UII Rector Calls on Public to Ditch Pro-LGBT Parties

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia Islamic University (UII) Rector Nandang Sutrisno called on the public not to vote for legislative candidates who are endorsed by pro-LGBT parties.

    The statement was issued after People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Chairman Zulkifli Hasan announced that five political parties in Indonesia are supporting the LGBT legalization in the draft criminal code (RUU KUHP) that is being deliberated by the House of Representatives (DPR).

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    “We urge the society to impose a political punishment by not voting for those political parties in the general elections, presidential election, and the regional head elections,” said Nandang on Monday, January 22.

    Nandang asked the public to not view the university’s statement negatively or as an attempt to attack certain political rivals. However, he urged people to view this issue from the perspective that LGBT cannot be justified by any disciplines.

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    Moreover, Nandang urged the DPR to include social behaviors linked to LGBT as crimes.

    “Any acts linked to LGBT must be considered as criminal acts that need to be severely punished,” said the UII Rector.

    He also urged the public not to be permissive towards the LGBT community.