The Jakarta Post
The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has returned fire at the leader of conservative Muslim group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab, after he threatened to report PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri for blasphemy.
"Pak Rizieq Shihab has so far spread hatred and divided the nation. All factions of the PDI-P are united in their defense of Ibu chairwoman and the party,” PDI-P secretary general Hasto Kristiyanto said in a statement on Tuesday as reported by tribunnews.com.
Rizieq who was questioned last week at the West Java Police headquarters in Bandung for allegedly insulting the state ideology Pancasila, threatened on Tuesday to report Megawati for insulting Islam.
In her speech during the celebration of the party’s anniversary last week, Megawati called on the nation’s “silent majority” to reject groups who threatened the unity of the nation and flouted the dictates of the Pancasila.
Hasto said Megwati’s speech had been written based on her love of the nation and strong commitment to the state ideology and the Constitution.
“If Pak Rizieq Shihab wants to challenge [Megawati], we are ready to face Pak Rizieq Shihab,” he said. (jun)
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