Jakarta: The meeting between the NasDem Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) found a middle ground. Both parties agreed to fight against those who were against the Pancasila and the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
"PKS and NasDem does not condone intolerance, radicalism and terrorism," said Secretary of the NasDem Faction at the House of Representatives (DPR) Saan Mustofa at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta on Thursday, 31 October 2019.
According to him, NasDem and PKS have the same attitude about the pillars of nationality. The two parties agreed that the concepts of Pancasila and NKRI were final and could not be amended.
Saan stressed that this agreement was important to provide guarantees to the community. The public has always been haunted by intolerance, radicalism and terrorist groups.
"The public can feel calmer since we have an agreement to fight this," he said.
He emphasized that the NasDem-PKS meeting was part of a national political gathering. Saan dismissed the notion of several political observers who considered the meeting was held because NasDem was disappointed with the composition of the cabinet.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the NasDem Party Surya Paloh emphasized that his visit to PKS’s headquarters was not to hamper the government coalition. NasDem and PKS both admire their respective political choices.
"Earlier, PKS’s President (Sohibul Iman) explained that we all understood each other’s position,” Surya said at the PKS headquarters, South Jakarta on Wednesday, 30 October 2019.
The meeting between Surya Paloh and PKS officials spawned three points of understanding. First, the two parties respect each other's political choices. Both are ready to work together outside and inside the government for the benefit of the nation.
Secondly, NasDem and PKS have always helped maintain the sovereignty of Indonesia by carrying out the values of the Pancasila and the Constitution. Acts of radicalism that want to destroy Indonesia and its values will not be tolerated.
The last point being, the two parties understands the sociological and historical heritage that is left behind by the nation's founders. There is a large role of nationalist groups that glorify religious values with Islamic groups that uphold nationality.