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Red Cross or Red Crescent

>> Friday, September 14, 2012

For past few days, there's a lot of issues in Indonesia. For example, the election for Jakarta Governor or the attempt of parliament member to change symbol of Red Cross into a Red Crescent. In my opinion, parliament member didn't give any contribution for Indonesia. They always looking for a way to reap benefit for themselves. For example, they demand a new parliament building (which actually, leaned only several degree. Well, if you see school in several remote area in Indonesia, some building has (almost) has no roof. Even there's a ex-goat pen turn into a school. For this article, I want to emphasize the issue of the changing of Red Cross into Crescent Cross

Parliament member got caught cruising on the river in Denmark
After some critic from several people of Indonesia because parliament member's trip to Denmark and Turkey. Most of Indonesian said parliament wasting money, and there is no significant contribution for Indonesia. Now, parliament member eager to change the symbol of Red Cross into Red Crescent.

Personally, I disagree with their act to try to change the symbol. There are several reasons, why I don't want parliament member change the symbol.

First, there is nothing wrong with Red Cross, why bother to change something that nothing significant issue there.

Second, the budget for the parliament's trip to Denmark and Turkey are approximate to Rp 1,3 billion (US $130000). Instead for the trip, Why they don't buy books for poor students?? or build/rent some place for Red Cross.

Three, Red Cross is not a religious symbol. according to http://www.answers.com/topic/red-cross . The Red Crescent emblem was first used by ICRC volunteers during the armed conflict between the Ottoman Empire and Russia (1877–1878). Still, why bother to change it?

Fourth, The symbol was officially adopted in 1929, and so far 33 Islamic states have recognized it. Yes, majority people in Indonesia are moslems, but Indonesia are not moslems country.

Indonesia has a lot issues these days. So, why bother to ruin things that already fix and neglected crucial issues (such as corruption)? if Gus Dur, Indonesia's former president said that parliament member are a bunch of kindergarten. I'm with him.


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