1NEWS, The chairman of the MPR RI, Bambang Soesatyo, emphasized that the commemoration of independence is an opportunity for all elements of the nation to be introspective and become a momentum for reflection on the journey of the nation’s history with all its dynamics.
History records that every sweat and every drop of hero’s blood that wets the motherland is a sign of how expensive the price of independence is.
“So as the fruit of reflection and introspection, is the presence of a series of rhetoric that must be answered by every child of the nation. Have we inherited the legacy of the fighting spirit of the heroes? Can our love for our homeland and nation be manifested through sacrifice? keep the meetings in historical monuments that will rot away with the age of civilization?,” said Bamsoet in the online ‘Public Democracy of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) faction of the DPR RI’ online in Jakarta, Friday (27/8/2021).
The chairman of the 20th Indonesian House of Representatives said that the Covid-19 pandemic with all its impacts has eroded the joints of life and corrected many achievements that have been achieved during 76 years of independence. Not only in Indonesia, since Covid-19 was declared by WHO as a global pandemic in March 2020, the impact of the pandemic has also been felt by almost all countries in various parts of the world.
“The impact of this pandemic is even worse than the impact of the global recession in the 1930s or the great depression, which affected 83.8 percent of countries in the world. As of August 25, there have been more than 214 million confirmed positive cases in Indonesia. worldwide, and caused more than 4.4 million people in the world to die,” said Bamsoet.
The general chairman of the Indonesian Motorcycle Association (IMI) explained that the Covid-19 pandemic has also created negative economic growth in almost all countries in the world, including Indonesia. Referring to the World Bank report, Indonesia’s per capita income has decreased, from 4,050 US dollars in 2019 to 3,870 US dollars in 2020. This condition has again put Indonesia in the category of lower middle income countries, after previously as of July 2020 had ‘upgraded’. and categorized as an upper middle income country.
“The pandemic has also had an impact on increasing the number of poor people in Indonesia. The number of poor people as of March 2021 according to BPS data is 27.54 million or an increase of 1.12 million from March 2020. With the Covid-19 pandemic still looming, of course this figure there is still the potential to increase, where the unemployment rate until 2021 is predicted to reach 12.7 million,” explained Bamsoet.
The Deputy Chairperson of the Golkar Party is grateful that in the midst of difficult times facing the pandemic with its various impacts, there are still lessons to be learned in the form of strengthening the bonds of national solidarity. According to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index 2021, Indonesia ranks first as the most generous country in the world, with the country’s volunteer rate being three times the global average.
“We should also be grateful that after nine months of the economy being hit by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were finally able to escape from the brink of recession. Economic growth in the second quarter of 2021 also grew positively at the level of 7.07 percent. Looking at this achievement, we believe that there is a rate of improvement and improvement in Indonesia’s economic growth,” explained Bamsoet.
The head of the FKPPI State Defense Agency added that with the implementation of the Emergency Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) which will be in effect until August 2021, there will be a potential for economic growth in the third quarter to be corrected. Therefore, all components of the nation must be able to contribute to avoiding a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country by being disciplined in complying with health protocols.
“Armed with the spirit of solidity and national solidarity that we have, we must be optimistic about the future. This spirit of optimism must be the basis we stand on to realize the ideals of Indonesia Tough, Indonesia Grows, which is the motto of Independence Month this year. Our nation has experience The history of 76 years was tested and forged by various national challenges, of course it is still strong enough to face the Covid-19 pandemic,” concluded Bamsoet.[TIM]