PKI, FPI? Book-Burning Ideologies! And What About Gramedia?

The problem with Tan is that he was a Communist, an active member of the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, He was killed in 1949, and the Islamists don’t want his ideas resurrected.

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  • Nor indeed would any thinking person, if the plan were to implement them. The PKI is still outlawed here, after their attempted seizure of power in 1965 was thwarted, at great cost on bloodshed.

But a book? The PKI loved burning books, censorship an integral part of their policy. Freedom to read was a bad thing in the eyes of their so-called ‘intellectual’ front group, LEKRA.


When I finished my first degree, I chose Soviet Studies as my postgrad, and when some friends expressed surprise, I responded that every doctor worth his salt has to study diseases. And there are none worse than marxism.




The more people study, read, learn of its evils, and the evil men and women who sought to impose it on their fellow-citizens, the better.

So what’s with the book? The author is Harry A. Poeze. His publisher, a Jakarta firm called Obor, was obliged by the police decision to announce the cancellation of the event.

This no doubt pleased Chaidar Al Hamid, FPI Gauleiter in East Java, who said that communist ideology was against Islamic teaching, Pancasila and, therefore, the Constitution.’

Quite true, but do we stop familiarising ourselves with it? Is Dutch Harry promoting it, or is his book a scholarly work recording the facts of local history?

I don’t know. Poeze once said the man was admirable, “but he made a lot of mistakes.”

That’s not much to go on, but one gets the impression that Poeze doesn’t really find communism in itself a black mark on anyone’s report card. He authored a dissertation entitled Tan Malaka Strijder voor Indonesie’s vrijheid: Levensloop van 1897 tot 1945 (Tan Malaka, a Fighter for Indonesian Freedom: Life from 1897 to 1945).

To say any communist was a ‘freedom fighter’ is surely oxymoronic.

And that JP 2006 article, in which I found the quote, does give grounds for concern, saying Tan Malaka had become a cult figure comparable to Che Guevara among Indonesian youth.


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  • Well, that’s not at all noticeable. A number of dimwits kids here wear Guevara t-shirts, probably totally ignorant of the monstrous evils perpetrated by Castro’s butcher. But I don’t recall ever seeing a Malaka t–shirt. 
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Nevertheless, it’s right that Indonesians should beware of attempts to rehab the totalitarian hypocrites of the PKI.




Both the Jakarta Post and the Jakarta Globe here are guilty of this. They publish frequent reports on the unfair treatment meted out to people wrongly accused of PKI connections, or merely relatives thereof. and


Okay, BUT they do NOT distinguish between such innocent victims of injustice and the unrepentant communist swine who still glorify the attempt to enslave their country under the Red Flag.

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‘Don’t be fooled by agents of the foreigners who want this nation to acknowledge #communist!.’ Quote from Indonesia Without Communiism website – to whom are they referring?


I have to say here that the Jakarta Post is in no position to protest about such censorship. Their parent company, Gramedia, is into Nazi-style book-burning in a big way, hand-in-glove with Islamist bigots. And I’ve yet to read a JP editorial condemning THAT!



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Meanwhile, Kontras Surabaya, a rights group, has complained. that “the police should not be afraid of the threats from these mass organizations,” and I must agree. So-called ‘mass organisations’ here are often simply mobsters, the FPI being the best-known and most thuggish.

In fact it occurs to me, that if the PKI is banned, why not the FPI?

They closely resemble each other. ready to employ vicious violence, eager to impose their intolerance of dissenting views, with supranational allegiances that over-ride national solidarity, the FPI’s sectarian, just as the PKI’s was rooted in class hatred.

Both of these a poison in Indonesia’s body politic.