Research Shows Indonesia Has High Tolerance, Says BKKBN Head

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  • Head of the National Demography and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) Hasto Wardoyo.

    Head of the National Demography and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) Hasto Wardoyo.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of the National Demography and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) Hasto Wardoyo said that according to the Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI), Indonesia has a high tolerance compared to other countries.

    "Our nation has been scientifically assessed to have a high tolerance," he remarked at an online seminar entitled ‘Implementation of Pancasila (Indonesian National Ideology) Values in Building Indonesian Families with Pancasila Character’ on Wednesday.

    The index measures the community’s level of anxiety while doing activities or facing uncertainty in everyday life in a country, he informed.

    In countries with a low index value, people tend to be more comfortable in facing various situations, for instance, when meeting someone from a different background or being in a society with a heterogeneous culture, he explained.

    "Thus, if the value is higher, the tolerance in society is lower,” the BKKBN head said.

    Indonesia's UAI value is 48, Asian countries’ average UAI value has reached 58, while the global value has touched 64, he informed.

    In addition, Indonesia's individualism index score is just 14 points, with the average score for Asian countries and the world at 23 points and 43 points, respectively, he said.

    It shows that Indonesia has a collective society that is supported by a high tolerance, he noted.

    "We are a nation that loves to build kinship, likes to work together, and enjoys deliberation. These are the noble values of our nation which we embody in the Pancasila," Wardoyo remarked.

    Furthermore, he said he believed that Pancasila as an ideology is the estuary and mediator of personal, family, and community diversity in Indonesia, for instance, differences in ethnicity, religion, and class.

    "We have very noble values embodied in our nation," he added.

    Meanwhile, the Uncertainty Avoidance Index is one of six Hofstede Insights’ research dimensions of culture, he said.

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