Tifatul Sembiring

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Tifatul Sembiring
Member of People's Representative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2014
In office
1 October 2009 22 October 2009
ConstituencyNorth Sumatra I
Minister of Communication and Information of Indonesia
In office
22 October 2009 27 October 2014
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded by Muhammad Nuh
Succeeded by Rudiantara
President of Prosperous Justice Party
In office
11 October 2004 22 October 2009
Preceded by Hidayat Nur Wahid
Succeeded by Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq
Personal details
Born (1961-09-28) September 28, 1961 (age 58)
Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Tifatul Sembiring (born 28 September 1961 in Bukitinggi, West Sumatra) is an Indonesian politician. He was chairman of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party and Minister of Communication and Information in the Second United Indonesia Cabinet. He has a degree in computer engineering from the Information and Computing Management School (Indonesian : Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Manajemen Informatika dan Komputer), Jakarta, and was active in a number of Indonesian Islamic organisations from his student days, such as PII, the Indonesian Student's Association [1] [2]

West Sumatra Province in Indonesia

West Sumatra is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the west coast of the island of Sumatra. It had a population of 4,846,909 at the 2010 Census and of 5,190,577 at the 2015 Intermediate Census; the latest official estimate for mid 2019 shows a population of 5,479,491. West Sumatra is sub-divided administratively into twelve regencies and seven cities. It has relatively more cities than other provinces in Indonesia, except Java province. Its capital is Padang.

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Prosperous Justice Party political party in Indonesia

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Life and Family

His father is Karo and moved to Bukittinggi where he married a Minangkabau woman. [3] Tifatul is the head of the big family in Guguak Tabek Sarojo, Agam, West Sumatra by the title Datuk Tumangguang. [4] He is married to Sri Rahayu and has seven children: Sabriana, Fathan, Ibrahim, Yusuf, Fatimah, Muhammad and Abdurrahman Sembiring.

Karo people (Indonesia) ethnic group

The Karo, or Karonese, are a people of the 'tanah Karo' of North Sumatra and a small part of neighboring Aceh. The Karo lands consist of Karo Regency, plus neighboring areas in East Aceh Regency, Langkat Regency, Dairi Regency, Simalungun Regency and Deli Serdang Regency. In addition, the cities of Binjai and Medan, both bordered by Deli Serdang Regency, contain significant Karo populations, particularly in the Padang Bulan area of Medan. The town of Sibolangit, Deli Serdang Regency in the foothills on the road from Medan to Berastagi is also a significant Karo town.

Bukittinggi City in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Bukittinggi, is the third largest city in West Sumatra, Indonesia, with a population of over 124,000 people and an area of 25.24 km². It is in the Minangkabau Highlands, 90 km by road from the West Sumatran capital city of Padang. The whole area is directly adjacent to the Agam Regency, and is located at 0°18′20″S100°22′9″E, near the volcanoes Mount Singgalang (inactive) and Mount Marapi. At 930 m above sea level, the city has a cool climate with temperatures between 16.1° to 24.9°C.

Minangkabau people West Sumatran matrilineal ethnic group

Minangkabau people, also known as Minang, are an ethnic group indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra, Indonesia. The Minangkabau's West Sumatran homelands was the seat of the Pagaruyung Kingdom, believed by early orientalists to have been the cradle of the Malay race, and the location of the Padri War.


In 2009, he blamed immorality for a Sumatra earthquake and other natural disasters. As he addressed a Friday prayer meeting in Padang, Sumatra, the minister said "there were many television programmes that destroyed morals. Therefore, natural disasters would continue to occur." [5]

2009 Sumatra earthquakes earthquake

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His ambition to filter the internet for 'negative' content, shelved in early 2010 in the face of broad opposition, may be revived after a celebrity sex scandal centred on Ariel (Nazril Irham), which Sembiring controversially linked to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. [6] The move apparently has the backing of then-president Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and would involve a blacklist of offensive material monitored by a special task force, [7] which gave birth to the controversial 'Internet Positif.'

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He has also linked pornography to HIV/Aids and said that funding to fight the disease was a waste of money, [6] also stating that the widespread availability of Indonesian pornography, mostly featuring students, caused natural disasters. [8] He was much criticized for quoting Adolf Hitler on his Twitter page, posting "the union between two children, when both of them complete each other, this is magic - Adolf Hitler". [9] He was questioned by Indonesian Twitter users for shaking the hand of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama during her husband's November 2010 trip to Indonesia. [10] His hesitation in condemning the kidnapping of 276 girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria drew criticism and raises question at his suitability to serve in the government. [11] [12]

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In May 2014, the Communication Minister tweeted from his personal account that video sharing site Vimeo would be banned. Citing Indonesia’s controversial anti-pornography law, passed in 2008, the minister said the site included displays of “nudity or nudity-like features”. [13] The ban came at a moment when films made in Indonesia had begun to attract attention on the world stage, with Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” joining the ranks of the most acclaimed documentaries of all time. [14]

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On 26 February 2016, he tweeted from his personal account quoting Islamic hadith that promotes killing people who practice homosexuality. [15] This sparked criticism from general public, Muslim scholars and human rights advocates due to growing intolerance towards LGBT community in Indonesia. He responded to the critics by calling them anti prophet Mohammed and anti Quran, but eventually deleted the post yet remained unapologetic.


Sembiring had been elected three times into the People's Representative Council, firstly in the 2009 election where he represented North Sumatra's first electoral district. He was reelected there in 2014, and again in 2019. [16] In the 2019 legislature, Sembiring was the chair of the Prosperous Justice Party's faction. [17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Muhammad Nuh
Minister of Communication and Information
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hidayat Nur Wahid
Chairman of Prosperous Justice Party
Succeeded by
Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq