|Vice President Jusuf Kalla (left) received UMM kaleidoskope album from UMM Rector Fauzan. (Photo: Rino / PR)|
"What is the difference between countries and nations?" Said the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, giving questions to thousands of National Festival II participants at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Saturday (6/4). Often, he said, we find it difficult to distinguish between the two. "The state clearly has its limits, but the nation has no limits. The limits are a similarity, feeling, history, also purpose, "he said.
These limits, continued Jusuf Kalla, which united us as a nation even though we were different. "Indonesia has special characteristics that are not owned by other countries or nations. We have the largest archipelagic country in the world, which is around 17 thousand islands. The population is the main capital. Even though it is only the quantity, but the quality. The population is an asset, "he said.
This mindset was adopted by China with a population of 1.4 billion. For China, with a large population, it was not seen as a burden and raised the notion that the country cannot progress. "Indonesia with the largest Muslim population, and thank God is also peaceful compared to other Muslim countries. This is our potential, "said Jusuf Kalla.
All the things in Indonesia, mentioned Jusuf Kalla, were as capital for Indonesia to move forward. We appreciated our nationality with diversity. Differences were not weaknesses, but differences were strengths. "What UMM is doing today (holding the Nationality Festival, ed.) was how the effort to build a great nation," said Jusuf Kalla.
Meanwhile, Members of the Advisory Council of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Prof. Drs. H. Abdul Malik Fadjar, M.Sc. said, the Pancasila and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) should not be lost from this Republic. "The National Festival was held on this campus because UMM was determined to declare itself From Muhammadiyah to the Nation, "said the UMM Daily Board of Trustees.
Furthermore, Unity in Diversity mentioned Malik, was not a coincidence. But it was born from the awareness, appreciation, and accuracy of the founders of this nation, that the nation of Indonesia was a very pluralistic nation. "Even well aware, the diversity of the Indonesian nation is multi-dimensional. Which is with differences in religious, ethnic, social-economic backgrounds, including political choices," he said.
The commitment of this nation, he affirmed, that the Pancasila was the final of the nation's agreement, must not be replaced by another nationalism. "Pancasila is the ideology of the nation. Pancasila is the basis of the country. Pancasila is very final and cannot be shifted. But Pancasila is very open to being explored, developed and re-actualized according to its era, "Malik added.
On the other hand, the founder of the Institute for Syriac Cristian Studies (ISCS) Bambang Noorsena in his national speech also affirmed that differences were not a reason for us to deny each other, negate each other, and even face each other in a conflict. "Instead it makes it a wealth together that we should celebrate, even from the beginning of the development of this nation," he said.
Indonesian country, he said, was able to maintain all these differences and made it as the strength and wealth of the nation. "It is not the time for Indonesia to debate the issue of religion, ethnicity, or language because Pancasila has been running together based on their respective rails. Pancasila is a means to unite it, "he concluded. (Win)