TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian called on scholars or ulemas to help maintain the conducive situations during this political year.
“As figures whom I consider close to the public, ulema has a role in maintaining the security,” said Tito during a national gathering on public security and order at South Jakarta, Tuesday, July 17.
According to Tito, ulema has a role in delivering messages of peace to cool off the situation ahead of the election considering a political contest might threaten the unity of the nation.
Tito considered general election and presidential election as a political and power contest in which some parties would likely use every way to clear their path.
The Police Chief said the election should be held in a democratic way without sacrificing the diversity and unity of the Republic of Indonesia. “Don’t let this competition divide the unity,” he underlined.
Police Chief Tito further mentioned the spread of radicalism network which deemed regional head election or presidential election as an event of shirk (deification or worship of anyone or anything besides the God), as claimed by several terror suspects. He then demanded ulema shed light to the public to avoid radicalisms.