FPI Needs Image Overhaul: Governor-Elect Anies Baswedan
Jakarta Governor- elect Anies Baswedan has called for the Islamic Defenders Front, the hardline Muslim group better known as FPI, to rebrand as a group which promotes Pancasila, the country’s founding ideology.
Tempo reported Baswedan attended the group’s 19th anniversary celebrations on Saturday, Aug. 19, where he made the address.
“I want to reiterate what I have said before, that from now on the FPI must prove itself as one of the organizations that serve as guardians of the country’s diversity,” Baswedan said, as reported by Tempo.
Baswedan, a former education minister in the President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo cabinet, called for the group to help in finding solutions to inequalities and injustice which threaten national unity.
“We should not only make efforts to preserve the country’s unity, but also fight for social justice for all people in Indonesia,” Baswedan said, as reported by Tempo.
FPI, under the leadership of Rizieq Shihab, spearheaded the campaign against former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or ‘Ahok,’ including a number of protests which saw millions of Muslim protesters shut down the city.