Partai Keadilan Sejahtera

Mar 29th, 2007, in IM Posts, by

The Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) as a nationalist party and the Jakarta governor's election.

Partai Keadilan Sejahtera

The Justice/Welfare Party's leader Tifatul Sembiring said on 26th March that the PKS was a nationalist party, in fact more nationalist than those parties which usually have the label, because the PKS loved the unitary republic of Indonesia and struggled for its advancement. The party worked within the legal framework of Indonesia, and played by the rules, he said.

Speaking in response to criticism levelled at the PKS that the party threatened the unity and integrity of the nation, presumably because of its overtly Islamic basis, Tifatul Sembiring went on to say that while the PKS was nationalist its philosophy was grounded in faith in God. Nationalism which was dishonest, secular and irreligious, had to be rejected.

The Partai Keadilan Sejahtera respected the pluralism of the country, he said, and all people were free to follow their own religion, within the law and provided they did not disturb others.

In Jakarta, where the party has nominated the pair of Adang Daradjatun (a former National Police deputy chief) and Dani Anwar for the upcoming governor's election, the PKS had won the most votes in the 2004 elections (22.8%), he said, and it had never threatened the interests of minorities nor worked solely for one group in society.

Adang Daradjatun
Adang Daradjatun, lower right.

Adang Daradjatun later spoke and said that he planned to change Jakarta into a centre for

business with good morals

When asked to elaborate on this, he said that he would fight the sale of pirated VCDs and DVDs and would control sales of alcohol.

When we talk about a society with good morals, we're talking about not drinking and not committing crime.

Fauzi Bowo
Fauzi Bowo.

A big coalition of 17 parties, including the Democratic Party, which took the second largest number of votes after the PKS in the 2004 election (21%), as well as the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, PDI-P (13.5%) and Golkar (8.3%), recently gave their support to incumbent Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo, who will now run for governor. They have yet to name Fauzi's running mate.

Sarwono Kusumaatmadja
Sarwono Kusumaatmadja.

Only the National Mandate Party, PAN, (7.2% in 2004) and the National Awakening Party, PKB, (3.4%) are still yet to name a candidate. Former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, the PKB's founder, has said that the party will support Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, an MP. [1]

April 4th 2007.

PAN have decided to join the PKB in giving their support to Sarwono Kusumaatmadja. A running mate has not yet been chosen. [2] The youth wing of PAN, however, had earlier voiced support for Adang Daradjatun. [3]


18 Comments on “Partai Keadilan Sejahtera”

  1. avatar Bas says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Let’s see what these funny guys will find to make us laugh.

  2. avatar Dimp says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Well he sure can talk, let see if he can also walk the walk.

  3. avatar Mohammed Khafi says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Adang Daradjatun later spoke and said that he planned to change Jakarta into a centre for

    business with good morals

    When asked to elaborate on this, he said that he would fight the sale of pirated VCDs and DVDs and would control sales of alcohol.

    I am glad he has his priorities so firmly established and has a clear understanding of the issues facing Jakarta. ;-) He must be a genius to have distilled all of Jakartas problems down to this, and the solution is so simple, why has nobody else had this clarity of vision?

    Peace

  4. avatar Ihaknt says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Mmm, not drinking and not committing crimes can be eliminated by raiding the pirated vcds and dvds. I am speechless by his intelligence. What a simple measure for good morals?! I am glad he is running for election. This country is gettin better and better.

    Oh no, look at that foto. Girls and men mingled together?!?!? They’re not muhrim, what an immoral shot! I bet they are just buying dvds and vcds.

  5. avatar Rambutan says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Nationalism which was dishonest, secular and irreligious, had to be rejected.

    I think this says it all. Secularism has to be rejected. Thanks for showing your true colors, Mr Sembiring.

  6. avatar Grace and Mercy says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Adang Darajatun is a pretty shady character, and to see him pair up with PKS is even shadier.

    The Partai Keadilan Sejahtera respected the pluralism…..ll people were free to follow their own religion, within the law and provided they did not disturb others.

    This sentence is the slim shadiest of all I think. ;)

  7. avatar Mohammed Khafi says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    With thanks to Eminem:

    May I have your attention please?
    May I have your attention please?
    Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
    I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
    We’re gonna have a problem here..

    Chorus repeated by MPR and DPR

    Ha ha
    Guess there’s a Slim Shady in all of us
    F*ck it, let’s all stand up

    Peace

  8. avatar Naga says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    The PKS is a front for various terrorist organisations, THEY are the threat to national security.

  9. avatar Colson says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    I would advice mr Tifatul S. to compare the welfare/justice in countries which are blessed with nationalism founded on religion, with the results on welfare and justice of regimes that he considers to be immoral and secular.

    His conclusion will be “Nationalism breeds agression, secularism liberates and a drink every now and then makes you happy”.

