Eight State Institutions Agree to Promote Pancasila
In response to rising radicalism in Indonesia, the heads of eight state institutions agreed to strengthen Pancasila within the country.
“All state institutions should commit to actively strengthening Pancasila as the nation’s ideology according to their specific roles, positions and authorities,” the head of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud MD said, reading a joint statement issued by the president, vice president, the Constitutional Court, People's Consultative Assembly, House of Representatives, Regional Legislative Council, Supreme Court, Supreme Audit Agency and Judicial Commission.
"We need a national action plan for certain institutions to socialize and strengthen Pancasila values formally through education," he said.
Mahfud said the people in Indonesia had put aside the state ideology of Pancasila.
“As a result, in the middle of the nation’s achievements, mainly on political democracy in the reformation era, some problems threatening the national pillars have surfaced,” Mahfud said.
“Conflict and social violence are easily triggered by ethnic differences, primordialism, and religious [differences].
“The tolerance that had been the original character of the nation is now fading caused as a result of thought penetration and individual pragmatic actions.”
To solve the problems threatening peace and stability in Indonesia, the leaders aimed to strengthen the teachings of Pancasila.
“The values of Pancasila should be revitalized as the guiding star as well as spirit that flow through every attitudes and activities of all nation’s elements in their respective position, status and profession.” * The Jakarta Globe