was a member of the council for three terms. When the system is closed, he is easily elected. When the system opens, start jorjoran with money. The people are educated to earn money, and this is very uneducated, and this system must be abolished.
“We are not ready to face Western democracy, our current democracy is NPWP: Number Piro Wani Piro. I have been a member of the Republic of Indonesia DPR for three terms. When the system is closed, I am easily selected. When the system opens, people start fishing for money. The people are taught to wait for the “dawn/dawn attack”. This is not very educational for the maturation of democracy, so it must be removed,” he said.
Another speaker was the Secretary General of the Gelora Party, Mahfudz Sidiq. According to Mahfudz, the long journey of Pancasila ideology to guard the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia for 78 years has produced extraordinary achievements.
“When in 1945 we were just born as a nation state, with a heterogeneous and pluralistic society that has survived to this day as an advanced and modern nation state. It is our duty to make adjustments, along with the developments and conditions of the times where democracy is compatible with the basis of our country, namely Pancasila,” said Mahfudz.
Chairman of the State Civil Apparatus Commission (KASN) Agus Pramusinto revealed that one of the challenges faced by Pancasila was division due to differences in political choices. Added to this is the spread of corruption cases, and the immoral acts of some police officers. KASN maintains the application of the principle of merit system as well as oversees the application of the basic values, code of ethics and code of conduct for ASN.
“In the process of administering government, the key is prevention and always reminding civil servants to look again at their main duties and competencies as servants of the state. This is to ensure that the ideology of Pancasila and the function of ASN as a unifying glue for the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia must be carried out by all ASNs in Indonesia,” said Agus.
Meanwhile, Observer of National and Global Strategic Issues, Prof. Imron Cotan said that every five years Indonesia’s ideology is tested for its flexibility. Pancasila has been tested by various clashes of ideologies such as the extreme left and the extreme right, even liberal ideology. Pancasila succeeded in graduation, graduated summa cum laude.
“If the nation fails to maintain its flexibility and continues to be battered and hit by divisive politics at any time, the existence of Pancasila can be threatened and Indonesia has the potential to become a failed state. Certain groups should not try to test Pancasila’s ability to moderate differences that come from all over, “concluded Prof. Imron. [*]