Political Reforms and the Role of Parliament in Promoting Good Governance through the Integration of Religious Views in National Politics
This paper describes political reforms and how parliament has worked to promote good governance in the face of religious and cultural politics in Indonesia. Indonesia is one of the countries with the largest Muslim population,which uses a unifying slogan translated as "unity in diversity."The country faces growing pressure from both religious organizations and nationalistic groups, of which both categories have followers who all claim to promote common national values based on the 1945 constitution and Pancasila as a national ideology. It is argued that the rise of religious, political parties across the archipelago has led to the establishment of either sound and or honorable movements that aim at national growth and development. However, little is a document about the activities of these political changes or poor representation at the international scene. This study applied a qualitative research method, using a descriptive interaction approach. Symbolic descriptive interaction is a theory which states that people act based on symbolic meaning, which emerges from specific situations. The symbol is an indication of a happening or event over time. The gestures in the form of symbols are agreed upon by a given community or organization and are used to express shared meaning. Basing on this, the present study aimed to discover a concept through the interpretation of political slogan into religion and conventional parties. The author(s) examined political parties and religious forces who associate themselves with both faith and Pancasila as a nationalistic political unifying ideology for Indonesia. Though this paper is not conclusive, further studies are required.