Jakarta – PPP Secretary General Arsul Sani said the speech of the General Chair of the Aceh Party (PA), Muzakir Manaf, about the referendum in Aceh should not be considered as representing the wishes of the majority of Aceh people. Arsul was sure that the Acehnese wanted the NKRI and state consensus to be maintained.
“The PPP requested that Mualem’s or Muzakir Manaf’s speeches not be considered as the majority votes of the Acehnese people. We believe that the majority of our brothers in Aceh are people who want the Republic of Indonesia and our other state consensus is maintained,” Arsul said on Monday ( 4/6).
Arsul assessed that what Mualem conveyed was not independent of 2019 political contestation. According to him, Mualem was disappointed that Candidate Pair President and Vice President Number 02 Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno lost in the 2019 Presidential Election despite a landslide victory in Aceh.
“What was conveyed by Mualem was more an expression of his disappointment because Paslon 02 whose voice won in Aceh but nationally lost far away with Paslon 01,” he said.
From the perspective of constitution, law and international law, Arsul said that there was no loophole that made it possible for Aceh to separate from the NKRI after the Helsinki Agreement. Moreover, the central government has fulfilled its obligations under the Helsinki Agreement.
“Even during President Jokowi’s administration, the Aceh region received an increase in the budget and also a larger development allocation,” he said.
Arsul asserted that legally Mualem’s speech could be seen as a trial of treason. “Only in my opinion, it is not necessary to use a legal approach if it only stops until the speech,” he concluded.
Previously, the former Commander of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) who currently serves as chairman of the Aceh Transition Committee (KPA) and also the Chair of the Aceh Party (PA), Muzakir Manaf called on the Acehnese to conduct a referendum or poll. The choice is to remain in Indonesia or escape and become a new country.
The call for the referendum was said by Muzakir Manaf alias Mualem in his remarks at the 9th anniversary (June 3, 2010-3 June 2019), the death of the Aceh Mayor, His Excellency His Excellency Tgk Muhammad Hasan Ditiro and opened together in one of the Amel Buildings in Banda Aceh on Monday ( 5/27/2019) night.
“Thank God, we see today, our country in Indonesia is not clear about justice and democracy. Indonesia is on the verge of destruction from any side. That is why, sorry Pak Pangdam, in the future we will ask for a referendum in Aceh, “said Mualem who was greeted with applause and a yell” Mualem’s life “.