Police take part in a Sharia regulation crackdown in Aceh, 2015. (Antara Photo/Ampelsa)

Sharia Regulations Not Included in Reforms: Home Minister


JUNE 16, 2016

Jakarta. Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo has been forced to deny allegations that the cancellation of 3,143 regional regulations also included several sharia-based regulations.

"Who erased them? Nobody cancelled those [sharia regulations]," Tjahjo said at his office in Jakarta, Wednesday (15/06).

He reiterated the central government's respect for sharia regulations, such as those in effect in Aceh.

"For example, Aceh wants to apply Islamic sharia in its region, it is allowed. But if the same wants to be applied also in Jakarta, it surely can't be done," Tjahjo said.

He explained that the cancelled regional regulations have all been related strictly to the economy.

"Everything is about investments. We do not interfere with regulations based on Islamic sharia," he said.

The minister said he had received a short message claiming the reforms had cancelled sharia regulations.

"The negative sentiment is common, whereas the framing uses regional autonomy issues clashed with Islamic issues or sharia. The Home Affairs Ministry, as the axis of the government, will not be trapped into such negative framing," Tjahjo said.