MPR Speaker Rejects Calls to Disband MUI



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said he disagrees with demands to disband the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). He asked all parties to refrain themselves.

    "I personally refuse and ask all parties to exercise restraint," Bambang said at the Corruption Eradication Commission Building in Jakarta, Thursday, November 25.

    He said MUI is an institution that has existed for a long time, and which the public need. He said the alleged involvement of one of MUI's administrators in a terrorist organization cannot be used as a reason for its dissolution as an institution.

    The Golkar Party politician said the case is being handled by the police. "Don't damage the MUI institution," he said.

    On social media, the demand for the dissolution of MUI is widely discussed. It is not known who started the discourse. The talks began following the arrest of MUI Fatwa Commission member Ahmad Zain an-Najah by the anti-terror quad Densus 88 under suspicions of being involved in terrorism.

    Following the arrest, MUI deactivated Ahmad Zain.

    Read: VP Ma'ruf Amin: MUI Is Govt's Partner in Combating Terrorism

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