Aside from my interview with the only female judge at the Constitutional Court, Maria Farida Indarti (hv been promising myself that I would rewrite the interview as soon as I got the willingness), a feature on how religious conflicts started to sprung up in Jakarta's outskirts, I should add this last one on the list of my favorite pieces :D
I have a few reasons:
1. It was a very comprehensive research report and there are a LOT of interesting facts on how local radical organizations in greater Jakarta and West Java came into being.
2. I think I was the only one who use that angle *smug*
But yeah, the original was 885 words and edited version was 657.
I'm gonna put the cropped part here (unedited), because to me it was interesting :p
Bonar mentioned that the feeling of alienation and social frustration of the elites of these organizations also contributed to radical actions.
"Chep from GARIS once allied with Yusril Ihza Mahendra from PBB. But he was disappointed at Yusril when he was elected as justice and human rights ministry and forgot about their original agenda, which was implementing sharia," he said.
Ismail Hasani also added that even though FPI does not actively involved in political negotiations, Habib Rizieq were known to have established political deals.
"He once wanted to make his own party, labeled it Islamic Revolution Party," he said.
Chairman of FPI Jakarta Habib Salim bin Umar Alatas told the Globe that FPI does not support any particular political party.
"However, we are open for discussions. People can sit down with us, and we will provide candidates with inputs," he said.
According to Setara's report, during the 2009 elections, FUI and FPI had stated their open support for Jusuf Kalla and Wiranto for a promise that the pair would disband Ahmadiyah once they were elected. (personal note: one more reason to make me feel less guilty for voting for SBY :p)
This was also confirmed by Habib Salim.
"We supported [Jusuf] because there was a commitment between us. We would support whomever if they committed to disband cults and uphold [Islamic] law," he continued.
Sekian and Happy Holidays! :)