Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Muslims to create peaceful zone in Papua?

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Muslims in Indonesia`s easternmost province of Papua are committed to turning the province into a peaceful zone, local Muslim figures said here on Tuesday. After performing Idul Fitri prayer at Jayapura Grand Mosque here, Hi Ridwan and Hi Udin said the Muslims in Papua, especially in capital Jayapura, were committed to maintaining religious harmony in the province. They made the statement in a bid to uphold a declaration made by the leaders of five major religions in Papua to make the province a peaceful zone in the country. Both Hi Ridwan and Hi Udin also called on the Muslims and the people in other parts across the country not to be easily provoked by irresponsible parties or groups who intentionally create disorder in the community. "If ever a party or a group of people who dare to create chaos in Papua, the Muslims here will arrest them and bring them to court to undergo existing legal process in the country," Ridwan and Udin noted. The prayer that started at 7 a.m. local time was led by Adrus Al-Hamid, chief of provincial religious affairs ministry office. Meanwhile in his sermon, Moh Habib, the dean of Jayapura Al-Fatah State Islamic College, called on the Muslims in the city to coexist in perfect harmony with people of other faiths.

So, let me get this straight. "If ever a party or a group of people who dare to create chaos in Papua, the Muslims here will arrest them and bring them to court to undergo existing legal process in the country," Ridwan and Udin noted. Well then, start arresting Laskar Jihad and TNI (military). No? I didn't think so. Lip service by Muslims again. Maybe your intentions are good but the reality is until Papua is given freedom from the opression of the Indonesian government, there will be no peace. I pray that the situation doesn't turn into another Timor Leste (East Timor).

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