Hashim Djojohadikusumo, deputy chairman of the Gerindra Party's patron board, said his party had dropped a program of 'purification of religious teachings' in its 'Manifesto of Struggle, following a number of criticisms that the party carries a fundamentalist view toward religions and diversity of beliefs.
"We have erased the sentence from our manifesto, because we based our party principle on Pancasila.
We will uphold the law if there is discrimination against any ethnic, religion or race," he
said as quoted by tempo.co on Monday.
recently triggered a widespread discussion about Gerindra's
complicated stance when a one and a half hour footage uploaded in YouTube by account called 'GerindraTV' on October 14 last year shows him presenting Gerindra's
programs during a speech at 'USINDO Open Forum Luncheon' in Washington.
During the presentation, Hashim
, who is Prabowo's younger brother and a Christian, revealed that the Agriculture Ministry, which led by PKS cadre Suswono, had dismissed its 73 Christian employees without replacement in the last nine years.
In the footage, Hashim
lamented that the ministry did not have Christian employees anymore since the dismissal, saying that the government should be willing to stop such discrimination.
On Monday, when asked about the footage, Hashim
did not change his
view and remained in his
opinion that the government is not supposed to tolerate the ministry's decision. (gda)