Islamic organizations in Tasikmalaya demand Syaria bylaw

The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Mon, 03/29/2010 4:56 PM  |  National 

Thousands of people from a number of Islamic organizations grouped at the Forum 
of Islamic Community (FUI) rallied at the office of the Tasikmalaya mayor on 
Monday, demanding the mayoralty to endorse the syaria bylaw for the region.

"Our visit here is to fight for the syariah bylaw," rally coordinator Acep 
Sofyan was quoted by Antara as saying. "We demand that the mayoralty 
immediately implement the bylaw."

The Tasikmalaya legislative council has passed bylaw No. 12/2009 on development 
based on Islamic syaria, but the administration is reluctant to implement it 
and has not issued any implementing regulations.

Representatives of the Muslim groups then met with the secretary of the 
Tasikmalaya mayoralty's secretary Tiro Indra Setiadi and a number of local 

During the meeting, they again reiterated their demand for the mayoralty to 
implement what the local legislative council had decided for the people, the 
syaria bylaw.

They also demand the mayoralty to establish a special law enforcement agency to 
implement the syaria bylaw

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