Sunday, March 17, 2013

One example is Better than 10.000 Words of Advice

By Pormadi Simbolon

In the public, we can find that the word of 'integrity' are often be a simply toyed and be a sweet word on the tongue.

The public can see an example of the recruitment of leadership. How to be a leader, for example: village heads, district, regents, governors, members of Parliament, the President, etc. One of requirement is a must to have an integrity.

One more important requirement for officially and commonly practiced in the government to strengthen the integrity of a leader is to say the pledge or oath before God, and accompanied by one of his priests.

In fact, some of those who were subsequently elected in leadership many of them do not have integrity.

Many of them while addressing an official speech: they prohibit subordinates doing corruption, but they themselves corrupt. When they ask a subordinate to be disciplined, but they break down the rule of discipline. They requested subordinates to maintain ethical manner, but they do not have their own manners. They prohibit public not to watch porn's video for morality reason, but they do.

Integrity is defined that words are harmony with action, performance. Someone isto be said having integrity if the words embodied in the act.

When campaigning, Joko Widodo promised, if they win the election for governor, they will issue Jakarta healthy cards and Jakarta smart cards to the people in need as an effort to build a welfare society. The promise was fulfilled, when Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and her partner Tjahaya Basuki Purnama (Ahok) won the elections for the governor and deputy governor of Jakarta.

The lack of integrity as well as hypocrisy. Hypocrisy shows the surface of an action is just as self-image, but actually, there is a cover-up decay.

Equally, however, a religious leader or religious scholars, in Javanese language, "iso khotbah, ora iso ngelakoni ", may preach, but could not do it. He preached that the people must live away from the prohibitions of Allah, but he deviated from the commandments of God.

Now, we need not the speech of a leader, if it does not have the effectiveness and side effects for the listener. For example, a speech about vision of Indonesia in future is to protect all citizens of Indonesia and promote the general welfare. This speech will not have the power to influence the public when there is a minority in the field and their human rights are not protected. It's called hypocrisy, and it has no integrity.

Professor Sharif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta, Azyumardi Azra, see the leaders of this nation as a sign of lack of practicing integrity, but hypocrisy. As a result, values ​​disorientation occurs in almost all aspects of life. Some people also take the bypass road, easy to find their own way, and no longer believe in the law (Kompas, 9/3).

Hypocrisy show lack of integrity of the leader. Azyumardi give an example, when leaders asked the political elite not noisy, but at the same time it noisy with the internal crisis in the party.

Needed One Example
People are already tired of looking at the leaders with no integrity. Public need an example of integrity. We can see an evident from the winning pair and Ahok Jokowi the Jakarta gubernatorial election.

For the public, it is true the words of these wise men: one example is far better than 10.000 words of advice. For people, samples of Jokowi's work in Solo and Ahok's work in East Belitung is convincing enough to encourage them to choose Jokowi-Ahok as leader in DKI Jakarta Province.

Looking forward, the word and the meaning of integrity in choosing leaders should no longer be mocked. Soon there will be election for presidential candidate and representatives' candidate. This is a chance where the public must see examples or role models that they had done in the past to be choosed for the candidates as well as candidates for president and vice president,and also representatives candidate.

Pormadi Simbolon is an alumnus STFT Widya Sasana Malang
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