The celebrations from Indonesia’s previous election season has finished. A lot of people and organization are included in the success of the event, including Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) which played a part as a strategic partner of Indonesia’s Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu RI) during the 2019 Elections for the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representative Board (DPD), Regional House of Representatives (DPRD), as well as the Presidential Election. To help contribute to a safe, peaceful, and honest election, UMY actively worked to supervise the elections through a thematic Social Services Program (KKN) in cooperation with Bawaslu RI. UMY sent 186 of its students to 22 villages across 18 regions in Sleman, Bantul, Kulonprogo, Gunung Kidul, and Yogyakarta. From March 25th to April 24th 2019, KKN students in the villages were tasked to make sure that the Legislative and Presidential Elections in their villages go smoothly.
Because of their contribution, UMY received multiple awards from Bawaslu RI in the Bawaslu Award Ceremony on Friday (25/10) in Jakarta. UMY received a Strategic Contribution award, and two awards were given to UMY Lecturer of Government Sciences Bambang Eka Cahya Widodo, S.IP., M.Si for building the Bawaslu RI organization and for initiating the Anti-Money Politics Movement through the Anti-Money Politics Village Program (APU).
Bambang explained that the award was given to UMY for their success in creating an innovative money politics prevention program “This innovation is a step forward on educating the public, especially villagers who are often exploited as a political vehicle for legislative hopefuls, or even presidential candidates. We hope that the public will become aware that money politics is bad because it can damage democracy,” He stated when interviewed by a team from UMY Human Resources at the Government Sciences Laboratorium on Monday (28/10).
“Many people misunderstood our intention and thought that we made a team to catch politicians that practice money politics. We would like to clarify that catching criminals should be left to the police. We simply educate the public about money politics, and if the public became aware of it, they will refuse money politics without any incentives to do so. Only they can monitor and handle such cases in their own community. We (UMY) do not wish for the people to be driven solely by money. We would like to form citizen criticism,” he added.
“UMY is a part of Muhamadiyah, and this is a form of Dakwah in politics. Amar Makruf Nahi Munkar cannot happen without integrity. Not a lot of politicians are willing to go to politics and be entirely honest. It’s not an easy task, people who strife for the truth in politics will face many opposition,” Bambang added. (ads)