President sets up working unit to develop state ideology

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said President Joko Widodo has signed a presidential regulation on Presidential Working Unit to be in charge of implanting further the state ideology Pancasila in the country.

“To be announced tomorrow to coincide with the Pancasila Day on June 1,” Pramono said after a limited Cabinet meeting here on Wednesday.

He said the unit would be directly under the President with nine members including statesmen, academicians, religious leaders, military/police officers and civil servants.

Pramono said the unit would motivate the people to understand more about Pancasila and to love it as a their guidelines in daily life.

“It is not a program to make Pancasila a dogma like in the past but more to seek to create Pancasila synergy in daily life,” he said .

He said development of the Pancasila ideology would be included in the educational curriculum.

The setting up of the unit followed the growing challenge to the legitimacy of Pancasila as a state ideology.

Earlier the government banned Hisbut Tharir Indonesia (HTI) accused of being anti Pancasila and seeking to establish Khilafa (Caliphate) administration in the country.

A researcher and observer Ifa Hanifah has said many Indonesians no longer believe Pancasila as the countrys state ideology, but he gave no data to back up his statement.

In the past no one or organizations have been such outspoken to challenge Pancasila as the state ideology.

Most observers, however, have attributed the national integrity to Pancasila, a five principle ideology first presented by the countrys first President Soekarno seven decades earlier.

What would the country, which is diversified in race, religions and culture as well as in language, would become without Pancasila, they said.

“Without Pancasila as our political guideline, the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) might have long been defunct, disintegrated, split into many small states fighting each other,” they said.

Source: Antara News