Learn from Indonesia on Creating a United Nation

Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representative (Mubarak) President Abdul Aziz Rahman.

Jakarta, MINA – Malaysia needs to learn the Indonesian experience which is seen to be more successful in creating a united Indonesian nation, through the unity of the nation based on the principles of Pancasila, Bernama reported.

Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representative (Mubarak) President Abdul Aziz Rahman said although Malaysia had the same principles as Pancasila, namely Rukunegara, but the development of the Indonesian nation was seen as being more advanced than Malaysia.

“Hence, an understanding towards the strengthening of the Rukunegara principle needs to be further reinforced to create a stronger Malaysian identity, as we are currently separated and differentiated in numerous aspects,” he said.

He and his deputy Abdul Rahman Sulaiman, on a working visit to Indonesia, met Pancasila Ideology Development Presidential Work Unit (UKP-PIP) chief Yudhi Latif here.

Also present at the meeting was former 6th Indonesian Deputy President, who is now the UKP-PIP Board Member, Try Sutrisno.

Abdul Aziz said that since attaining independence in 1957, Malaysia was seen to be more focused on economic and infrastructural development, but the development of the Malaysian nation did not seem to be stressed until it established the Rukunegara principle in 1970, following the racial riots tragedy on May 13, 1969.

He said Mubarak planned to organise the ‘Pancasila, Rukunegara, Patriotisme Malaysia and Indonesia’ seminar in September, involving the participation of young generations, Malaysian and Indonesian students and the involvement of the leadership of both countries.

“Such programmes have also been carried out involving Malaysian and Indonesian students in Yogjakarta, prior to this, and we also organised the ‘King, Constitution, Patriotism’ discourse, based on the principle of Rukunegara, and the programme will be expanded to schools later,” he said.

Meanwhile, Yudi Latif said the unification of Indonesia based on Pancasila’s principle was more towards the use of the Indonesian language and education.

“Basically, the people of Indonesia are united through the Indonesian language,” he said. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)