How we have forgotten our Rukun Negara


LAST week, a significant law came into effect in Indonesia. It authorises the Government to disband any organisation that challenges Pancasila – the five principles of the country’s state ideology originally proposed by founding president Sukarno on June 1, 1945.

Under the legislation, originally issued as a decree by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on July 10, anyone who embraces, creates or spreads ideologies that conflict with these five principles can be jailed for six months.

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Opinion , M. Veera Pandiyan , columnist

   

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