Indonesia's V-P candidate aims to be unifying Islamic figure

President Joko's running mate Ma'ruf Amin answers his critics over controversial issues

Dr Ma'ruf Amin (above) has vowed to help President Joko Widodo reduce Indonesia's poverty gap and income disparity as well as continue with infrastructure projects such as the development of airports and ports.
Dr Ma'ruf Amin (above) has vowed to help President Joko Widodo reduce Indonesia's poverty gap and income disparity as well as continue with infrastructure projects such as the development of airports and ports. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
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A strong Islamic figure in government is what Indonesia needs to help unite the people, amid a rising tide of religious conservatism and radicalism, said prominent Muslim scholar Ma'ruf Amin, who is the running mate of President Joko Widodo in next year's election.

Dr Ma'ruf, in an interview yesterday, said he agreed to be President Joko's running mate to help promote tolerance and religious diversity. He was in Singapore to deliver a lecture on the Islamic principle of "Wasatiyyah", or moderation, organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2018, with the headline Indonesia's V-P candidate aims to be unifying Islamic figure. Subscribe