President Joko Widodo (second right) is seen accompanied by the National Police Chief, Tito Karnavian (right) and the Indonesian National Army (TNI) commander General Gatot Nurmatyo (third right) to welcome religion leaders at the State Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday (16/5).(ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – After taking a stern measure to disband Islamic Hizbut Tahir over the accusation that the mass organization is anti-Pancasila, the nation’s ideology, President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has instructed the National Police chief and the Indonesian Army commander to take action against statements and actions that threaten the national unity.
The President emphasized the instructing in a meeting with religion leaders, such as Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) Chairman, KH. Ma’ruf; PBNU Secretary, Hilmi Faishal Zaini; Walubi Chairman, Hartati Murdaya, PGI Chairman, Dr. Henriette T.H.; KWI Chairman, Ignatius Suharo and Matakin Chairman, Uung Sendana.
According to Jokowi, the constitution guarantees freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom to gather. However, people must practice such freedom within the corridors of the law, within the Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution, and within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and the Unity within Diversity (Bhineka Tunggal Ika).
"We must not curse each other as we are brothers. Don’t insult each other as we are brothers. Don’t make fake news against each other as we are brothers and don’t continue demonstrating against each other as it would mean we would use a lot of our energy for unproductive activities," he said, quoted by setkab.go.id
The President also said he is content with the commitment of religion leaders and their followers to maintain, protect and strengthen the Pancasila ideology and the 1945 Constitution, by upholding the frameworks of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and the Unity within Diversity (Bhineka Tunggal Ika).
"I am happy and grateful to hear the commitment from religion followers to maintain unity, brotherhood, peace, and tolerance between religion followers, groups and factions," he said.
Meanwhile, MUI Chairman, KH. Ma’ruf Amin, said he supports the government’s effort to end all conflicts within the people.
"We have agreed to strengthen our nationalism and brotherhood among Indonesians. In Islam, it is called Islamiyyah," Ma'ruf Amin said to reporters, Jakarta, Tuesday (16/5).