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Jakarta Post

Saminism followers want exemption from ‘religion section’ on e-ID

  • Ainur Rohmah

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Mon, July 2 2012   /  05:30 am

With not adhering to specific religion, followers of the Sedulur Sikep faith, better known as Samin, have requested exemption from filling in religion section on their electronic identity cards (e-ID).

A Samin elder from Larikrejo village, Undaan district, Kudus regency, Central Java, Budi Santoso hoped the government would respect and recognize the option by Samin to leave the religion section on the e-ID cards blank.

He said Sedulur Sikep members neither adhered to Islam nor any of the other of five official religions recognized by the state.

“District officials recently came to promote the implementation of e-ID but they did not specifically mention about the religion column. We wish it to be left blank,” Budi said in Semarang over the weekend.

The religion column on the ID cards of Samin followers in the past four years has in fact been omitted, but Bu...