President's Visit Reaffirmed East Nusa Tenggara Religious Tolerance

M Rodhi Aulia    •    Sabtu, 25 Jul 2015 14:07 WIB
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President's Visit Reaffirmed East Nusa Tenggara Religious Tolerance
President Joko Widodo (Photo: AFP), Kupang: East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Frans Lebu Raya thought that President Joko Widodo's work visit in his region has indirectly reaffirmed the high level of religious tolerance in the island-based province.

"The reaffirmation is shown by the head of state in the midst of coverage over Tolikara incident in Papua, which had disgraced the meaning of religious tolerance," Frans Lebu said as quoted by Antara, Saturday (7/25/2015).

Frans Lebu also added that President Jokowi had urged all parties in learning to live side by side, as proven and conducted by the religious societies of East Nusa Tenggara.

"Tolerance between religions or their congregations in this region has been praised everywhere, as we have never been conflicted due to different faith. When muslims build mosques, their Christian brothers assisted. Vise versa, when the Christians build churches, their muslim brothers also assisted," he added.

Frans affirmed that the tolerance in diversity model has been applied for a long time in East Nusa Tenggara, as his region is no longer titled as 'God Help Them Later', or 'Uncertain Fate', but acquired a new title of 'Nusa Stays Peaceful'.

"The nationally acknowledged new title should be implemented in the daily life of a nation, not just another icing on a cake," he stated.

Frans added that religious holidays are the highest form of tolerance, which should be held high and respected by every religious people.

Therefore, he expected that all elements of society, especially in East Nusa Tenggara, to stay unprovoked by any incidents referring to race, religion, ethnicity and inter-groups (SARA).

He also hoped that the religious tolerance in East Nusa Tenggara would be taken as example by other regions, in the midst of the nation's identity based on Pancasila. (EPS)


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