Budi Gunawan Named as Chairman of Indonesian Mosque Council

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  • Budi Gunawan. TEMPO/Subekti.

    Budi Gunawan. TEMPO/Subekti.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Former Deputy Police Chief Budi Gunawan appointed as the Chairman of Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) for the 2017-2022 period. He was officiated along with a number of other officials by Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

    "A mosque is a place to educate and build the strength of the people's economy," said Budi, during the DMI inauguration at Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, on Friday, January 12.

    Budi asks for the support of the people so the DMI able to function a mosque as a center of Islamic sermon, community development, and a place to unite. According to him, DMI can be optimized to improve people’s faith, character, intelligence, and prosperity.

    The retired four-star police general insisted that the DMI should keep on track and not be used for politics. "DMI is determined to improve the welfare and unite the people," said Budi.

    The 2017-2022 DMI management board was formed in a congress held at the Pondok Gede Hajj Dormitory, East Jakarta, on November 10-12, 2017. Budi is the Deputy Chairman of the DMI Expert Council.

    Budi Gunawan retired as a four-star police on December 11, 2017, at the age of 58 years. He served as the chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) despite his retirement as the police.

    Besides Budi Gunawan, other DMI board of members include Deputy Police Chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara, and Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning Sofyan Djalil.