Saturday, 22 February 2020

Fachrul Razi Apologizes for Niqab Ban Polemic

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaReligious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi extended an apology for his remarks regarding 'niqab and cropped trousers' that sparked controversy and criticism among the public. The minister opined that he did not convey wrongful statements.

    “I am sorry should it causes frictions. I think there is nothing wrong [with the remark]. Perhaps, I was just too early to bring it up,” said Fachrul during a meeting with Commission VIII at Sultan Hotel, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 5.

    The retired general of Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) claimed he intended to enliven discussions on radicalism, which was not only about the Islamic clothing that covers Muslim women’s face but also the caliphate. Thus, it could be a way of socialization when the regulation is released.

    “So we would have introduced [the regulation], and when it is issued, the public would no longer surprise,” he added.

    Fachrul Razi further asserted that the ban on the niqab and cropped trousers would only take effect in the areas of the Religious Affairs Ministry.

    FIKRI ARIGI