Partai Bulan Bintang & Sharia

Jul 18th, 2006, in IM Posts, by

The Partai Bulan Bintang (PBB), or Crescent Star Party, is holding its national conference and the issue of sharia law is on the minds of the leadership of this Islamic party.

As supporters of the application of Islamic law in Indonesia the PBB view with approval the recent rash of provincial and city level laws which have an Islamic flavour to them, such as the requirement of holding certificates in Quran understanding for students in West Sumatra, and many others. To this end the PBB conferred a special award on the governor of West Sumatra province, Gamawan Fauz, and also on the Preparatory Committee for the Application of Islamic Laws in South Sulawesi, for their sterling achievements in the struggle for Islamic law.

Gamawan Fauzi
Gamawan Fauzi receives his award, 16th July, Jakarta.

Gamalan, in his acceptance speech, said that the Islamic laws which his administration had introduced had been in existence for five years and had met with no societal opposition. As an example, he mentioned that the local government had issued a regulation requiring the wearing of Islamic dress for women, and, he said, city officials were not shy about enforcing the matter on the streets. Muslim women had to cover their hair.

The vice-chairman of the parliament, Zaenal Ma'arif, said that the national government's intention to review the laws in question was a throwback to the bad old days of General Suharto's New Order regime. In the era of regional autonomy he said the national authorities should let the regions develop their own ways of doing things.

Further, the chairman of the party, MS Kaban, who is the current Forestries Minister, delivered a speech entitled "The Beauty of Sharia" in which he extolled the virtues of 7th century Arab tribal law.

If sharia is applied the benefit is not just the unity of Indonesia but also for a fair and cultured humanity, and social justice for all of society.
(Kalau syariat Islam diterapkan, manfaatnya bukan hanya kesatuan dan persatuan Indonesia, tetapi kemanusiaan yang adil dan beradab, keadilan sosial bagi seluruh rakyat.)

He said those who feared sharia were under misapprehensions about it. The problems that the nation faced were based in religious and ethical issues and the application of sharia would go some way in solving them.

The PBB was founded in July 1998 and managed to win 2.6%, or almost 3 million votes, in the 2004 elections. This gave it its present 11 seats in the parliament and its position as a coalition partner in the government of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.


3 Comments on “Partai Bulan Bintang & Sharia”

  1. avatar mad-muhaa says:
    July 18th, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    PBB is a mediocre political organ with hazy programs, chiefly aimed at gnawing a share of the state subsidies to political parties. It is known for double dealing, me-too shows supporting measures moved by others more literate in real concern for the society. Yusril Mahendra, we well remember, was at his best when Suharto got topeopleed: as a mediocre professor of law during the Orde Baru regime, he licked dry Harto’s ass (and Tutut’s, too) up to the historic ’98, and helped them off the cliff. Then he scuttled about in obscurity until he founded PBB when the first election came with money for parties, carrying Islamic banner to justify its nowhere substance. The fact that such unprincipled scoundrel, an intellectual by chance whose books are largely composed of abstract meaningless words without any original ideas, remains in the cabinet, is a sign of the sorry state of national politics.

  2. avatar Rockstar says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 3:25 am

    “If sharia is applied the benefit is not just the unity of Indonesia but also for a fair and cultured humanity, and social justice for all of society.”

    can somebody explain to me, what sharia means? and its relation to non-Moslems?

  3. avatar Badrut Tamam Gaffas says:
    October 17th, 2006 at 11:08 am

    Sharia is the reason why bulan bintang still life and move till now, sharia is the biggest schedule and fundamental of bulan bintang movement.
    Sharia is the road for everyone to follow the way of GOD. under the sharia not only Moslems but whatever their religon can free to apply their faith according to every religion’s law and the government only support and regulate not rule the law. with sharia the government can full concentrate to economical growth & many sectors development.
    The end of my comment let me say that sharia will bring us to the prosperity and the better life.

    long life bulan bintang & sharia movement



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