Well Done, Tito Karnavian – Collaborationist Cops Slapped Down!
It’s fair to say some of us have been concerned by the behaviour of Indonesia’s National Chief of police.
But Tito Karnavian deserves a round of applause for telling two local top cops to back off from their seeming endorsement of a fatwa issued by the notorious fanatics of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
“I have firmly warned the Bekasi Police chief and Kulonprogo Police chief. I warned them because it’s not permitted to issue circulars based on an MUI fatwa…”
“…an MUI fatwa is not statutory law that should be upheld. [The police] should not issue circulars that could become a legal document,” he added.
This is most welcome!
All too often in recent years we have read of the self-styled ‘scholars’ of the MUI using the police to enforce their opinionated outbursts.
Bekasi Police reportedly issued a circular on Dec. 15 while Kulonprogo Police released a circular on Dec. 17, in which both instructed owners and management of businesses not to force their employees to wear Christmas attributes. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/12/19/police-to-revoke-circulars-on-mui-ban-on-christmas-attributes.html
The MUI, as we keep reminding readers who may not be familiar with their record, are a benighted bunch, and again we offer examples to substantiate this description –.
It was MUI’s Deputy Chair, Ma’aruf, who kindly advised everyone that FGM is a ‘human right!’
And here’s another of their ‘scholars’ talking.
Syamsul Maarif, General Secretary of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Jakarta
“If the act of adultery is by a married person, then stoning is the sentence, while if unmarried, then it’s whipping,” he said.
Clearly accepting moral guidance from such people is ill-advised, let alone allowing such extremists to lay down the law.
Bekasi Police, alas, operate in a community infamous for its intolerance.
Again, previous posts here confirm that sad fact.
And apart from anything else, the record of Bekasi Police themselves leaves a load of questions to answer about things they’ve done – or not done!
As for the situation in Kulonprogo, I simply don’t know and need to check it out. Jogjakarta used to have a good reputation for religious tolerance, but recently…?