This morning I had a little business on campus. I started out on city bus and after the business was complete, I chosed to downsize the walk home. I walked far enough. I do not think that the trip could be so long. Moreover, the weather is quite hot because of the dry season in Indonesia.
Having exhausted at my walk, I finally reached the Kentungan intersection. In one corner of the intersection was a place to put banners. There was a large banner located there. My surprise that it came from a banner Hizb ut-Tahrir Assembly of Indonesia. Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international party reluctant to participate in a democratic election.
Because I do not know the particulars of this group, then I do not know why they are reluctant to vote for the legislature and executive. What I wonder was, why they can do an event at an official institution?. In the poster stated that they will hold an event in the auditorium of the Indonesian Islamic University in Yogyakarta.
I tried to think, why UII allow the building to be used by a fundamentalist movement?. Ideals of Hizb ut-Tahrir is clear. They want to establish a caliphate in the world. Not only in Indonesia. After a long thought myself, finally I know roughly what the answer is.
To counteract radicalism can not be a radical way anyway. It would be easier to control and dialogue with the fundamentalists if they were allowed to gather in the open. Open in the sense familiar to people. If this movement is pressed, it will actually make them more hardened radicalization.
Indeed, fundamentalism is still a problem in Indonesia. However, we have to react in a rational way. UII measures, an old college in Yogyakarta, is quite appropriate I think.
pict by Emile Seno Aji