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Religious Affairs Minister Still Insists on Dissolving Ahmadiyah
Thursday, 02 September, 2010 | 16:17 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta — The Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali, insists on stopping all Ahmadiyah religious activities.
Suryadharma said that their activities still violates the Department of Home Affairs Decree, the Department of Religious Affairs Decree and the Attorney General Ministerial Decree, issued some time ago.
“The thought behind the dissolution were not simple. The choice to let it be and dissolving it have its own risks, but we must refer to the ministerial decree,” said Suryadharma after an Iftar meal at the Vice President’s house, on Tuesday (31/8).
Suryadharma said that the ministerial decree is a legal formal law.
The point is demanding Ahmadiyah to stop spreading its teachings because it is against a religion’s main foundation.
Besides that, Suryadharma also hold onto PNPS Decree no. 1/1965 on religious desecration.
He worried that if the matter is unresolved, it will create a bigger problem.
According to him, it has the potential to cause public friction and is very dangerous.
“If this is left unresolved, it would seem that we let it grow. Moreover, this is quite sensitive and if nothing is done about it, there will be escalation and it could create public friction,” he said.
However, Suryadharma warned that the Ahmyadiyah dissolution should be carried out in stages.
That is the reason he asked all Islamic mass organizations to provide counseling to Ahmadiyah adherents.
But Suryadharma promised that he will coordinate with certain parties to carry out this plan.
“Of course we must coordinate efforts as to resolve the matter.”
EKO ARI WIBOWO