VP Kalla: Our Economy More Controlled Not by Muslims

Indonesian Vise President Jusuf Kalla

Jakarta, MINA – Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK)  has said that Non-Muslims have more control over the economy even though Indonesia is known as the largest Muslim country in the world, Republika reported.

“We know our economy is more controlled not by Muslims, so it’s not balanced,” said JK when delivering his speech on Halal Bihalal (gathering for as king forgiveness afterthe Idl al-Fitr) and Youth Discussion on Islamic Economic Awakening at Al Markaz Al Islami Mosque in Makassar, Sunday.

JK said the imbalance will be dangerous because it was not in accordance with the five precepts of national ideology Pancasila, namely social justice for all Indonesian people. Therefore, he encouraged economic development through the mosque.

According to him, with a large Muslim population and more than one million mosques in Indonesia, the potential for economic development is widely open. JK said one of the keys is to connect the need to advance the business with the presence of a lot of mosques being visited by the ummah.

“Therefore, I always say our mission is to prosper the mosque, it means attending places of worship, etc. Secondly, how the mosque prosper the worshipers everywhere and we are grateful our mosques are getting more crowded,” JK added.

JK said the current deficiencies in the business field of the nation must be repaired immediately, including through the mosques. He revealed that mosque is not only a place of worship, but also a place to discuss economy, education, and politics.

He called it should be started by young people, who  continue to grow following the technology. JK believed they will be part of the people’s progress.

“Our young generation is incredible and will be part of our progress. Also, I want to emphasize that there is no nation and people are advancing without an advanced economy,” JK said. (L/P2/R04/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)


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