Pemuda Pancasila Meets Jokowi, Offers Help

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  • Yapto Soerjosoemarno. TEMPO/Yosep Arkian

    Yapto Soerjosoemarno. TEMPO/Yosep Arkian

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Youth organization Pemuda Pancasila (Pancasila Youths/PP) met Monday with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at Merdeka Palace on Monday, November 5.

    Yapto Soerjosoemarno, the chair of Pemuda Pancasila, said his organization offered assistance to President Jokowi during the meeting.

    “We offer [assistance] in several aspects, maybe if he [Jokowi] is pleased, through one of his departments, one of his ministers, [the government] can cooperate with us,” Yapto said after the meeting.

    Yapto said his organization was set to elaborate on the assistance should the government ask for it. He added the assistance could be rendered in any aspect, including economy, social affairs, politics, ideology, security and defense. 

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    Yapto explained his organization was home to cadres that could potentially become experts to help the government accelerate the ongoing development.

    “I have many kinds of members. For example, PP members are said to be bastards, jerks, criminals, it was like that, right? In your mind they were all like that, right?” he said.

    “Instead, I say to the officials, the people we have gathered are the people you consider as bastards, but they look for prayer mats, look for the truth,” he said.

    Yapto said if there were PP members who became robbers, his organization could help them by involving them in security activities so that they have no time for robberies.