Social Affairs Minister: Plurality is Nation's Strongest Power in Facing COVID-19 Pandemic

Sunday, 01-August-2021 16:36

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini in a webinar
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini in a webinar

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has reminded that Indonesia is destined by God as a pluralistic nation with various ethnicities, religions, traditions and cultures, as well as languages. If this diversity is woven into national bonds, it will be a formidable force, including in facing the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our parents taught us that our hands, feet, eyes, and all organs of the body can benefit others," said the Minister of Social Affairs at the "Serious Women in Humanity Preaching" webinar event held by Nasyiatul Aisyiyah (NA), on Sunday (08/01/2021).

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said the role of NA, as part of the big family of the Muhammadiyah Central Executive, has certainly taken part in the humanitarian field, as well as in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in collaboration with elements of the nation shoulder to shoulder as a form of women's solemnity in humanitarian preaching.

"Doing something for others can be done from things that can be considered trivial. For example, removing the thorn in the road is considered a good deed with great rewards by our Prophet. This also includes taking part in handling COVID-19," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Also, when facing the need for food and vegetables, the prices sometimes soar. There are simple solutions that can be started from things in the everyday environment. These include collecting chili seeds, mango seeds and guava seeds, as well as various other plants, and then planting them in yards, vacant lands, and riverbanks.

"God willing, the planted trees will produce various fruits that can be enjoyed by anyone. At the same time providing benefits for all creatures. The deeds from planting trees as recorded as jariyah charity, as the tree will release oxygen which is beneficial for all mankind without exception," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that has not yet ended, the Minister of Social Affairs sees this as God's message to all elements of the nation on how strong, steadfast and testing our togetherness as a big family of the Indonesian nation to work hand in hand, collaborate, and work together in efforts to prevent and handle the pandemic.

"Believe me, with mutual cooperation there is no such thing as cannot. We certainly can! Allah has given everything to our nation with two seasons, compared to foreign countries that have to prepare special clothes and food to get through the changing of each of these different seasons," she said.

In addition, the founding fathers of the nation also taught the spirit of gotong royong (mutual cooperation) and working hand in hand, hand in hand in seizing and defending independence. For this reason, in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also necessary to have the same spirit, starting with implementing health protocols for mutual collaboration between elements of the nation to continue to serve, and must not give up let alone despair.

"I encourage all NA cadres wherever they are. Let's build the nation together and make sure not to give up. No tired words, no desperate words. If we want, we can. We are able to stand on our own feet (independent) in all things. So why should we depend on others," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

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