Baubau Mayor A.S.Tamrin spoke at his book launching event in Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan Province, on Saturday (Feb 8, 2020).
Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan - Baubau City Mayor Abdul Sajid Tamrin has cemented a culturally-based development approach by launching his book titled "Polima, Gema Pancasila dari Baubau" or "Five l'Po', the Echo of Pancasila (Five Principles) from Baubau".
Taking place at a hotel in downtown of Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan Province, on Saturday, the book launch event was part of the commemorative programs of the 2020 National Press Day's Anniversary.
The book that he wrote along with two ANTARA journalists and a former journalist of Tempo news magazine, is part of Tamrin's ongoing endeavors to implement a cultural approach and strategy in developing his city and improving the prosperity of his people over the past eight years of his leadership in Baubau.
In implementing the culturally-based development approach, Tamrin revives and re-internalizes the genuine cultural and philosophical values as well as local wisdom, deeply rooted in the lives of the people of Buton Island from generation to generation since the early era of the Kingdom of Buton in Southeast Sulawesi.
"The values of 'Polima' are compatible with the basic principles of our State Ideology Pancasila," he told the attendants of the book launching event that was officially opened by the representative of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) Central Executive Board, Professor Rajab Ritonga.
The five "Po" values comprise "pomaamaasiaka" (love one another), "popiapiara" (care and protect one another), "poangkaangkataka" (respect and support one another for human dignity), "pomaemaeka" (feel ashamed of doing wrongdoings), and "pobincibinciki kuli" (do not hurt one another), he explained.
Tamrin said the implementation of these "Polima" values is not just necessary for administering the city government and residents, but it may also help to strive President Joko Widodo's mental revolution initiative as a key to changing the mindset of Indonesians.
The book launch was followed by a book review by three leading experts of the Public Administration Institute (IPDN), including Professor Ermaya Suradinata, Professor Khassan Effendy, and dan Dr. Sampara Lukman, MA. (ANTARA)