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Ahok Case, Diversity, And Law Enforcement

 COMMENTARY 15.12.2016

In the past few months, blasphemy case affecting Basuki Tjahaja Purnama known as Ahok, has attracted the attention of public in Indonesia and even in the world. The case is widely known not only because he is a public official who is running for the regional head election in 2017, but also because of the background of the case which has Tribe, Religion, Race, Inter Group or SARA background. The emphasis is Ahok who is from minority group has been accused of degrading the majority religion in Indonesia. The recent development of this case is that Ahok is undergoing legal process in the court.

Indonesia has always been haunted by racial sentiments. In fact it has recorded a number of dark histories of the nation at the beginning of the reform era, when large-scale racial conflicts occurred in at least two regions. Hopefully the conflict was finally able to be terminated and has not spread to other areas. However, the trauma of the conflict still continues to haunt. It is not surprising in many instances stakeholders continuously remind the whole nation to make the tragedies that have occurred as an important lesson and hope the same event does not let it happen again. Indonesian people should be aware that the nation is destined to be very diverse. The country consists of hundreds of tribes, culture and customs, religions and beliefs. Indeed, efforts to raise awareness must be followed up with a spirit of tolerance, mutual respect, and their tolerance. But still not one hundred percent safe from small ripples nuances of Tribalreligiousracial, and intergroup relations (SARA). Moreover, in such an open democracy, there may be a person who uses this issue to gain unilateral advantage.

Truly, in a more or less the same, something like this happens not only in Indonesia but also in the other hemisphere. So what to do?

Truly, in a more or less similar form, such things not only occur in Indonesia but also in other parts of the world. So what should be done?

South African regime has terminated the apartheid system which started since the beginning of the 20th century until 1990. The governments with any ideology now do not want to be called running a discriminatory policy to its people. The credo saying Law is the commander, of course, on the basis of political views and ideology of their respective countries. In Indonesia, it is expected that the law enforcer should prevent divisions caused by conflict with Tribalreligiousracial, and intergroup relations nuances. The settlement through legal channels is seen as the best path. Although actually simple and cheap pre-emptive efforts can also be done, like through the examples of the leaders to keep his tongues, because this could easily be a gap of conflict. The attitude and behavior of the leaders is believed to be an investment with significant impact in the long term and to preserve and unearth the noble values, in Indonesia and the world.

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