Cikeusik Day – More Death Penalties Needed, Please!

February 6th – Cikeusik Day




A lot of the stuff we’ve seen and heard these past weeks, demanding President Jokowi bow to neo-colonialist diktats over the Bali drug-smugglers, just doesn’t make sense.  

Take Matius Arif, another ‘rights’ activist, who collapsed into self-contradiction by telling us that the government should focus on law enforcement instead of executing people. – :

Since execution is the law, then ipso facto executing criminals convicted of a capital offence IS enforcing the law.

But that’s just by the way.

I spotted one article a few days ago in which the author actually seemed to have given thought to the issue, instead of running off at the mouth like the bleeding-heart Amnesty crowd.

Tobias Basuki gives serious consideration to the basic political philosophy that motivates President Jokowi, and takes into account the pressures from both politicians and the populace which he has to consider, both as a matter of democratic principle and political reality.


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The government’s policy has been widely criticized internationally but has the near-unanimous support of the Indonesian public and politicians.

And he notes the naivete of foreign left-libs, who – incredibly – had unrealistic expectations that Jokowi as a “new” politician would strive for all the “good” things: clean government, effective bureaucracy, human rights and so on.

Jokowi, in my view, has none of the sectarian stench about him which taints so many other politicians here. He doesn’t write odes to Bin Laden…

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…and neither does he seem to curry favour with Islamonazi hoodlums – he hasn’t so far proclaimed them as ‘our brethren’…’saudara-saudara kita di FPI

But he’s not done much since he got elected to reverse the depluralisation which blighted previous years. No sealed churches re-opened. No repeal of the discriminatory Tri-Ministerial Decree.

Yes, it’s early days.  But I increasingly worry that these injustices are not high up on his agenda. He has, after all, got plenty of other troubles to face..

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So let’s be grateful that he stands firm for the death penalty.

Back to Tobias, however.

Having admitted that he himself is out of step with most Indonesians, he says their judgement is poor. It’s lamentable that the Indonesian government, backed by overwhelming public opinion, looks likely to continue with the executions. 

He refers to one of the convicts in the next batch, Martin Anderson from Ghana, waiting to be executed for possession of a mere 50 grams of heroin.


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Heroin is heroin.

But then Tobias goes on to make the comparison I have made before, though he draws the wrong conclusion.

One clear contrast is the execution of Anderson with the perfunctory sentences of between three and six months in prison for the killers of three Ahmadi villagers in Cikeusik, Banten, in 2011 — an outrageous disparity.

Slaps on the wrist here for the vilest brutes society produces are the norm. The Sukorejo white-shirts are another example –

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But Cikeusik was surely the worst.

ahmadiyah2 Gleeful Islamist swine gloats at Cikeusik


The indifference of the previous administration to the Cikeusik injustice was exemplified by the weasel words of Marty Mealy-Mouth Natalegawa, SBY’s Foreign Minister. in hindsight, whether the sense of justice is fully served, I don’t know…     

Damn right there’s a disparity, Tobias!

But that disparity should not be remedied by letting some Ghanaian off the hook.

Today is the anniversary of that shameful Cikeusik Pogrom, a sectarian slaughter whose perpetrators today are strutting free around their kampung only a few score miles from where I sit typing this.

Nobody has EVER been charged with murder, despite a full video of the outrage being available for all to see anytime, despite police being present as the cowards committed their crime.

On this anniversary of the Cikeusik Pogrom, it would be a grand thing indeed if President Jokowi announced to the world that the murder investigation is to be re-opened.

And that, once court proceedings are done, whoever may be convicted can expect no mercy, no escape from the execution such vermin clearly deserve.






okowi wants to project an image of firmness in upholding the law. His support for the death sentence is just a logical consequence. Experts and policymakers, Jokowi included, believe capital punishment serves as an effective deterrence against crime.

Weak, inconsistent law enforcement has become a consistent threat to the rule of law in the country, as evident in public distrust for law enforcers and, hence, in widespread disobedience to the law.

Public defiance of the law is commonly visible on the streets, where motorists violate traffic rules at will because the offenses mostly go unpunished.

Jokowi could have been inspired by French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an avid proponent of the death sentence.


But this principle has been widely disregarded, including by the Constitutional Court as the defender of the Constitution. In 2009 the Court ruled that the right to life is not absolute and that capital punishment is a justified restriction of that right.

Jokowi, however, has apparently failed to learn from the past. The previous administration of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono helped at least 110 Indonesians escape the death penalty in China, Iran, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, thanks in part to the unofficial moratorium on executions his government imposed between 2008 and 2012. Yudhoyono commuted the death sentences of a number of convicts, including foreign drug traffickers.

Yudhoyono’s foreign minister Marty Natalegawa admitted Indonesians sentenced to death overseas had benefited from the practice. Marty said Indonesia would have found it difficult to convince the governments of foreign countries to reprieve Indonesian convicts on death row if Jakarta had failed to show mercy, too.

Before resuming executions in 2013, Yudhoyono had granted 19 of the 126 clemency pleas that he received since taking office in 2004.

Now Jokowi, just over two months into his term, has refused to grant clemency to five convicts and will also withhold it from nearly 60 others.

In so doing Jokowi has put the lives of more than 100 Indonesian nationals currently facing death sentences overseas in danger.

Assuming that Jokowi knows well the risks of his decision, he must be ready to face public condemnation for failing to protect his people abroad.