ICMI asks the President to evaluate the performance of the Minister of Religion

The president must correct and evaluate (the performance of) his ministers, including that of (the Minister of Religious Affairs) so as not to cause unrest among Muslims,

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Association of Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI) has asked President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to evaluate the performance of Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, who compared the azan (call to prayer) at the barking of the dog.

“The president must correct and assess (the performance of) his ministers, including that of (the minister of religious affairs), so as not to cause unrest among Muslims,” ​​said Andi, vice president of ICMI in charge of politics, international relations, law and human rights. Anzhar Cakra Wijaya said Friday in a written statement here.

Wijaya said ICMI believed the minister’s statement caused unrest among Muslims.

As religious affairs minister, Yaqut should make calm, peaceful and wise statements, he said.

“In expressing ideas, the minister of religious affairs should be wiser, rather than creating uproar and unrest among the (Muslim) people,” Wijaya said.

Perhaps the purpose of the statement was well-intentioned, he added.

“However, the way he delivered the statement comparing the azan to the barking of dogs is not correct,” Wijaya noted.

To this end, ICMI called on President Jokowi to quickly assess the performance of the Minister of Religious Affairs and, if necessary, replace him with someone acceptable to Muslims, who constitute the majority group in the country. -he declares.

The suspension and replacement of the Minister of Religious Affairs is very important because the public, especially Muslims, reacted strongly to this statement, which can be called blasphemy and a violation of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law, did he declare.

“ICMI calls on the President to be serious in handling the case. Do not wait for Muslims across Indonesia to react strongly and make the stability of the state unconducive. It is the President who has the right prerogative to reshuffle the cabinet. Do not let the wheel of government be disrupted due to the inauspicious situation following the performance of his minister which created public unrest,” he said.

Wijaya, a former chairman of the International Humanitarian Law Commission while a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Council (BKSAP) in the House of Representatives (DPR), suggested that the president advise his ministers to focus on their work to ensure that the government will function well.

Minnie J. Leonard