This polemic stemmed from a proposal by the Indonesian government through its embassy in the capital Ankara to change the name of the street in front of the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) office, from Holland Cadesi Street to Soekarno Ahmed Street. The idea has been accepted by the Turkish government.
Based on the reciprocal principle, the streets in Jakarta are also replaced with the street names of one of the leaders or fathers of the Turkish nation. And the chosen one is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
The Provincial Government of the Special Capital City Region (DKI) Jakarta confirmed that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s name would be used as the name of a road in the Menteng area, Central Jakarta. The Jakarta government also stated that the idea of naming Ataturk also came from the Turkish government and not the Indonesian government.
This plan immediately sparked controversy. Some Muslims reject Ataturk as a street name in Jakarta.
Entrepreneur Mardiono from Bekasi is among those who disagree with the discourse.
“Because Ataturk destroyed the Islamic caliphate, all Islamic laws, symbols of the Islamic state in Turkey were removed. While the majority in Indonesia are Muslims. Salam also hurts Indonesian Muslims. What are you doing given the name Ataturk, there are still many others,” Mardiono told FLY.
Meanwhile, Santi Herawati, a woman who lives in the Menteng Pulo area, said she did not agree with the discourse for religious reasons.
“The broad language of the term is tolerance, I agree because there is the name of our president, but from a religious point of view, I don’t agree,” said Santi.
Meanwhile, a private employee who also lives in Jakarta, Ahmad Taufik believes that it is not a problem to use Ataturk’s name as a street name in Jakarta. According to the man who graduated from Padjadjaran University, Bandung, this is a form of appreciation for the longstanding relationship between Indonesia and Turkey.
“In my opinion, it doesn’t matter, right. This is only a form of appreciation for the relations between the two countries. Turkey has given Indonesia the name Soekarno, while here, Turkey asked not to give Ataturk’s name. We don’t have to see Ataturk as a secular figure, “said Ahmad .
Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said the plan to name Soekarno Street in Ankara and Ataturk Street in Jakarta was part of the cooperation between Indonesia and Turkey.
“There is a desire from us and from the Turkish government so that there are names from us who are in Turkey and also the names of figures from Turkey,” said Riza Patria.
Secretary General of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Amirsyah Tambunan said that his party did reject Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as a street name in Jakarta on the grounds that it was against the principles of free and active relations.
For this reason, he believes that the issue of street names should not be a symbol of improving diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Turkey. According to him, the government should respect the rejection by some Muslims. Because Ataturk is considered to have disappointed the Muslim world because of the secularization program he implemented in Turkey.
In this context, continued Amirsyah, the MUI has issued a fatwa that forbids secularism, pluralism and liberalism.
“In many countries, including America, it is a secular state, but it does not interfere in the internal matters of religious communities and provides freedom. So that for religious people in a country like America, Muslims feel more comfortable,” said Amir.
But in Turkey, where the majority of the people are Muslims, according to Amir, Ataturk’s secularization at the time was misleading because it mixed up issues of Muslim beliefs such as changing the call to prayer by using a language other than Arabic.
Amir stressed that Turkey should propose a figure who does not cause controversy. He asked Turkey to propose the name Sultan Mehmet II or Muhammad al-Fatih.
This controversy is considered only to stop if the proposed name Ataturk is changed or even the plan to name the street with a hero from Turkey is canceled altogether. Because according to Amir, Indonesia still has a lot of stock of heroes who deserve to be the name of a street. [fw/em]