The Role of Muslim towards ASEAN Community in 2015Posted on November 8, 2012

The Role of Muslim towards ASEAN Community in 2015

Organized by Indonesian Muslim Student Association of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi

Speakers: Dr. Yunardi, Education and Culture Attaché from Indonesian Embassy of Kingdom of Thailand, Mr. Ghofar Ismail, the First Secretary, from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

The meeting called “The Role of Muslim towards ASEAN Community in 2015” held at KMUTT Library, LIB 108, the 1at Floor on October 28th, 2012. The purpose of the meeting this year is to gather Indonesian, Thai and other international Muslim students from all universities in Thailand to get involved. The meeting is held at KMUTT because the students considered that it is a great place for building up the understanding among Indonesian students on Thai education system, Thai cultures and other Thai relevant social aspect. Furthermore, students can learn how to survive and adjust into KMUTT international environment.

Dr. Yunardi starts from the population data of Muslim society in Indonesia which has the highest number in ASEAN that is 35% from 42.5% of ASEAN’s Muslim population. In addition, Indonesia has the highest percentage gross domestic product in ASEAN.

The main lecture mostly concentrated on ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) that is going to establish in 2015. The purpose of establishment is to enter ASEAN countries into international experience in the area of education, investment, free trade, skilled labor, and free flow of capital. Free flow of capital means that ASEAN countries shall not levy on import and export goods. Free flow of labor means that professional labor can work in any ASEAN countries. There are seven professional labors such as doctor, nurse, engineer, tourism, architect, accountant and dentist that ASEAN officially agrees to accept them to work within ASEAN countries. On the other hands, Indonesia has many unskilled labors and most of them work outside of their country. Indonesian government recognizes that they should improve agriculture since Indonesia has many utilize areas. Thus, the unskilled labor would have more available job to work so that the government could earn some revenue in order to develop their country. For the education, Dr. Yunardi encourages all ASEAN universities to enter into the internationalization by conducting the international publication which the National University of Singapore has the highest number for international publication in ASEAN. The improvement of English skills of some ASEAN countries is also important to enter into internationalization. Dr. Yunardi separated the level of English skills into three types: Master/Expert such as Singapore, Philippine, Malaysia and Brunei; Developing such as Indonesia and Thailand; Need Improvement such as Myanmar, Cambodia and India. However, Thailand and Indonesia have high potential to enhance their English skills to become expert or master like Singapore, Philippine, Malaysia and Brunei in the future.

Finally, Dr. Yunardi believes that the establishment of ACE would bring ASEAN countries to international experience, international collaboration and create integrity among each other.