Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Ulama

Nov 21st, 2006, in IM Posts, by

Another new political party, the Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Ulama (PKNU), a split off from the PKB.

As if 27 new political parties were not enough, and hot on the heels of another new Muslim-based party, the Partai Matahari Bangsa, now comes the formation of the Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Ulama (PKNU), the National Clerics' Awakening Party, or perhaps more correctly, the Clerics' National Awakening Party.

The birth of the PKNU is the result of a long running, intractable, and litigious, dispute between two factions of the Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa (PKB), that led by Muhaimin Iskandar and supported by former president Gus Dur, and that led by Choirul Anam. The latter, Choirul Anam, has formed the Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Ulama (PKNU) with the support of mainly East Java based Muslim clerics.

In Tuban, East Java, on the 21st of November, a meeting of senior clerics at an Islamic boarding school brought the new party into being, informally for the moment. Said Idham Chalid: [1]

The question of a new party cannot be debated any longer, the clerics here have agreed to form a new party as a replacement for the PKB.

It appears that most of the important clerics in East and Central Java have decided to throw in their lot with the new party, abandoning the PKB.

The party is expected to have completed all the legal requirements for party status by January of 2007. [2]

Meanwhile in Jakarta vice president Jusuf Kalla re-iterated his earlier call for a "rationalisation" of parties, i.e. a reduction in their number. [3] Not yet, it appears.

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February 16th 2007.

The formal declaration of the Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Ulama (PKNU), which had been scheduled for 18th February, has been put back to March 2007. Deputy Secretary General of the party, Abdullah Mufied Mubarok, says that now is a bad time due to the recent Jakarta floods.

Nevertheless the party has already been registered with the Law & Human Rights department and it has fulfilled all the requirements to achieve formal party status.

The party is based on the split off faction from the PKB in Surabaya, grouped around the figures of Abdurrahman Chudlori and Choirul Anam. The PKNU is said to be a purely Islamic party, whereas the PKB is a nationalist religious party. Mufied explains however that dhimmis are welcome in the party: [4]

The PKNU was founded as a part of the stuggle of Muslim clerics, and in order to represent the interests of Nahdatul Ulama (NU) people, nationalist Muslims, Muslim nationalists, along with non-Muslims who seek protection. By being based in Islam ideologically be affirm that PKNU is not a secular party.

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March 25th 2007.

Seventeen clerics will launch the party at Langitan, Tuban, East Java on 31st March. [5] They are:

1. KH Abdullah Faqih (Langitan, Tuban, East Java),
2. KH Ma`ruf Amin (Tanara, Banten),
3. KH Abdurrohman Chudlori (Magelang, Central Java),
4. KHA Sufyan Miftahul Arifin (Situbondo, East Java),
5. KH Idris Marzuqi (Lirboyo, Kediri, East Java),
6. KHA Warson Munawwir (Krapyak, Yogyakarta),
7. KH Muhaiminan Gunardo (Temanggung, Central Java),
8. KH Abdullah Schaal (Bangkalan, East Java),
9. KH Sholeh Qosim (Sidoarjo, East Java),
10. KH Nurul Huda Djazuli (Ploso, Kediri, East Java),
11. KH Chasbullah Badawi (Cilacap, Central Java),
12. KHA Adzim Abdullah Suhaimi MA (Mampang Prapatan, Jakarta),
13. KH Mas Muhammad Subadar (Pasuruan, East Java),
14. KHA Humaidi Dahlan Lc (Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan),
15. KHM Thahir Syarkawi (Pinrang, South Sulawesi),
16. Habib Hamid bin Hud Al-Atthos (Cililitan, Jakarta),
17. KH Aniq Muhammadun (Pati, Central Java).

Langitan has been chosen because many of the founders of the party belong to the Langitan Forum. Chudry Sitompul says the party's forming is not due to disappointment in the PKB but rather because the clerics want to struggle in the legal and political arenas.

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March 31st 2007.

On the occasion of the launching of the Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Ulama (PKNU) in Tuban Ma'ruf Amin said that although the party was Islamically based it did not seek a change to the fundamental make-up of the country, it did not seek to establish an Islamic state. He said the PKNU supported the application of Islamic law in the private sphere without burdening those of other faiths.

In the public sphere the PKNU would seek laws that had an Islamic spirit, but without the formal strictures of the sharia, so that finally secular and religious law could be in harmony. [6]

There appears to be some confusion over the name of the party with one media outlet calling it the Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Umat. [7]


9 Comments on “Partai Kebangkitan Nasional Ulama”

  1. avatar Retarders says:
    November 22nd, 2006 at 2:07 am

    AllahmuBarBar! We’ve got a new political party, but we can’t eat tomorrow.

  2. avatar Tomaculum says:
    November 22nd, 2006 at 2:18 am

    Retarders I invite you to join my new party PMHTPK (Partai Mau Hidup Tenang Perut Kenyang), and I guarantee you will get enough to eat tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and so on.

  3. avatar Pesilat says:
    December 5th, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    If in Europe, history of political parties from–Liberals to Greens–have been the history of political protests, it seems natural if new parties continue to emerge in Indonesia: so many things need to be protested! A higher electoral threshold hopefully will help this symptom. But this is just a symptom. The actual desease is political short-sightness: those who hold power in parties tend to be authoritarian, those who do not tend to be impatient with institutional games. This ‘primitive’ political behaviors are understandable to some extent, since most of Indonesian politicians are autodidacts, perhaps they have not fully understood how to use parties’ organizational systems to negotiate interests and resolve conflicts; yet one thing is worrying: they seem have no concerns whatsoever to the voters!

  4. avatar A. Muhammad Misni says:
    December 12th, 2006 at 10:24 am

    Assalamu alaikum wr.wb

    Thank for all. I am very glad on establised new party. I would like to join with you. How the procedure for join ? Now I am posititioning in Malang – east Java.

    Thank a lot

  5. avatar Badrut Tamam Gaffas says:
    December 14th, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    “Diverse in unity” is one thing should be held to, whether step in different way but always try to keep the same aim. Build Islamic welfare, strengthen Islamic capability and maintain Islamic spirit to give a beautiful color to Indonesia.

  6. avatar Ryan revolt says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I think no matters how lot of Parties, infact there is no change, the most importing now is, we have to change the Indonesia political system with the Islamic way, that is the Syariah Law

  7. avatar Pemimpin dan Kepentingan says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    [...] reformasi. PKB masih belum tuntas dengan PKB versi Gus Dur vs Muhaimin-nya. Sebelumnya sudah ada PKNU dan Partai Persatuan Nahdatul Ummah. Lalu ada Partai Matahari Bangsa yang meskipun tidak menyatakan [...]

  8. avatar ahmad rosidin says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I do belive, when party have the good program. and ready a concept, management and opertional. to face everything is easy. I proud of PKNU, event new comer but many kyais gave support. many experience touch us that small community be winner when they have capability. embrace all levels not NU only. but, we have all levels to build pknu be strong. long live, religious-nasioanalism-democracy.

  9. avatar Dwiwarna says:
    October 4th, 2008 at 3:21 am

    We need more nationalism.. than just make so many dicotomies. we have to build the trust and believe amongs people in indonesia.. so great to participate the Election.. but pls be always aware and hears what the people scream… welfare is just far enough to gain… but make people strong… will cover the problem… at least to be positive



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