MUI's Ma'ruf Amin Accepts Ahok's Apology, Calls for Calm


FEBRUARY 02, 2017

Jakarta. Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI, Ma'ruf Amin has accepted the apology of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for objecting to his testimony during the blasphemy trial.

"He [Ahok] should be forgiven if he apologizes," Ma'ruf told reporters at his residence in North Jakarta on Wednesday evening (01/02).

During the eighth session of Ahok's blasphemy trial, Ma'ruf made statements contradicting information the incumbent governor's lawyers have in their possession. Ahok's objection was interpreted by the largest Indonesian Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) as an insult against their spiritual leader.

Ma'ruf has accepted the apology after receiving Chief Maritime Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, accompanied by Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan and Jakarta Military chief Maj. Gen. Teddy Lhaksmana.

"They visited me because I am an elder. I request the [Muslim] community to keep calm and maintain stability," Ma'ruf said.