Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) shared his experience on solving conflicts in some areas based on his hobby of reading books here on Monday. He prefered to widen his perspectives first.
“I always ask for two weeks to solve all (problems or conflicts). I also request that I am not bothered in these two weeks, because I need to understand the details of the event through reading books,” Kalla stated, when opening the National Library Coordination Meeting at the National Library Building here, on Monday.
Kalla noted that would be able understand the origin of the conditions and causes of conflict in the areas by reading about the history, literature, and general information about the conflict areas.
Thus, he remarked that would be able to find the right solution to problems or conflicts in the region, such as in Aceh, Ambon, and Poso.
“People who have misunderstandings about peace would be wrong on solving problems. For example, the conflicts in Ambon, Poso, and Aceh were not caused by religion, but because of justice. Poso and Ambon conflicts were about political justice, while in Aceh, it was about economic justice,” he explained.
The conflicts can be minimized and solved through increased interest in reading books among people in the society.
Meanwhile, based on research data National Library of 2017, the level of indulgence of Indonesian people in reading was still low, which stood at 36.48 percent.
Head of National Center Library (Perpusnas), Muhammad Syarif Bando, expressed hope that with the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) in the library, the answers to the problem of low reading interest in the community could be found.