Jakarta (ANTARA) - The principles, values, and goals contained in the Constitution are a solid foundation for Indonesia to recover and revive from the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin stated.

"After the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole country is learning and trying to recover and rise stronger, so that a more solid order of life can be achieved again," Amin remarked at the event to commemorate Constitution Day and the 77th Anniversary of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR RI) here on Thursday.

At the commemorative event themed, "The Constitution as a Foundation for Indonesia's Economic Revival Post-Pandemic," the vice president accentuated the importance of formulating how the Constitution offers direction to the country's economic development.

According to Amin, Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution, both expressly and impliedly, becomes an economic guide, so that the spirit of collective economic activities through cooperatives can surpass the economic activities initiated by individuals.

He said the government has a significant role to play in controlling and managing natural resources as well as its varied crucial production in order to improve welfare and justice in society.

"If Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution is implemented well, then economic development will not trigger the paradox between growth and equity," he stated.

In order for the Constitution to serve as the foundation for post-pandemic economic revival, he emphasized that the regulations should prioritize justice and humanity.

He said the Constitution is a guide for the nation to build a stronger system post-pandemic that takes into account the aspirations of the people; prioritizes interests of the public, nation, and state above individual or group interests; and does justice to fellow Indonesians.

"We must be able to let go of personal egos and group egos, so that we can fulfill the call of the country, nation, and state," he affirmed.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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