Thejakartatimes – Entering the new year 2018, the Executive Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU) held a muhasabah or reflection of nationality to highlight a number of national problems in the fields of democracy, politics and radicalism. This issue can not be separated because 2018 is a political year where simultaneous elections in various events will take place.
The Chairman of PBNU KH Said Aqil Siroj asserted, democracy is the best choice as a system of organizing the life of a nation and a plural nation. However, according to him, the impact of democratic practices when it raises social problems such as money politics and SARA issues.
“If money politics undermines legitimacy, then SARA politics undermines social unity through primordial sentiment that tears the life of the nation that has been painfully knit by the founders of the nation,” said Kiai Said on Wednesday (3/1) on the 8th floor of NU Jakarta Building.
According to Al-Tsaqafah Ciganjur Boarding School Student, South Jakarta, the elections of DKI Jakarta 2017 still left a black dot that the seizure of political power can justify any means that undermine democracy and undermine the pillars of NKRI.
This experience should be a reflection for introspection. Democracy must be filtered from negative excesses through social literacy and law enforcement.
Communities need to be actively involved in the administration of healthy democracy without money politics and primordial sentiments. Law enforcement officers must be credible and reliable in law enforcement related to money politics crimes and the use of SARA sentiments.
“This is important because in 2018 and 2019, Indonesia entered the political years,” explained Kiai Said in the event titled Muhasabah Nationality: Prayer, Hope, and Optimism in the Year 2018.
In addition to highlighting the problems of nationality in the field of democracy and politics, PBNU also highlighted the issue of efforts to counter radicalism and find solutions to the imbalance of people’s lives in the economic field.
In the event that presented a number of media crew, Kiai Said was accompanied by the Secretary General of PBNU HA. Helmy Faishal Zaini, Waketum PBNU H Maksum Mahfoedz, Chairman of PBNU Robikin Emhas, and a number of other board members.
On the occasion of this muhasabah, present Habib Sayid Umar Hafidz and a number of other habaib to hold pengajian yellow book. The book to be studied is Adabul ‘Alim wal Muta’alim by Hadratussyekh KH Hasyim Asy’ari.