"The most important asset we have as a pluralistic nation is harmony among religious adherents. Harmony and concord become the key pillars of the unity of Indonesia," the vice president noted in his remarks at the Cross-Faith National Virtual Dialogue event organized by Istiqlal Mosque from Jakarta, Tuesday.
In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Amin believes that the nation's assets could be a potent weapon in handling and preventing the spread of the virus.
"Only with firm national unity will we be able to face all challenges for the progress of the nation, especially in facing and overcoming the COVID-19 outbreak," the vice president noted.
To this end, Amin has invited all interfaith leaders to boost solidarity among members of society and help one another in need, particularly in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted the health sector but also the social and economic sectors, particularly the poor and vulnerable groups.
"It is also important to invite all people to participate through various means and build solidarity in order to ease the burden on citizens in need of help," Amin stated.
As a serious threat at this time, the vice president opined that handling a pandemic also necessitated the participation of interfaith leaders by partaking in disseminating information on health protocols in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"Transmission rates are still high, amounting to 75,699 people exposed, 36,455 people in care, and 3,606 people dead as per data of July 12, 2020. I know that all this time, religious leaders have also taken part in steps to contain the COVID-19 pandemic," Amin noted.
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