FPI Needs Im­age Over­haul: Gov­er­nor-Elect Anies Baswedan

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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.

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