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Nadhlatul Ulama condemns job creation law as ’oppressive’, calls for judicial review

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first_img“But in fact, it benefits only a handful of people and creates an imbalance. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer,” he said.Muhammadiyah, the country’s second-largest Muslim organization, also voiced its concern about how the government had handled the law.Muhammadiyah general secretary Abdul Mu’ti said that given the widespread protests and strikes against the law across the country, the government should “understand the public’s psychological state and disappointment.”“[The government] should have a dialog with elements of the public, particularly those who are opposed to the law,” Mu’ti said in a statement on Muhammadiyah’s official website, adding that the government should avoid taking an “authoritarian approach.”Earlier this week, a group of religious leaders – including Muslim clerics Maksum Mahfudz, Busyro Muqoddas and Roy Murtadho, Christian pastors Merry Kolimon and Penrad Sagian – had also declared their opposition to the Job Creation Law. Penrad also posted an online petition calling for the public to reject the law. As of the time of writing, the petition has gained over 1.3 million signatures.Topics : “Within the omnibus law, education [institutions], for example, are treated as if they are companies. This is wrong,” he added.Said called for a tasawuth (moderate and balanced) solution in the form of a judicial review. “Our stance is critical [against the omnibus law] but let’s do it in an elegant way and without violence,” he said. “We demand a [judicial] review.” He further appealed to NU members to continue speaking out for the people. He said that Indonesia’s rich natural resources were sufficient for the welfare of the country’s entire population if managed fairly. Said Aqil Siradj, the chairman of Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organization Nadhlatul Ulama (NU), has stated that the recently passed Job Creation Law is “oppressive” and benefits only the rich.“[The law] only benefits tycoons, capitalists and investors but tramples on the interests of laborers, farmers and the lower classes,” Said said in a video uploaded to NU’s official YouTube account.last_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain defends Gunners

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first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “Ever since I have been at Arsenal, we have had numerous quality players and the whole squad had been very strong. It just seemed that in the big games we came up short sometimes and you wonder why. “The mentality going into those games was definitely a big thing. Since I have been here we’ve steadily got better at that, especially last year. “The addition of Petr Cech will certainly help us. He is a quality player but him as an individual and a character who won things, that’s another one with the winning mentality getting in our squad and can only help us going forward.” The midfielder added: “It does help the confidence and that belief and faith going into that next fixture against them. “It is a long season and it is very early doors. We can’t get too carried away but it is a good end to our pre-season which has gone really well.” Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a lively display against the Blues and hopes it can be the start of a positive campaign on the back of some frustrating injuries. “At the moment I feel good but you know what football is like. You can never speak too soon, so I take each game as it comes,” he said. “I am putting in the work off the pitch and fitness is one of the most important things in the game, it gives you the platform and allows you to do the things you want to do. “That is always important, so fingers crossed I have better luck this season.” Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has denied claims by Roy Keane the Arsenal players are obsessed with selfies and insists they are all deadly serious about winning trophies again next season. While 21-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts the players are all fully immersed in the modern social media culture, he insists that does not make them any less determined to deliver on the pitch this season. When asked about Keane’s comments, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “It is a new era, isn’t it? Some people do it, some don’t. We are serious about winning trophies. “Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we have been serious every single year I have been at the club about winning trophies. “You can see that on the pitch when we are playing, through the season. “A lot of people don’t see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are. “We have always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we have won a few. This season we want to go that one better.” Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea was the first for manager Arsene Wenger against rival Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt. There is a growing feeling this season could just develop into a vintage campaign for an Arsenal squad now bolstered by the summer signing of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech from the Blues. The Gunners secured a long-overdue victory against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield on Sunday with a well-executed first-half goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ahead of the Wembley showdown between the 2015 FA Cup winners and defending Barclays Premier League champions, former Manchester United captain Keane had labelled Arsene Wenger’s squad as “more interested in selfies and six-packs” than focusing on delivering a first championship since the Invincibles of 2003/04. Press Associationlast_img read more

“Start the new GHPL season very well or else”- Godfred Saka warns new club Great Olympics

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first_imgGreat Olympics new signing, Godfred Saka, has demanded a very good start from the team to the upcoming Ghana Premier League season.Saka will be wearing the blue and white of Great Olympics in the new season after his signing was confirmed and announced on Monday.He is expected to bring in his vast experience to bear on the team especially on the young players and already, he cautioning the team against a poor start which could prove costly.He spoke to Kumasi-based Fox FM on Monday and stated what he felt Olympics needed to do at the start of the new season if the campaign would be successful.“This year’s league will be very different. It has been very long since we played league matches in Ghana so if you are a club and you don’t prepare well before starting, you will struggle.The first five to six matches are very important and if you don’t start well before you realise you are left behind.”The league fixtures are expected to be announced by mid-December and Great Olympics and Godfred Saka will discover how their opponents in their first five or six matches of the new season.last_img read more