IO – General Secretary of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s Central Leadership Council (Dewan Pimpinan Pusat Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan – “DPP PDIP”) Hasto Kristiyanto believes that President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) made the right call to appoint Megawati Soekarnoputri as the Chairwoman of the National Research and Innovation Agency (Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional – “BRIN”). “Research and innovation must be moved by the national ideology to ensure that Indonesia is truly sovereign, independent, and proud of its cultural identity. BRIN is a new chapter in the records of Indonesia’s development,” Hasto stated in his written statement on Monday (03/05/2021).
Hasto went on to say that Megawati is the head of a political party which is most consistent in declaring the importance of research and innovation for the advancement of the nation. In fact, BRIN was initially based on Mega’s idea. “She suggested to President Jokowi to bring about BRIN to help with politics in Independent Indonesia, by focusing itself on researching Indonesian local humans, flora, fauna, and technology. Everything is being brought down to earth for the sake of all on Indonesian soil,” he said.
Hasto further declared PDIP’s full support of Jokowi’s plan to set up BRIN as part of the infrastructure to advance the nation, as it is based on mastery of science and technology to set up research and innovation as pillars of Independent Indonesia. “The founding fathers of this nation, such as Bung Karno and Bung Hatta, were great leaders who were great statesmen and great scholars,” he said. “All of them based the concept of advancing Indonesia through science and technology. Our forefathers were deeply steeped in the tradition of great scholars who prioritized research and innovation.” (des)