  10. avatar Adventurer says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Totally agree with all the comments above.
    PKS is just a resemblance from Ikhwanul Muslimin in Egypt.
    I can not imagine what happen to other religions if PKS manage to hold the power.
    Even today we saw how FPI attacked women from Papernas in Jakarta.
    Is this what they called as Islamic struggle or Islamic right?
    I do not see it.
    It is just a barbaric thing to do.

    FPI is not directly related with PKS but then it is good to make analogy of it.

    Eradicating CD/DVD and alcoholism –> Better business moral –> Adang is a plain stupid policeman or just a hypocrite governor wannabe.

    What has he done during so many years as policeman to eradicate this thing?
    Almost nothing.

    Cheers,

  11. avatar Naga says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 8:34 am

    “FPI is not directly related with PKS …”

    YES, THEY ARE.

  12. avatar Odinius says:
    April 3rd, 2007 at 3:08 am

    One word: propaganda

    PKS is, to me, analogous to the focus on the family type Christians in the US. Non-violent, yes, but in favor of some really extreme and chauvanistic policies.

    I do, on the other hand, like the fact that they have moderated their positions.

  13. avatar La Sali mangari weru says:
    April 4th, 2007 at 8:53 am

    If we ever think objectively regarding sosio political life of our country from the time of pre-independence, soekarno, soeharto until the present era, then we should be proud of what have PKS and its politicians did good for our country. I am not a PKS member myself and in fact I’ve never voted for any political party for a whole of my life. But there are things that noticed about PKS for their working hard, commitment and struggles to lift up people’s education, economic and moral life.

    Support them not because of their faith but for their dedication for the country.

    Thanks,

    La Sali Mangari weru.

  14. avatar Abdul Khalid al Jumhuri says:
    April 5th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Dear All:
    Of course PKS is a nationalist party and open to pluralism. The pluralism they have in mind is the pluralism of the two: Muslim and KAFIRS.

    I happened to be in the USA when one of the founders of PKS was there doing his Ph.D. in Food Technology at Texas A&M University. I completed my graduate work two years earlier I was back in 1990. Later on this person that I refered to became an activist in politics though he still worked and earned money from BPPT, and then he became the Minister of Forestry under Gus Dur presidency.

    I know him very well because I was the one helping him finding his apartment when he arrived in Texas and help him adapt to the life in the US. Later on his family joined him. Don’t get me wrong, he is now the Mayor of Depok, and perhaps even an nice person, however, to call him a nationalist is a BIG JOKE.

    This individual NEVER AGAIN talk to us the Indonesian students who were active in the PERMIAS, never mingle with us in any social events (such as birthdays, end-of-semester pot-luck dinner, and the like). Mind you, the Indonesian students there is not even more than 100. We know each other very well. But back then he only mingle with students from Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan, and the like, never with Indonesian students – his fellow countrymen.

    Back then he is already very strongly convinced to his belief that all Muslims should be like him, which earned him a lot of hard feelings even amongs Muslim students. OK so much for PKS being such a nationalistic country. To me I have a rather bad personal after-taste even after 16 years, specially when I received a racist treatment from my fellow countryman when we both lived in the USA. I believe I am not alone on this. Any Indonesian in Texas A&M University between 1988 to 1992 will share my opinion.

  15. avatar La Sali mangari weru says:
    April 6th, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Dear Mr. Abdul Khalid Al Jumhuri
    All brothers and sisters in the chat room.

    May peace be upon you.
    It was a wonderful story and yet a sad ending so called friendship between the two countrymen in the wild of high civilized comunity of Texas.
    Indeed it was an unacceptable cruelty behaviour of highly educated human being by the act that he had presented to you and his other fellow countrymen. I could have figured it out the person that you referred to and if i am not mistakenly remembered that during the Depok mayor election campaign period, he had also been interrogated by the KPK of his suspected illegal conduct during his time as the minister of forrestry.
    However, He is another person who i believed that whatever way he has shown himself is really resprented him as an individual. And in this particular case i don’t really see that such act of individual has been the prototype of the party’s main ideology and conduct.

    From a lonely small town of Bima, Nusa tenggara.

  16. avatar Odinius says:
    April 6th, 2007 at 6:09 am

    Abdul khalid, wow. I know the type, unfortunately. I don’t like them when they are of any religious or ideological persuasion. Here in the USA we have many Christians who see the world the same way you say this PKS guy sees it. Sad, really. We all should be able to get along fine.

  17. avatar Bogalakon says:
    February 4th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    And now Fauzi Bowo is a Jakarta governor.

    Congratulation!
    You’re successfully beating PKS.
    Enjoy the flood, Jakarta!

    Salam from Bandung.

  18. avatar muhammad ali says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Abdul Khalid Al Jumhuri,

    Oh will you stop spreading your personal problems around and not generalize one individual’s charachter onto a whole political party. Who knows, it might have been you who was not so nice to him.



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