MUI: Ahok statement is a blasphemy and has legal consequences


RR Laeny Sulistyawati, Ratna Ajeng Tejomukti


Governor Basuki Tjahaja (Ahok)’s statement about Alquran surah Al Maidah verse 51 has caused unrest among the people, therefore the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) reviewed the case and gave its religious statement on Tuesday. “Ahok has insulted the Holy Quran and/or the clerics. His statement has a legal consequences,” Chairman (MUI) Ma’ruf Amin said.

Ma’ruf explained Alquran surah Al Maidah verse 51 explicitly contains a prohibition for Muslims to make the Jewish and Christian as leader. “This verse as the proposition prohibition non-Muslims as a leader,’’ he said.

MUI stated Islamic clerics are obliged to convey the contents of surah Al Maidah verse 51 in order to remind every Muslim to vote for Muslim as leader. At this point, MUI statement has broken Ahok’s opinion about the verse.

Ahok believed clerics or Muslim in general who cited Al Maidah verse 51 were manipulating and politicizing the verse for political gain. “Ahok has insulted the clerics and Muslims by saying Muslims are manipulated by the verse or who ever citing the verse,” Ma’ruf said.

Also read: Jakarta Governor apologizes for offending Muslims

Further more, MUI said every Muslim should believe the truth and accuracy of surah Al-Maidah verse 51 as a guidance in choosing a leader. “It is haram to say Al Maidah verse 51 as a false guidance and it is a religious blasphemy of the Quran,” Ma’ruf underlined.

MUI said the government and the people are obligated to keep the harmony in religious life, in the society, in the state and in the nation. The government also has the obligation to prevent religious blasphemy by not neglecting the case. “We are asking the people to remain calm, not to vigilante, and let the authority handle the case. Of course, we should keep an eye in blasphemy activities and report it to the authority,” Ma’ruf said.

MUI urged the authority to act proactive and firm in religious blasphemy case. “Who ever did religious blasphemy over the Quran and the Islamic teachings or insulting the clerics and Muslims should be dealt firmly,” Ma’ruf said.

Also read: Muslim condems Jakarta Governor for religious blasphemy

In order to keep public trust in law enforcement, the case should be processed quickly and proportionally in a professional manner. “The authority should consider the sense of justice for the people,” Ma’ruf said.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016



Madura ulamas write to president over Ahok’s alleged blasphemy case




LEADERS of Islamic boarding schools have written to President Joko Widodo, urging that the due process of law should follow in the alleged case of blasphemy involving Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok).

The letter was written by leaders of these schools across Madura Island in East Java Province. “We sent a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo today,” chief of All-Madura Islamic Boarding Schools Association (HP3M) KH Lailurrahman said in a press briefing at Pamekasan Police Precinct here on Friday.

The letter, dated October 26, 2016, was signed by HP3M Chief KH Lailurrahman and his secretary KH Djakfar Shodik. The ulamas said if the legal process in this case was not followed, it will trigger larger rallies against Ahok, the Jakarta governor who is seeking re-election in February 2017.

In the letter, the ulamas also mentioned several articles in the 1945 Constitution that could form the legal basis for their call, including article 1 para 2; article 1 para 3; article 4 para 1; article 24 para 1; article 27 para 1; and article 30 para 4. “Article 4 para 1 of the Constitution stipulates that the President of the Republic of Indonesia holds government power in accordance with the law,” he noted.

Article 30 para 4 stipulates that the Indonesian police is a state apparatus assigned to keep security and public order, protect and serve the public and uphold the law, he underlined. He lamented that it seemed the police had not bothered about the case despite widespread protests against the Jakarta governor.

The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) said Ahok has committed blasphemy citing a Al Maidah verse 51. Ahok told people in the Seribu Islands not to be deceived by people using the verse asking them not to elect a non-Muslim leader in the forthcoming election.

Also read: MUI: Ahok’s statement is a blasphemy and has legal consequences

MUI chairman Ma’ruf Amin pointed out in a statement that Ahok has insulted the Quran and the ulamas, and that police should investigate the case.


Saturday, 29 October 2016



The Jakarta Post’s Religious Blasphemy Case Terminated: Press Council

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THE Inspection of the Chief Editor of The Jakarta Post Meidyatama Suryodiningrat (MS) as suspect in the alleged blasphemy, was delayed by Jakarta Police investigators. According to the results of mediation in the Press Council, the case was agreed discontinued.

“There is already an agreement to stop the case here, there is no continued, and in order to coordinate with related parties closer together,” Press Council member Joseph Stanley Adi Prasetyo confirmed to, Monday (12/15/2014).

Prominent legal observer and writer explained, according to the rules and regulations in force, the legal case of the news in the form of cartoons was final in the Press Council. “We view the entire rule, procedure, this case does not continue anymore because it was final in the Press Council,” said Stanley.

Yosep Stanley Adi Prasetyo. Photo:

Yosep Stanley Adi Prasetyo. Photo:

Former Vice Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas-HAM) for 2007-2012 confirmed, the same case cannot be sued repeatedly by others. “There could be other plaintiffs but the same material, so in the applicable law in idem. If the case is already in the law it cannot be complained again, the case cannot be complained again,” he explained.

According to Stanley, the police and the Post has coordinated with the Press Council which took place on Friday and Saturday. As a follow up to the meeting, the Press Council this morning has sent a letter to the Chiefs of the National Police and the Jakarta Police.

“We’ve asked the police not to pursue the case,” he said.

