Nahdalatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) Chairman Said Aqil Siradj cynically answered the question whether members of NU will participate in the upcoming demonstration dubbed the “299 rally” that will be held on September 29 from 09:00 to 17:00.
“Just let them hold their rally, while there’s [someone] funding it,” said the PBNU Chairman on Wednesday, September 29.
Despite his statement suggesting that he knows the individual funding the rally, Said Aqil said that he is not aware of the sponsor behind the rally. The 299 rally will be held to reject the Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No 2/2017 on mass-organizations.
The rally will be participated by roughly 15,000 people in front of the House of Representatives and People’s Consultative Assembly (DPR and MPR) headquarters. Previously, a flyer of the rally was seen circulating, several public figures affiliated with the movement us Amien Rais and Rizieq Shihab. They argue that the Perppu Ormas is against Islam and protects communists.
The rally is initiated by former ‘212 Defending Islam’ protesters who back then took to the streets to protest against former Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok.