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  • ross1948 18:37 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    PRJ – Ga Ada Dangdut? Ayo Kita, Ga Usah, Ke Jakarta Fair! 


    Last year we went to the PRJ, that old but renovated venue for the Jakarta Fair, looking forward to an evening of dangdut. In previous years, there were great stars, like Dewi Persik, Wawa Mariska, Vetty Vera…lots! And the crowds were delighted.

    When we checked the list of stars, not a single dangdut music night was listed. Thinking it must be an incorrect schedule, we went anyhow…no joy.

    This expo is meant to be a show-case for Indonesia’s capital city, but the organisers are so darned out of tune with popular tastes, they didn’t provide ANY singers of Indonesia’s favourite music.

    I just got hold of the latest line up for the Mid-June to Mid-July event, and can’t see any dangdut artists of note.

    If I’m wrong, please feel free to correct me, but without dangdut, it seems a waste of time and money, for me and thousands like me, to attend.

     
  • ross1948 18:34 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Suharto Junior’s Record May Not be Mentioned – Judge. So What About Nurdin? 


     

    Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra has been awarded more than Rp 12.5 billion ($1.5 million) in damages from a magazine that described the youngest son of Indonesian dictator Suharto as a “convicted murderer.” Presiding Judge Tahsin, sitting on the South Jakarta District Court bench, said the article in Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier’s in-flight magazine published by Indo Multi Media, had “ruined the reputation of Hutomo Mandala Putra as a national and international businessman.” The judge also said that identifying Tommy as a murderer was irrelevant to the article, “A New Destination to Enjoy in Bali,” a review of his Pecatu Indah Resort published in December 2009. “Although the Supreme Court has convicted Hutomo Mandala Putera in the murder case, he has served his sentence and since the completion of the [term] he has fully regained his rights as a citizen and for his past to not be mentioned,” the judge said.

    This ruling has raised more than a few eye-brows in Indonesia. While the man has indeed served the incredibly light sentence he got (which was regularly shortened by remissions) is it truly the case that a criminal record may not be mentioned by the media? If so, what about Nurdin, another controversial character, till recently chairman of the PSSI, the national soccer association, who actually continued in office while he spent time in jail for corruption.

    That detail, frequently mentioned while the on-going furore over the PSSI’s troubles has unfolded, surely falls into a similar category.

    For those with no familiarity with the Suharto case, I offer a link to an old BBC report, here.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1457997.stm

    But before we all get uptight, let’s not indulge in double standards. Think of the current stramash in the UK, reported by the BBC   23 May 2011

     The injunction had blocked the disclosure of details about the alleged affair
    A married footballer named as ‘having an injunction over an alleged affair with a reality TV star has been identified in Parliament as Ryan Giggs. Lib Dem MP John Hemming named the Manchester United star during an urgent Commons question on privacy orders. Using parliamentary privilege to break the court order, he said it would not be practical to imprison the 75,000 Twitter users who had named the player.

    The High Court has again ruled that the injunction should not be lifted. It rejected two attempts on Monday to overturn the ban, the first after a Scottish paper named the footballer on Sunday, and the second after Mr Hemming’s action.

    Plainly, if you have the money to go to court, you can enjoy a much more comfortable existence, immune from public criticism. In the UK.

    And in France, it appears to be even easier, with that IMF chap left untouched by the French media during a history of spearsmanship that in America, for example, would have had him impeached.

    Or might have – the US media did report on Clinton’s cigar-studded life-style eventually, but regarded his lying as no barrier to the Oval Office.

    Frankly, I have no interest at all in reading about Mr. Giggs.

    He can behave as badly as he likes, or as nicely, and if his behaviour is caught on camera or in the written word, he can defend himself, or sue if he’s aggrieved. An ultra-lefty Scots MSP did so, not long ago, and you can read about Tommy (Sheridan, not Suharto!) in the Google search archives.

    But all this gagging stuff, and I use the word ‘gagging’ in its usual sense, not allowing free speech, as opposed to its other meaning, getting ready to vomit – all this injunction activity, smacks of an unfree press. 

    Publish and be damned.

     
  • ross1948 17:20 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Asylum-Seeker’ Invasion – UN Slams Aussie Right to Self-Defence…’iIlegal?’ 


    The arrogance of the UN never ceases to astound! Yesterday’s Jakarta Globe reported that their  ‘High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (what grand imperial titles they bestow on their bureaucrats) ‘has warned Australia.’

    Warned?!? Uppity pencil-pushers from God Knows Where shouldn’t be ‘warning civilised countries! And what was Australia warned about? Yup! You’ve guessed it – the influx of would-be bludgers aka ‘asylum-seekers.’

