TEMPO.CO, Bogor - The constitutional law expert Mahfud MD said illegal sweeping acts which often done by certain groups were unlawful acts. "In any name, it (sweeping) violates the law," said Mahfud in Bogor, West Java, Tuesday, February 27.
The former Chief of Constitutional Court gave the statement in the socialization of the Citizenship Constitutional Rights Development for Indonesian Journalists. The event was organized by the Constitutional Court in cooperation with the Press Council.
Mahfud set an example of illegal sweeping acts, at the time Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa (rule) on banning Muslim to wear Christmas attributes, some groups conducted sweeping to markets and shopping centers and forced the Muslim workers to take off the Christmas attributes on them. "Those people (who conducting sweeping) can be punished," he said.
Mahfud MD stated that only Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) have the rights to do sweeping acts. The police duty is to enforce the law for those who violate security and order in society. While the TNI duty is to uphold the law if there is any threat to the state's resilience.