Semarang, – There has been a lot of news about corruption cases in the last few weeks, either through mass media, electronic media, or social media. Various fields of work have gaps that are vulnerable to corrupt practices, including the government. For this reason, firm and fair law enforcement efforts are needed for all individuals who are indicated to have committed criminal acts of corruption.

“Everyone must abide by the law, and that’s our commitment as a nation of course to comply with the laws that are applicable in Indonesia,” said Vice President (VP) K.H. Ma’ruf Amin after inaugurating the Central Java Indonesian Ulema Council Building and Renovation of the Baiturrahman Mosque in Semarang, Friday (23/09/2022).

Furthermore, the VP said, if there is a case or criminal act, every individual who is red-handed caught must be dealt with according to the legal process in Indonesia.

“As long as there is clear evidence, I think everyone, anyone can be legally prosecuted,” said the VP.

“Of course with solid evidence. We’ll see what the process will look like, everything has rules, no exception, anyone,” he added.

In terms of literacy, the VP asked the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to become an institution that can provide explanations about various cases that have occurred so that the public can obtain complete and transparent information.

“When there is a case, the KPK must be able to explain, prove that there is indeed corruption, in accordance with the law. Yes, of course, we support law enforcement efforts to eradicate corruption,” explained the VP.

The VP also emphasized that the government is fully committed to enforcing all forms of corruption cases that have harmed society and the state.

“So, I think it has become the government’s commitment. One of our programs is eradicating corruption. In any institution, at any level, if there is clear evidence, in accordance with the rules and regulations, it must be processed legally,” he stated.

Empowering Communities Through Mosques

On the other hand, on the same occasion, the VP also appealed that in addition to being a place of worship, mosques should also function as places that accommodate community activities around the mosque.

“I hope that the mosque is not only a place of worship, a place for I’tikaf, but also other community activities. And indeed the function of the mosque is actually like that,” said the VP.

Furthermore, in solving various community problems, the VP revealed that mosques have the flexibility to become community leaders.

“Mosques other than places of worship are community development around the mosque, whether it concerns with economic problems, health problems, and social problems,” he explained.

Therefore, the VP hopes that mosques can contribute to fostering and empowering the community, through communication and interaction that are built together.

“The mosque should not wait but proactively reach the community. That means, how to greet the community, build communication with the community, not only dealing with internal mosque management, but also stay in touch with the community, and conduct coaching,” the VP hoped.

“The mosque must appear to respond to all the needs of the community,” he concluded. (NN/LHS– BPMI Setwapres)