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President and religious leaders talk to settle tiff
Bishop sees role as watchdog over Indonesian governanceMartinus Dogma Situmorang
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- January 18, 2011
Commenting on a meeting yesterday between religious leaders and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Capuchin Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang said they would continue to act as a watchdog for government performance.
âBesides criticizing, we also want to contribute to the improvement of the state and the nation,â said Bishop Situmorang of Padang, chairman of the Indonesian Bishopsâ Conference (KWI)
The meeting with Yudhoyono and his ministers showed âopenness, appreciation and common perception,â he said.
According to the religious leadersâ statement, âviolence committed in the name of religions and against media workers still occurs.â
They praised the governmentâs economic policy which has prompted economic growth of up to 5.8 percent, but lamented the governmentâs failure to promote equal welfare.
âThere are still many people who suffer from malnutritionâ and find it âdifficult to obtain a proper health service,â they added.
The bishops said the government failed to pay serious attention to victims of human rights violations. âThe government is not able or willing to defend so many migrant workers facing mistreatment. It means the government does not protect its nation,â they commented.
Indonesian president to discuss âliesâ issue
Indonesian government should stop lying