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Indonesian government should stop lying
Telling lies should not become a national attribute, say religious leadersStop telling lies, religious leaders tell government
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- January 11, 2011
â€śWe call on all national elements, especially the government, to stop lying,â€ť said Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishopsâ€™ Conference (KWI)â€™s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, at the end of the Jan. 10 meeting of religious leaders in Jakarta.
Father Susetyo said Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Protestant leaders are also concerned about the environmental destruction and human rights violations which have worsened the countryâ€™s poverty situation.
The governmentâ€™s neoliberal economic policy has failed to create justice for all people and is contrary to the 1945 Constitution, they said.
â€śThe monster of fragility is surrounding our country. Morality, politicsâ€¦everything is fragile,â€ť said Ahmad SyafiiÂ Maarif, a Muslim leader and founder of Maarif Institute for Culture and Humanity. He urged President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to be more sensitive to the countryâ€™s problems.
Sri Pannyavaro Mahathera, a Buddhist monk, said the religious leaders demanded the government stop telling lies and curb lying from becoming a national attribute.
Also attending the meeting were Capuchin Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang of Padang, Reverend Andreas Anangguru Yewangoe from the Communion of Churches in Indonesia and Nyoman Udayana Sangging from the Association of Indonesian Hindu Dharma.
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