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The Workshop of Translating The 1945 Constitution Into Three Bataknese: Toba, Karo and Simalungun


Not many people know that Batak ethnic comprises six sub-ethnics, namely Batak Toba, Batak Karo, Batak Simalungun, Batak Pakpak Dairi, Batak Mandailing, and Batak Angkola having and using different languages.

Knowing the fact, the Court (MK) disregards it as obstacle in the attempt to disseminate the 1945 Constitution; whereas translating the Constitution into local languages is one of the supporting programs. Pursuing the agenda, on January 12, 2007, Chief Justice Jimly Asshiddiqie officially opens the workshop of translating the 1945 constitution into three Bataknese: Toba, Karo, and Simalungun. This event is held by MK in cooperation with Center of Language and Culture of the University of HKBP Nomensen of North Sumatera.

The translation documents are expected to be the result of the event. One of the examples is the translation of Article 18B (2) of the 1945 Constitution saying “ The state admits and respects the entities of tribal law society along with their traditional rights provided that they prevails and are in lined with the people development and the principles of the Unitary States of the Republic of Indonesia regulated by law” translated into Karonese in such a way: “Negara ngakuken ras ngeregai ngawan-ngawan masarakat hukum adat ras hak-hak tradisonalna segedang-gedangnya geluhna ras sesua ras perkembangen masyarakat ras prinsip Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia”.

Meanwhile a different translation of Tobanese says: “Negara mangokku jala marparsangapi satuan-satuan masyarakat hukum adat dohot hak-hak tradisionalna saleleng saleleng i tong diulahon, jala hombar dohot tu perkembangan ni masyarakat dohot prinsip Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia, na diatur dibagasan undang-undang”.

The other kind of Bataknes Simalungun also translates dissimilarly: “Negara jahu-jahu janah mansangapi hasadaon-hasadaon masyarakat hukum adat pakon hak-hak tradisionilni sadokah manggoluh janah hombar pakon hubani perkembangan ni masyarakat pakon prinsip Negara Hasadaon Republik Indonesia, na i atur undang-undang

Conveying the opening speech, the Chief Justice of MK says that the 1945 Constitution has undergone four-time amendments yielding changes as much as 300 percent out of the original script. Consequently, Indonesians ought to understand more issues. Being misunderstood often poses gap between the written constitution and the cognitive comprehension as well as the one between the cognitive comprehension of ideal practice and the daily practice. In accordance, the attempt of creating a living constitution must not discontinue after the constitution is written. “People must know the content and the meaning of the 1945 Constitution. Instead of regarding it merely as political document, people should take part in its dissemination”, Jimly says.

Jimly further continues that the translation of Indonesian Constitution into some local languages should not be seen as step backwards but a means of getting people closer to the 1945 Constitution. Needless to say that translating the 1945 Constitution into several local languages such as Javanese, Balinese, Sundanese, and Bataknese is expected to fulfill the idea.

Sumber : (mrs.hrs) Mahkamah Konstitusi RI


Ada 3 tanggapan untuk artikel “The Workshop of Translating The 1945 Constitution Into Three Bataknese: Toba, Karo and Simalungun”

  1. Tanggapan Delima:

    Dimana ya bisa mendapatkan naskah lengkapnya ?

  2. Tanggapan Togar:

    Kira-kira sebanding apa tidak, manfaat yang diperoleh dengan cost yang dikeluarkan untuk menterjemahkan UU 45 itu.
    Kalau yang memanfaatkannya cuma untuk pustaka saja dan jarang digunakan dalam masyarakat, dalam adat dan hukum misalnya. Toh banyak orang sudah berbahasa Indonesia dalam forum-forum resmi. Lalu ya terjemahan itu cuma untuk mengisi lemari perpustakaan. Dari segi linguistik, jelas bermanfaat. So, that is it..

  3. Tanggapan Charly Silaban:

    Hahaha imuse do ate… Aku bisa menebak2 bahwa ini cuma proyek2 iseng biar dana turun saja. Buktinya mana ? Naskah aslinya tak pernah ada publikasi !

    Kalau cuma bermanfaat dari segi linguistik, yahhhh.. gimana tu oppung Togar ? Mending bacca BIBEL kaleee…!

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