The Sanctity Day Commemoration of Pancasila set every June 1st should be used as a moment of reminder, moment of spur, and moment of actualization of Pancasila’s values. This was stated by President Joko Widodo at Gedung Pancasila, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on last Friday (01.06) as quoted by Antara News Agency. Even, the President asked Indonesian citizens to make the Sanctity Dayof Pancasila as an effort to build the nation, and invite the ulama and all stakeholders to practice the values of Pancasila.
In addition, President Joko Widodo also stated that Indonesia as one of plural countries consisting of various tribes and religions is often colored with intolerance issue. Therefore, he views that Pancasila needs implementing to deal with the issue. He also pointed out that any country in the world will always proceed to become plural society. Very often, this plurality is also overshadowed by the risk of intolerance, disunity and lack of cooperation.
In his speech, President Joko Widodo said that it is the right time for Indonesians to share their experiences in Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity in tolerating and in building unity and togetherness. He also called for all components of the nation to jointly practice Pancasila in their daily life. The President emphasized that the united spirit of sharing and achievement will confirm the steps of the Indonesian nation towards a developed and glorious country.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker of People Consultative Assembly –MPR, Muhaimin Iskandar, as quoted from Antara News Agency, called for Indonesian people to use the momentum of the Pancasila Sanctity Day June 1st to be a means of improving the unity of the nation. He also affirmed that the Pancasila Sanctity Day should be a momentum for the Indonesian nation to unite, cooperate and enhance unity.
On the same occasion, Chairman of the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency, Yudi Latief said that this year, the Pancasila Sanctity Day is special because it coincides with the political year, Ramadan and the Asian Games sports event. He hoped that people can grow a sense of unity, sharing and solidity. He also appealed to the differences of choice in society not to cause disunity. Yudi Latief hoped that the community will remain in the spirit of unity.