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Jakarta Post

Religious representation 'vital', experts say after Religious Affairs Ministry blunder

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 14, 2020   /  10:32 am
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Catholics attend a White Thursday mass at the Jakarta Cathedral on April. 18, 2019. White Thursday mass is held in the week leading up to Easter.(Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

To ensure the rights of all religious groups in the country are protected, it is vital that representatives of each group hold strategic posts in the Religious Affairs Ministry’s community guidance directorates general, experts have said following the public outcry over the recent appointment of a Muslim official as the acting head of Catholic affairs. Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razy’s decision to appoint a Muslim to head the Catholic Affairs Community Guidance Directorate General caused disquiet among followers of the religion. Acknowledging the move was a blunder, the ministry appointed Aloma Sarumaha as the acting director general, replacing the ministry's secretary-general Nur Kholis Setiawan who was previously appointed to the position. Aloma, who is a Catholic, previously held the position of secretary in the same directorate general. Aloma’s ...