Nahdlatul Ulama, Ansor and other Moslem Mass Organization are Strongly Demand the Dissolution of HTI
On July 7, 2017 the National Leadership of Nahdlatul Ulama and more than ten of other Moslem Mass Organizations firmly remind and demand the Government’s plan to strongly decide the dissolution of Hizbut Tharir of Indonesia.
Nahdlatul Ulama on behalf of those various Moslem Mass Organizatonm to have raised their demand referring to the facts : first, The Republic of Indonesia was founded based on nationally agreed Pancasila Philosophy and the Constitution of1945 since the Proclaimation of Independence on August 17, 1945.
Second, Pancasila Philosophy and the Constitution of 1945 have successfully united the Country and the People of Indonesia as the Unitary State of The Republic of Indonesia for 7 8 years.
Third, the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is Democratic Country and democratically to have decided Pancasila Democracy as stipulated in the Constitution of 1945 as the basic Philosophy and the Political Principle in running the Country.
Fourth, the Caliphate ideological and political principles adopted by Hizbut Tharir of Indonesia is definitely the extreme philosophy, that means it is against the Pancasila Philosophy and the Constitution of 1945.
Fith, Hizbut Tharir of Indonesia being the branch of the foreign Organization is apparently radical and transnational character.
Sixth, the Government of Indonesia should strongly dismiss Hizbut Tharir of Indonesia to prevent the development of the Caliphate in Indonesia.
Meanwhile the Youth Movement of Ansor demands the Government urgently publish the Government Regulation Applied as Law to decide the dissolution of Hizbut Tharir of Indonesia (HTI) which is adopting the Caliphate Ideology and Political teaching.
The Government is considered too slow in implementing plan to dissolve HTI through the legal process. The slow action of the Government to dissolve HTI to have given chance for HTI to continue their activities developing the Caliphate teaching. Is not clear what does it mean with dissolving HTI through the legal process. However people tend to describe the “legal process” means the dissolution of HTI based on the decisionof the Court of Justice.
Ansor is criticizing the Government attitude that neglects this crucial problem to be continuously faced by the majority of the Indonesian Moslem who are respecting Pancasila philosophy and the Constitution 1945. Gus Yagut the Chairman of Ansor on July 7, 2017 was complaining to the media.
Gus Yagut said after it was announced on May 8, 2017 until now the Government’s plan to dismiss HTI has not yet developed significantly. The Government keeps silent and there is no any legal step to be taken by the Government. The society is asking the seriousness of the Government to dissolve the existence of HTI, which is clearly trying to develop the Caliphate which is against Pancasila philosophy, Gus Yagut said.
Ansor also realize legally based on Law No 17 of 2013 the dissolution of HTI should be based of the decision of the Court of Justice, however based on the urgent situation the Government could publish the Government Regulation Applied as Law to dissolve HTI.
This state action is just a matter of the Government’s courage to make this urgent legal step. The Government based on the State Interest of Pancasila and the Constitutionof1945 should be courage enough to make the courage decision to solve this crucial situation.
Definitely the dissolution of HTI through the Court of Justice would take long time, accordingly to publish the Governmen Regulation ASpplied as Law to be the challenge of the People’s Sovereignty Holder of to take the decision, The President of The Republic of Indonesia.
The legal alternative to publish the Government Regulation Applied as Law should be urgently decided by te Government, otherwise the activities of HTI would be going on.
Until now the leader of HTI is still occasionally invited by a certain group of people to give a briefing concerning the present political situation. This briefing were definitely criticizing the present national development which is run based on Pancasila philosophy and the political system based on the Constitution of 1945.
According to Ansor, the ending goal of HTI is to size the political power of Indonesia. The State of The Republic of Indonesia would be changed, Pancasila philosophy and the Democratic System based on the Constitution of1945 would be changed to become the new state based on the Caliphate.
It is no question if HTI is politically influencing, HTI will definitely try to take over the political power through “makar” or armed rebellion. Accordingly before HTI is becoming strong , this militant organization should be dissolved.
Observer tend of the opinion the political move of the Central Leadership of NU, The Youth Movement of Ansor and various other Moslem mass organization to remind the Government on the Government’s plan to dissolve HTI should be considered as te awareness of the Moslem society to the serious danger of the presence of HTI.
Being the Moslem society who accepts Pancasila Philosophy and the Constitution of 1945 as the Ideological and Political System of the Republic of Indonesia the reminding of the National Leadership of NU should be responded significantly by the Government. The reminding of the Leadership of NU, Ansor and of the various Moslem Mass Organization is the strong indication of the serious threat against the Indonesian Moslem unity posed by the campaign of the Caliphate Element within the Moslem society of Indonesia is seriously felt by the Moslem soiety.
Being the country which is consisting of various races, tribes and religion the Unity of among the Indonesian Moslem society is definitely very essential. The Indonesian Moslem definitely is aware the Extremism and Radicalism among a certain group of Moslem are not new in the history of this Country. Accordingly the presence of the Moslem element of HTI who are Extreme in Ideological aspect and Political view and radical in implementing the Idea is definitely a serious problem that should be urgently responded.
The Government of Indonesia should realized the similar situation such as happens in Marawi in Mindanao, the Philippines is not something impossible for this country. Again the Government of Indonesia should look back to the Indonesian history of 1950-1980 to remind what had happened in various part of this country.
Concerning HTI various discussion has been made and concluded the most significant step taken will be the President of the Republic of Indonesia publishes the Government Regulation Applied as Law decides The Caliphate (Khilafah Islamiah) is forbidden to be develop in Indonesia; HTI as the political organization which is developing the Caliphate is dissolverd; The members of HTI after dissolved could perform their Moslem teaching as the respected religion normally.
Of course the existing of HTI is not the only potential threat for the emerge of Extremism and radicalism, it is definitely also the failure of the Country to realize the principle of social and justice among the whole Indonesian people is also another essential problem that should not be neglected. The more wider of the gap between the Rich and the Poor of this Country should not be covered by those illusioned success of the macro economic.
It is likely the Comprehensive Analysis of the Situation of the Country to be necessarily and essentially made. This analysis is likely important to coup with the situation of this country integrately.
*) Lieutenant General (Ret) Soedibyo, Political and Security Observer.