Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, February 13.
We begin with Kompas which wrote, "Beware of Identity Politics".
The Simultaneous Regional Election 2018 has entered the stage of electoral number. Although the campaign will begin on February 15, the political tension has already increased in several regions. Primordial sentiments, including ethnicity, religion, or region, occur in various regions to attack other candidates. The candidates who did not pass the qualification also brought political dynamics in several areas. Currently, the Election Supervisory Agency -Bawaslu also has received report on religiously offensive banners on Governor and Deputy Governor Election in West Kalimantan. In the social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, there are posts on election, by using primordial or religious sentiments. The primordial issues that drive people's votes, according to professor of Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University Jakarta, Azyumardi Azra, is not healthy for national integrity. The issue will cause discrimination towards fellow citizens and this is contradicting to the spirit of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.
Media Indonesia wrote, "Interfaith Tolerance Non-Negotiable".
The people of Indonesia have lived together for years in various faiths. The constitution even guarantees freedom of faith. Therefore, President Joko Widodo emphasized that there is no place for people who are unable to grasp tolerance. That was stated responding to the recent attacks against religious figures. President added, the attack must not happen in this country, but it all happens due to information openness. Previously, several religious sentiment-based attacks occurred in the country.
We end today's Headlines with Republika, "Beware of Systematic Scenario".
Presidential Special Envoy for Interfaith and Civilization Dialog and Cooperation, Din Syamsuddin condemned the attacks against several religious figures and church in Sleman, Yogyakarta province. Din Syamsuddin asked the people to be aware of instability-inducing systematic efforts. Therefore, he encouraged the security apparatus to seriously investigate and reveal who are and what behind the incident is. If not solved, the attacks are potentially causing reactions that end with chaos. Meanwhile, Minister of Religious Affairs, Lukman Hakim Syaifuddin asked law enforcers to be more serious in investigating the motive of the attacks.