Suara.com – Kulon Progo Police Chief, Special Region of Yogyakarta, AKBP Muharomah Fajarini appealed to the public not to be provoked by the circulation of the video of the closing of the statue of the Virgin Mary in Degolan, Kelurahan/Bumirejo Village which has gone viral on social media.
“Let’s maintain religious tolerance and moderation, especially in Kulon Progo which is good enough not to be provoked by news or viral videos on social media,” said AKBP Muharomah Fajarini in Kulon Progo, Friday (24/3/2023).
According to him, he is in charge of community security and order in Kulon Progo, including the area of the Sasana Adhi Rasa Santo Yakobus Prayer House in Degolan Bumirejo, that the prayer house will be completed around December 2022.
Furthermore, the family is still managing socialization with the community, the village government, the Religious Harmony Forum (FKUB), that this prayer house has not been inaugurated.
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Therefore, the owner who is domiciled in Jakarta temporarily covered the statue of the Virgin Mary in the prayer house with a tarpaulin, in this case it was the younger sibling of the prayer house owner.
Police Chief Apologizes
“In principle, the construction of a prayer house needs outreach to the community, from families, village leaders and of course from FKUB. Therefore, while waiting for the plan one month or after Eid, we will communicate again how to internally discuss and socialize it to the community,” said the Chief of Police. Fajarini.
Fajarini also apologized to the public for the mistake of its members in writing the narrative.
Kulon Progo Police Chief AKBP Muharomah Fajarini gave information regarding the closure of the Virgin Mary Statue in Degolan, Bumirejo. (ANTARA/Sutarmi)
“We have received orders from the Regional Police Chief that there are no mass organizations that disturb security and peace. If there are mass organizations that disturb security, comfort and peace, especially in the Kulon Progo area, we will take action,” he said.
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What Does the Owner of the House of Prayer Say?
Meanwhile, the younger brother of the owner of the prayer house, Yakobus Sugiharto, Sutarno said that on Wednesday (22/3/2023) at around 09.00 WIB closing the statue of the Virgin Mary was an initiative of the owner of the prayer house, namely Sugiharto because the construction was still in the process of completing administration.
“To wait for the completion of the temporary administration of the statue we closed without any coercion from anywhere, but on the initiative of the owner of the prayer house,” he said.
Meanwhile, Head of the Office of the Kulon Progo Ministry of Religion Wahib Jamil said, after receiving information that there was a prayer house being built, his party asked the Catholic organizers to be able to provide education so that everything could be communicated with residents, and processes were carried out in accordance with applicable regulations.
“So that there is harmony and togetherness in Kulon Progo,” he said. (Source: Antara)
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