Stanley added, the case of the Post should have been completed in the Press Council, due to ethical concerns. The Press Council and the Police Headquarters has signed an agreement since 2011 that the cases handled by the Press Council does not have to proceed to the police.

“This case has a MoU with the police,” said Stanley.

On July 8, 2014, The Jakarta Post has apologized related news which is considered as blasphemy in the cartoon that was published. The Jakarta Post also regretted the news in the form of cartoons.

Meidyatama Suryodiningrat

Meidyatama Suryodiningrat

In this case, Medyatama Suryodiningrat charged under Article 156a of the Criminal Code of Blasphemy. Referring to the article, threatened Medyatama 5 years in prison.

Medyatama Suryodiningrat very surprised upon hearing himself named as suspects in this case. Therefore, it was not committing a crime, but only doing journalistic work that criticize ISIS movement. In fact, it had apologized to the public related to the news.
Monday, 15 December 2014

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‘The Jakarta Post”s Chief Editor is suspect of religious defamation

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THE Jakarta Police officially designated The Jakarta Post‘s Chief Editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat (MS) as suspect in the alleged blasphemy case. Meidyatama is alleged defamation of Islam through cartoons in the newspaper published in July 2014.

Meidyatama deeply shocked upon hearing himself named as suspect in this case. Because it was not committing a crime, but only doing journalistic work that criticize ISIS movement. In fact, it had apologized to the public related to the news.

Meidyatama Suryodiningrat

Meidyatama Suryodiningrat

“We were very surprised by the fact we are not committed the crime as charged to us, because in fact we are doing the journalistic work criticizing ISIS movement that later became the government banned organization,” he said in a brief message, Thursday (11/12/2014) night.

“We’ve got information on this and today we are studying them,” he added.

In fact, Meidyatama said, it has received the opinion of the Press Council stating that this case is actually related only journalistic ethics, which means there is a criminal offense. So this should be the domain of the Press Council.

“However, we respect the process that is running and therefore we will follow the process that is taking place in accordance with applicable laws and regulations,” said Meidyatama.

Call for Interrogation
Meanwhile, the Jakarta Police’s Head of Public Relations Police Commissioner Rikwanto said The Jakarta Police investigators will call Medyatama next week. This call for examination in Meidyatama capacity as a suspect.



“Investigators will call Mr. MS from The Jakarta Post. The plan is next week. He will be called as a suspect,” said Rikwanto at the Jakarta Police Headquarters.

Rikwanto explained, Meidyatama as editor in chief is responsible for the cartoon which was considered an insult to Islam. Because, he was suspected to know and approve all of the news content contained in The Jakarta Post daily. Including the cartoons.

Apology and Cartoon Withdrawal
On July 8, 2014, The Jakarta Post has apologized, in two languages, related news which is considered as blasphemy. The Jakarta Post also regretted the news in the form of cartoons.

“We sincerely apologize and draw caricatures editorial published on page 7 in the newspaper of The Jakarta Post on July 3, 2014. The caricature contains religious symbolism that has been alluded to,” wrote The Jakarta Post.

The Jakarta Post regrets the decision is not wise at all do not mean to attack or do not respect any religion.”

jp apolThe Jakarta Post‘s Editorial said, the use of the cartoons was inntended to criticize the use of religious symbols (especially the flag of ISIL group) in acts of violence in general, and in this case, against fellow Muslims.

“In particular,it’s intended to criticize ISIL group, which has threatened to attack the Ka’bah in Makkah al-Mukarromah as part of its political agenda,” The Jakarta Post‘s editorial said.

In this case, Meidyatama is charged under Article 156a of the Criminal Code of Blasphemy. Referring to the article, it threatens Meidyatama to 5 years in prison.

jp kmjThis case stems from the Korp Mubaligh Jakarta (KMJ) who reported Meidyatama Suryodiningrat as Editor in Chief of The Jakarta Post to Police Headquarters on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

The preachers were judging, Meidyatama intentionally committed to sacrilege Islam through news cartoons published in The Jakarta Post on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Thu, 11 December 2014

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Minister of Religious Affairs: Nothing new on demand to abolish Indonesia’ blasphemy law

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MINISTER of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin stated that Amnesty International’s demand for Indonesia to repeal blasphemy law was not a new thing. Earlier, the international organization promoting human rights filed judicial review to Constitutional Court in 2010.

Lukman Hakin Saifuddin

Lukman Hakin Saifuddin

“It was failed as Constitutional Court annuled the judicial review,” Minister Saifuddin said on Sunday, November 23. Constitutional Court refused by saying that the laws did not contradict with Constitution of Indonesia.

penodaan ag tjpMinister invited those who assessed that the laws violated international human rights commitments to proactively propose suggestion on revision. Government is currently drafting new legislation to protect citizens of all faiths.

Amnesty International stated that Indonesian authorities had increasingly made use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals for their beliefs, contributing to an intensifying climate of intolerance in the country. As cited from Amnesty International official website, Prosecuting Beliefs shows that the number of blasphemy convictions skyrocketed during former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s decade in power (2004-2014) compared to previous administrations.

Rupert Abbott

Rupert Abbott

“Indonesia’s blasphemy laws fly in the face of international law and standards and must be repealed urgently. We’ve documented more than 100 individuals who have been jailed for nothing but peacefully expressing their beliefs – they are all prisoners of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally,” Amnesty International’s South East Asia and Pacific Research Director, Rupert Abbott said. “No one should have to live in fear of simply expressing their religious opinions and beliefs. President Joko Widodo’s new administration has an opportunity to reverse this disturbing trend and usher in a new era of respect for human rights,”

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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