TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Alumni of the 212 Presidium expressed their dissatisfaction over the results of the Ulema Ijtima (Meeting) conducted by the Fatwa Safeguard National Movement (Gerakan Nasional Pengawal Fatwa – GNPF) in relation to the recommendation for president and vice president candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
"We are not satisfied, our choices were not represented by the names decided by the Ulema Meeting," said Chairman of the 212 Presidium Alumni Aminuddin on Friday, August 3, 2018.
The Ulema Meeting conducted by the GNPF resulted in two possible pair recommendation of the 2019 presidential election. The first proposed pair is Chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Prabowo Subianto as presidential candidate and Chairman of the Syuro Council of the Justice and Prosperity Party Salim Segaf Al Jufri. The second proposed pair is Prabowo Subianto and a religious figure ustadz Abdul Somad.
Aminuddin said that he always followed the progress of the Ulema Meeting from the very beginning starting from the National Coordination Meeting of the 212 Alumni Brotherhood back on May. During the coordination meeting, some names were recommended for the 2019 presidential election.
However, Amin said that the names decided by the GNPF Ulema Meeting was not satisfying. Nevertheless, Amin said that the 212 Presidium Alumni will accept the decision because it is only a recommendation.
Amin explained that he disagreed if political parties are forced to comply with the recommendation. "Results from the Ulema Meeting must not be enforced by force, because the result is just a recommendation," Amin stated.