REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) stated five attitudes related to tawheed (Laa Ilaha Ilallah, the oneness of God) flag burning incident in Garut, West Java. The flag that was burned on last Oct 22 was considered belongs to former Islamic mass organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), which has disbanded by the government.
“We see HTI’s flag burning incident by NU Banser members in Garut, we as PBNU expressed attitudes,” said PBNU chairman Said Aqil Siradj on Wednesday (Oct 24).
Said assessed all forms of activities lead to treason must be dealt decisively to guard the Unitary Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). He asserted, based on fact-finding team, which formed by PBNU reported that the raising of HTI flag on National Santri day 2018 took place almost in every region in West Java. Among the regions are Sumedang, Kuningan, Ciamis, Banjar, Bandung and Tasikmalaya.
PBNU assessed there was a systematic effort to infiltrate and provoke the implementation of 2018 National Santri Day ceremony. In a number of places, HTI's flag is successfully curbed and handed over to security forces in accordance with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
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However, behind incident of HTI flag burning in Garut, Banser members have become victims of provocation and infiltration. On the other hand, PBNU regretted Banser members decision to burn the flag as it was against SOP.
On that basis, PP GP Ansor has taken the right action in accordance with the provisions and mechanism of the organization. PBNU also expressed its gratitude to PP GP Ansor.
PBNU regretted that the security forces were cheated by not taking action against the banning of banned organizations, namely HTI. According to Said, the actions of Garut Banser members were based on a sense of love for the country and there was no personal reason or group hatred behind the incident.
PBNU asked all arties, especially Nahdliyin (NU followers), to keep calm and not be provoked.
PBNU secretary general Helmy Faishal Zaini said National Santri Day on last Oct 22 was a form of commemoration of historic events. This was part of caring for the spirit of diversity and maintaining unity and unity. In addition, the commemoration is in order to appreciate ulemas who tried to get rid of allied troops in the past.