Zainuddin MZ, the "cleric of a million followers".
Vice president Jusuf Kalla said on the 2nd in Jakarta that Muslim leader Zainuddin had once again become a preacher for all Muslims in Indonesia.
Kalla said that in the past he had often listened to Zainuddin's sermons but after Zainuddin entered politics and formed the Reform Star Party, Partai Bintang Reformasi (PBR), he didn't listen to the sermons anymore, because Zainuddin had become a preacher for just a part of the faithful by his entrance into partisan politics. Previously he had been famously known as the "preacher of a million followers" (dai sejuta umat).
Zainuddin first formed the United Development Party of Reform (PPP Reformasi), a split off from the United Development Party (PPP), and in 2003 this new party changed its name to become the Partai Bintang Reformasi (PBR). Zainuddin led the PBR until mid 2006 at which time he decided not to re-contest the party leadership after some bruising and bitter internal fights (including a knifing attack on one party supporter) within the party.
Now Kalla said Zainuddin had returned to his proper, non-partisan, role, and he hoped that Zainuddin would once again preach to all Indonesian Muslims. Twenty percent of the world's Muslims were Indonesian, said Kalla, and:
If Indonesian Muslims are good then 20% of the world Islamic community is good.