Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla is scheduled to take part in the Takabonerate Island Expedition in Selayar Islands, South Sulawesi, on Nov. 27-29. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Kalla Chides Islamic Students Association for Corruption, Paid Protests


JUNE 29, 2016

Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has insinuated that the image of the Islamic Students Association, or HMI, and its alumni organization Kahmi have been tainted by corruption.

"The chairman of the Supreme Court said [many of] those who are corrupt are also part of the HMI," Kalla said during a fast-breaking event at the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday evening (29/06).

He added that the HMI also came to be closely associated in various parts of the country with the image of an organization that offers protestors for hire.

"Don't allow the HMI to become only about Kopaja [public minibuses]. [You] rent Kopaja and bring flags. Even in the regions, they would call on the HMI if they want to have a protest. In the end, it is [considered as] a paid protest, including in Makassar [South Sulawesi],"Kalla said.

The vice president said the HMI's homework was to improve the organization, which has shaped many prominent figures, including himself.

"To be better means to maintain quality and knowledge. The question is whether the present HMI is still capable of producing great alumni," Kalla added.

He concluded that at least 12 cabinet members have been groomed by the HMI and based on that fact, the organization's younger generation is seen as having less of a voice.

Several HMI members currently serving in government attended the event, including Land and Spatial Planning Minister Ferry Mursyidan Baldan, Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) chairman Harry Azhar Azis, Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairman Muliaman Hadad, former Constitutional Court chairman Mahfud M.D. and Komaruddin Hidayat, rector of the Syarief Hidayatullah National Islamic University.