No Islamic Bylaws Were Annulled: Home Affairs Minister

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 16 Juni 2016
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Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo responds to reporters’ question

No Islamic bylaws were among the 3,143 bylaws that were annulled by the Central Government and  the annulled bylaws are only related to the investment, bureaucratic services, and permits, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo announced.

“Those (Islamic bylaws) weren’t annulled,” Tjahjo said on Wednesday (15/6), at the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Office, Jakarta.

If needed, Tjahjo said Ministry of Home Affairs will invite religious organizations to study the bylaws considered intolerant, discriminative, and potentially cause public unrest.

The measure, he said, aims to conform the bylaws, particularly in the special autonomous province.

“Aceh can apply Sharia law, but it (Sharia law) is not applicable in Jakarta,” Tjahjo gave an example.

Tjahjo added the Government has always complied with the judgment and fatwa (edict) of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

Therefore, the Government will give clarification and discuss with religious figures when evaluating and studying the Islamic bylaws considered detrimental.

To support his statement, Tjahjo promised to publicly announce those annuled bylaws.

According to the data, the 3,143 annulled bylaws consist of 2,227 provincial laws, 306 bylaws that were annulled independently by the Ministry of Home Affairs, and 61 bylaws that were annulled by the provincial governments.

“Those bylaws are related to the investment, not the Islamic one. The bylaws were annulled to secure national economic packages,” Tjahjo said.

Tjahjo said that he needs to explain the annulled bylaws because he received hundreds of messages refusing the Government to annul Islamic bylaws.

According to Tjahjo, people made assumption about it because there is no intention to annul Islamic bylaws.

Regarding the bylaw of Serang Number 2 of 2010 on Prevention, Eradication, and Mitigation of Social Ills, Ministry of Home Affairs invited the Government of Serang and its Mayor Tubagus Haerul Jaman to study the bylaw because it is the authority of the head of the region.

“We do not annul the regulations, but only strengthen its provisions, particularly on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of Public Order Agency (Satpol PP),” Tjahjo added.

Based on the Law Number 23 of 2014 on Regional Governments, there are 6 bylaws that need approval from the Central Government before being issued, among others; bylaws relating draft of regional budget (APBD), spatial, regional taxes, retributions, Medium and Long Terms Regional Development Plans. (Puspen Kemendagri/ES)(RAS/EP/YM/Naster)

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