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The birthday of Pancasila

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Today marks the 65th anniversary of Pancasila, and the Jakarta Post have published an article extolling the virtues and quoting unnamed experts saying the removal of the system "would trigger civil conflict and tear Indonesia apart".

This is not a new viewpoint as both the President and previous Vice-Presidents have stated similar comments in the past. I am no expert, and do believe that the alternatives to Pancasila are frightening from my view point, but I would ask, is there room for improvement?

Pancisila means in layman's terms five principles to live by. A belief in God. Just and civilised humanity. Unity of the nation. Democracy enacted from inner-wisdom and finally Social justice.

Pancasila itself has been widely debated in its meaning, mainly the religious "pillar". The issues that I believe have not been resolved would be the "Just and civilised humanity" and "Democracy enacted from inner-wisdom. I am specifically shying away from the religious debate.

Anyway, I digress. To highlight just one example of how unjust Indonesia can be we only need to look at the case of Tommy Suharto , youngest son of president Suharto , whose atrocities I do not wish to get into....yet (He was, it must be noted, a firm enforcer of the system, including manditory courses for those wishing to pursue higher education). Tommy served 4 years of a 15 year sentence for killing (via a hired gun)a Supreme Court judge who convicted him of graft.

Now please don't judge this article to be Anti-government, or Anti-Pancasila. As I mentioned before I shudder to think what life would be like without it, especially of those of minority or no faith at all. I realise I have only provided one example of justice going awry, and if you can provide examples of justice following it's true course< would love to here them. I always love good news (tongue firmly lodged in cheek).

Will Pancasila continue to develop and thrive and assist the country in its battle to become a nation that is taken seriously in the business, religious and ethical world, or is Sharia Law just around the corner?

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Having a state ideology is

Having a state ideology is such a futile if no steps taken to apply the principles. I doubt that the removal of Pancasila would trigger civil conflict as in Papua, there has already been ongoing conflict as the government let a big corp Freeport, a symbol of capitalism to take the natural resources away and leave nothing for the people of Papua.

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Removal of Pancasila

Do you really believe that a removal of Pancasila would not cause problems in Indonesia? What would be the best replacement for it? Do you think the present Government would take such steps?

I'm not sure how you managed to link the removal of Pancasila to the plight of the Papuan's, but I would remind you that it is not the current government's doing..Freeport negotiated a contract with the Indonesian government in 1966, and I'm sure you know who was in power at that time, and how he got there.

A little research will show you that the reason SBY has not closed the mine is to do with the fact that it would cost the country billions of dollars in compensation, totally eradicating the claims of the people who live in Papua, and possibly because he sees there is other ways to get around the issue, including legal steps. I think SBY is thinking of the bigger picture, and the people he has to show that he is not a bull-headed idiot, including the Capitalist countries that he will eventually need alliances with to sell the very product they are currently stealing.