Independence Day Brings Bigot Ba’asyir Nearer Release!

After a very relaxing holiday, I was somewhat refreshed and thus getting read to go into downtown Jakarta for another round of partying…




…. it’s not bad, this retirement caper!

However, I had been skimming through the news and was taken horribly aback to learn that the notorious Abu Bakr Ba’asyir, serving time for his involvement in terrorism, was among several thousand inmates granted remissions. 



Terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir gets 3-month


While we must be grateful that the government here has not emulated Erdolf’s move to turn loose thousands of criminals to make room in Turkish jails for his political opponents…


…and we know that Independence Day remissions are a regular feature of the Indonesian calendar, this case focuses attention on what sort of  good or bad conduct is taken into account in such decisions.

According to the relevant prisons spokesman, Ba’asyir had fulfilled administrative requirements for a remission, such as having served one-third of his sentence and cooperating as a justice collaborator…

Interesting.  It was only months ago we read about the latest development in this case Abu Bakar Baasyir moved to isolation cell in Nusakambangan and some years back the Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s move to cut his very fair sentence.

Ba’asyir has long been recognised as a hate-preacher. Australians who like their holidays on Balinese beaches will not have forgotten that video. 

In the video, Bashir urges those in the village to beat up tourists that disrespect Islamic ways, saying, “If there are infidels here, then beat them up. Do not tolerate them.” 

Later in the sermon, he likens non-Muslims to crawling “worms, snakes, maggots.” He also says infidels ruin moral values by exposing their skin at the beach.



Worm about to turn?


“Take a look at Bali”, he said.


A couple of years ago, he was again bleating about his confinement. He not only had the fanatic Islamist FPI gang-leader Habib Rizieq along to support him…

Rizieq with Bigot Ba’asyir

…but also claimed backing from a much more distinguished source!

So Will Bigot Ba’asyir Be Unleashed, Since God’s On His Side? 


We worms, snakes and maggots should note that video report dates from 2008, but if there were any indications he had become a reformed character, I might listen calmly to arguments for his inclusion in the remission list.

But what exactly has he said or done to indicate any such repentance?

Has he sent messages to his followers across the archipelago telling them that it’s the duty of every citizen to cooperate with the government’s efforts to root out jihadist evil?

Let’s just go back two years.


 Imprisoned terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has officially pledged his allegiance, or bai’at, to join the jihadist movement of a militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an official…



Ba’asyir, the spiritual leader of the Indonesian terror network Jamaah Islamiyah, made his bai’at to ISIS with 23 other prisoners in a praying room of what was supposed to be the highly secured Pasir Putih penitentiary on Nusakambangan Island off Cilacap, Central Java. 

Jailed Terrorist Convict Ba’asyir Pledges Oath With ISIS

 Okay, that’s only one report, but it is hardly the only one!

Terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’€™asyir is set to lose his long-held position as the region’€™s spiritual leader of a terrorist network after expelling his sons and top aides from his organization, Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT), following their refusal to support the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS.


And one of his sons lamented that – ‘€œOur father has said that anyone refusing to support ISIL should step aside.’  Sons, top aides abandon Ba’ asyir over ISIL, form new jihadist group

So has Ba’asyir since shown any signs of repentance?

Has he apologised for his disgusting insults to those of us whose grievous sin it is to sunbathe without bukinis?

Has he condemned the ISIS rape-gang?

Has he told his followers that it is a heinous sin to do harm to ‘infidels’ or ‘apostates’ or ‘blasphemers?’

If not, most civilised people would surely say he should be getting NO remissions!

If he has abandoned bigot ways, he should be put on national tv to denounce the evils of Islamist intolerance.

THAT, in my opinion, would earn him three months remission.