    Aussie experience of these damnable ingrates, who set fire to the accommodations paid for by Australian tax-payers and STILL don’t get expelled by Galah Gillard’s gang of left-libs, has undoubtedly increased popular resistance to the quaint notion that, of all countries in the UN, only the once-Lucky Country is expected to accept whomsoever manages to sneak in, jump the queue and demand free room and board from the public purse.

    Well, no, that’s not fair, is it? Canada and Western Europe, also, must welcome these parasitic illegals, while others, notably the native land of the ‘High Commissioner,’ sit back and watch.

    Navi Pillay  is a South African, a country which was once the richest on the African Continent. How many of the asylum-seeking hordes has SA accepted? As you can see, she is of Indian origin, so let’s also ask how many India is taking in?

    Never mind, she still reckons Canberra’s latest plan, to send the uninviteds to Malaysia, ‘could be illegal.’

    In comments reported in Australian media Tuesday, Navi Pillay said the country should work on making its processing policy more efficient rather than sending detainees offshore.

    Right. Used to be, so I heard, that Australia is a sovereign country, and sovereign countries don’t get told by highly-paid bureaucrats of another nationality what they ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be doing.

    “If Australia is serious about this policy of sending 800 people out to Malaysia, then I think it violates refugee law,” said Pillay, who is on an official visit to the country. “They cannot send individuals to a country that has not ratified the torture convention, the convention on refugees,” she said.

    And of course those sticky-beak pinkos at Amnesty have got in on the act too.  Amnesty International has said that asylum seekers sent to Malaysia will face lengthy waits to determine their status, inhumane detention conditions and even torture, in the form of caning.

    Look, you amnestoids, caning is NOT torture. Just look at RRA’s previous post this evening. It’s a harsh punishment if applied for no good reason, as in Aceh’s shariah swamp, but in Singapore it works a treat. Who fears to walk Singaporean streets at any hour of the night?

     Pillay said she would raise her concerns with the prime minister.

    “The first option should not be how best to turn away people, the first option should be how to receive people,” she said ahead of a meeting with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

    And did Bowen have the cojones to tell her to swan off with her condescending arrogance? Of course!

    Bowen said they had a “constructive and positive” discussion.

    It’s long overdue for Australians to reject this garbage about their ‘duties.’ The first and foremost duty of any nation’s government is to their own people, who have enough problems without importing more. An excellent article by Greg Clancy, in Australian Conservative last month, spelt out what needs done.

    http://australianconservative.com/2011/04/how-to-stop-the-boats/

    It’s way too long for me to reproduce, but it blows to bits all the leftist lounge-lizard waffle about why Australia, or any country, should have to take in people they don’t need, not to mention those with nothing to offer but arson skills and ingratitude.

    Read it!

    Oya! BTW, since my numerous Oz readers may be looking carefully at this post, have a look at this, a sure sign of multicult madness in NSW.

    A protest action in support of the First Fleet has been called in Gunnedah, NSW for 2 June 2011. The protest is to be outside Gunnedah South Public School at 12 pm where a petition signing will take place.

    The demonstration has been called in response to the principal Emma Jeffery refusing to accept a gift from the Morris family of a print of Algernon Talmadge’s “The Founding of Australia” which depicts the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by Captain Arthur Phillip on 26 January 1788.

    Convenor Nigel Morris says his family have been attending the school since it first opened; his name and that of his 3 aunts, his father and two brothers are all engraved in commemorative pavers that were laid for the instituition’s 50th anniversary. He says his great great grandfather Fredrick Hunt was born in the town in 1873, and that two roads in the area carry the name of his people.

    “To tell me they can’t accept our gift because the frame carries a plaque with the name the artist ascribed to his work is right out of this world”.Mr Morris says he will seek a message of support from the local state MP Kevin Anderson.

     Check out the Australian Flag Society site for details.

     
  • ross1948 15:41 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Amnesty’s Own Goal in Aceh, as ‘Moderate’ NU Defends Whipping of Women 


    Occasionally Amnesty International gets it right, but once more they have blundered into Aceh and condemned the flogging of women, and men, not for the obvious reason that anyone would join them in deploring, the iniquitous sharia ‘crimes’ for which these poor victims are flogged, but instead on the spurious argument that corporal punishment in itself is wrong.

