REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Parliament Speaker Bambang Soesatyo (Bamsoet) urges the Ministry of Religious Affairs to find confirmation of alleged indications that 40 mosques in Jakarta have been infiltrated by radicalism. He was commenting on data from the Spiritual Mental Education Bureau and Jakarta Muslim Charitable Donations Board (Bazis) which said there are indications of radicalism in dozens of mosques in the capital city.
Bambang also asked the Commission VIII of the House of Representatives to push for investigation by the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the information of radicalism at mosques. The Religious Affairs Ministry also need to have a program for socialization and guidance to prevent acts of terror in houses of worship, he said.
It is important to implant a sense of nationalism among religious and mosque leaders,to prevent radicalism from growing in the country, Bambang added. He said the Commission I and Commission III of the House also need to discuss and investigate the information with the state police and State Intelligence Agency (BIN).
BIN could cooperate with the Religious Affairs Ministry to intensively watch activities at the 40 mosques and to take preventive measure in line with the Anti Terrorism Law.
"I calls on all elements of the nation both the government and the people to work together to preserve the national unity," he said.
Information about the mosques that spreaded radicalism was first conveyed by Muslim Intelectual Azyumardi Azra. He shared the information during a metting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at State Palace on Monday (June 4).
Azyumardi said there are 40 mosques in Jakarta that delivered sermons close to radicalism. He assessed preachers should not teach radicalism and intolerant ideology.
According to him, intolerance must be dealt comprehensively. The government must reinforce the social coalition through, for example, the re-establishment of the spirit of nationalism, as well as local wisdom and the strengthening of Wasatiyah Islam.
The information also was confirmed by Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno. According to Sandiaga, the Bureau of Education, Mental, and Spiritual (Dikmental) and Jakarta Muslim Charitable Donations Board (Bazis) have the list. "There are 30 mosques on our list", said Sandiaga on Tuesday (June 5).