Actual Opinion

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Finding a Leader for Poor People

Since year 2011, the population of below poverty line was more then 30 million people, and up to day on 2018 the population is around 26.58 million people, a little bit down from poverty line on 2017 which was 27.7 million people. Beyond those numbers, actually there are more plenty of people who lives around the poverty line in Indonesia.

Even there were many governments had been passed alternately, different regimes and government styles had been changed, starting from old order, new order and reformation order, all order had been passed and changed, but the population of the people who live below the poverty line is still too significant. The quantity of the poverty line is still too many dan they seem very difficult to be eliminated.

Why is this so? Why is this so difficult to eliminate the poverty rate in Indonesia? The answer is because during these times, all the government systems and policies were not in favor of the poor people. The intterests of the poor people to get out from the poverty were not accomodated by the government system being implemented.

Most of the governmental systems today were mostly focus on the economic growth which is in fact focus more on the industrial interests. On the other hand, subsidy in the form of health subsidy, education or basic needs are only a kind of temporary solution, not a permanent solution which will be able to free up someone from poverty and ignorance. Most of the government’s subsidies nowadays were not able to free up from poverty.

Therefore, today indeed we are expecting for a new figure as nation leader who actually struggle for freeing up Indonesia from poverty with truthful and sincere. Who is he actually? Of course the leader who has willingness to strugle for the poor people interests is the one who is actually coming from the poor people too. Yes the poor man leader is the one who will struggle for the poor people in Indonesia.

As the messenger saw before, and also as Thalut who with Allah swt permission beat Jalut, they were the leaders for the poor people, and they were not amongst the rich people.

وَقَالَ لَهُمْ نَبِيُّهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ بَعَثَ لَكُمْ طَالُوتَ مَلِكًا ۚ قَالُوا أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ عَلَيْنَا وَنَحْنُ
أَحَقُّ بِالْمُلْكِ مِنْهُ وَلَمْ يُؤْتَ سَعَةً مِنَ الْمَالِ ۚ قَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَاهُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَزَادَهُ بَسْطَةً فِي الْعِلْمِ وَالْجِسْمِ ۖ
وَاللَّهُ يُؤْتِي مُلْكَهُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“And their prophet said to them, "Indeed, Allah has sent to you Saul as a king." They said, "How can he have kingship over us while we are more worthy of kingship than him and he has not been given any measure of wealth?" He said, "Indeed, Allah has chosen him over you and has increased him abundantly in knowledge and stature. And Allah gives His sovereignty to whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing [in favor] and Knowing." (QS 2:247)

Mostly all of the leaders today they were actually failed to understand the true meaning of the poverty what does it like. They wer not able to understand that poverty is something which is close to the silliness, close to the unhonesty and hipocrisy, and poverty is something which is close to ignorance. So then, how much subsidy being budgetized by the government, if this is not coupled with the alleviation program from ignorance of poor people, if this is not coupled with the alleviation program from unhonesty and hipocrisy of poor people, then all of those subsidies will not give result and the rate of poverty line will be still high.

Today, we need a figre of a nation leader who will be honestly and sincere to struggle for prioritizing the Indoensian poor people interests, not only just a mere of industrial interests, not only just a matter of prioritizing economic growth. Who is really that leader? Let us seek him amongst the poor people who live in poverty, then amongst them we will find one. (AK/ST)