MPR to 'Reconcile' Mega-SBY in Blitar

Dimas Prasetyaning    •    Jumat, 29 May 2015 13:45 WIB
MPR to 'Reconcile' Mega-SBY in Blitar
Former President Megawati Soekarnoputri and SBY (Photo: AFP), Lampung: The upcoming peak of Pancasila Day on June 1st is very much awaited by the Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, Zulkifli Hasan. He arranges the main event in Blitar, East Java, to become an important momentum of national politics.
What kind of momentum he has in mind?
"I would like to bring together two of our former presidents, Megawati and SBY," Zul revealed at the sidelines of his visit in Tanggamus, Lampung, Thursday (5/28/2015).
There has been no confirmation on what kind of occasion in between the ceremonial event that the two major national political figures are to be met, let alone shake each other's hands.
But according to the speaker, there is a confirmation that SBY has agreed to attend. "Later, Mr. SBY is able to attend," Zulkifli said.
Blitar is chosen as the main location of the national commemoration of Pancasila Day, as this is the hometown and birthplace of Soekarno. The first Indonesian president was considered as a genius in formulating the nation's characteristics into five articles of Pancasila and Indonesia's motto of Bhineka Tunggal Ika.
Following the independence, Pancasila was established as the foundation of the state, meaning every law product in Indonesia has to refer to the spirit of Pancasila. In this reform era, MPR has been increasingly socializing Pancasila, along with UUD '45 (national constitution), Bhineka Tunggal Ika and NKRI as the Four Pillars of the Nation.
After failing to win the 2004 presidential election, PDIP Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri seemed to raise the 'cold war' flag with SBY. The fifth Indonesian president had rejected the invitation to attend a series of state ceremonial to commemorate Indonesia's Independence Day taking place at the State Palace.
Mega was recorded to attend the invitation of SBY to the State Palace twice, in the occasion of honorary banquet to welcome US President Barack Obama and the awarding ceremony of national hero title for Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia who was also Megawati's father.
Mega had also rejected SBY's invitation as the Chairman of Democrats Party, when a deadlock occurred during a plenary session of DPR on the allocation of chairmanship chairs in October 2014 and the opening of the National Assembly of Democrats in Surabaya last month.
Will Pancasila Day able to make Megawati to 'reconcile' with SBY, which is extremely meaningful for the national politics? (EPS)