VP asks Muslim students not to become `habitual demonstrators`

Palembang (ANTARA News) – Vice President Jusuf Kalla asked students grouped in the Indonesian Muslim Students Association (HMI) to become academics and servants of society instead of “habitual demonstrators and protesters.”

Speaking at the opening of the 26th HMI congress here on Monday, the vice president said Indonesian Muslim students should render better services to the country and try to avoid recalcitrant behavior and involvement in demonstrations.

“It is true that Indonesia is currently facing big problems and the HMI should also help find their solutions. HMI members should behave as good students instead of getting perennially involved in useless demonstrations and protests,” Kalla said.

The vice president made the remarks in reaction to critical comments made by HMI executive board chairman Hami Fajar Yulkarnaen who said earlier that Indonesia was now in a lot of trouble.

According to Kalla, every problem and shortcoming should be solved together.

“People sometimes think of problems and difficulties while the hymn of HMI starts with the word: `thankful and sincere.` Therefore, everything should be started with thankfulness and sincerity rather than with bitter complaints about the country`s conditions,” Kalla said.

Commenting on the dispute between HMI DIPO (those who accept the Muslim religion as the organization`s basic principles) and HMI MPO (those who reject it), the vice president said Islam was a religion of peace and therefore the conflict should be settled peacefully.

He said only brave persons were capable of starting a conflict but those capable of reconciliation were braver.

As the vice president was about to beat a gong to mark the opening of the congress, he asked HMI MPO chairman Syahrul Effendi and HMI DIP chairman Fajar Yulkarnaen to stand beside him. (*)





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