Mohammad Idris

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Mohammad Idris
Mayor of Depok Mohammad Idris.jpg
3rd Mayor of Depok
Assumed office
17 February 2016
Resign: 17 February 2021 – 26 Februari 2021
DeputyPradi Supriatna (2016–2021)
Imam Budi Hartono (since 2021)
Preceded byNur Mahmudi Ismail
Arifin Harun Kertasaputra (Act.)
Sri Utomo (Act.)
3rd Deputy Mayor of Depok
In office
26 January 2011 – 16 February 2016
Preceded byYuyun Wirasaputra
Succeeded byPradi Supriatna
Personal details
Born (1961-07-25) 25 July 1961 (age 61)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Political partyIndependent
Elly Farida
(m. 1988)
Alma materImam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University

Mohammad Idris Abdul Shomad (born 25 July 1961) is the mayor of Depok. Active in various Islamic organizations in Indonesia, he was first elected in the 2015 local elections and was officially made mayor in 2016. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as deputy between 2011 and 2016.

Personal life[edit]

As a child, he studied in a Muhammadiyah-run primary school, before continuing to a madrasa and later to a pesantren in Ponorogo, East Java. After receiving a scholarship in 1982, he went to Saudi Arabia and obtained his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degree after 15 years of Shari'a studies in Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh.[1]


After returning to Indonesia, he became a lecturer in Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, teaching communication science, da'wah and civilization history. He also acted as a sharia consultant and taught Islam-related subjects in several other universities, including being a lecturer on islamic economics in the University of Indonesia between 2002 and 2006.[2]

He also acted as the secretary-general of IKADI (Indonesian Islamic proselytizing organization) between 2005 and 2015, and the chief of the Depok chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council.[2]

City administration[edit]

In the 2010 local elections, he ran as a deputy mayoral candidate with Nur Mahmudi Ismail, who had been mayor of Depok in the 2006-2011 term as the first directly-elected regional leader in Indonesia.[3] The couple won the election, and during their five-year tenure the city's government received several awards from the central government on sanitation, health and child-friendliness.[4][5]

In the 2015 elections, with Ismail being constitutionally prohibited from getting his third term, Idris ran with Great Indonesia Movement Party politician[6] Pradi Supriatna. The couple secured 411,367 votes (59.4%) and defeated a PDIP-supported pair.[7]

Upon his appointment as mayor in 2016, his first officially issued order was to cease issuing permits for new convenience stores (minimarket).[8]

After the conviction of Indonesian national and gay serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga in the United Kingdom, Idris announced that he plans to raid the local LGBT community in Depok. This announcement was swiftly condemned by human rights activists.[9]


  1. ^ "Walikota Depok Asli Beji, Anak Pesantren". Pos Kota (in Indonesian). 6 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Biografi Walikota Depok Mohammad Idris" (in Indonesian). Depok City Government. Archived from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ Choi, Nankyung (2012). "The reassertion of patrimonial politics: Depok and Banyuwangi's 2005 elections". Local Politics in Indonesia: Pathways to Power. Routledge. ISBN 9781136649172.
  4. ^ Rosandya, Rindi. "Kota Depok Raih Award Nasional "Kota Sehat"" (in Indonesian). Neraca. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ Gayoe, Eni. "Kota Depok Raih Penghargaan Madya Kota Layak Anak" (in Indonesian). HarianDepok. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Ketua DPC Gerindra: Pemimpin Depok Kedepan Harus Transparan" (in Indonesian). RadarOnline. 11 March 2015. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  7. ^ Virdhani, Marieska (22 December 2015). "Idris-Pradi Resmi Memenangkan Pilkada Depok". OkeZone (in Indonesian). Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Walikota Depok, M Idris Abdul Shomad Stop Ijin Minimarket" (in Indonesian). Kabar Depok. 22 July 2016. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  9. ^ Widianto, Stanley (14 January 2020). "Indonesia rights body condemns LGBT raids ordered by mayor after UK rape case". Reuters. Retrieved 14 January 2020.