    Of course it’s not! We all applauded Singapore when a few years ago they caught some scummy little American for vandalism and sentenced him to a taste of the cane. That’s what thugs and vandals deserve! It wasn’t THAT long ago that they could expect such penalties in the British Isles, on the Channel isles and the Isle of Man. Then the EuroCourt piled in on the side of the crims – again! – and ordered the UK to stamp out punishments that might make anti-socials think twice. And of course teachers in the Old Country were stripped of their power to cane or belt when John Major cravenly turned his coat at the behest of his EU masters.

    So what’s going on in Aceh? 

    Jakarta Globe, 23/5. Acehnese clerics have criticized Amnesty International’s call for the Indonesian government to repeal a bylaw that allowed caning, arguing that the practice did not violate any regulation in the world. In a statement released on Sunday, Amnesty said that caning violated the UN Convention Against Torture, which Indonesia ratified in 1998, and urged central government to review the bylaw to conform with international and national human rights laws and standards.

    Dumbos – and by that I mean Amnesty, as well as, of course, the bulk of the ‘cleric’ fraternity up in Aceh.

    A – it’s not torture. Torture is the rack, the tugging out of finger-nails, stuff like that.IB – it’s wrong, yes, because it is imposed for ‘offences’ like those of girls cuddling boy-friends, or labourers playing cards for pennies.

    Clerics in Banda Aceh, however, dismissed the criticism, saying it originated from an ignorance of Shariah law, Islam and Indonesia. “It is their right to criticize,” said Teungku Muslim Ibrahim, head of the province’s Consultative Assembly of Ulema (MPU) and a professor at Aceh’s State Islamic Institute (IAIN). “But as long as they do not seek to understand Shariah, they will continue to criticize something they know little about.”

    Wrong, Ibrahim. The MORE outsiders understand Shariah, the MORE they will criticise the mental straight-jacket you and your goat-bearded gang impose on people.

    He said the regulation governing caning as judicial punishment was in line with the country’s laws and did “not violate any regulation in the world. People criticize because they don’t understand. The rules in Aceh are clear,” Muslim said. “The Koran says that those who believe in Allah and Rasulullah Muhammad Sallalaahu Alaihi Wassalam must not abide by laws other than the ones determined by their God.”

    Now this is getting interesting. He is saying that his co-religionists are not bound by laws other than sharia? What about those who live in America, or France or Britain or Germany where laws are not those so determined? Geert Wilders could have used Ibrahim’s testimony in his trial. Immigration rules need to be reviewed in the light of this confession of contempt for the legal codes of civilised countries.

    He added that caning did not violate the UN Convention on Human Rights because the convention respected compromises made by a community, big or small. “Moreover, the Islamic community in Aceh is a majority. Caning is only applied to Islamic followers,” .

    Now hang on there, Ibrahim!  You may be different, but a lot of your sort say that anybody who converts out of Islam is deserving of death. So while, yes, Muslims are in a mjaority in Aceh, no doubt of that, they are so because they have no choice. Only this month, your Aceh clerics, police and the American-educated Governor went after religoous dissidents like a pack of nazis after Jews. One dissenter faces five years in jail for diverging from islamist orthodoxy. His followers have been told to show up for re-programming or have their names and addresses splashed across the media, putting them at risk of vigilante vendettas by islamonazi strom-troops. Don’t play the ‘democratic’ card, Ibrahim, it just won’t wash.

    But this sorry saga gets sorrier still, for in walks the Aceh spokesman for the ‘largest moderate Muslim’ organisation in Indonesia!

    Teungku Faisal Ali, the head of the Aceh chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), said those who criticized caning in Aceh tended to “dislike” Islam.

    Faisal Ali, NU 'Moderate!'

    “Why didn’t they criticize caning in Singapore? Why didn’t they protest the banning of the head scarf in France? Why didn’t they protest Israel, which keeps on violating the UN resolutions?” said Faisal, who is also the secretary of Aceh’s Dayah Ulama Association (Huda), an organization comprised of the province’s traditional ulema.  “I think Amnesty International doesn’t have to intervene the application of Islamic Shariah in Aceh,” he added. “Tell me, what law is violated in Aceh’s application of Shariah? What we apply in Aceh is a national law, which has been acknowledged as part of Aceh’s special autonomy. Everyone must respect Islamic Shariah in Aceh,” he said.

    No, Faisal, NOBODY should respect shariah law as applied in Aceh. It brings Indonesia, and your creed itself, into worldwide disrepute. If you were truly as ‘moderate’ as the NU likes to portray itself, you’d be in the forefront of the campaign to return Aceh to normal Indonesian laws, which do NOT permit the shameful maltreatment of women, or men, in the way the freakos up in your benighted province love to do.

    Fact is, Amnesty have criticised Israel, often.

