What Vexes Most – Sectarian Bullies, Jakarta Post or Bekasi Cops?


Bekasi Police brought in a 15-year-old identified only as BBS from his home in Kaliabang, North Bekasi, on Monday, after receiving a formal complaint from a group who claimed the boy had posted a comment on his Facebook page that offended their religion. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/06/06/police-question-teenager-for-facebook-comment.html

One’s first reaction is why didn’t the Bekasi Police tell the arrogant fanatics to sod off?

Who cares if they’re offended?

Grow up, dingbats!

But then one recalls we are in Indonesia, where a distinguished city governor can be put in prison for the bizarre ‘offence’ of ‘blasphemy,’ merely for quoting and commenting inoffensively on an Islamic verse.

But the report gets more fascinating the more we read.

The group reportedly surrounded BBS’s house after discovering the social media post.

The HELL with that!

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If a bunch of bigot bums ‘surrounded‘ my little house (a more or less impossible feat, because it’s part of a long block of houses!) because of something I said, then I would regard THAT action as offensive…

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…and, if their objective were to stop me saying the same kind of thing again, a clear attempt at mob intimidation.

Gun laws here prevent me keeping a shot-gun on the premises, but if I had one, I’d take it out front and tell them to ‘F-Off!’

Gangs of sectarian bullies deserve no less.

However, my definition of ‘intimidation’ does not, it seems, match that of Bekasi Police Chief Hero Bahtiar.

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“This is not considered an act of persecution because there were no signs of intimidation from the group…We came directly to [BBS’s home] and brought him to the police station.”  

Bekasi Jihadist Jerks Amok – Police Tear-Gas Hate-Gang! 

The boy’s home is surrounded by a hostile gang, and the cops take the boy to the police station? Why didn’t they order the sectarians to disperse, or take THEM to the cop-shop?

Indeed, were it NOT an exercise in mob intimidation, why did the mob not themselves just go to the police station to report the alleged ‘offence.’

Having once, to my eternal regret, lived in Bekasi, I was not greatly surprised by that report. It’s basically a satellite city, located in West Java (bad start!) but merges seamlessly into Jakarta. But it has a bad reputation for Islamist intolerance. 

Bekasi’s Islamist Regime – ‘We Won’t Allow Religious Liberty If Bigot Thugs Object!’ 

Christ’s Ascension Day – Islamist Savages Pelt Congregation With Sewage, Urine and Rocks 

Head-Scarfed Harpies Hurl Dung and Urine at Christians 

And while the Bekasi Police have sometimes done the right thing, as recently when they used tear-gas on a vile bigot mob trying to prevent the building of a church…

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Bekasi Jihadist Jerks Amok – Police Tear-Gas Hate-Gang! 

 …despite the congregation having applied for and obtained all necessary legal requirements, there have been many examples reported here, in the not very distant past, of behaviour by police personnel which was to say the least disturbing, leaving a load of questions to answer about things they’ve done – or not done!

  • …like here – Christians Abused by Islamist Mob, Cops Fail to Enforce the Law 

    …and, most shockingly, here – ‘Off With His Head!’ – Jakarta Cops – No Sweat on Murder Threat! 

  • And in case you prefer a direct quote from a newspaper that is in no way sympathetic to any views I have ever expressed, get this, from only last year!

  • Bekasi Police reportedly issued a circular on Dec. 15 while Kulonprogo Police released a circular on Dec. 17, in which both instructed owners and management of businesses not to force their employees to wear Christmas attributes.  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/12/19/police-to-revoke-circulars-on-mui-ban-on-christmas-attributes.html
  • That arrogant intrusion was happily slapped down by less intolerant senior police, but the sectarian mentality exposed seems not to have resulted in any dismissals.

  • But finally, let’s consider the reporting of this incident by the Jakarta Post.

  • Why is the ‘group’ that caused the trouble not identified?

  • It”s surely a matter of public interest if such a ‘group’ can enlist the police to act as enforcers for their enmity?

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  • Did the JP even ask the police  who the ‘group’ was?

  • Did the police refuse to tell? Did the JP ask the boy? Or his family?

  • Or the neighbours?

  • Trust me, here in Indonesia, neighbours are not backward in taking an interest if ANYTHING out of the ordinary happens along their street.

  • That’s what journalists are supposed to do, after all – ask questions!

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  • Did nobody own up to knowing the identity of the intimidators?

  • Or does the Jakarta Post actually know who these anti-social fanatics are? Are they deliberately keeping everyone else in the dark?

  • And if so why?

  • One is inured to their approach, stories about ‘certain organisations,’ or even a ‘certain religion.’

  • Failure to do basic research, basic reporting.

  • Timorous as mice, the exact opposite of the ‘always bold, always independent’ slogan they blazon on their website.

  • .But just because we’re used to it, that doesn’t mean we should stop despising it.

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