Kapolri, Jend. Pol. M. Tito Karnavian,: Diversity is Our Capital

[Unpad.ac.id, 22/12/2016] In democracy, freedom is not absolute freedom. If freedom is absolute or even too much, it can create a conflict in the community. In addition, universities in Indonesia are also expected to be part in maintaining diversity.

Kepala Kepolisian Republik Indonesia, Jend. Pol. Drs. M. Tito Karnavian, M.A., Ph.D., saat memberikan Kuliah Umum “Peran & Kebijakan Polri dalam Menjaga Keutuhan, Kerukunan, dan Toleransi di Indonesia” di Bale Sawala, Gedung Rektorat Unpad, Jatinangor, Kamis (22/12). (Foto oleh: Dadan T.)*

National Police Chief, Gen.. Pol. Drs. M. Tito Karnavian, M.A., Ph.D., during Public Lecture “The Role and Policies Police in Maintaining Integrity, Harmony, and Tolerance in Indonesia” in Bale Sawala, Rectorate Building, Jatinangor, Thursday (22/12). (Photo by Dadan T.) *

Said by National Police Chief, Gen. Pol. Drs. M. Tito Karnavian, M.A., Ph.D., during giving a Public Lecture “The Role and Policies Police in Maintaining Integrity, Harmony, and Tolerance in Indonesia” in Bale Sawala Rectorate Building Unpad, Jatinangor, Thursday (22/12).

The Police Chief hoped that universities in Indonesia, including Unpad, take part in maintaining diversity. Universities are rated as an intellectual institution that contain rationality and ability to influence others.

“I also ask if you are be able to formulate the contribution needed to maintain our diversity. This vast Indonesia should not be broken. The differences that exist are precisely capital for us,” said The Police Chief.

He also denied our own increasingly weakening in the values of Pancasila, the Constitution 45, and Unity in Diversity in Indonesian society. According to him, this happened because the values are rarely taught in educational institutions.

As confirmed by the Chief, the Police also will become the frontline in maintaining pluralism in Indonesia. Moreover, the challenge of maintaining the unity of the nation in Indonesia now is not only caused by external factors, but also internal.

“We’re still going to be one of the frontline in order to maintain the homeland diversity,” he said.

In addition, the National Police reminded that too much freedom could be dangerous. Freedom should be regulated in the Act. Indonesia rule of law should be able to restrict freedom, including of expression and of gathering and association.

“The rule of law must be regulated so that it does not become absolute freedom,” said The Police Chief.

He also emphasized that the differences existed in Indonesia, including the differences in customs, from Sabang to Merauke, is a wealth of Indonesia, and not to be the reason for a clash.
On that occasion, Rector Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad said that the aspects related to the unity, harmony, and tolerance of a nation, are powerful capital and it is our obligation to preserve it better. By convening this public lecture, Unpad academic community is expected to make academic strategy to contribute to preserving the integrity of the nation.

“Campus is believed to be an important motor in keeping these aspects, of course, with the characteristics of academic ability,” said Rector. *

Reported by Artanti Hendriyana / eh