Firm measure called for against mass organization committing violence

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A survey by the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) on intolerance and radicalism, shows that the majority of the people in nine provinces want the government to act firmly against mass organizations committing violence.

"Based on the survey, 67 percent of respondents agreed that the state should take firm measure against mass organizations committing violence," the coordinator of the LIPI team of researchers Cahyo Pamungkas, said in a seminar on "Study on Intolerance and Radicalism in Indonesia, held here on Tuesday.

The study by LIPI has been carried out in nine provinces considered to be most intolerant in the period of 2012-2017 according to the Setara Institute, Wahid Foundation and the National Commission of Human Right (Komnas Ham). The nine provinces are Aceh, North Sumatra, Banten, Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, and South Sulawesi.

The study was held through observations and interviews with 1,800 respondents of the total population of 116,034,390 of the nine provinces with multistage random sampling, and margin of error 2.4 percent.

The survey shows that the majority of respondents agreed on the imposition of strong measure against heresy followers.

"The majority of the people also are in favor of Pancasila as the most acceptable state ideology for Indonesia," Cahyo Pamungkas said.

The survey shows that the majority of the respondents have no objection to houses of worship of people of other religions built in their neighborhood, but there are still respondents against having houses of worship of people of other religions.

The majority of the people, according to the survey, would accept only president following their religion. Reporting by Rangga Pandu Asmara Jingga, A Saragih

Source: ANTARA News

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