Yogyakarta. Inter-faith leaders’s criticism against the government is for the improvement of the nation, Ahmad Syafii Maarif said, adding that those who rejected the criticisms did not understand the substance of the problems.

“The aim is improvement of the nation. The strategy is cultural and it takes a long time, years, and not just a short time to realize it,” he said after attending a cultural oration by former President BJ Habibie at Muhammadiyah University here on Saturday.

Top cabinet ministers last month rejected statements from nine religious leaders that the government had lied to the Indonesian people. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also held a closed-door meeting with the religious leaders following their criticisms. READ MORE

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