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Certain mass organization want to replace Pancasila: Tjahjo

Selasa 30 Oct 2018 18:20 WIB

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Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo

Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo

Tjahjo mentions HTI as one of mass organizations that seek to replace Pancasila.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo here on Monday warned the citizens of certain mass organizations seek to replace Pancasila state ideology and the 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945) with something else. He mentioned Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) as example.

"There are mass organizations registered as upholding Pancasila ideology, but they have another agenda to replace the Preamble of the 1945 Constitution and Pancasila. Therefore, the government has banned such mass organizations," Tjahjo stated at a national seminar on "Strengthening nationalism values in Increasing Indonesia values."

During his presentation, the minister screened a video of an event organized by HTI and attended by thousands of its cadres. Tjahjo noted that Indonesia recognizes citizens' right to set up mass organizations and political parties.

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One of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) members bring a poster that said caliphates is the best protector for the honor of women. (File photo)

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Currently, there are a total of 394,837 mass organizations registered in the Home Affairs Ministry. This proves that the state guarantees citizens' freedom to get together and join organizations.

However, any attempt to change the state ideology or the Constitution will not be allowed. "There are final things that have been agreed upon. There are many groups and individuals seeking to change Pancasila and NKRI (the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia) and harm the plurality," he remarked.

Currently, radicalism and terrorism have become problems which are seriously disturbing the national life, Tjahjo revealed. He urged every citizen to be committed to upholding the Pancasila, UUD 1945, NKRI, and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity slogan).

"For instance, Gafatar group, which conducted a closed recruitment process and was in the hijrah stage, wanted to rebel against the legitimate government and change the Pancasila. This is a small example of how we could anticipate in an integrated and proper way," he explained.

He elaborated that another serious challenge is the return of Indonesian citizens from Syria. The government has been monitoring them by names and by addresses, so they are well documented, he remarked.

Earlier, Tjahjo pointed out that the government has so far taken a stern stance concerning the presence of those mass organizations, by daring to decide on friends and enemies.

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