Political Parties Need Synergy with Civil Society

  • 2016-05-27

HOUSE Commission III member Akbar Faizal said that political parties should adjust to the dynamics that occur in public. It needs to be engaged if the political parties want to keep their synergy with civil society and the public.

Akbar told to the forum in front of students of the Department of Politics and Government (DPP), Fisipol, UGM, Thursday (26/5), in the agenda of the “House Faction Goes to Campus”.

Monthly agenda of Media Center Nasdem Party was held in the west lobby FISIPOL, UGM with the theme of "Political Parties and Civil Society".

Akbar Faizal confirms the graph trend of public trust to the party must be admitted declining. In the February 2016 survey result, for example, shows the level of trust in political parties amounted to only 39.2%, far below the level of trust in the Commission Eradication Corruption (KPK) (79.6%) and the Presidency (79.2%).

"The parties should providing political education, absorbing and deliver the aspirations of the public, as well as recruiting the nation's best children. In fact, the function was not running optimally. It must be recognized, and the campus community must contribute work to improve the condition, "said Akbar.

Opportunities for synergy between the political parties, the campus and the civil society groups, according to Akbar, are very likely, given that some cases had attempted to practice it.

In the process of Jokowi-JK's presidential nomination in 2014, for instance, Akbar said that the political parties and civil society work together to win the candidate. So also in the case of nomination Ahok in Jakarta today, NasDem expressed support for independent candidates supported by the volunteer group.

"We are aware that the practices of the current political parties need much correction. No political party may continue to pat the chest, while there is a public movement is relatively advanced. The choices we have to join a group of volunteers that carries the appropriate alternative political aspirations of the public, "said Akbar.

Moreover, Mada Sukmajati, a lecturer of the Department of Politics and Government (DPP), argued that political parties and civil society have the same character as the voice and interests of the public.


The difference is the parties undertake formal recruitment through political mechanisms, while civil society in non-formal political channels. The difference, he said, can be practiced in synergy and complementarity in their respective capacities. Political parties still can not be forced to walk as civil society, and vice versa.

"Let's politics through a political party and civil society, because the discourse is not enough," he said.

DPP Lecturer Cornelis Lay expressed his appreciation to the agenda. According to him, political parties and community college is not supposed to be self-absorbed, since both have a huge task to attendant the democratic process. Cornelis also said that cooperation with the exchange of ideas and experiences with Nasdem will be followed by other cooperation with political parties, through the aim of deepening political mutual learning. (RO / OL-3)

[Original Publication at Media Indonesia]