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Ganjar asks civil servants who support radicalism to resign

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Wed, July 24, 2019   /   06:21 pm
Ganjar asks civil servants who support radicalism to resign Members of the hard-line Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia stage a rally to promote the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in Malang, East Java. (Kompas.com/File)

Civil servants who have been exposed to radicalism should resign, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo stated after learning that a civil servant was a supporter of a disbanded organization.

“Remember the civil servant oath. We work to serve the people,” Ganjar said while opening a coordination meeting in Semarang on Tuesday.

He said he had learned that a civil servant may have been “infected” by radicalism as the person had “liked” the online content of a disbanded organization and khilafah (caliphate), a system of Islamic rule under a leader considered to be a successor of Prophet Muhammad.

“[They] are an OPD [regional apparatus organization] admin. [We have] traced their online activity. Just resign in a good manner,” Ganjar said.  

He also asked others who had experienced anxiety regarding ideology to meet with him so he could find a  solution for them.

Ganjar previously asked the Civil Service Commission (KASN) to dismiss civil servants that appeared to support intolerance and radicalism, arguing that those who had been exposed to such beliefs would continue fighting on social media.

“Bringing them back to the NKRI will be very difficult,” said Ganjar, referring to the abbreviation of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Last year, the Association of Islamic Boarding School and Society Development and Rumah Kebangsaan discovered that 41 of the 100 mosques in ministry, state agency and state-owned enterprise complexes in Jakarta had radical Islamic teachings espoused during Friday sermons.