Who’s On Da Booze? Mall Brawl Gangsters “Are An Asset!?!”

A most peculiar story in the Jakarta Globe this past weekend, about a brawl in Kelapa Gading, a fairly posh area of North Jakarta, involving the FBR, the Betawi Brotherhood Forum —

– a dozen arrests after a fight in the parking area of Kelapa Gading’s Mall of Indonesia (MoI), in North Jakarta…a group of FBR members wanted to avenge the beating by staging an attack on the security guards later in the day, carrying weapons such as bows and arrows, catapults, machetes and spears..http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/12-arrested-fbr-clashes-kelapa-gading-mall-guards/

MOI, Kelapa Gading

The JG delicately describes the FBR as a quasi-militant group known to operate protection rackets in the Greater Jakarta area.


But readers will be aware that they have had friends in high places in our lovely capital city, including Fauzi Bowo, formerly the Governor, who is now Indonesia’s Ambassador in Berlin.

Gangsters in Jakarta – Friends and Foes… 

The FBR are not just a gang that’s frequently involved in violent affray, but also noted for nasty sectarian outbursts too.


But anyway, the latest…

“This incident started when an FBR member named Iwan Setiawan was beaten with wooden batons by Kelapa Gading Square security guards on Friday at 3 a.m. because he was asking questions about a piece of advertising that had just been put up by MoI management,” Adj. Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra, deputy chief of the North Jakarta Police, said on Saturday.

MoI is the Mall of Indonesia – I’ve been there once or twice, lots of pretty cool chicks, mostly of the moneyed variety,  out shopping, so out of my league, sadly.

One’s initial reaction, of course, is puzzlement and even a smidgin of compassion for poor Iwan. If I asked a mall employee about an ad on their premises, I’d not expect to be duffed up. So what was Iwan’s provocative question?

‘Where can I find the cutest frilly underwear for my girl-friend?’ ‘Are there any good discounts on intoxicating beverages this week?’

Who knows, because the JG certainly doesn’t tell us! But they do have one fascinating sentence!

Police said they also confiscated a bottle of booze at scene…




Hundreds of FBR members ran amok in the mall premises after reportedly failing to get a cut from an advertising installation…

The police also confiscated 40 bows, four spears, 13 slingshots, two billiard balls, 55 marbles and an empty whisky bottle from an FBR post in Sunter…  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/05/30/31-arrested-many-weapons-confiscated-fbr-post-kelapa-gading.html

So it’s back to that bottle, empty, drained to the last drop…by whom? Maybe the FBR just found it, a discarded empty bottle, and thought it might be handy in a street-fight?


But no ‘maybe’ about the response of Jakarta administration’s National and Political Unity’s Office – Kesbangpol has decided not to take any steps against the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR)…

“Disbanding the gang is not that easy because they are an asset. In Kesbangpol’s perspective, all organizations must obey the rules and if [they] violate these rules, they will risk sanctions,” Kesbangpol chief Ratiyono


Does Governor Ahok agree with that mealy-mouthed definition? A gang of sectarian hoodlums -an ASSET?


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Ahok has qute rightly, and bravely, demanded that the IslamoNazi thug-gang, the FPI, be outlawed.

So what’s the diff with this other lout outfit?


PS. I finally found the FBR’s version of that ‘question’ and in the interests of fairness, here it is.

One member of FBR named Benediktur denied the allegation. “We do not ask for thug percentages. FBR in North Jakarta’s got a social function. We just asked whether there was permission to install FBR billboards, because the work is right on public roads.” http://news.liputan6.com/read/2242819/ahok-minta-polisi-ungkap-kasus-jatah-preman-fbr-ke-moi