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Home Worldwide Indonesia April, 2008 Government to …
Government to reconsider plan to ban Ahmadiyah

Antara News
04/29/08 13:42
Government to reconsider plan to ban Ahmadiyah

Jakarta (ANTARA News) — The government will reconsider its intention to issue a joint decree (signed by the attorney general, home affairs minister and religious affairs minister) to ban the activities of the deviant Islamic Ahmadiyah sect, a senior minister said.

“We are going to reconsider the plan to issue a joint decree (SKB) and the recommendations of the Coordinating Board for Monitoring Religious Beliefs in Society (Bakor Pakem). We will let them work further first,” Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo AS said here on Tuesday.

Widodo said he would wait for further explanations from Bakor Pakem before taking a stand on the Ahmadiyah issue.

It was plain, however, that the government would ensure the security for all Indonesian people, including Ahmadiyah followers.

“We will continue to protect all Indonesian people and try to prevent any anarchic and violent acts,” Widodo said.

Asked if the government would possibly postpone the issuance of the SKB on Ahmadiyah, the minister refused to comment but said, “That’s enough … enough.”

Rakor Pakem had discussed the case of Ahmadiyah several times and forwarded a number of recommendations to the government to prepare a joint decree (SKB) to outlaw the religious sect.

“But to formulate the SKB, the government has to consider several aspects relating to public stability,” Widodo said.

Following the publication of the Bakor Pekem recommendations, Ahmadiyah followers and their properties in several regions became the target of acts of violence by local people.

Early on Monday morning, a mass of hundreds of unidentified people burned a mosque and ransacked a school in a Jemaah Ahmadiyah compound at Parakan Salak in Sukabumi district, West Java.

According to information from various sources, the incident occurred three days after a crowd, coordinated by Jamiatul Mubaligh Communication Forum (FKJM), came to the compound to deliver an ultimatum to the Ahmadiyah community there to cease all their activities.

During Monday morning’s attack there was no resistance from the Ahmadiyah members present in the complex and there were no immediate reports of physical harm to them.

The Ahmadiyah community’s Al-Furqon mosque which stood in the middle of the compound was torched shortly after midnight by hundreds of people believed to have come from Cicurug, Cibadak and Parung Kuda sub districts. (*)

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