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Jakarta Post

Ma'ruf 'could do more' to develop sharia economy

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Vice President Ma'ruf Amin speaks at a press conference on COVID-19 in Jakarta on Monday.(courtesy of Vice Presidential Press Bureau/--)

As a respected elder figure among the Muslim grassroots, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin was initially expected to play a significant role in enacting policies that could benefit Indonesia’s majority-Muslim population. But analysts have suggested that Ma’ruf could still do more to promote the sharia economy and finance. As the former chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the supreme leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, Ma’ruf was well placed to play a major role in promoting the sharia economy in Indonesia. But more concrete actions were expected of him after being sworn in as the nation’s second-in-command, said Kunto Adi Wibobo, executive director of Jakarta-based pollster KedaiKOPI. “His position as the vice president would be vital in developing the sharia economy and finance, but it didn’t automatically pave the way for him [to bec...