Jokowi`s Campaign to Offer More Muslim-friendly Programs

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    Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, center left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, center right, greet their supporters prior to formal registration as candidates for the 2019 presidential election in Jakarta, Aug. 10,2018. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jokowi-Ma`ruf campaign team deputy chairman Arsul Sani revealed that the presidential and vice presidential hopefuls will present several programs that will closely reach the Muslim community.

    Arsul Sani added that Jokowi and Maruf`s program will not be too far apart from that of the 2014 election. “Jokowi is considered to be less-cordial toward the Muslim community. Therefore, we have two specific programs to prove that the assumption isn’t true,” he said in Jakarta, on Monday, September 24. 

    The first Muslim-friendly program will focus on strengthening the community’s economy which will continue the running program such as waqf (charitable) banks at mosques. 

    The second program according to Arsul is the strengthening of religious-based academic institutions and Islamic boarding school. It would mostly be done by allocating significant funding for Indonesia’s Islamic institutions. 

    He further explained that the United Development Party (PPP) and the National Awakening Party (PKB) are currently in the midst of initiating the draft law at the House of Representatives (DPR). “It will be the basis of initiating the program in this period or the next period if Pak Jokowi is elected to his second term,” said Arsul.

    SYAFIUL HADI