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Rohingya between MDGs and SDGs

Rohingya between MDGs and SDGs

Joining IMCS Summer School 2017 which was hosted by PMKRI which took place in Flores Island, give me some new insight to see the world from different perspective. Special thanks to International Team Edouard Karoue and Evelina Manola who invited the well versed international speakers. We the participants learnt a lot of things which are very important for our movements.

One of the unforgettable sessions is from Stefanie who delivered about MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). In this session, she said that MDGs  failed to end the poverty and as  we know, until now there are many poor people around the world. By 2015, after the failing of the MDGs, now we have SDGs which has similar objectives with the MDGs, which is to end the poverty through sustainability.

In MDGs we have 8 goals, as listed here: (1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, (2) achieve universal primary education, (3) promote gender equality and empower women, (4) reduce child mortality, (5) improve maternal health, (6) combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, (7) ensure environmental sustainability, (8) global partnership for development.

Why the MDGs failed? With this interesting question which been asked by Stefanie to the participants, made me think more deeply even up to today.

In SDGs we have 17 goals, as listed here: (1) no poverty, (2) zero hunger, (3) good health and well-being, (4) quality education, (5) gender equality, (6) clean water and sanitation, (7) affordable and clean energy, (8) decent work and economic growth, (9) industry, innovation, and infrastructure, (10) reduced inequalities, (11) sustainable cities and communities, (12) responsible consumption and production, (13) climate action (14) life below water, (15) life on land, (16) peace, justice, and strong institutions, (17) partnerships for the goals. Those new goals are just the same with the goals of MDGs.

Now let us see the recent situation in the world. The crisis between Israel and Palestine still continue and we never know when the two countries will find the peace between them. The ISIS made people lives under the terror, we never know when this terror will come to us and which will send us to heaven. Currently the issues of Rohingya are in front of us, as we see in our television, our communication gadgets and devices are full of this news.

In 2015 the whole world knows about Rohingya refugees when thousands of people stranded in the boat in the middle of the sea. This happen when the Rohingya people from Myanmar flee out of from their country in despair by using boat and traveled to Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 25.000 people have been taken to boats from January to March in 2015 by human traffickers.

Recently the issue about Rohingya appear again, in form of a deadly fighting between Myanmar’s security forces and a militant group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. We got many information from various medias, real and fake media. The wrong information tends to make people react too emotionally without knowing the true situation. Many people think that this is conflict between two different religion, but that’s totally wrong.

On behalf of humanity, the crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar, it should get the world attention and humanitarian support should be given to the refugees by giving place to sleep, food to eat and water to drink.

Back to Stefanie’s question, “Why MDGs failed?” and to my opinion it failed as there still extreme poverty in many countries and the people in power do not have the political will to address the root cause of poverty, which is greed.  and power.  by rulers and corporations. The point I am making here is, with the issue of Rohingya people and SDGs which being discussed extensively, I am saying there will always be “’Rohingya’s” who will be victim of greed and power of rulers and corporations nationally and globally. And it further worsen the situation when other root causes such discrimination, inequality and exclusion of people which is systemically done by the state. As far if there no political to address these root causes, extreme poverty, under development, inequality and marginalization, there will always be the other “Rohingya’s”. In the issue of Rohingya people, the article 16 of SDGs is been violated and to resolve this issue, it not only the government of Myanmar need the political will but also need political will globally which is discussed in the article 17 of SDGs.

The recent situations actually tell us that we still have a lot of work to be done; we have to work hard to make the world a better place to live. By the existence of the greedy people who don’t care about the life of others, where someday this situation may be experienced by other marginalized or minority community such as tribes or people of other religion/culture/belief who are vulnerable, if we don’t stand up now to speak for justice and peace.

As a member of Catholic University Students or any Young People Movement, let us hand in hand do our best to make it real at least by our small action locally. Study hard, analyze critically, learn some important skills that could improve positively our life, and use our heart. Someday, if you become a decision maker in your country, make the decision that worthwhile for common good of everyone, not only for yourself or your group.

Now, on behalf of humanity, let us pray for the better future for our Rohingya friends because No One Deserve to be Left Behind. #SaveRohingya

By Tomson Sabungan Silalahi | Presidium of Foreign Relations of National Board of PMKRI, Period 2016-2018

PMKRI meet Indonesian President

PMKRI and Indonesian President discussed about the current situation of Indonesia

Article by Tomson Sabungan Silalahi,
Research, Analytics and Development Commission of PMKRI

The President of Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo welcomed The National Board of PMKRI in The National Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday (22/8).

