Three UNAIR Professors Discuss Justice and Democracy

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From the left, Prof. Dr. Hotman Siahaan, Drs., Dr. Suparto Wijoyo, SH., M.Hum, Prof. Drs. Ramlan Surbakti, M.A., Ph.D, and Prof. Dr. Djoko Mursinto, S.E., M.Ec during Professors’ Innovation Exposition on Wednesday, October 19. (Photo: Alifian Sukma)

UNAIR NEWS – UNAIR has held another Professors’ Innovation Exposition. This time it was held on Wednesday, October 19 in Kahuripan Hall 300, Management Office Building UNAIR. The intellectuals’ discussion was titled: ““Democracy and Justice: Dreams to be Realized”.

“Through the forum, we’ll multiply ideas of UNAIR professors for Indonesian society,” said Drs. Suko Widodo, M.Si, the Head of Information and Public Relations Center (PIH) UNAIR in his official address.

The innovation exposition presented three professors, a professor from FISIP Prof. Drs. Ramlan Surbakti, M.A., Ph.D, a professor from FEB Prof. Dr. Djoko Mursinto, S.E., M.Ec, and also Prof. Dr. Hotman Siahaan, Drs. who is also from FISIP.

The discussion moderated by Dr. Suparto Wijoyo, SH., M.Hum was attended by at least 150 participants from any elements, from academicans to state agencies.

Indonesian Democracy Condition

In the discussion, Prof. Hotman stated that Indonesia there are a lot of discriminative treatments but done in the name of democracy, it happens from the vote system which always supports the majority.

“Long time ago in Aceh, there was a great female admiral, Admiral Malahayati. And now, women riding a motorbike with jeans are forbidden by law,” said Prof. Hotman giving an illustration.

FISIP Dean from 2001 to 2007, stated further that democracy in Indonesia is being inflated. “Political parties which promote democracy are no longer democratic. How could a political party leader be replaced by other political party’s member, it is no longer democratic, as they themselves finance it,” he said.

Similar to Prof. Hotman’s statement, Prof. Ramlan Surbakti added that social disparity is not always bad. According to a survey in America, he said that the social disparity motivates people to compete.

Nevertheless, the government should still perform its obligation to determine and decide the direction of the country. “The form and the direction should be clear, what should be managed by the country, so the democracy can bring prosperity of the people. It is no use if we are democratic but it doesn’t bring prosperity. It would be better to have an authoritarian country but the people were prosperous,” said Prof. Ramlan.

Regarding the democracy in Indonesia, Prof. Djoko Mursinto viewed that democracy can be started from the villages. As the professor of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Prof. Djoko stated that village development and the area surroundings would be better if there were BUMDes. (*)

Author : Dilan Salsabila
Editor : Faridah Hari

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