MUI Members Arrested, Pelita People Worry About Radicals’ Fate

Chairperson of LBH Pelita Ummah Chandra Purna Irawan alluded to the religious background of Ustaz Yahya Waloni, a suspect in blasphemy. Photo: Docpri for, JAKARTA – Chair of LBH Pelita Ummah Chandra Purna Irawan commented on the arrests carried out by Densus 88 Anti-terror against members of the MUI Fatwa Commission Ahmad Zain An-Najah.

According to him, this arrest has given rise to many negative narratives in the community. This is considered very dangerous for the survival of the nation and state.

“The narrative has developed from those who agree with arrests such as ‘arrest all radical clerics, make noise’, ‘radicalism within the MUI’, ‘cleanse MUI of radicals’, to ‘disband MUI’,” Chandra said in a press release, Friday (19/19/2020). 11).

He also said the government had succeeded in building a narrative of the dangers of radicalism. Then the government carried out policies to support the narrative, such as issuing regulations related to ASN and BUMN employees accused of being involved in radical groups, then removing them from their jobs.

“In addition, there are government officials who try to monitor homes and workplaces against people accused of being radical,” said Chandra.

Chandra said the government should not have taken such action.

“The government has to stop. If this is done, it is feared that there will be persecution at the grassroots of the people,” said Chandra.

The worst impact is if there is persecution at the grassroots of the community, then the state can be considered to support hatred against fellow children of the nation.

Chairperson of LBH Pelita Ummah Chandra Purna Irawan assessed that the government had built a narrative of radical danger in the community. This is reinforced by the arrest of one member of the MUI for terrorism by Densus 88 Anti-terror.

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