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Jakarta Post

Depok wants residents to be more religious

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil and Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 21 2019   /  12:17 am

The Depok administration in West Java is still seeking an opportunity to pass a draft bylaw to make Depok a “religious city”, which it claims will encourage people to conduct good deeds, despite it having been rejected by the city council.Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris said the administration wanted to encourage its citizens to do good and avoid bad behavior to create a harmonious, peaceful, safe and orderly society.He said the bylaw was made to strengthen Depok residents’ social life according to the first principle of Pancasila, which is belief in one God.“Depok society is heterogenous with residents [of different ethnic backgrounds and] different cultures and religions. So we need a regulation to create a harmonious society,” Idris said on Sunday.He brushed off concerns that the draft bylaw aimed to regulate residents’ private matters in practicing their faith. He argued that ...