23November2017

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DISSOLVING ANTI-PANCASILA MASS ORGANIZATION

 

The government of Indonesia is now reviewing the existence of anti-Pancasila mass organizations in the country. After the meeting with Vice Rectors of State and Private Universities in Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang and Bekasi areas in Jakarta on Thursday (4/5/2017), Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam), Wiranto said that the government wants to anticipate the existence of ideology development that has the potential to replace Pancasila State Ideology and against the legitimate government. 

To follow it up, President Joko Widodo has instructed Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affais, Wiranto to trace the legal umbrella of mass organizations considered anti-Pancasila before being dissolved and asked the public to wait for the government's step. 

The discourse to dissolve anti-Pancasila mass organizations was carried out when one of the community organizations, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) on April 23, planned to hold an activity entitled "Khilafah: Syar'i Duty towards the Road of Muslim Awakening” at Balai Soedirman, South Jakarta. But the activity was canceled because it did not get permission from the police -Polri. HTI is also considered to try to replace the basic state of Indonesia, Pancasila, with the state of Khilafah or Islamic State. 

Since the establishment of Indonesia, the Indonesian founding fathers have agreed that Indonesia is a unitary state, not a country based on a particular religion. Indonesia is a country whose ethnicities, religions, languages, and customs are diverse. This diversity is the characteristic of Indonesia so that there is a state motto of Bhineka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity, Indonesia. Although the majority of the population of Indonesia is Muslim, it does not mean Indonesia is an Islamic country. Because the struggle for independence was taken by the entire Indonesian people from the western tip of Sumatra to the eastern tip of Indonesia in Papua and not just by one particular group or religion. 

In addition, Indonesia is a country with Pancasila ideology. So, all organizations, both community organizations and political organizations, must be based on the five principles of Pancasila, namely Believing in One Supreme God, a just and civilized humanity, the Unity of Indonesia, Democracy led by the wisdom in deliberation and representation, and social justice for all Indonesian people. 

It is the right step for the government to dissolve anti-Pancasila mass organizations, because the mass organizations based on other than Pancasila mean that they want to dissolve the State which has been fought for by all Indonesian people. 

However, it requires more in-depth study to dissolve a mass organization, whether the organization really violates the applicable legislation. In addition, the steps to dissolve anti-Pancasila mass organizations must also go through litigation. The government cannot necessarily disband if there is no clear regulation.

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