Priyo Budi Santoso

Sep 2nd, 2007, in IM Posts, by

Golkar's religious roadshow, led by Priyo Budi Santoso.

On 28th August a delegation from the religion department of Golkar met with leaders of the Clerics' Council, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), at the Istiqal mosque, Jakarta, to discuss how the MUI and Golkar could together develop strategies for ensuring religious harmony and preventing the break-up of the country into warring tribes.

Priyo Budi Santoso
Priyo Budi Santoso.

Priyo Budi Santoso of Golkar, who replaced the amorous Yahya Zaini as the head of the party's Religion section, says his party is worried about:

religious radicalism and terrorism which threaten the existence of Indonesia.

and was well suited to the job of preventing this because:

Golkar is a moderate party which is nationalist and religious.

Because of this Golkar was planning on meeting with lots of religious leaders around the country, including the Churches' Association, (Persekutuan Gereja-Gereja Indonesia, PGI), Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), and Muhammadiyah, [1] in addition to the MUI, in order to:

prevent the break-up of the country through sectarian differences, and to create inter-faith tolerance and harmony.

Umar Shihab of the MUI said what was needed now was a guarantee of religious freedom, freedom to worship, without feeling ashamed and without disturbing those of other faiths. For example, he complained that Muslims had their freedom of religion restricted in that it is easier to find halal products in Singapore and Thailand, and so:

There needs to be a law to protect the right of people to abide by their religion, to live in accordance with its rules.

He also hoped the government could get busy with enacting the anti-pornography law, and a new marriage law. [2]

Later that day the roadshow moved on to Muhammadiyah headquarters, where Din Syamsuddin said he was chuffed to meet representatives of his former employers, and Priyo Budi Santoso again hoped that Muhammadiyah was an organisation that could struggle for moderation in religion. [3]


3 Comments on “Priyo Budi Santoso”

  1. avatar pj_bali says:
    September 2nd, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Isn’t it a bit ironic that the MUI is looking for ways to promote religious harmony? These are the same guys who declared that interfaith marriages were taboo, inter-prayer sessions could only be led by Muslims, ahmadiyahs were deviants etc…, etc.
    Perhaps the best thing to do to promote interfaith harmony would be to disband the MUI and their divisive fatwas.

  2. avatar Djoko says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    I find it interesting that Golkar is trying to style itself as a ‘nationalist-religious party’. Not even 10 years after parties were allowed to be openly formed we already have pretty much all of them being more or less the same now. Golkar is ‘religious nationalist’, I read a few days ago that PKS is styling itself as ‘religious nationalist’, the Democrat party has from the start used ‘nationalist religious’ as its calling card, and even a party previously associated with the ‘left’, the PDIP, has created the Baital Muslimin to try and win Muslim votes.

    With so many parties moving to the center one has to wonder whether there will be enough votes to go around.

  3. avatar erna says:
    May 22nd, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Priyo..the most lousiest politicians in Indonesia. He has two faces..one is demon, the next one is ghost. Indonesia having such politician is the big lost for the country.



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