Bamsoet: Countering Radicalism and Extremism with National Ideology Vaccination

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1NEWS, The chairman of the MPR RI Bambang Soesatyo appreciated the government’s success in reducing the poverty rate, in line with the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic which is also getting better.

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) noted that until September 2020, the poverty rate reached 27.55 million people (10.19 percent), decreasing in March 2021 to 27.54 million people (10.14 percent). Vigilance is still needed, considering the number of unemployed in Indonesia due to the Covid-19 pandemic is still high, until February 2021 it reaches 8.75 million people.

“The vulnerability of the economic sector due to the pandemic has also made the nation’s ideology vulnerable to the infiltration of foreign ideologies, including against radicalism and extremism. Therefore, apart from intensifying the Covid-19 vaccination, we must also intensify the vaccination of the nation’s ideology through the Socialization of the Four Pillars of the MPR RI in order to instill values noble Pancasila, the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia, the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, and Bhineka Tunggal Ika to all generations of the nation,” said Bamsoet in the National Dialogue commemorating the 43rd Anniversary of FKPPI, virtually from Bali, Sunday (12/9/2021).

Also present as resource persons for the discussion were the General Chairperson of FKPPI Pontjo Sutowo, Deputy General Chairperson of FKPPI Indra Bambang Utoyo, and scholar Yudi Latif.

The chairman of the 20th Indonesian House of Representatives reminded that apart from fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, all parties are always faced with the struggle to maintain an independent, united, sovereign, just and prosperous Indonesia.

To realize an independent country, it is necessary to build a national understanding that independence must be seen from various dimensions of meaning. These include freedom from dependence, freedom from poverty, to freedom from ignorance.

Independence from dependence, for example, can be interpreted by reducing dependence on imports. BPS noted that in the January-June 2021 period, the value of Indonesia’s food imports reached Rp. 88.21 trillion.

“While interpreting the importance of national unity and sovereignty, we can reflect on Bung Hatta’s statement which firmly stated, ‘I’d rather see Indonesia sinking to the bottom of the ocean, than see it as an eternal appendage of a foreign country’. the state is a fixed price,” said Bamsoet.

The head of the FKPPI State Defense Agency as well as the KBPP Polri Honorary Council explained that in 2019, the Access to Justice Index only reached 69.6 percent. Indicates that the ideals of an independent Indonesia to realize justice in society, still leaves a lot of homework.

“Meanwhile, in interpreting prosperity, we can refer to the national gross domestic product (GDP). BPS noted that GDP based on current prices in the second quarter of 2021 reached IDR 4,175.8 trillion and based on constant prices in 2010 reached IDR 2,772.8 trillion. The improvement in economic conditions has also fostered optimism that Indonesia will be among the top 5 countries with the highest GDP in the world by 2030, along with China, the United States, India, and Germany,” said Bamsoet.

The head of the Law Enforcement, Security and Defense Agency of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) emphasized that economic growth must have a real impact on improving people’s welfare. The ‘cake of development’ must be enjoyed by all citizens, from Sabang to Merauke. The concept of equitable distribution of development is a necessity.

“Realizing an Indonesia that is Independent, Sovereign, Just and Prosperous is not an easy and instant job. But it requires a strong commitment and intense effort. Therefore, the process requires the participation and contribution of all stakeholders, including various elements and community organizations such as FKPPI,” concluded Bamsoet.[TIM]

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