Chairperson of the Gerindra Party DPP, Habiburokhman, said the ulama's support was important for the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno coalition. Therefore, he welcomed the holding of Ijtima 'Ulama II regarding the decision to support the scholars.
"I think the support of every important element of society, especially the clerics. Ulama are the role models of the people whose speech is heard by the public. So of course this support greatly adds to our confidence," Habiburokhman said, met while attending Ijtima 'Ulama II, at the Grand Hotel Cempaka, Sunday (16/9).
He emphasized the commitment of the Prabowo-Sandiaga camp to embrace all the people in Indonesia, ranging from scholars to other religious communities. It hopes that there will be no sentiments towards certain groups.
"We want people who express opinions not to be criminalized. We want democracy to be upheld. So don't exist, we don't want certain sentiments towards certain groups," he said.
Habiburokhman also said that Prabowo-Sandiaga wanted to maintain security for the entire community, in this case the ulama and other religious leaders. He asserted, he wanted to provide guarantees to the whole community so that there would be no criminalization against them.
"There is no criminalization of the ulama, and there is no criminalization against the leadership of other religions, other religions. We Indonesia belongs to every element of the nation, so both the majority and minority must be respected," he said.
On this Sunday, Ijtima 'Ulama II was announced to determine the direction of the ulama's support in Indonesia. Previously, Ijtima 'Ulama I was carried out and decided to support Prabowo Subianto as a presidential candidate.
However, the vice-presidential candidate recommended by the First Ulama Council, namely Ustaz Abdul Somad and Salim Segaf Al-jufri, has not been fulfilled by Prabowo. Therefore, the direction of the ulama's support will be determined and an integrity pact will be given in order to be obeyed by Prabowo.
Habiburokhman said Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno was a name that was also supported by scholars. He said the right was based on the Ulama Judgment that had been held at the DKI Province level in the 2017 Pilkada.
"If we remember, this Sandiaga is a Muslim leader who has been recommended by the Imam 'Ulama at the DKI level, so Pak Sandi is not a new person for the ulama," Habiburokhman said.
Habiburokhman emphasized that Sandiaga's name would also be well received by scholars. "Because of the political dynamics, it cannot be exactly like the redundant Ijtima Ulama I, but we know that the figure is a figure that can be accepted by the ulama," Habiburokhman said.
The GNPF Ulama will hold the Ijtima 'Ulama Volume II in Jakarta on Sunday (16/9). In the event, 1,000 ulama and a number of national figures will be attended.
The chairman of the GNPF Ulama, Yusuf Martak, confirmed that his party would hold the ulema's scholarship back on Sunday (16/9). According to Yusuf Martak, ijtima ulama volume II is a follow-up rather than the results of previous recommendations which are not well accommodated by political parties.
Given the results of the first scholarship recommendation, Prabowo Subianto-Salim Segaf or Prabowo-Ustadz Abdul Somad. However, in reality Prabowo chose Sandiaga Uno as his companion.
"Due to a pair that is not accommodated by the candidate pair who has determined the candidate list, namely Prabowo-Sandiaga. So, in a mechanism we hold a second agreement, that is we return the rights to the ulama and national figures," Yusuf Martak said at a press conference in South Jakarta. Thursday (13/9).