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Jakarta Post

‘Pancasila Day’ should go beyond rhetoric

  • Ina Parlina, Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 3 2016   /  09:23 am

The pronouncement of June 1 as a national holiday to commemorate the birth of Pancasila should go beyond rhetoric as the growing challenges of radicalism and terrorism threaten to shatter the nation.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision might be seen simply as a political gesture to win the favor of Megawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of Sukarno, the nation’s first president who established Pancasila as the founding philosophy of the new nation in 1945.

However, many hope the decision will go beyond politics and rhetoric.

Asvi Warman Adam, a historian at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), said Jokowi’s decision should be followed by reviews of a number of existing regulations, including numerous discriminatory local bylaws, to see whether they were in line with the values of Pancasila.

“The government needs to set an example to the ...