The institutions will face sanctions if they failed to comply with the policy. The sanctions range from verbal and written warnings to guidance on practicing more moderate forms of belief.
The controversy started after a state school in the city of Padang, West Sumatra forced a Christian student to wear the hijab in the end of January. The school has since backed down and apologized over the issue.
US Citizen Elected As NTT Province Regent Throws Indonesian Regional Election in Chaos
The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights are reviewing the citizenship status of politician Orient Riwu Kore after his election as Regent of East Nusa Tenggara [NTT] Province’s Sabu Raijua Regency, following reports that he is still holding US citizenship.
“[The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights] are holding the review to determine if Orient is still an Indonesian national or have become an [American] citizen,” said Ministry of Home Affairs official Zudan Arif Fakhrulloh on Wednesday, February 3.
Zudan noted that Orientwas in the Ministry’s records as an Indonesian citizen since 1997. “[Orient] seemed to become a US citizen years ago without giving up his Indonesian citizenship,” he asserted.
“If that were true, then documents pertaining to his [Indonesian] citizenship, including his victory as Sabu Raijua Regent, will be null and void.”
The Indonesian Election Supervisory Body or Bawaslu first broke the news about Orient’s citizenship status. “We have inquired about [Orient’s] citizenship to the US Embassy in Jakarta,” asserted Yudi Tagihuma, the head of Bawaslu’s Sabu Raijua branch.