Saturday, December 25, 2010

Indonesian Unity: a Fact or a Myth ?


Indonesia is the fourth most populated countries in the world after China, India and the United States.

Its 240 million people consist of so many different ethnics, culture, religions, living on more than 17,000 islands.
The majority of the people are Moslems therefore making Indonesia the largest Moslem country in the world. However, its laws also officially recognize five other religions i.e. Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Budha, and Confucius.

Besides, Indonesia has an official Coat of Arms i.e. the Garuda (above image) which depicted important basis for the country i.e. Pancasila and Bhineka Tunggal Ika.

Pancasila is the official philosophical foundation consisting of five principles i.e Belief in God, Humanity, Unity, Democracy, and Social Justice.

And Bhineka Tunggal Ika is the official Moto of the nation that means : Unity in Diversity.

In spite of the above mentioned facts, some people in Indonesia are seemingly not satisfied with what's going on in the country. There are several possible reasons for that.

First, the development of the country is almost concentrated in the Island of Java where majority of the people live and enjoyed a large portion of the country's wealth.

Secondly, people of minority religions have been treated unfairly, and the government has seemingly reacted  indecisively.

For example, attack on Christians churches by few Muslim fanatics might have been prevented if the government firmly decide whether or not to give permission. And further attacks would not occurred if the attackers have properly been tried in court and punished for violating the laws. 

Considering that most Moslems in Indonesia are moderates who have tolerated religious differences for 65 years since our independence, I hope that the government would make better efforts to maintain the diversity, and be more firm quick in handling problems related to diversity, so that Indonesian Unity would always be a fact of life.

To those who are celebrating Christmas, I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas.

Photo of Garuda : Courtesy of  Wikipedia.

10 comments:

Wisata Murah said...

sepertinya di era sekarang P4 masih relevant,dan menurut saya harus dikembalikan kekoridornya,karena kalau kita amati jati diri kita semakin kabur...posting yang sangat sangat bagus sob...terimakasih sudah berbagi

colson said...

Indonesia in spite of it's flaws ( and some of them are really serious)still stands out as one of the beacons of reason among the countries of the world.

H. Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah,
Sangat setuju! Tapi cara penataran harus dirubah, tidak dogmatis seperti dulu.

@Colson,
That's what makes me wonder. Maybe it's because we are able to stay in one piece after 65 years.

Teras Info said...

hmmm...saya sampai bulak-balik ke Google Translate..he..he...

tapi, memang benar, sekarang ini...banyak terjadi perang yang mengatas namakan agama, serangan2 yang mengatasnamakan agama seringkali terjadi....namun, pemerintah seolah2 tak mau mengurusi.......hmmm....

H. Nizam said...

Teras Info,
Memang sedih keadaannya.
Mudah2an ditahun ayang akan datang keadaan akan menjadi jauh lebih baik.
Terima kasih atas komentar anda.

Passionate Blogger said...

2010 has been a very challenging year for Indonesia and the rest of the world. Natural disasters, racial/religious disturbances,economic downturn, etc - I truly hope next year will be a more peaceful, prosperous and happier year.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Ismail/Passionate B;ogger,
Yes you are right so many unfortunate things happened this year.
Let's hope next would be a lot much better.

cicitHJHASSANu said...

salam tuan..

mudah-mudahan kita dapat hidup aman damai,keadilan perlu terus dipertahankan...moga terus istiqomah dengan ujian yang mendatang,ada sinarnya nanti insyallah

Jolly Princess said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS! That is all I could say for now. :)

H. Nizam said...

@cicitHJHASSANu,
Terima kasih atas advis anda yang supportif dan positif. Memang do mempunyai kekuatan yang untuk membangkitkan sengat manusia.

@JP,
Merry Christmas to you. Thanks