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Home Worldwide Indonesia June, 2008 Govt considering …
Govt considering latest developments in formulating SKB on Ahmadiyah

Antara News
:: National
06/06/08 18:48
Govt considering latest developments in formulating SKB on Ahmadiyah

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) — The government is considering the latest developments in the situation in the country relevant to the formulation of a joint ministerial decree (SKB) on Ahmadiyah, Home Affairs Minister Mardiyanto said here on Friday.

“It’s not a matter of being slow, it’s because the problem is complicated. Things are developing very fast, and it’s also not so easy to issue it immediately,” the minister said here on Friday.

Given the latest developments, the minister said, a joint decree issued in a hurry could prove impracticable.

But Mardiyanto promised he would coordinate with the religious affairs minister and the attorney general regarding the joint decree on Ahmadiyah which is considered a deviant sect by the country’s Muslims.

The minister also said the government did not have a deadline for issuing the joint ministerial decree.

The government was preparing necessary steps needed before issuing the SKB, he said.

Attorney General Hendarman Supanji said in early May 2008 the government was ready to issue an SKB on Ahmadiyah and was only waiting for the text to be finalized.

However, after members of the Presidential Advisory Council (Wantimpres) met with President Yudhoyono to convey objections to a plan to disband Ahmadiyah, the SKB’s issuance was postponed.

Wantimpres members gave their opinion on Ahmadiyah after receiving a delegation of the National Alliance for Freedom of Religion and Faith (AKKBB) which supports Ahmadiyah.

After the meeting between the President and Wantimpres members, the home affairs minister told the press that the government had decided it needed to make a further study on the SKB.

Wantimpres members include Adnan Buyung Nasution (for legal affairs), Ma’ruf Amir (for religion affairs), Budhisantoso (for social and cultural affairs), Ali Alatas (for international affairs) and Emil Salim (for environmental affairs).

Meanwhile, Minister/State Secretary Hatta Rajasa said on Thursday the joint decree expected to be signed by the religious affairs minister, the home affairs minister, and the attorney general, was currently being finalized and would be issued soon.

“The SKB to be signed by the three ministers is currently in a process of finalization. The religious affairs minister is at present in Mecca. We indeed hope that the SKB can be finalized soon,” Rajasa said.

The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) in a press conference last Thursday urged the government to issue the SKB because the government’s indecisive stance had triggered a horizontal conflict in the society.

“MUI and the Islamic Brotherhood Forum (FUI) urge the government to immediately issue the SKB on Ahmadiyah as a wise step in line with the legal framework, in order to calm the people’s emotions, especially Muslims,” MUI Secretary Anwar Abbas said.(*)

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