Indonesian Islamic Scholars to Condemn Player Unknown Battlegrounds

JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) or Indonesian Assembly of Islamic Scholars is preparing a Fatwa for the condemnation of popular online video game Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG).

Fatwa is a non-binding legal opinion given by a recognized Islamic authority. Indonesia’s MUI interest to condemn the online game was not the first in recent days. In fact, it was possibly inspired by Malaysia’s own Islamic scholar’s decision to condemn the online game.

Negri Sembilan Mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad, a very respected islamic leader of Malaysia expressed that he wanted to ban PUBG after the recent mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand (15/3). He believed that the perpetrator was in fact, inspired by shooter video games such as PUBG.

The shooting was the worst ever in the history of the country, killing more than 50 people. The shooter was known to be far-right, anti-immigrant, and neo-nazi-affiliated; which people believe to motivate his despicable actions.

“I believe that this game was created for this exact purpose from the beginning. The goal was to shape the mind of our young generations to enjoy war, fighting, and other savage activities.” told Mufti Datuk.

Deputy General Secretary of MUI Amirsyah Tambunan said that MUI will support any video game that is education oriented. But they will strongly reject any video games that promote violence and pornography.

Written by: Willy Gunardi