Meeting with President Jokowi, Speaker of MPR: Let us Promote Dialogue
Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (MPR RI) Zulkifli Hasan reminded all people of Indonesia that we are brothers and sisters in diversity. “We agreed 71 years ago, we are brothers and sisters in the big family of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). Not others,” the Speaker, accompanied by the senior leaders of the MPR RI, said after meeting with President Joko Jokowi Widodo, at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday (24/1) afternoon.
According to the Speaker, it is not our brothers and sisters that we worry about but how to deal with competition on the international stage that matters. He urges people to respect the law although it can leave scars or prolonged anger. “Let us return to the core values ??of Indonesia, that is, to promote consensus, dialogue with honesty, mutual respect, and dialogue without hatred,” he explained.
If there is an argument, the Speaker further said, as brothers and sisters, it is necessary for us to resolve the problems through a dialogue or deliberation. It is important for the Government to focus on building a more just, prosperous, and equitable Indonesia.
Senior leaders of the MPR RI also used the meeting to report on the dissemination of the four pillars of the MPR, the discussion of state policy and agenda in 2017 such as the commemoration of 1st of June; the annual session of the MPR RI, the House of Representatives (DPR RI), and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD RI) as well as the commemoration of the 18th of August as Constitution Day.
In addition, MPR RI also appreciated the Presidential Decree (Perpres) on the establishment of Pancasila (the five principles of state ideology) Stabilization Board, and expressed hope that in the future the Board could cooperate with the MPR. “This is the proposal of consultation meeting two years ago between MPR RI and the President. It has been followed up. We used to have Manggala BP7 (Intensive Course on the Board for Developing Education and the Implementation of Guidelines for Installing and Applying Pancasila), there are lessons about citizenship education, Pancasila education, intensive course, and so on,” the Speaker said adding that the consolidation of Pancasila needs to be adjusted in accordance with the times.
Speaker of MPR RI Zulkifli Hasan was accompanied by Deputy Speakers of MPR RI Mahyudin, Evert Ernest Mangindaan, Hidayat Nur Wahid, and Oesman Sapta. Meanwhile, President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (RMI/RAH/ES) (MUR/YM/Naster).