Democracy Index Improves; Religious Harmony Declines: Govt
After declining in the period of 2015-2016, Indonesias democracy index showed an improvement in 2016 and 2017, but on the other hand, religious harmony index experienced a slight decline, the Government has announced.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto said that Indonesias democracy index in 2017 reached 72.11, improving from 2016 at 66.63.
It means that from around 26 indicators, the result showed that democracy in Indonesia is well developed and well maintained with stable political climate, Wiranto said during a press conference on a 4-Year Report of Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla Administration, in Jakarta, Thursday (25/10).
Regarding the decline in 2015 and 2016, the Minister stated that this was due to additional indicators, such as issues of certain legislative candidates who used government facilities for political campaigns, or civil servants who joined political activities. The Government has instructed all civil servants to stay neutral and not to be involved in any political activities, Wiranto said.
Meanwhile, in 2017, he added, religious harmony index slid to 72.2 points from 75.4 in 2016 and 75.3 in 2015.
One of the indicators is simultaneous regional elections in a number of regions in the country, which involved religious symbols or issues during the contestation, as well as the growing number of hoax news that triggered conflicts among citizens, he said.
We cannot avoid hoax but we can prevent its massive spread to maintain national stability, Wiranto said, adding that the index decline had yet to significantly affect Indonesias harmony as a nation.
Therefore, to create religious harmony, he said, the Government has established a Religious Harmony Forum (FKUB) in 34 provinces covering 500 districts/ cities.
The FKUB has been able to become an effective to improve inter-religious dialog and to suppress conflicts in many religious activities, Wiranto concluded. (MAY / DNS / ES)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas