ACEH: At 3am, there was a knock at the door. When Daud and his wife opened up, they saw a plain-clothes policeman standing there.Just two hours earlier, Daud had placed a lottery bet via text message. Although the amount was only 10,000 rupiah (S$0.93), he was nabbed for gambling.Under syariah law in Aceh, the 42-year-old security guard had a choice between serving a prison sentence, paying a fine in gold or being flogged in public. The sole breadwinner of his family chose the corporal punishment.But that humiliation he endured in 2015 has left him traumatised. “To have been caned was more painful than the pain I suffered, especially when it was done in front of the public,” he told the programme Insight.They cheered and shouted as if a football player had scored a goal. They wanted to embarrass us.Three years ago was when Aceh implemented stricter syariah laws, including on adultery, homosexuality, gambling and public display of affection outside marriage.Even non-Muslims … [Read more...] about 20 years of syariah: From floggings to vigilante attacks, how far will Aceh go?
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Jakarta. Preliminary results from key voting districts in the regional elections held on Wednesday (27/06) show wins for popular candidates with proven track records, demonstrating that voters' preferences transcend religious and ethnic sentiments. Award-winning Bantaeng district chief Nurdin Abdullah has a double-digit lead over his closest rival in the South Sulawesi gubernatorial race, based on several quick counts taken from a random sample of polling stations. Former Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil leads in the West Java gubernatorial race after securing around 32 percent of the vote, while in Central Java, popular incumbent Ganjar Pranowo secured a landslide victory over contender Sudirman Said, a former minister in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's cabinet. Quick-count results by pollsters also indicate a win for Khofifah Indar Parawangsa, another former minister in Jokowi's cabinet, who ran against incumbent, Deputy Governor Saifullah Yusuf. "I think this indicates that people have a … [Read more...] about Quick Counts Show Preference for Proven Candidates as Peaceful Polls End
Hundreds of people flocked to the Bogor Palace on the outskirts of Jakarta on Friday morning to celebrate Idul Fitri with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Dozens of becak (pedicab) drivers were among Jokowi’s guests queuing to meet the President and First Lady Iriana, as reported by kompas.com. The event came after a similar open house gathering Jokowi hosted earlier on Friday for Cabinet members, top state officials and politicians, including the Democratic Party’s Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, who is seeking to run in the 2019 presidential election. “This year, me and my family are spending [Idul Fitri] in Bogor […],” Jokowi wrote on his official Twitter account @jokowi on Thursday. “Let’s forgive each other with sincerity in the spirit of Idul Fitri.” Last year, Jokowi hosted an Idul Fitri celebration and open house event at the State Palace in Jakarta, which was his first since taking office in 2014. He … [Read more...] about Pedicab drivers, politicians welcomed at Jokowi’s home in Bogor
Islamic organizations should make their own list of moderate preachers to promote religious moderation, a renowned Muslim scholar has said following the Religious Affairs Ministry’s release of a similar document. “The Indonesian Ulema Council [MUI] or other Islamic organizations should make their list, and they should cooperate with Islamic universities in making the list so that the names on it could be academically assessed,” Azyumardi Azra of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta said as quoted by tempo.co. He said the preachers should meet certain standards and such requirements were needed to prevent provocative preaching. Preachers in countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Egypt, he added, must be licensed to give a sermon. “Indonesian preachers do not have to obtain a permit, but the freedom is often misused,” he said. The list of moderate preachers released by the Religious Affairs Ministry has stirred public debate, but … [Read more...] about List of moderate Islamic preachers needed: Scholar
Jakarta. Both the current president and his main rival four years ago send signals that they will face each other again in the 2019 presidential election. But who are their prospective running mates? President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is already supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the Golkar Party, the United Development Party (PPP), the People's Conscience Party (Hanura), the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) and two new players on the political scene: the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and the United Indonesia Party (Perindo). His competitor, retired general and chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, seems to be still in talks to obtain an endorsement from the undecided — the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party (PD). In order to compete, a presidential candidate has to be supported by a political party, or a … [Read more...] about Who Should Jokowi and Prabowo Choose as Running Mates?