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Beware of Intolerance Actions Before Christmas


By: Alif Fikri )*

Intolerance is indeed a threat in itself, especially when some people in Indonesia want to celebrate Christmas. The potential for intolerant actions must of course be anticipated and watched out for in order to avoid actions that are detrimental to many parties.

Brig . Sulaiman asked all policy holders in Central Java to be vigilant and invited the public to participate in monitoring this potential vulnerability.

          This was conveyed by Brigadier General Sulaiman on the occasion of the Central Java Forkopimda meeting to improve the conducive atmosphere during Nataru, at the Gradika Building, Jalan Pahlawan, Semarang.


          The potential for terror can be seen from the analysis after the terror at the Astana Anyar Police, Bandung. It is suspected that the terrorist network carried out a lot of communication in the Central Java region.

          Sulaiman explained, after being traced because he lived in Sukoharjo, his family in Sukoharjo and his network communicated with the average person in Central Java. They are the convicts’ friends and several families who are considered close so that it is necessary to pay attention to all levels of society, where whatever the reason, the potential for terror is a threat.

          His party believes that law enforcement officials, both the Regional Police, Special Detachment 88 and the Regional Military Command, have taken maximum action to anticipate this. However, according to him, cooperation with various parties is still needed.

          From an intelligence point of view, this power is not enough to oversee the people of Central Java, which number as many as 27 million. Therefore synergy is strengthened between elements of society. Forkopimda also needs to be involved to detect the potential for intolerance.

          Especially from around 248 former convicts in Central Java. As many as 79 of them stated that they still held radical views.

          It turns out that those who have not changed radically are difficult to soften, so that togetherness or synergy is needed in monitoring them.

          Then another threat is the potential for intolerant people, especially on social media. Sulaiman said that intolerant people rarely carry out physical activities openly, however, he also invited the public to participate in monitoring.

          Sulaiman emphasized that if there were any suspicious indications, let alone those who were detected were intolerant people, he asked the public to report this matter to the authorities in order to get follow-up.

          On a different occasion, Inspector General of Police M Fadil as the Metro Jaya Police Chief requested that his staff be prepared to anticipate threats of terror and intolerance during Nataru.       

          He also revealed that there would be potential threats and disturbances to public security and order (kamtibmas) that must be watched out for during the Nataru celebration.

          He said, there must be coordination and cooperation between all stakeholders to ensure the Nataru moment can run safely and smoothly.

          In line with this, the Head of Public Relations of Polda Metro Jaya, Kombes Pol Endra Zulpan said that his party would reduce Nataru’s security force by 7,421 personnel.

          Zulpan also explained that the thousands of personnel would be placed in 1,385 churches within the jurisdiction of Polda Metro Jaya.

          Apart from that, the police were also deployed to several locations which are predicted to be the center of New Year’s Eve celebrations.       

          Meanwhile, National Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said that his party deployed 166 thousand police personnel to secure the Nataru holiday.

          Listyo explained, the police would do their best to provide security so that community activities and activities could take place safely and comfortably.

          Security is important when approaching Christmas and New Year celebrations. So that all elements of society must be able to ward off doctrinal attacks from intolerant people.

          If the attitude of intolerance is increasingly highlighted, of course the decline of a nation is a necessity, because this attitude makes it difficult for the government to develop policies.

          In addition, intolerance also has the potential to cause divisions due to social conflicts in social life. It could be because of the economy, social status, race, ethnicity, religion and culture.

          Vice President Ma’ruf Amin once regretted the practice of intolerance which had reached the point of not wanting to be friendly, sitting next to each other or conducting business activities with groups or individuals of different religions or beliefs. He is also worried that if this intolerance is allowed to continue, it will be dangerous and undermine the integrity of the Indonesian nation.

          Intolerance that is allowed is of course going to threaten the values of diversity in Indonesia. So that synergy is needed from all parties to reduce intolerant attitudes or thoughts.

          People have the right to worship according to their religion and belief, of course intolerance will only damage the harmony of society that has been built. Therefore, security forces and the public must be able to work together in wary of the spread of intolerance. )* The author is a contributor to the Nusa Bangsa Institute

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