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Jakarta Post

Drop Pancasila from mass organizations bill: PKS

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 19 2013   /  10:38 am

The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) wants lawmakers to drop requirements from a bill on mass organizations currently under deliberation that would require that the state ideology of Pancasila be their sole organizing principle.

A representative of the PKS said he was concerned that the inclusion of such a stipulation in the bill would allow for the repression of Muslim groups as happened during the New Order.

PKS lawmaker Indra told The Jakarta Post over the weekend that a formal endorsement of Pancasila would be redundant, claiming that members of the public were aware of the tenets of the national ideology.

“Pancasila, as well as the 1945 Constitution, have been used to regulate our lives, so it’s unnecessary to mention them in the bill,” Indra said. “We are not against Pancasila, but we don’t want it to be the only principle to be adopted by mass organiza...