    As for Singapore canings, they MUST have had a go at Singapore too. I don’t have those details, but they always criticise serious attempts to suppress crime. They also wanted the Bali Bomb pigs to escape their much-deserved death penalties. They are a good group gone wrong, originally formed to speak up for political prisoners, but now annexed by the left-lib loons to battle for all kinds of trendy nonsense.

    Amnesty, however, have done us a small service by adding to Aceh’s international notoriety as a cess-pit of intolerance. So I won’t go on and on. Just a pity they muffed such a golden opportunity to nail sharia law as the reason why, as our ‘moderate’ defender of whipping young girls says,  some people ‘dislike’ Islam. ‘Islamophobia,’ so-called, would wither on the vine if more decent Muslims condemned such abuse.

    Here in Jakarta, we often see sensible Muslims joining with Christians and other faiths to protest the evils that afflict their country. I quote them, acknowledging their courage and integrity. But if they raised their voices in Aceh, what fate would befall them?

     
    • foxy 18:15 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This NU is not moderate anyway. Maybe once long time ago, not any more.
      Not good for Indonesia to see women beaten like dogs.

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  • ross1948 14:48 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Depok Jadi Kota PKI? Islamist Council Grabs Private Property, Communist-Style 


    First Posted: 29 Mar 2011  Reposted, by popular demand, since my original blog has been sealed by a petulant and petty rival.

    I have, previously, compared Islamonazis here to the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party. Their lack of loyalty to the country’s constitution, their fanatical thuggery, and now we have an action replay of the PKI’s classic illegal seizure of private property. That’s not too far away, in Depok – more later.

    And the menace seems to swirl ever closer every week.

    Last month I posted a picture of an anti-Ahmadiyah banner hung at Kebon Jeruk, only a short bus-ride from my home,

    On my way home Monday night, I disembarked from my penultimate angkot and walked to the corner to catch the final p.s.v. of my journey.
    I sometimes walk the last leg, but being a Monday, my energy level was way down and I crossed at the junction. Or was about to, when a quintet of youths suddenly appeared on the large traffic island and began to erect a huge banner.

    New Bigot Banner in West Jakarta

    Being a nosey devil, I paused to see what wonders might be forthcoming in our West Jakarta back-water, and lo, there it was, the malevolent grimace of Habib Rizieq, Reichsfuhrer of the Islamonazi FPI.
    Seems he’s due to delight an audience not far from my home this weekend.

    (Update – another banner has this month of May appeared by the Kebon Jeruk traffic lights- he’s back!)

    Reading of the vicious gangster in the press and seeing him on tv is disagreeable enough, but that…heck, it’s the same difference as watching a Dracula movie then learning that the Count himself is conducting a neighbourhood inspection.

    The lads who erected the large ad were non-descripts, no white-shirt nazi gear or such. Sad to see wasted youth. Why aren’t they out chasing girls, I wondered. Or maybe they had just been paid a few perak to do the job (not the kids in my picture – those were just crossing the road!)
    Mind you, looking at the drabs who join fanatic demos, I could grasp that issue.
    Who fancies females who dress like sacks of Idaho spuds?

     
    But we bules, expats, whatever you choose to call us, are rarely put to more than inconvenience by these creeps. Unlike the defenceless native minority.
    What is happening to Ahmadiyah here is frightful.

    Some clown in the Jakarta Post ‘letters’ page on Monday bleated that it was nonsense to say Ahmadis were going to be killed. He missed out the word ‘more’- maybe he’s unaware of the three martyrs bludgeoned to death in the Banten pogrom last month.

    But apart from murder, the list of Islamonazi crimes continues to expand, not excluding theft.

    Bonar Tigor Naipospos

    In TRIBUNNEWS.COM, Monday, Setara Institute’s doughty spokesman, Bonar Tigor Naipospos , was reported as ‘harshly criticizing the seizure of Ahmadiyah property by the state.’

    Depok Ahmadis Praying, Prior to Islamonazi Seizure

    As RRA readers know, the primitives have been sealing the religious minority’s places of worship, but Tribun reminded us that Al-Hidayah Mosque in Depok (WEST JAVA, of course, but in practical terms part of Greater Jakarta) has not just been sealed but seized as a kind of jihadist booty and handed over to Ahmadiyah’s persecutors to use for their own propaganda purposes.
    The mosque was built by Ahmadis in 1999 and has been used for worship by them ever since.

