Pascoal Siddiq: “We are very proud as citizens of Timor–Leste”

Pascoal Siddiq: “We are very proud as citizens of Timor–Leste”

The President of the CONISTIL, Pascoal Siddiq Lemorai. Tatoli's image//Camilio de Sousa

DILI, 24 march 2022 (TATOLI) – Based on the 2015’s census population data published by the of Department of National Statistic of the Ministry of Administration (MoA) has shown that, the number of the population in Timor-Leste had reached 1.1 million and based on the estimation, the population of Timor-Leste had reached 1.5 million in 2021.

According to this number, shown that the 99,53% population adhere to the roman-catholic, 1,96% to the Protestant, 0,24% are Muslim’s community and the others religion are 0,23%.  Thus, roman-catholic is the majority then other religions, despite not being the official religion.

The President of the National Council of Islamic in Timor Leste (CONISTIL), Pascoal Siddiq Lemorai has recognized that although Timorese people who adhere the Islam are a minority, but Muslims are “comfortable” in Timor – Leste.

“Religious pluralism in Timor-Leste is better than the other countries because the people of Timor-Leste even have different religions but mutual respect is very important. We, Islamic minorities, are very proud as citizens of Timor-Leste,” The President of the CONISTIL, Pascoal Siddiq Lemorai told Tatoli, on behalf of the, International day for the elimination of racial discrimination, in his office, Mosque Anur, Kampung Alor, Dili, on this wednesday.

“Religious tolerance in Timor-Leste should be appreciated. As we know that, people who adhere the Islam are very minority but Islam has never been ostracized in Timor-Leste and the teaching of all religions is not to discriminate against the races because everyone is a creation of God Almighty,” Lemorai added.

Lemorai stated, the Islamic community in Timor-Leste appreciates it because on religious holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Eid al-Fitr and other holidays, the Government considers giving a national holiday to commemorate these religious holidays and all religions in Timor-Leste congratulate each other to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony to contribute to the national development process in Timor-Leste.

It’s recalled the Islamic religious leader in Timor-Leste, Muhamad da Costa, on behalf of, the discussion of the “Program Hapara” which was realized by the Catholic relief services (CRS) and UN Women, on 31st of september 2021, recognized that the value of religions tolerance in Timor-Leste is very high, despite Islam being minority in Timor-Leste.

“I’am very appreciative of Timorese’s people, although the Christian is majority but each religion carries out their duties properly and there is no conflict between religions in this country (Timor-Leste)”.

Based on data, there are more than 25,000 Timorese who adhere to Islam in Timor-Leste and have built 25 mosques across the Timor-Leste.

In other hand, Timor-Leste ‘s Government through the Civil society support office, under the Prime Minister’s office (GPM) donated the 2021 budget public grant fund and laid the first-stone for the construction of two Protestant churches with an amount of $167,786.36, in the Post-administrative of Uatolari, Viqueque municipalities.

Vote consensus

On the political event, inclusively, in the presidential election that has been realized on 19th of march 2022 and the second round, which will be held on 19 april 2022, CONISTIL calls Muslim community in across the Timor–Leste (TL), to exercise their right conscientiously.

“On behalf of CONISTIL, I appealed to all voters from Muslim community in across the Timor–Leste to vote base on every one‘s consensus, to contribute the peace because, latter the elected President will be the President of the Republic for all Timorese people,” Lemorai appealed.

Also, Mr. Lemorai appealed to Timorese Muslim, to maintain peace and prioritize the stabilities, respect the other religions and also to respect the national leader to contribute the national development in Timor–Leste.

“We must prioritize the mutual respect to each other, maintain the peace and prioritize the stabilization, to give the opportunity to our government, and the relevant institution, including our national leader to develop Timor – Leste in the better future,’’ the President of CONISTIL, Pascoal Siddiq Lemorai, added.

CONISTIL wishes the elections in Timor–Leste must be held based on the principles of the democratization, freely, secretly, fairly and transparency which is implemented in Timor–Leste, without any discrimination and electoral fraud.

Meanwhile, the International day for the elimination of racial discrimination, each year realize on march 21. It’s recalled the incident’s occurred on 1960 in Sharpeville, where South African police shot participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid laws. The definition of apartheid is a type of politics that uses a system of separation and distinction of race, religion, belief, and social class separation where the majority group will dominate the minority group.


Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor    : Rafy Belo


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