Good News in Jakarta – But JG Awry On Public Opinion?
A welcome news item in the Jakarta Globe tells us that at last some of the undesirables on death row might be given their just deserts. After that recent trial in Tangerang – a gang of louts gang-raped and murdered a young student – and other cases, http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/pembunuhan-dan-perkosaan-livia-a-student-strangled-by-racists-her-corpse-raped-hukum-mati-pasti/ it would be a disgrace were the culprits not put to death.
However, our esteemed President SBY apparently isn’t keen. Okay, it’s a matter of personal view, but nothing impressed Western public opinion like the execution of the Bali Pigs a few years ago. Many a glass was raised in appreciation of Indonesia’s action that day!
Perhaps SBY has been listening to the arrogant drivel preached by interfering EUSSR diplomats, notably British sticky-beaks, who beaver about town telling Indonesians that terror bombers, murders, child-rapists, etc. must under no circumstances risk paying the proper price for their evil deeds.
Pay such clowns no heed, Pak President. They do not speak for the peoples of the countries they misrepresent.
Only effete cosmopolitan elitists oppose the death penalty in principle.
And the same goes for Indonesia. Talking to ordinary folk on the buses daily, when the subject of crime comes up – as it often does – very few disagree with the wisdom of eliminating murderous criminals.
So where does the JG get this next nonsense from?
The Attorney General’s Office plans to execute 10 convicted felons in 2013 in Indonesia’s first wave of executions in four years.
Indonesian courts sentenced 113 people to death in 2012, but hasn’t carried out an execution since 2008.
In recent years, THE PUBLIC, as well as prominent politicians like President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, have expressed an aversion to the death penalty. (RRA emphasis)
The public? I guess most of the pinko scribblers employed by the JG ( and I am not referring to the expats, who are mostly hopeless left-libs) will be as unrepresentative of their normal fellow-countrymen as are the ‘intellectual’ in-crowd back home, but where does this characterisation of “the public’s” views come from?
Maybe all those people on the buses are just agreeing with me out of politeness, but I somehow doubt it.
The fair way – admittedly never tried back home – is to put it to a referendum. That’s democracy in action, and Indonesia could truly be hailed as a beacon of democratic practice if it were implemented here.
And think of all the celebrations we’d enjoy with each terrorist execution!