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All Religions Collaborate and Determined to Create Bandung a Religious City

In order to ensure the vision and mission of building a humanist and religious society, the Bandung City Government (Pemkot) holds regular meetings with religious leaders. One of them is the gathering with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) of Bandung City at City Hall, Friday, January 14, 2022.

Syaffa, Dina Friday, 14 January 2022
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Through this forum, the MUI of Bandung City explained several related programs to make Bandung a religious city in 2023.

"The Bandung Religious program is also one of the promises of the vision and mission of the late Mang Oded and I in the 2018-2023 period. So, of course we will really support this program," said Plt. Mayor of Bandung, Yana Mulyana.

Yana emphasized that the meaning of Bandung Religion is not only talking about Islam, but all religious aspects that are recognized by the Bandung City Government

"This religion is a form of our endeavor to create a conducive city of Bandung where all religious adherents can fulfill their right to worship safely and comfortably," he explained.

For that, Yana added, cooperation from all parties, from religious leaders to the people of Bandung City is needed to make this program a success.

"Every two months we usually regularly meet with religious leaders. Discuss what steps can be collaborated to realize the 2023 Religious Bandung," said Yana.

Yana also stated that she would always try to continue the good programs that the late Mang Oded had done for a long time.

"We will continue the programs from Mang Oded, such as Friday Tour, providing assistance to mosques. In a month we will visit three mosques, namely two ordinary mosques and one large mosque," he added.

Friday Tour is one of the ways the late Mang Oded conveys information and receives aspirations and corrections from the citizens of Bandung.

After Friday prayers, there will be an event called Ngabandungan. On that occasion, Mang Oded conveyed information related to development in the city of Bandung and the policies of the Bandung City Government.

Meanwhile, for the assistance program to mosques, despite budget constraints since the pandemic period, Yana said, the Bandung City Government will continue to assist religious activities through a grant program.

"Although it is limited, thank God in 2021 the City Government can help through a grant program of around Rp. 3.5 billion. Then, in 2022, God willing, we will increase it to Rp. 4 billion," said Yana.


Yana added, in addition to the grant program, the Bandung City Government also has an anti-lenders task force to help people who are in debt.

To realize the Bandung Religion more concretely in 2023, the Chair of the Bandung City MUI, Miftah Faridl said, the Bandung City Government needs to issue certain regulations related to this program.

"A more systematic regulation is needed. The formulation must be mature and we will evaluate it together every quarter or four months," said Miftah.

He also said, twice a year, the Bandung City Government facilitates a gathering with MUI to discuss several programs.

"We are working with the municipal government to make mosques not only centers of worship, but also mosque-based cooperatives as economic centers. Then we are also promoting the spirit of green mosques," he said.

Miftah said MUI always coordinates with the Bandung City Government regarding the delegation of lecturers to mosques in 30 sub-districts throughout the city of Bandung.

"There are 30 sub-districts and 30 large mosques. We gather the subdistrict head, lurah, and local MUI so that all of them move to carry out training programs that are carried out every Friday," he admitted.

In this gathering, the Deputy Chairperson of the Bandung City MUI, Asep Saeful Muhtadi also gave several examples of programs that have been issued by the Bandung City Government.

"For example, the Magrib Qur'an Movement for the Muslim community of Bandung City. The Bandung City Government can issue regulations in the form: all children in Bandung are familiar with the holy book. That way, we can eradicate Quran illiteracy in society from an early age," explained Asep

This regulation, Asep added, could be applied slowly to several sub-districts first.

"We first make a pilot project in certain sub-districts to carry out the socialization and adaptation process," he added.

Asep said that the MUI had high hopes for the Bandung City Government to re-realize a Religious Bandung after the previous period had dimmed.

"Management of the city of Bandung, which has a religious tendency, has long been carried out with MUI since the Dada Rosada administration. However, it had faded during the next government. Then, it rose again during the late Mang Oded and Pak Yana," said Asep. (Sya/Din)**