President Jokowi Invite Indonesian Muslims Face the Challenge of Economic Disparities

By Alfurkon Setiawan
Date 12 Februari 2015
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President Jokowi gives a speech at the closing of Indonesian Muslims Congress, at the Inna Garuda, Yogyakarta, Wednesday (11/2)

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed appreciation that given by some Heads of State Companions on religious harmony in Indonesia.

“Several times I met the head of state of friendly countries, which expressed appreciation as the largest Muslim country in the world with respect for mutual tolerance and mutual respect,” President Jokowi said, when closing the VI Indonesian Muslims Congress (KUII) at Inna Garuda , Yogyakarta, Wednesday (11/2).

According to President Jokowi, the Head of State was always said, that Indonesia could serve as a role model as the largest Muslim country in the world with a high level of tolerance. We always give priority to way deliberation in the face of problems,

To the participants of the congress that consists of MUI, the representatives of Islamic organizations of central level, boarding schools, colleges, institutions of domestic and foreign Islamic, professionals and individual figures, President Jokowi invited to see the gaps that exist around us.

“In Jakarta, we still see many gaps. Please try just go on to Jalan Sudirman, Jalan Thamrin, up to 60th floor, then down and afterwards to Tanah Tinggi or directly to Marunda, it is clearly looked. So the pain is here,” President Jokowi said while stroking his chest.

“When I became Governor of Jakarta, I was presented with statistics that 3.8 percent poor, 37 percent vulnerable poor. I am wondering what is the difference of poor and vulnerable poor, the answer is also confused. Come on do not make vague and absurd words, poor is poor”,  Jokowi said.

The President also spoke about the dangers of drugs that have an emergency and must be fought. Similarly, alcohol is now banned from sale in the minimarket.

The other problem faced by Indonesia that latter expressed by the President is corruption, even now also being boisterous of cases between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) with Indonesian Police (Polri), which also could not be completed due to overlapping of the problem.

700 Participants

Previously, the Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Din Shamsuddin in the report explains that this congress is an Indonesian Muslims summit for discuss the problems faced by Muslims, as well as the Indonesian nation for seek the solution in a commitment for Indonesia beloved. Muslims are recognized to have a major role in the struggle to uphold the country long before independence even for the centuries before.

The fifth annual event was attended by about 700 participants, comprising of leaders of the MUI all over Indonesia, Islamic organizations of central and local levels, universities, national and international Islamic institutions, leader of the boarding school, individual figures of intellectuals/Muslim scholars, economists, politicians, and other invitees.

While during his visit to Yogyakarta this time, President Jokowi accompanied by Minister of State Secretariat Pratikno Jokowi, Governor of West Java Ahmad Heryawan, and Governor of Yogyakarta Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. (Humas Setkab/ES)

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