MPR RI formulates historical events as the conception of Pancasila

Deputy Speaker of MPR RI Ahmad Basarah. (Photo: MEDAN TODAY)

IO – Deputy Speaker of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR RI) Ahmad Basarah has declared that Pancasila as the basis and ideology of the nation can only survive and sustain if it meets three conditions. First, it is truly believed in, secondly, learned and comprehended. Thirdly, it is practiced in the life of the community, nation and state. “To be able to put the values of Pancasila into practice, the nation must study the history of the process of forming Pancasila as the basis of the state according to its founders, whose process began from a number of historical events starting from 1 June 1945, 22 June 1945, to the final text of 18 August 1945,” said Basarah, in the Regional Leadership Strengthening Program (P3D) Generation XI 2020 Lemhannas RI. The discussion was attended by Regional Heads and DPRD Heads, with the theme “Implementation of Pancasila Values in Community, National and State Life”. 

According to Basarah, the MPR RI has formulated this historical events as a unified process for the evolvement of Pancasila as the foundation of the nation. During its development, the MPR agreement was adopted by Presidential Decree No. 24 of 2016 concerning the conception of Pancasila, which also emphasizes that the momentum of the conception of Pancasila cannot be cut off at just one point in time, be it June 1, June 22, or August 18. The Chairman of the PDI-P faction of the MPR explained that the founding fathers of the nation had agreed to make Pancasila the basis and ideology of the nation, which contains the essence of the nation’s noble values, the mutual cooperation that inspire every Pancasila principle. 

For example, in practicing the precepts of God Almighty, Muslims have an obligation to pay zakat after fasting in Ramadan, Catholics have Charity, Christians have Tithes and Offerings, Hindus have Dana and Danapunya, Buddhists have Amisa Dana and Confucians have Social Service. Therefore, continued Basarah, the concept of mutual cooperation has actually been lived and practiced for centuries by Indonesian people and has become a valuable cultural treasure. “When delivering an Honorary Degree Accpetance Speech at Gajah Mada University, on 19 September 1951, President Soekarno emphasized that he was not the creator of Pancasila but merely devised Pancasila out of these values that have lived sustainably in the heart and culture of the Indonesian nation,” he explained. 

Basarah referred to the survey findings by the UK-based Caritas agency, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index, which in 2018 stated that the Indonesian people were the most generous in the world. “This is proof that the values of mutual cooperation are still alive and at the same time an ideological and sociological assets for the Indonesian nation, to face the COVID-19 pandemic.” He continued. 

Therefore, central and local governments and other stakeholders must be able to move the ideological and sociological capital that this nation already has so that it becomes a collective strength and energy in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. One example of mutually cooperative implementation is Tangguh Village in Malang Raya. “This model is expected to be an inspiration for other regions to make the Indonesian nation resilient in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time for Pancasila not be a discourse, but must be used as a concrete action in answering various challenges facing the nation,” Basarah concluded. 

Presiding over the discussion forum was Chairman of the PKS DPR Faction, Jazuli Juwaini, and Deputy Chairman of the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency, Prof. Hariyono. The national dialogue was moderated by Major General TNI Achmad Yulianto. (dan)