BANDUNG - Chairman of the MPR RI and Deputy Chairman of the Golkar Party Bambang Soesatyo along with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, attending on behalf of President Joko Widodo, Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil, and delegates from 15 member parliaments of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States, and the Muslim World League, did a history walk from the Savoy Hotel to Gedung Merdeka in the Indonesian city of Bandung. The history walk is part of the opening programs of the International Conference of the People's Consultative Assemblies, the Shura Councils, or other Similar Names of the OIC Member Parliaments.
"The history walk reinvigorated the Bandung Spirit in the 1955 Asian-African Conference, which was successfully held by Indonesia at the Merdeka Building. It resulted in a Declaration of the Promotion of World Peace and Cooperation or known as the Dasasila Bandung, which called for efforts for world peace and international cooperation. The Bandung Spirit will be brought back in the organization of the International Conference of the People's Consultative Assemblies, the Shura Councils, or other Similar Names of the OIC Member States, which was initiated by the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly to establish the World Consultative Assembly Forum," said Soesatyo after the history walk with delegates from 15 OIC parliaments, in Bandung, Tuesday (25/10/22).
Also joining the program were Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia Prof. M. Syarifuddin, Chairman of the Judicial Commission of the Republic of Indonesia Prof. Mukti Fajar Nur Dewata, Deputy Chairman of the Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia Sultan Bachtiar Najamudin, and Deputy Chief of the National Police Komjen Gatot Eddy Pramono.
Delegates from the 15 parliaments of OIC member states include the Leaders of MPR RI Ahmad Basarah, Lestari Moerdijat, Jazilul Fawaid, Syarief Hasan, Hidayat Nur Wahid, Arsul Sani, and Fadel Muhammad. Also present were the Chairman of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, President of the House of Councillors of the Kingdom of Morocco Enaam Mayara, Chair of the Senate of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Wahab Abdel Razeq, Chair of the Senate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Chairman of the National Council of the State of Palestine Rahwi A.M. Fatouh, Vice President of the Malaysian Senate Mohamad Ali bin Haji Mohamad, Deputy Chairman of the National Council of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria Salim Chenoufi, First Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Bahrain Jamal Mohamed Fakhro, Second Vice President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique Saide Fidel, Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council of the Republic of Yemen Abdullah Mohammed Abulghaith Qibab, Member of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey Orhan Atalay, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Abolfazl Amoei, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Iraq Haider M. Habeeb Majeed Al-Khumais, Member of the Senate of the Kingdom of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Dr. Mustafa Al-Barari, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States Mouhamed Khourchi, Supervisor of the World Muslim League for Asia and Australia and Director of the World Muslim League in Indonesia Abdurrahman Muhammad Amin Al Khayyat.
The 20th Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives and former Chairman of Commission III of the Indonesian House of Representatives in Law, Human Rights, and Security explained that the Bandung Spirit in the 1955 Asian-African Conference succeeded in growing solidarity between Asian and African countries, as well as fostering unity and cooperation among Asian and African countries, both in dealing with international and regional issues, and have changed the world's view of international relations. The Asian-African Conference has also fueled the spirit and added to the moral strength of the fighters of the Asian and African nations against imperialism and racism that persisted following the World War II, resulting in the birth of independent countries on the Asia and Africa continents. Today, there is only one country that has not yet gained its full independence, Palestine.
"Besides the Asian-African Conference, history also records the holding of another very monumental conference, which was the conference in the context of the declaration of the establishment of the OIC in Rabat, Morocco, on 22-25 September 1969. It was carried out at the initiative of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and King Hussein II of Morocco, to unite all the powers of Islamic countries as a strong reaction to the burning of the holy site of Masjid Al Aqsa. The aspirations of the OIC are also clearly stated in the founding charter of the OIC, which calls for brotherhood and unity of Muslim countries around the world, calling for its commitment to the United Nations Charter in line with the principles of human rights and the creation of world peace," explained Soesatyo.
The Deputy Chairperson of the Pancasila Youth organization and Head of the Law Enforcement, Defense, and Security Relations Division of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry explained that the spirit of solidarity that gave birth to the 1955 Asian-African Conference, and the 1969 OIC formation conference, has now found its relevance again. This is one of the foundations for the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly to take the initiative to invite Leaders of the People's Consultative Assemblies, the Shura Councils, or other Similar Names of the OIC member countries, to deliberate in the establishment of the World Forum for Consultative Assemblies, Shura Councils, or another mutually agreed name.
Moreover, the world is currently undergoing highly crucial dynamics. The global political and economic landscape is full of turmoil and challenges. All countries are working hard to recover their economies after being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This phase is disrupted by prolonged global conflicts and tensions, and the negative impact is felt directly by the global community.
"The world is also facing climate change, which is marked by an increase in the earth temperature. It is not enough to merely observe the global threats and challenges. They should raise concern and evoke cooperation, especially from parliamentary institutions, to find solutions to prevent wider negative impacts on the lives of humankind. We can promote this parliamentary cooperation through the World Consultative Assembly Forum," concluded Soesatyo. (*)