UMM Students of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Are Ready to Guard Election 2018
Author : Humas | Wednesday, December 20, 2017 14:46 WIB
Left-Right: Dean of FISIP UMM, Director of Radar Malang, Professor of Government Science of UGM, moderator Panel Discussion 'Guarding Democracy for Regional Head General Election 2018'. (Photo: Beni Humas)
Critical culture should be owned by students of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP). It is a critical attitude to the phenomenon of democracy in Indonesia.
This was disclosed by Dr. Rinekso Kartono M.Si as the Dean of FISIP University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) in Panel Discussion forum themed Guarding Democracy General Election in 2018 at BAU Hall, Wednesday (20/12).
The ones who attended the event were FISIP students from various study programs such as Communication Sciences, Governmental Science, International Relations, Social Welfare, Sociology and also Student Association (HMJ) activists.
On that occasion, Rinekso explained the importance of understanding politics, so that the younger generation can guard the implementation of Pemilukada 2018. A good understanding of politics can avoid the democratic turmoil, as will remain on democracy or return to reformation.
"FISIP students are people who should be more political," said Rinekso.
In this event, Professor of Governmental Science Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Prof. Dr. Purwo Santoso, MA explained about the importance of the university employs themselves empathetically in guarding democracy. Purwo described the current students need to criticize and position themselves into democracy.
"Students must also be ready to democratize the way of thinking by defining democracy as a problem faced," he added.
On the other hand, Kurniawan Muhammad as the Director of Radar Malang delivered a different discussion about the role of media when involved in the flow of democracy. Kurniawan mentioned that 2018 General Election is interesting, special and also prone when compared with the previous volumes.
"It is because involved the region in Indonesia with a wealth of natural and cultural resources, namely Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, East Kalimantan, South Sumatra, and Papua," he explained.
Besides being special, the same elections are also interesting because followed by a region with a large population such as North Sumatra, East Java and Central Java with an estimated number of voters 80-90 percent. Although interesting and special, Kurniawan elaborated that this election is also prone to horizontal conflict, foreign intervention and political intervention from the center. This is where he thinks the role of media is needed.
"Therefore, the role of media in elections is to be neutral and independent, so clarify the news of hoax, hoax or slander that exists," he concluded. (ard)