A belated three cheers for the Regent of Tulungagung.
Because I only got the news from a reader now, though the Regent’s admirable words were uttered a week or so back.
And your next question is probably – where’s Tulungagung?
Well, it’s way down in East Java, and it’s Regent is Syahri Mulyo. That’s him in the picture below.
And now you want to know what he said that has earned my applause?
Okay. He spoke up against plans by the FPI white-shirt gang to launch a branch of their vigilante sectarian outfit in his regency.
He said that their habit in various areas was to promote anarchistic behaviour and to usurp the authority of police and other security forces.
Hard for anyone to dispute that. Their brutal intolerance, violence and vandalism is notorious across Indonesia. We saw it in Jakarta only this month.
“I do not speak of other regions, but only about Tulungagung region. For the sake of the common good, I once again urge it not to be done!” said Syahri. http://regional.kompas.com/read/2014/10/06/19352821/Bupati.Tulungagung.Saya.Imbau.Jangan.Ada.Deklarasi.FPI.di.Sini
But who was quick to be quoted on the side of the IslamoNazis?
Why, none other than the local Chairman of the MUI, the Indonesian ‘Scholars’ Council. The MUI is subsidised by the Government and issues all kinds of bizarre fatwas, some just laughable, like that against yoga, others disgraceful, rants against peaceful dissenters, like Ahmadiyah ‘ heresy,’ as if we’re stuck in the Dark Ages
MUI’s Mohammad Mahfouz Gus claimed there’s no legal basis, to reject the establishement of an FPI chapter. He invoked Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi’s disgraceful comment that ‘Indonesia still needs FPI.’
Gamawan’s record on these IslamoNazis is as bad as his record as a local politician prior to being given the ministerial post by President SBY. In his own area, he imposed vicious shariah bye-laws that blatantly discriminated against women.
On the FPI, you can see more of his collaborationist outbursts here.
To be fair to MUI’s Gus, he seems to be arguing that since the IslamoNazis have not been banned nationally, any local attempt to thwart their plan could backfire legally.
I post on this fairly (very!) unknown region of Indonesia for two reasons. .
First, because it’s important people overseas DO understand that there are many good people here who have no time for these vicious jihadist hoodlums. Indonesians are 90% Muslim, but they are also, mostly, decent folk, not at all fanatical.
And also, to remind you of the MUI’s record.
Routine denunciations of violence are all very well, but all too often, their extreme fanatical diatribes can be used by jihadist jerks to justify thuggery.
And of course the FUI (Forum Ummat Indonesia) leader working hand-in-glove with the FPI in the anti-kafir demos in Jakarta, Al Khaththath, is a rather senior MUI office-bearer himself!.
Al- Khaththath - a bloodthirsty bigot with a Hizbut Tahrir background . http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/another-nail-in-freedoms-coffin-indonesian-atheist-jailed-for-blasphemy/
And never forget the shameful menace uttered by MUI supremo Amidhan.
Let’s wait and see if the gangsters get started in Tulungagung.