Indonesian govt accused of failure to uphold Pancasila

Indonesian govt accused of failure to uphold Pancasila

CathNews Asia, 1 December 2010

 

An Indonesian Church official has accused the Indonesian government of failing to uphold the national ideology of Pancasila.

Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference’s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, says he is concerned over the findings of a survey that show high levels of religious intolerance among people in greater Jakarta.

“It is dangerous if the government does not seriously pay attention to and deal with the issue,” Father Susetyo told ucanews.com.

The Jakarta-based SETARA Institute for Democracy and Peace conducted a survey involving 1,200 women and men from different religious backgrounds in Jakarta, Bekasi, Bogor and Depok in West Java, and Tangerang in Banten province.

It showed 49.5 percent of the respondents do not accept the construction of other religions’ worship places in their neighborhoods and 84.13 percent of the respondents do not like to see family members or relatives marry somebody from a different religion. The findings were made public during a Nov. 29 press conference in South Jakarta.

Father Susetyo said the high level of religious intolerance was because the government failed to uphold the national ideology of Pancasila that stress belief in one God, a just and civilized society, a united Indonesia, democracy guided by consensus and social justice for all.

Ismail Hasani, a member of the institute, said the survey aimed to determine the dynamics of religious freedom and desired actions to be taken by the government in dealing with intolerance.