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.