Heck, one day of peace and quiet at home is enough. Off into town to visit a friend tomorrow morning, then home arvo to welcome a friend visiting me. o o But tonight I’m watching ‘O Channel,’ again, and congratulations to them, a series of good films in sharp contrast to other channels here, who have served up unmitigated cr#p through the holiday season so far, Fast and Furious re-runs, plus endless mindless Jackie Chan junk. oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo O Channel had Mad City a few nights ago with John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman, then Kevin Costner’s The Postman, then tonight a jolly Harrison Ford adventure, Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Last night it was another Harrison Ford, one of my faves, Clear and Present Danger, in which Wlliam Dafoe played brilliantly. ooooooooooooooooooooo When will those other channels get their act together? undefined
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In answer to Alger, romini and other commenters, I have to admit that I can’t find much info on when and where Mella Berbi performs, much though I’d like to. In fact if she has a fan club, I’d sign up, pronto!
I did locate various photos, and just to remind readers that MB is a doll, there’s one appended below. And you will find a link to a video of her artistic merits (well worth watching) on our previous post here -
But she’s apparently not really named Mella Berbi at all.
As to what name her doting parents bestowed on her, I’ve no idea, but in fact the stage name is Mela, with one L and Barbi, as in Barbie Doll.
So that gives me an opportunity to discuss a question that often vexes me, the seeming inability of many Indonesians to pronounce certain vowels and consonants correctly, BUT ONLY when they speak English.
I refer to the constant mispronunciation of HAPPY as ‘HEPPY’ – and now Barbi as Berbi!
It’s weird, because they don’t call their capital city Jekerte!
- Another example is how F is rendered as P
France is called Perancis.
A long time ago I had a very decent cabbie used to take me home from work – in the days before I became bold enough to use buses – and we often discussed linguistic matters.
He swore blind he could not pronounce the letter F.
‘Okay, Pak,” I retorted, “what’s the big day at the end of Ramadhan?”
“Not Idul Pitri, then?”
He had no answer.
Mind you, English pronunciation is not always straightforward either!
PS – And another thing!
Why do so many people ask if I speak BAHASA? It just means ‘language.’ I speak several, not always well, but I am best at INDONESIAN!
Desi Anwar is a very opinionated woman, and if you doubted that, her piece in the Jakarta Globe recently http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/desi-anwar-take-delusional-prabowo/ leaves little room for doubt at all.
Some people say that I too am opinionated, but that’s a matter of opinion!
But like so many journos here and abroad, her readiness to take up the cause of what’s right and wrong seems highly selective.
She is, after all, described in the JG as a senior anchor at Metro TV.
- Metro TV was just as biased as TV(Prabow)One during the election campaign, but not a word on that from dynamic Desi.
She’s an educated woman, and must also be aware of Metro’s sectarian bias.
I refer to their repeated use of the word tobat (‘repent’) to describe acts of apostasy by members of the persecuted Ahmadiyah religous minority.
30 Mar 2011 … Di Cimahi, prosesi tobat JAI berlangsung di Masjid Agung Cimahi, Rabu (30/3) siang. Sementara lima lainnya membaca syahadat di Garut. …
10 Mar 2011 … Metrotvnews.com, Tasikmalaya: Enam jemaat Ahmadiyah di …
Desi went to the University of Sussex in the UK, and speaks excellent English.
So she surely knows that one ‘repents’ of wrong-doing, not of worshipping God in a different but totally inoffensive way.
Metro’s reports thus represent a gross distortion of those ‘conversions,’ which may occasionally be a matter of religious contemplation, but are just as likely to be not unconnected to the relentless oppressive harassment the Ahmadis have suffered, and continue to suffer.
- This covers not just the Government’s discriminatory Tri-Ministerial Decree but also marauding Islamist mobs who have burned some of their homes and mosques, sealed other houses of worship and not even shrunk from brutal murder.
C’mon, Desi, show you care!
Demand that Metro apologise for their sectarian terminology and give undertakings to cover such issues objectively.
Desi is not just opinionated but influential.
If no such undertakings were given, she could usefully denounce Metro and take her recognised talents to some other part of the news media which has a clearer commitment to pluralism.
Just another bit of good news from last week, when one of the most famous victims of sectarian oppression – Meriam Yahia Ibrahim – has reached the civilised world.
Despite iniquitous intimidation by the primitives who run the cess-pool known as Sudan, Meriam refused to turn apostate.
Good news indeed!
But let’s also ask…
…what’s happening with this guy!
Let’s start the holiday week with some good news!
- The KPK (Anti-Corruption Commission) has ‘swooped’ on those dirty rotten rats who exploit TKIs (migrant worers) coming home from years of overseas.
Anyone here NOT aware of the hardships these girls (they’re usually female, though plenty of Indonesian men work in foreign parts too) suffer at the hands of harsh employers must be blnd or deaf.
We’ve covered this issue before -
- Ayo, Malaysia – Hang ‘Em High! And Ignore UK Sticky-Beaks!
- Kasihan Erwiana – Another TKI Come to Grief
- and it’s appalling.
- Not least the inertia shown by some Indonesian authorities.
But if it’s possible to be more wicked than the cruel people who pay a pittance and often abuse the girls in far-away places, it’s the scum who rip them off as they arrive home, bringing hard-earned cash to help their families here.
- The JG report describes some of it, but the fact is, unless they have somebody waiting at the airport to get them, they very easily fall prey to a mafia of swine, which, according to the report, includes soldiers, police and criminal gangs.
No way can this be happening without willing collaboration from insiders at the airport.
Good luck to the KPK.
The evil must be eradicated, no matter how long it takes,
I hope all my good Muslim friends, and all good Muslims, everywhere, have a happy holiday.
Tis the Eve of Idul Fitri, so it is with with both pleasure and a measure of surprise that I read in Republika.co.id that the Indonesian government is now adding a new religion to the list of those officially recognized. After Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, the government stated that the Baha’i religion is now constitutionaly recognised. http://m.republika.co.id/berita/dunia-islam/islam-nusantara/14/07/24/n97vws-menag-akui-bahai-sebagai-agama-baru-di-indonesia
That this announceemt came from the new Minister of Religious Affairs is an added joy, given how his revolting predecessor went out of his way to show intolerance for minority creeds.
- We’ve previously posted on this new man, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, and how he broke the fast with representatives of minority religious communities, which to date remain legally unrecognized by the state…
But while we applaud this step forward by Minister Lukman, we have a long way to go before true religious liberty here can be said to have arrived. And of course, this announcement has yet to be ratified.
BTW, some Catholic readers abroad may be vexed at how Christianity and Catholicism are listed as two separate creeds, but that’s just terminology, not dissing. Indonesians see the two as distinct varieties of those people who worship Jesus. Which is something we’ll come back to later on this page.
- But there’s no show without Punch!
And likewise there’s no cheering news on the pluralism front here without some cavilling, querulous, cranky carping from the narrow nasties of the MUI, the so-called ‘scholars,’ whose spokesman has instantly popped up to mar the glad tidings.
For my part, I don’t know very much at all about the Baha’i (I’m told they direct their once-a-day praying towards Mount Carmel, in Israel) but that hardly matters. They don’t bother anyone else and so should be given freedom to worship as they will.
No, says Amirsyah Tambunan, MUI Deputy Secretary General, who has ‘revealed the negative potential of such a move.’ It seems MUI has already done a review of the Baha’i.
Such is the fear and loathing embedded in the MUI mind-set that they often call in the cops to enforce regimentation of their hold on their flock. They doubtless devote endless hours to research on rivals real or imagined.
And sure enough, it’s the terrifyiing thought that some Muslims may be thinking for themselves, rather than bowing to MUI’s myriad fatwas, that has got Amirsyah into uptight mode.
Amir added that there’s much that is Muslim within Baha’ism. His take on this was to invite them to return to the right path. “Because within Islam, teachings are clear, so why create a new school,” he said. http://nasional.news.viva.co.id/news/read/524629-mui-peringatkan-dampak-negatif-kaji-baha-i-jadi-agama-di-ri. 00000000000000000000000
Well, naturally he would like everybody to follow MUI’s “clear” teachings. And anyone may, if anyone WANTS to.
The problem is that if anyone DOESN’T want to, MUI’s Pablovian reflex is to use the law, and indeed law-enforcement agencies, to bully them into obedience.
They are scared to debate, so don the jackboot! Read this – ‘Adam Created By Angel?” Islamist ‘Scholars’ Call the Cops!
Amirsyah’s rank arrogance is repulsive, most overtly expressed in the Jakarta Globe.
Amirsyah Tambunan called Bahi’a a sect and said it should not be recognized. “Clearly, I say Baha’i cannot be categorized as religion,” Amir said, adding that religions should be sourced from a revelation, such as the Abrahamic faiths.”
He’s welcome to tell us all what he thinks religion is.
But his insistence that we all knuckle under to his opinion? He should shove that where the sun doesn’t shine.
God gave us brains for a reason – to think for ourselves.
Over to another familiar figure, Bonar Tigor Naipospos, deputy chairman of Setara Institute, an outfit that fights for freedom for all creeds.
“The Constitution never mentioned official religions — it only said that people are free to hold a religion or belief and worship according to their religion and belief,” he said. “The problem is with the Religious Affairs Ministry, which in this case is being exclusive and discriminative.”
Bonar said that without the recognition from the go.vernment, the believers of those outside the six religions, such as Baha’i and Sunda Wiwitan, have been and will continue to be prone to discrimination. New Religious Affairs Minister Supports State Recognition …Jakarta Globe
Yes, well said!
And while it’s good that the Baha’i may be getting their basic constitutional rights, despite bigots like Amirsyah, that other little creed Bona mentions deserves it even more – Sunda Wiwitan predates all the so-called ‘official religions, which are imported brands, not native to Indonesia at all.
In any case, we’re not in the Middle Ages – it makes no sense for any country to demand that believers get a stamp of approval before being free to worship publicly.
Similarly, this total cr#p about ‘sects’ is merely a pathetic ploy by MUI and their clones.
If those who follow Jesus can have two official religons recognsed, Catholic nd Protestant, then why not every variety, of every religion?
Ahmadis and Shia don’t do any harm to anyone, any more than the Baha’i. The only trouble connected with these minorities is ignoramus hoodlum gangs like the FPI, who attack them.
Calls to curb minority freedoms from ‘notables’ like Amirsyah have consequences among the less educated elements of society, who inexplicably think the MUI is worth listening to.
Let one thousand fowers bloom.
Too weary to post controversially tonight, so we just watched a dvd, Pantai Selatan, one of last year’s horror hits that we misssed when it was on at the cinema.
Not only does Dewi Perssik get to play a snake, but we have Nikita Mirzani too.
She’s got guts…
…and other assets!
International Business Times UK
Yet another atrocity to add to ISIS’ tally of evil.
But meanwhile, what do we read?
The Gaza conflict arrived in West Berlin’s leafy main boulevard of Kurfuerstendamm on Friday. About 1,200 pro-Palestinian protestors processed past the designer shops, watched by elegant ladies sipping coffee in nearby cafes. The vast majority of the demonstrators were from Germany’s large Muslim community: women in headscarves; a protest leader reciting words from the Koran into a loudspeaker.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28492479
First of all, why are these people ‘pro-Palestine?’
If they were concerned by human suffering everywhere, they might have staged similar protests over Red China’s genocide in Tibet, or against the North Korean gulag, where thousands of innocents are tormented daily, etc., etc.
So it seems the vast majority are inspired entirely by sectarianism (if the ‘Palestinians’ were Buddhists or Baptists, would the rabble be on Berlin’s streets, or would the demos be replaced by sublime indifference?)
But it’s worse than that!
If their sectarian solidarity were anything but a facade for renascent Jew-baiting, they’d be out on the streets protesting against ISIS, which is killing many more of their co-religionists than the Israeli Defence Force.
- Something very sick and shady about these ubiquitous ululating agit-prop antics.
We here in Jakarta get it shoved down our throats all day long on every TV channel. They have endless appeals on their screens, asking for donations to help ‘Palestine.’
What about the Iraqis and Syrians, fellow-Muslims suffering along with Christians, at the hands of satanic swine under ISIS’ evil black banner – yes, the flag the Jakarta Post apologised for mocking in a cartoon just a week or two ago.
If somebody has started a fund for ISIS victims, I’ll be glad to give it a plug.
THAT’S where your money should go!
PS -I just scanned the web and there is a fund- several, in fact. Here’s one -
CSI is organizing an emergency aid response for Christians and other victims of ISIS in Iraq. – http://www.csi-usa.org/
And I’m sure there must be others.
The point being, all those screamers in Sydney, Calgary, London and Berlin clearly DON’T GIVE A DAMN for people murdered by ISIS, women raped by ISIS and everyone forced by ISIS to flee their homes in Syria and Iraq.
If they did, they’d be seen in numerous and noisy demos on those victims’ behalf.
THOSE VICTIMS NEED HELP.
‘Palestine’ gets plenty of handouts from the West already, viz….
Aaah…would that be the same US which has been funding the forces which beheaded those soldiers mentioned at the start of our post?