Vice President Names KAHMI Figures, National Conference Participants Shout Anies’ Name

The Vice President briefly stopped his speech, then mentioned Anies’ name.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said the Islamic Student Association Alumni Corps (KAHMI) has potential figures with various scientific professional backgrounds. He called KAHMI a potential force to contribute ideas and programs in addressing complex global changes and challenges.

Ma’ruf also mentioned several KAHMI figures including the 10th and 12th Vice Presidents Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, and former DPR Speaker Akbar Tandjung.

“There, there is a former vice president Mr. JK, there is Mr. Mahfud, there is Mr. Akbar Tanjung, I think there are too many if I mention one by one, there are too many figures in KAHMI,” said Ma’ruf when inaugurating the Opening of the XI KAHMI National Conference, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Friday (25/11).

Hearing the Wapres’ statement, the participants at the KAHMI National Conference became boisterous and shouted Anies Baswedan’s name until Ma’ruf momentarily stopped his speech. Then he mentioned the former Governor of DKI Jakarta. “Also Mr. Anies,” said Ma’ruf who was immediately greeted by the participants in the national conference.

“I said there are many figures in KAHMI. Therefore, the state government really hopes for optimal participation from KAHMI,” he added.

The chairman of the Advisory Council of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) asked for the role of KAHMI in bringing messages of harmony and peace in society. One of them, during the political year leading up to the current 2024 Election, Ma’ruf said, all differences must be addressed wisely.

In Islam, he said, there are guidelines about respecting each other’s religious beliefs lakum dinukum waliyadin which means to you your religion, to me your religion. Ma’ruf hopes that these guidelines will be applied in addressing political differences.

“How about a different party? lakum partaiyukum walana partayuna (to you your party, to me my party) lha yes, both KAHMI may have different parties,” said Ma’ruf.

He continued, the same goes for fellow KAHMI members who have different choices in selecting the presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs. He hopes, not to split KAHMI. “What if the presidential candidate is different? Lakum capresyukum walana capresyuna (Your presidential candidate, your presidential candidate, my presidential candidate, my presidential candidate) So we remain intact, I think KAHMI must be a pioneer in harmony, yes and strengthen Indonesian and Islamic values,” he said.