Invalidation of Citizenship of Indonesians Supporting ISIS Demanded

JAKARTA ~

The Muhammadiyah Youth organization urged the government to declare invalid the citizenship of Indonesians supporting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

There were 20 Indonesians, former terrorist convicts, had reportedly left for Iraq to join ISIS.

“Firm measure is necessary to prevent them from returning to Indonesia to spread their ideology,” Saleh Partaonan Daulay, the general chairman of the organization said.

All official documents in their hands should be revoked to prevent them from using Indonesian passport, Saleh added.

He said police have claimed knowledge of the Indonesians joining ISIS, therefore, it should be easy to take the necessary action.

The government has said ISIS is an illegal organization and its ideology is prohibited in the country.

The national anti terrorist agency (BNPT) even calls ISIS a terrorist organization, an offspring of Al-Qaeda.

BNPT chief Ansyaad Mbai was quoted as saying tens of terrorist suspects were recently nabbed in Bima, Poso and Bengkulu – all sworn members of ISIS. Mbai, therefore, also strongly called for the invalidation of the citizenship of Indonesians supporting ISIS.

Meanwhile, chairman of the central board of Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s largest non political Islamic organization, Slamet Effendy Yusuf said the Islamic state is not a new ideology in Indonesia.

Slamet blamed the administration of the New Order regime under President Suharto for the resurgence of the ideology of Islamic state in the country.

“It was the consequence of political strategy at that time,” he said here on Wednesday. There are still many people harboring the idea of establishing Islamic state in Indonesia, he said.

He pointed to emergence of similar movement in Solo under Abu Bakar Baasyir, who was later convicted as terrorist leader.

Therefore, the government is right with its decision to outlaw ISIS, he said.

“NKRI (the Unitary State of Indonesia) adopts the Pancasila ideology and ISIS claimed to have an Islamic ideology but not Islamic in its actions,” he said.

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