President lauds Muhammadiyah's initiative in post-pandemic recovery

President lauds Muhammadiyah's initiative in post-pandemic recovery

Line up of Muhammadiyah and Aisyiah officials, including Head of Muhammadiyah's Central Executives Haedar Nashir (front, middle) walking out of Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, after meeting President Joko Widodo on Friday, September 16, 2022. (ANTARA/Desca Lidya Natalia/my)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo commended Muhammadiyah for contributing in the post COVID-19 pandemic recovery process after the COVID-19, both in the national economy and in other sectors.

Head of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir remarked that President Jokowi expressed his appreciation at a meeting between the two at the Merdeka Palace, here on Friday.

"Mr President conveys his utmost appreciation for Muhammadiyah's initiative, including to assist in the economic sector," Nashir remarked in a press statement following the meeting.

Nashir explained that although the COVID-19 pandemic had struck, his administration never stopped its contribution to develop the state.

"Not a single day goes by without the inauguration of school buildings, hospitals, da'wah (act of compelling towards Islam) buildings, and activity centers," he remarked.

Nashir said that they continued to tap into Muhammadiyah's various economic potentials and charities in the collective efforts to promote recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even in the midst of the pandemic, they inaugurated the opening of the University of Muhammadiyah Malaysia in Putrajaya on August 2021 and began the operation of Muhammadiyah Australia College in Melbourne in December 2021, he pointed out.

Nashir said that on the sidelines of the meeting, President Jokowi had praised all these efforts.

"The president lauded and expressed belief that Muhammadiyah is indeed a force, a pillar (which supports) national progress," he stated.

During the meeting, Muhammadiyah extended their invitation to President Jokowi to attend and officially open the 48th Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah Congress in Surakarta, Central Java, on November 18-20, 2022.

Nashir remarked that the president had accepted the invitation and would open the two congresses at the Manahan Stadium in Solo on November 19, 2022.

The 48th Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah Congress had to be delayed by two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he stated.

Nevertheless, Muhammadiyah remained as the government's partner in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic all these times, he remarked.

"For 2.5 years, we have worked hard through all of our institutions to play a role as government partners in dealing with and tackling this pandemic," he stated.

President Jokowi was at the meeting with Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy and State Secretary Minister Pratikno.

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