An article in the Jakarta Post caught my eye, not for its subject so much as one name mentioned therein, that of Ilham Arifin.
He’s on Trans TV all too often, the late, late preachy show, so he must be worth a few bob, as they say, or said, when British coins weighed more than a bottle-cap.
- I switch channels when he pops up, an oily leer on his fizzog.
But again, that’s not so much for what he has to say, which interests me very little, but for what I know about him, and indeed posted here some four years ago.
Back then he was a regular feature on Metro TV…
I don’t know if he’s still working there as well as at Trans, but he continues inexplicably to be treated as some sort of celebrity, shown great deference, despite his record of support for the vilest elements in Indonesia.
That’s him, the one without the fetching white scarf, his companion being the notorious Habib Rizieq, aka ‘High Priest’ of the self-styled Islam Defenders Front. Ilham’s never tried to hide his enthusiasm for those IslamoNazis.
Hate-gang on the march
Arrahmah.com reported that Muhammad Arifin Ilham reiterated his support for the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), by writing a statement on his Facebook account page on this day, Thursday (16/02/2012) which contains a statement of support for FPI and criticism of corrupt officials who support the secular media and disobedience and spread slander that the FPI are anarchistic…Coming Soon – Halal TV!?!
Ilham Arifin’s maybe not the worst of the bizarre breed we looked at more closely in Jakarta – Islamophobia Stoked By TV Fanatics? but to be fair, he’s bad enough.
The article that got me writing this was written by a pretty smart lady who pointed out many good reasons why marrying too young was something better not done.
But as it transpires, his son is 17 years old. So we’re at least not talking about child marriage in any bad sense, although because Indonesia’s laws require bridegrooms to be 19, young Alvin must first obtain a marriage dispensation from the Cibinong Religious Court because he is considered underage.
Seventeen is old enough – I wish authorities in Europe would apply the same yard-stick to crimmigrants, instead of the idiotic rule that treats strapping 17-year-old brutes as ‘children!’
Nevertheless, at that age, IMHO, the boy’d be happier hanging out with his pals at the local warteg, or playing soccer in the park, or bopping at a club, than taking on a life-long responsibility.
But so be it.
Good luck to the newly weds. After all, English teens used to run across the Scots border, to Gretna Green, Scotland’s age of consent being Sweet Sixteen.
No, what bugs me about Ilham in this JP story is his comment on why he’s over the moon about the lad getting hitched.
Proudly announcing his full blessing, Arifin said he married off his child to protect him from harm in the world and after life. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/08/22/why-does-marrying-young-cause-more-harm-than-good.html
Protect him from harm? An objective any parent would cherish, but…
- …why doesn’t Arifin show public concern about protecting victims of the cowardly white-shirt brutes who maraud and manhandle innocent citizens. The IslamoNazis have time and again attacked both property and people – though only when they outnumber their prey by a hefty percentage.
When brave citizens fight back, the FPI scuttle for safety faster than a rat up a drain pipe.
Ilham could set his son a good example by including in his speech at the wedding reception a stentorian condemnation of Islamist hoodlum gangs.
And since he’ll doubtless be handling the prayers, he could point out, given his above-mentioned concern for the afterlife, that sectarian thugs should be wary of those ‘virgins in paradise’ stories.