Evi Mariani, Jakarta – The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) suspended a student organization for allegedly being involved with the now disbanded Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).
According to the university's vice rector for academic and student affairs, Bermawi P. Iskandar, the organization had been suspended two weeks ago as a final warning.
Prior to the suspension, Bermawi said the university had given verbal warnings as the organization, the Harmonious Deeds and Knowledge Bridge organization, often invited HTI figures to its events.
"They already had discussions with HTI figures twice on campus and posted information about the discussions on social media. We warned them because the discussions were related to HTI's aspirations," he said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.
However, Bermawi said, there were no significant changes after the warnings were given. The university then decided to suspend the organization. The organization itself has existed at ITB for five years and has 59 members.
As the organization held the discussion as its main event, Bermawi said his team had launched an investigation to find out if there was any dangerous activity taking place in the organization.
If the investigation showed any indication of dangerous activity, it was possible that the university would have permanently banned the organization.
"Thankfully, the organization did not conduct any destructive activities," he said. (dpk)