Head of BNPT: Campus Must Become a Fort to Prevent Radicalism

31 Oct 2016 , Admin05 Press Release

Head of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Komjen Pol. Suhardi Alius, M.H. stated that six months ago, the Kompas newspaper conducted a survey related to radicalism. Out of the 500 respondents, it turned out that 22% of teachers, and 21% of students, observe the Pancasila as no longer relevant. Basically, radicalism is an obstacle that is firmly undermining our nationalism.

“We are facing a national, regional, and global obstacle. Therefore, since a young age we must be able to construct a fort for ourselves when it comes to radicalism, especially among students that have high potentials of being the target,” stated the three stared police general during his public lecture entitled “Nation Resonation and the Prevention of Radicalism,” in the Forestry Faculty Hall Unhas, Saturday (29/10/2016) morning.

Accompanied by the Unhas Rector Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, M.A., and the Dean Faculty of Forestry Unhas Prof. Dr. Ir. Yusran Yusuf, the former Head of the Regional Police Department of West Java kept echoing the forms of national threats that can surface amid the circumstances of poverty, horizontal conflicts, border issues, management of natural resources, intolerance, as well as religion, race, and group conflicts. 

The regional threat can take in the form of certain state dominations such as the issue of South China Sea and the ASEAN Economic Community. Meanwhile the global threat consists of the seizure of energy and food resources, climate change, asymmetric wars, radicalism, global competition, and economic recession.

The globalization of information, stated the General that was born on 10 May 1962, has been chipped and reduced of their national values, and eventually disintegrated. Therefore must somehow be returned, towards the levels of 17 years before the Indonesian independence, which was during the Sumpah Pemuda. Friendly and upholding solidarity, are values that have been deducted.

The spectrum of the threats faced, besides global, regional, and national scale also include the matter of radicalism. There are no aspects in which radicalism cannot infiltrate, even without people noticing. There are no longer values of good manners that we have in past times embraced. In the past, students would kiss the hands of their teachers, now teachers are challenged to fights.

“This is a radicalism phenomenon,” stated the former Main Secretary of the National Defense Institution, and further added that when in the context of nationality, a sense of heart sensitivity is crucial to involve, as the heart never lies. The heart is our measurement. Radicalism will infiltrate our fellow colleagues that do not have that sufficient capacity. Some individuals ask others “want to enter heaven, go directly!” Teenagers with no prior understanding can easily be provoked to conduct suicide bombings. They no longer think based on their rationality, as they have been provoked.

 Suhardi Alius stated, the latest information on Internet users accumulate to 135 million individuals, half of the total population. Approximately 64,7% among them is above high school age. Through information gadgets, there is nothing that cannot be accessed, starting from radicalism, pornography, and narcotics. Information on such matters can be attained in a matter of seconds.

 “Such advanced changes can result to the same advanced impacts,” stated the Vice Head of the Regional Police Department Metro Jaya.


Community Funnel

Unhas Rector Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu when officially inaugurating the public lecture by the Head of the BNPT stated, now Unhas comprise of 30 thousand students with a majority originating from Eastern Indonesia. Socialization on radicalism under the Head of BNPT, observed by Dwia as strategic for students to act as a funnel for communities and peer groups, in the prevention of radicalism.

“Efforts of Unhas throughout these times concerns the observation of radicalism movements in Campus,” stated Dwia.

 The socialization also acts as a character building for newly enrolled students, especially on the characters related to bhineka tunggal ika. Such information is crucial as the campus is filled with youth that may just be fragile towards radicalism movements or thoughts.

“At least, through these methods, the students may grow a sense of thought to take care of the community from radicalism,” hoped Dwia during the public lecture that was guided by the Forestry Dean Unhas, Prof. Dr. Ir. Yusran Yusuf, and attended by a number of lecturers and hundreds of students from the Faculty of Forestry, Unhas.


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