JAKARTA (RambuEnergy) – As Indonesians are marching toward the General Election to elect President-Vice President and Parliament Members on April 17, some quarters of the society is concerned over the threat of the scrapping of Pancasila ideology. However, for majority of Indonesians, Pancasila one of the four pillars of the nation is a done deal.
Kurtubi, member of the House Commission VII which oversees the energy sector and also a senior politician from the National Democratic Party (Nasdem), said during a public lecture at the West Nusa Tenggara University (UNTB) that the four pillars of the nation is final and no room for questioning its existence.
The four pillars were found by the Founding Fathers as the foundation of this pluralistic nation, consisting of various ethic, religion and languages. “Therefore, in developing the democracy, we may not sacrifice the interest of other ethics or groups, but put the national unity and the interest of the nation above all,” Kurtubi said.
Kurtubi was speaking before students and lectures of the UNTB as part of the program to educate the public about the Four Pillars of the nation, namely Pancasila, UUD 1945 (Constitution), the United Republic of Indonesia, Bhineka Tunggal Ika.
Kurtubi was previously commissioner of PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara for period of 2000-2013 and expert staff for Pertamina Commissioner Board for the period of 1977-2006. He graduated from University of Indonesia and obtained scholarship to study at the Colorado School of Mines, USA.
Students were given session to ask questions on various issues. Some questions about the wide-spread of hoaxes in the society ahead of the General Election. But, Kurtubi told the students that the Election is a democratic festivity, not a time to attack other people.
“Election is an element of democracy, not a time to attack other people. It is a period people are contesting ideas and work programs. Freedom under democratic principle does not mean a freedom to blackmail other people, free to spread hoax. It is not freedom without rules,” Kurtubi said.
Indonesians will hold General Election on April 17 to elect President and Vice President as well as members of the House of Representatives (DPR) as well as members of Provincial and Regency Representative Council (DPRD) members. The two President and VP Candidate pairs are the incumbent Joko Widodo and VP candidate Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto and VP candidate Sandiaga Uno. (*)