MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Of all civil society organizations, Muhammadiyah is the best-known for its good governance.
Many organizations refer to Muhammadiyah systems such as Muktamar (Muhammadiyah congress) and its autonomous system which they considered better than that of a country.
“Muhammadiyah’s autonomy system one of the best roles in reinforcing democracy and a regional management system in government because we sometimes formally discuss autonomy, but it doesn’t work in the reality,” stated Professor of Anthropology at Kangwon National University, South Korea Hyung Jun Kim in a webinar conducted by Faculty of Economics, Social Sciences, and Humanities of Univesitas Aisyiyah (UNISA) Yogyakarta on Monday (31/5).
Kim highlighted the fact that feudalism remains in government so that regional autonomy will still be governed by groups of people having higher power.
In Muhammadiyah, the autonomy can be noticed from the establishment and management of the offices of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah and Muhammadiyah Charity and Service Bodies.
Offices of Muhammadiyah regional boards (city and municipal), district-level boards, and sub-district boards are founded independently with decentralized management.
“Historically, most of the Muhammadiyah Charity and Service Bodies were initiated by Muhammadiyah members. Thus, the central board has never provide an amount of money and clear direction to build a charity and service body,” told Kim.
Muhammadiyah is structurally and principally centralized, but the management of all boards is performed autonomously so that they can grow competitive.
All Muhammadiyah boards are encouraged to leverage local potential. Indeed, the autonomy will prevent political groups within Muhammadiyah.
“I think the autonomy brings incredible impacts and provides locals opportunities to innovate. The autonomy is one of the successes of Muhammadiyah. It enables the members to initiate and manage themselves,” he reckoned.
“The autonomous system isn’t easily implemented in government. Thus, in my point of view, government should learn the system from Muhammadiyah so that it works well. It may be difficult at first, but I believe the system is applicable and fits all areas,” he regarded.