Bill of National Security (Kamnas) became an interesting topic again. It was discussed at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). After the Faculty of Law UMM and the Defense Ministry socialized the bill several days before, it was then the time for the Research and Development Division (Divisi Litbang) of the Central Leadership of Muhammadiyah (PP Muhammadiyah) to hold a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) at UMM Inn, Friday-Sunday (2/3-5).
The Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah, Rifqie Muna Ph.D, said the FGD would formulate a more concrete official critical review of Muhammadiyah on the national security bill. He had organized the same event in Jakarta for several times. Citing the general Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah, Din Syamsuddin, Rifqi said UMM must take a proper position for this issue. It was because the bill is related tomany aspects of a state.
“So far, Muhammadiyah has been only claimed as a part of discussion on the topic. Our power should not be used as a legitimation by other parties. There whould be no missused," said Rifqi. Thus Muhammadiyah was interested to discuse the bill.
The Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah, Haedar Nashir, who delivered an opening speech said that Muhammadiyah is a huge and modern organization which is able to give a birth a renewal. Therefore the UMM is demanded to be available in providing solution for any problems occur in the society.
Haedar gave points of existance in this country: to build this country to be soverign and prosperous, to create security, and to manage government which is able to protect the Indonesian people. “In the Indonesian's context, the bill is built within diversity. It can be used as the power to build the nation,” he added.
Moreover the UM Rector, Muhadjir Effendy, hoped the FGD would provide a value on Muhammadiyah's decision. Thus Muhammadiyah would be able to contribute to the national security plan. He also said that Muhammadiyah also has a concern on national issues, especially on national security.
The Rector also encourage Muhammadiyah Universities (PTM) to be more active in supporting such kind of event. Research and development must have synergy between each campus. Therefore Muhammadiyah could be strengthen through the network.
UMM, Rector said, is often involved in national security issue discussion. Moreover, in the near future, NATO security force would perform social service for 5000 Malang people. NATO asked UMM to provide doctors and translator students to help during the service.
Haedar supported the Rector's idea. He said the Litbang PP has not been optimum in doing movement. If there is a synergy between Muhammadiyah Universities and Litbang PP, there would be many problems solved. “Our time is so short. We must focus on priority,” said Haedar.
Commission I of the House of Representative invited resource persons to formulate draft of the bill. Whereas, national security bill had previously existed. Now, there would be a different nuance in making the draft since the Defense Ministry would involve Muhammadiyah and and NU to give advocacy at parliament. However Litbang said it would never be a part of the bill making process. (nov/nas/t_alf)