Deja Vu in Jakarta – More Protests But Many Mosques Still Blaring!


I was relaxing beside a pool on Thursday afternoon and picked up a Jakarta Post that was within easy reach of where I was lounging slothfully, only almost to discard it within a twinkling of an eye..

True, that’s a not unreasonable response to what has been called the Havana Post…An Unspeakable Woman – And An Unspeakable Newspaper!  …and its wearisome pretensions to pluralism, given its failure to condemn its collaborationist owners…

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Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 

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But on that occasion, last Thursday, I honestly thought it was just a very out-of-date copy that had been resurrected from an old cupboard.

Why? Because of the headline.

Kalla urges mosques to tone it down http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/03/11/police-bust-south-jakarta-teenage-prostitution-ring.html

I read it carefully, a longish yarn about Vice-President Jusuf Kalla urging inconsiderate ‘clerics’ who run cacaphonous mosques in Jakarta to give it a rest.

I live close enough to several mosques and the volume can be loud sometimes, but I’m used to it. Other people I know, for example a friend who lives on Jalan Rasuna Said, downtown, tell me it’s unbearable in their vicinity.

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Jusuf Kalla

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But when I got home from the evening’s partying, I checked out old posts on this blog, and sure enough!

Deja vu!

Mr.Kalla appeared in one of my posts back in 2012! About exactly the same problem!

Mosques Above The Law! ‘Too Sensitive’ to Enforce Noise Control! And Criticism? – ‘An Outrage!’ 

The sheer Islamist arrogance expressed  back then, by the parliamentary spokesman for the fanatic PKS party, has to be read to be believed.

To be fair, decent Muslims abound here, and we also quoted one of those, a mosque care-taker named Badhruddin Noor, who keeps the noise down out of common civility..

Badruddin also cited religious tolerance as a reason behind their policy. 
“Half of the population in this neighborhood is non-Muslim so we have to respect them too.”  

If we fast-forward to last year, too, we find Mr. Kalla quoted again, on the same subject.

Generous Jakarta Mosques – Free ‘Wee Small Hours’ Alarm Calls! 

Clearly asking arrogant bigots to pipe down is a waste of time. But in fact there’s no need to. Jakarta, at least, has apparently had, for years, regulations about noise nuisance, as noted in our previous posts.

 Jakarta administration spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia said “There are some local ordinances regarding public order, including one passed in 2007. However, adzan is not regarded as a public disturbance given the sensitivity of the issue. Some people might be annoyed by it but most of us, who live in a predominantly Muslim country, still need it,” he said.

Not regarded as a public nuisance? By whom? Need it? As I observed then…

Why is it sensitive to expect mosques to respect the feelings of non-Muslims?

Slapping fines on the anti-socials should surely be possible, and would, I suspect, get the job done. Just keep fining them, then if they don’t pay the fines, have them arrested for non-payment.

As I remarked in one of those previous posts – 

If I’m getting home pre-dawn, after a good night out, I don’t come along the street singing ‘The Wild Side of Life’ (usually!) or raucously rattle my garden gate (unless I’ve dropped my keys in my unsteady attempts to open it!)

What’s sauce for the drunken reveller should be sauce for the triumphalist sectarian.

How long must people suffer until something is done? Go back even to 2011 and we see the same problem, the same protests, from the same people.

Turn It Down! Ex VP Urges Volume Control for Noisy Indonesian Mosques 

But this, as we know, is Jakarta.