    My headline asks in Bahasa Indonesia if Depok has become a PKI city. The PKI, the long-since-outlawed Communist Party of Indonesia, was in the habit of seizing private property in exactly the same way.
    Thankfully their dictatorial arrogance was ended in 1965 and no recrudescence of marxism is permitted here.
    But what shall it profit a nation if it extricates itself from one sort of despotic threat, only to fall victim to another?

    Marxists and Islamonazis are two sides of the same coin, I have argued in the past.
    Politically-motivated thuggery, suppression of those who stand in their way, class hatred and sectarian hatred, red-shirts and white-shirts…the similarities are striking.
    Local authorities that come under the influence of these sorts of movements are almost bound to disregard legal norms and civilised standards.
    That’s how it is in Depok today. It could just as easily be a PKI commune sixty years ago, such is its descent into totalitarian tactics.
    This communist-style expropriation was sponsored by the Islamist local authorities in Depok, not some mob, and the city’s cadres are quite bare-faced about their theft.
    The Jakarta Globe 28/3 reported that Fachmi Muhammad, a municipal spokesman, said the Al-Hidayah Mosque on Jalan Raya Muchtar in Sawangan subdistrict “will be changed for normal public use, so it’s no longer going to be privately owned by the Ahmadiyah congregation.”

    “On what grounds does Depok City Government seal this mosque and then have it taken over? Ahmadis commit no crime, is not a banned organization and is still legally valid,” said Bonar in a press release received by Tribunnews.com, 03/28/2011

    According to Bonar, the action taken by Depok City Government is opposed even to the tri-ministerial decree, which is used as the legal basis by the government and radical Islamic organizations, because that decree ‘is only to limit the spread of Ahmadiyah teachings. Prohibition of use of violence is also thereby confirmed.

    “The state through the government apparatus has been clearly in violation of freedom of religion and belief,” said Bonar.

    Bonar declared that the way Ahmadiyah has been handled by Depok City mirrors the loss of common sense by the government in dealing with the minority.

    “All the efforts made by governments at various places indicate quite clearly that they are under strong pressure by a serious group of hardline Islamic groups,” he said…Bonar also explained, implementation of Indonesian constitutionalism has been ignored by the government en masse while allowing Ahmadis to be subjected to discrimination, intolerance, and violence.

    Likewise, Bonar said, diversity as a pillar of national life, has been torn apart by the action of a group of people merely to fight a claim of religious interpretation…

    Bonar rightly adds that the ‘dialogue’ called under the control of bigot Minister Suryadharma Ali was held obviously as just a forum for those who have long wished to achieve the dissolution of Ahmadiyah. The forum will be used as to legitimise the government’s chosen path of ‘dialogue’ and then dissolution.”

    Depok Primitives in Action, Ahmadi Mosque Sealed!

    The mosque was sealed by a fanatic rabble (outnumbered by police who typically stood back and let the hoodlums do their worst)
    Another sign was also placed at the site by the savages, ‘Shut and Sealed on Pain of Death.’
    This totalitarian activity was puppeteered by – who else – a proprietor of a nearby Islamic boarding school, named Damanhuri.
    (Another timely reminder that Western governments should STOP providing these pesantren indoctrination centres with material assistance) An okezone report has that particular primitive puke announcing that ‘the mosque would remain closed until doomsday. “Residents will watch over it 24 hours a day. If the seal is breached, I don’t know what they will do [to the Ahmadis],” he said.

    Well, I’d know what to do with Damanhuri if I had the chance.
    The first thing would be to have him barred from any contact with any school ever again. Unabashed hate-merchants should not be allowed to taint young minds.
    The second would be a bit of good old-fashioned tarring and feathering.
    Incitement to violence and vandalism deserves stern punishment, especially against people (and their property) who have done nothing at all to deserve enmity of such savage degrees.

    And it is not just the jumped-up apparatchiks like Fachmi, or the scabrous ‘clerics’ like Damanhuri, or the frothing white-shirt ignoramuses of the FPI we have to watch for.
    It’s the ministers in suits, the establishment Islamists of the NU and Muhammadiyah, who, had they enough conscience or courage, could have run off the savages with ease a long time ago.

     
    • foxy 18:14 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good posting then, good now. Sorry I have not been here commenting, busy in Bali.
      I want to make many comments now.

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    • jojo 23:15 on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know what are writing about ? Its so terrible for you.

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    • ross1948 01:32 on May 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good morning, foxy, and jojo.
      Yes, foxy, I do think it useful to re-post the lost parts of the blog, and sorry, jojo, I suppose I have confused you by taking news from several months ago, and re-publishing it now.
      It’s just another step towards givng readers re-newed access to many of the original posts which have been ‘de-accessed’ by a resentful rival.

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