REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) is currently examining chairman of the GNPF Ulama Board of Trustees, Habib Rizieq Shihab’s statement live streamed from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during 212 Alumni Reunion event on last Sunday (Dec 2). The institution explored the element of alleged violation in the speech of Habib Riziq who is also the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) grand imam.
According to Bawaslu member Rahmat Bagja, the agency found no violation of campaign regulation during the 212 Alumni Reunion Rally. However, Bawaslu DKI Jakarta was asked to investigate further.
“We are coordinating this case with police,” said Bagja on Monday (Dec 3).
According to Bagja, the speech must be explained, so there will be no differences of opinion with the police. Bawaslu DKI Jakarta investigation would focus on two things, namely to assessed whether Habib Rizieq’s speech was planned or not and whether Habib Rizieq listed as one of presidential candidate success teams or not.
Bagja said if Habib Rizieq joined a campaign team, then he was not allowed to give a speech at the 212 Alumni Reunion Rally. He stressed the speech is not allowed in the public meeting at this time.
“That’s why we examine, who knows if he (Habib Rizieq) joins a campaign team,” Bagja added.
Bagja said Habib Rizieq’s speech was a Bawaslu finding. Meanwhile, Bawaslu DKI Jakarta got seven days to examine the finding.
“We examine the alleged violation, seven days counted from the finding is discovered,” Bagja said.
In his speech, Habib Rizieq brought back the memory of the reunion participants about the cause of 212 rally. According to him, the 212 rally in 2016 was a battle of ideology, creed and propaganda.
Habib Rizieq praised the rally participants as fighters of the Holy Qur'an that had been defamed by then-governor of DKI Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama "Ahok".
"The scriptures are above all else, above the verse of the constitution. We Muslims must take care of all the holy verses which are divine revelations, the highest and must be obeyed," said HRS.
Habib Rizieq urged Muslims throughout Indonesia to jointly supervise and maintain the management of constitutional law in Indonesia. There are many legal verses born from the DPR, MPR, the President, to the regional heads.
Habib Rizieq said Muslims must maintain that all constitutional verses made by humans must be subject to the holy verses of the Koran.
Furthermore, Habib Rizieq said that the commitment of Muslims to uphold the holy verse is not contrary to the ideology of the state. He said Indonesia is a Pancasila country with the first principle, namely 'believe in the one Supreme God'. He said, the rights and obligations of Muslims to uphold the word of God are mandate of national principle.
Habib Rizieq also called on the reunion participants to contribute to the struggle for change. He appealed to the participants of the 212 reunion action to choose a leader recommended by the ulama in the Ijtima Ulema Forum.
"Choose the leader as recommended by the Ijtima Ulema result," said Habib Rizieq said.
Earlier, ulemas in an Ijtima II meeting in Jakarta on last September 16 have expressed support for presidential contender Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno for the next year's election. The Ulemas Ijtima II lent its support after Prabowo who is a former commandant of the Army's elite strike force Kapassus, signed an integrity pact made by the Ulemas.