Jokowi And His Foes – One Law for the Weak, Another for the Others?

I’ve had a restful day at home, a planned trip into town postponed, firstly, pleasingly, by a visit from my favourite person in Indonesia, and then, regrettably, by the rain.

So lots of time to blog-post , having scanned the news for the past week here and abroad.

More on that case we mentioned last night, the young man of humble status clapped in a cell for insulting President Jokowi.

Ditangkap? Karena Facebook? Ini Revolusi Mental, Pak Presiden? 


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  • It turns out the ‘insult’ was not only insulting but also ‘pornographic. ‘ So the arrest is under the Pornography Law! That’s the absurd legislation that put Playboy’s Indonesian editor behind bars for a magazine whose local edition was about as pornographic as The Beano.
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  • I can’t locate the porny Faceook post that’s caused the man’s detention, and wouldn’t use it if I could. I don’t want to get shut down. Nor face 12 years which is the threat to the chap in trouble, accused of ‘defamation’ as well.
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But I note the Police HQ spokesman today says that – “The suspect apologized but that is his own business. We can’t broker a mediation. It is up to Pak Jokowi….” 


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Arsyad’s arrest has caused a public outcry and many have called for President Jokowi to forgive Arsyad. In a television interview on Wednesday, Arsyad’s mother, Mursidah, cried and bowed down asking for Jokowi’s forgiveness for her son.

But some Jokowi supporters are adamant. One of them said – “He is a 24-year-old man who has the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong.”

Maybe so, but TWELVE years  is ridiculous!

I said last night that when the IslamoNazi fuhrer here insulted President SBY, police took no action. I suppose SBY didn’t lodge a complaint against the thug gang, but that shouldn’t have mattered. The same top cop quoted above also said that “We started investigating the case not solely based on the report. We have the authority to pursue the case.”

So there! 

And how about all the other outrageous stuff that went on during the election campaign, that Prabowo hanger-on, Taufik, who issued brazen threats against the Chairman of the Election Commission.

Taufik has been reported to the police, for making kidnap threats against the Election Commission Chairman. And the police have assigned protection to the Chairman of the KPU, all its members… Police provide protection for KPU officials following threat




Now maybe Taufik’s case woud never have got to trial. Maybe if it had, he’d have been acquitted. But again, that’s beside the point. A threat to kidnap is a serious crime, and surely, if  poor little Arsyad is under arrest, in detention, while the case rattles along, Taufik too should have been brought in until THAT case was resolved.

No? Have I misunderstood the legal processes?

I stand ready to be corrected if so.

But the thing is, Taufik is a bigwig. So too was/is the FPI Fuhrer. 




C’mon, Pak Presiden, let the guy go home. His mum’s just an onion peeler in a local market – she needs her boy.