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Jakarta Post

Red scare sinks Pancasila bill in House

  • Galih Gumelar


Jakarta   /   Mon, June 22 2020   /  01:00 am
Happy birthday, Pancasila -- A motorcyclist passes a Garuda Pancasila mural painted on a wall on Jl. Puspitek Raya in South Tangerang, Banten, on Monday. Pancasila was officially promulgated by Sukarno on June 1, 1945, but only in 2016 did Pancasila Day become a public holiday. (JP / Dhoni Setiawan)

A coordinated campaign by Muslim organizations and Islamist political parties at the House of Representatives, which capitalized on the fear of communism, has successfully blocked the deliberation of the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) bill, a piece of legislation proposed by the nationalist Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). On Tuesday, following a contentious plenary session at the House involving PDI-P politicians sparring with fellow lawmakers from Muslim-based political parties, the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo halted the deliberation of the HIP bill, which aims to regulate the values of the Pancasila ideology and the functions of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) – the leader of which is PDI-P chairperson and former president Megawati Soekarnoputri. Muslim organizations, including Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muha...