Thursday, June 21, 2012

MS Ka'ban: Minister of Home Affairs trapped Islamophobic opinion

Former forestry minister, MS Ka'ban assessing the rejection of the Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Gamawan Fauzi on regional regulations (Perda) the obligation to wear headscarves for Muslim women in the city of Tasikmalaya as a wrong attitude and trapped with discourses that hate Islam.

"Minister of Home Affairs crazy, he means including being trapped in Islamophobic opinion. The Tasik DPRD is legitimate, and even strengthens what has been experienced so far, "said Ka'ban after the meeting of Suara Islam readers entitled 'Sharia President for Indonesia is better' at Baiturrahman Mosque, Tebet, Jakarta, Saturday (6/16).

This means, continued the Ka'ban, when there is no prohibition on wearing a headscarf and then there is an area that requires the community to wear a headscarf this is not a problem.

"I don't think there is a problem. And that is validated by the Tasikmalaya DPRD," he said.

He also appealed to the public not to get caught up in terminology, whether a regulation that brought about the problem was the Shari'a regional regulation or not. But, according to him, the measure is whether the regulation is against Islam itself.

"Why do we have to be trapped into terms. Because in principle, Islam is whatever rules that do not conflict with monotheism and Shari'a have no problems," explained Ka'ban.

For example, according to the Ka'ban, the phenomenon in Vietnam as a communist country which in all of its regions prohibits the existence of begging and drinking is something that is in harmony with Islamic values ​​even though it is not a sharia product.

"Is that a sharia law? We only say that it does not contradict what Islam wants or it turns out when they say banning people from drinking liquor is good. So, Islam teaches goodness. So, why are you trapped in idioms?" he explained.

Similarly, according to him, an example is the prohibition on opening a place of prostitution which, according to him, is mandated by the law regarding the prohibition. But it can also be recognized as a value from Islam.

"Islam also wants the prohibition of prostitution. Why is it called a sharia product even though it is a product of the DPRD," he added.

Related to the refusal of the existence of the Sharia Police in Tasikmalaya because it was considered contrary to regional autonomy which regulated security matters handed over to the Central Government. Ka'ban considers the existence of special police only in certain areas not in conflict with any regulations, because this is also practiced in other regions.

"Why are there Papuan police? Why should there be a police election in Papua to report to the governor? And this only exists in Papua, the police are appointed based on the sons of the region.

More than that, understanding the regional regulations is contrary to the constitution, according to him, in fact it is a form of lack of understanding of the interior minister of the regulation.

"So in my opinion, the Minister of Home Affairs misunderstood the regulation. All of the references to the 1945 Constitution and legislation in Indonesia are constitutional," concluded Ka'ban.

IWD/The Truth Seeker Media

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