The closed meeting discussed about the situations of Indonesia. Firstly, Joko Widodo thanked PMKRI for the dedication to keep NKRI (Republic of United Indonesia) united. He asked to spread positive contents and messages in all occasion and all social media as he realized that nowadays there are many negative contents and messages such as slander, harsh talk, pessimist and hoax.

About the new legislation No. 2/2017 (about Civic Organization) he said; it was made to keep Indonesia safe from the extremism, now and future. In addition to this, we have to work together to overcome radicalism and terrorism, poverty and inequalities.

Then he gave the chance to PMKRI to give their views and Angelo as the representative of National Board of PMKRI  thanked the President for having them and delivered the greetings from the alumnies of PMKRI. Angelo also convey that PMKRI support the decision made by the President to counter extremism. He further commented that the history of our struggles fighting the colonization cannot be changed where it involved all groups of people, religion, culture and believe to get freedom from the colonizer and no one group has the right to change the way of live, the Pancasila.

Looking at the development of infrastructure increasingly improved in Indonesia especially in the border areas, in the era of President Jokowi administration, Angelo gave his appreciation to the President also above the development of infrastructure in Indonesia especially in border areas of Indonesia.

The President replied to the National Board that the border areas and the far most island are left behind but now he is trying to make it better, for example the he said in the past the price of fuel oil in those areas reached Rp 80.000,00 to Rp 100.000,00 per liter in very long time but now the price have been standardize throughout the whole of Indonesia. The president added that he was ashamed about the lag and he is trying to improve the situation.

The President reminded all the young generation that of Indonesian is smart. He found many young Indonesian do their best in all the fields. We are not brainless; we have to change the old mindset to new one. In 2045 the economic power of Indonesia will be in number 4 in the world after China, India and America. We hand and hand can reach it. Be optimistic, hopefully there will no political turbulence. The president end the conversation saying, now we should concentrate in the infrastructure, human resources, industry and services and technology,

In this occasion, the National Board invited the President to open the PMKRI National Assembly in Palembang, January 2018. The President received invitation and he will attempt to come. Hopefully.

Celebration of 23rd Anniversary of PMKRI Maumere St.Thomas More

On 29th January 2017, PMKRI Maumere St. Thomas More celebrated their 23rd anniversary as a branch of PMKRI, Indonesia. There were two social activities to celebrate this year anniversary; a cleaning campaign in the Maumere city and a visitation and donation to Budi Luhur orphanage. The series of activities were conducted by the executive committee of Maumere branch, under the leadership of their Chairman for 2016/2017, Martinus Laga Muli. PMKRI has been active in Indonesia more than 7 decades.

Maumere St.Thomas More is concerned about the environmental problems in Maumere city, such as floods that often occurs during rainy season. Even though rainy season is a blessing for the farmers, it has been disastrous for the people living in the city with ill maintained drainage system. On 28th January, a day before the 23rd anniversary, PMKRI Maumere conducted an activity to clean the 3 kilometers of drainage channel in Jalan Anggrek (Anggrek street).

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Drainage problems in this area happening since roadblock construction project of government finished. Aim of the project was for beautify the area, but they have forgot about importance of drainage. As the result, stagnant water with height around 50 centimetres that interfere the flow of traffic. This activity was one way to criticize the government for what they have done, and participated by 27 members of PMKRI Maumere. They cleaned the channel which had been neglected for years from 08.45 morning until 12.30 afternoon.

In the next day morning around 10.30 am, the celebration activities were continued with visitation to Budi Luhur Orphanage. This orphanage is look after and taking care of disable and abandon children who came from many area around Flores island, run by ALMA Sisters who were happy and welcome with their visitation. PMKRI Maumere members were moved and touched by happiness and smile of the children. Despite of their conditions, the Children could still perform their creative dance and played with them. After spent almost 2 hours with Children, before leaveing the orphanage, PMKRI Maumere gave them clothes and dry food which were collected from peoples of Sikka region.

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Celebration was finished with a community pray on 29th January evening, as thanksgiving for togetherness and success of activities, from 17.00 pm to 18.30pm in hall of Forum Kerukunan Umat Beragama ( Religion Communities Harmony Forum) for Sikka region. After prayer activity, all members were back to secretariat for reflection and discussion about degradations of moral, human rights, spirits and values of organization due to impact of globalization.