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Jakarta Post

Govt looks for ways to curb radicalism among youth

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 3 2011   /  08:00 am

The government is intensifying efforts to quell radicalism among the country’s youth, a mission one official says will be difficult to carry out.

Machasin, the Religious Affairs Ministry’s director of Islamic higher education, said the ministry had eyed a few strategies for preventing radical Islamic ideas from infiltrating educational institutions, but also wanted to ensure that the strategies would not hamper religious freedom.

“We acknowledge that we need to do something to address the problem of [radicalism], but we have to be careful because religion is an area where we can’t strictly control,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Machasin argued that the government could neither control nor prevent people from teaching others about anything.

“Everybody has the right to teach anything to anyone. Prophet Muhammad even urged Muslims to teach others even...