PKI Ban – A Good Precedent For HTI?

I see President Jokowi is talking about a remake of the famous film “Pengkhiatan G30S/PKI” about the attempted seizure of power by the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, in 1965.

I have written about that episode before, more than once…

…and rejoiced at the defeat of those foul reds, as do most Indonesians.

Most people here recognise that communists everywhere are totalitarian hypocrites, waxing loud and eloquent about workers’ rights, then eager to stomp workers’  – and everyone else’s – rights, as soon as they get their hands on the levers of power.

But I note that some has-beens, notably Amien Rais, here are ‘suspicious’ of the President’s motives.

Rais, an Islamist fanatic from way back…

When Laskar Jihad’s parent body Forum Kommunikasi Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah called a mass rally of Muslims at Jakarta’s Senayan Stadium in April 2000, the attendees included Amien Rais, leader of the Partai Amanat Nasional (National Mandate Party)

If you don’t know what Laskar Jihad was, read our post-

Ex Laskar Jihad Murder-Gang ‘Commander’ – “We Must Love War!” 


 …seems to want to link the existing ban on the PKI with Jokowi’s putative ban on the califascist gang called Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia.

It’s not clear what the old Islamist thinks about HTI, but if Jokowi has in mind drawing a parallel between the two organisations, the President’s certainly got a point.

Like the Reds, the Hizbut hate-group is supranationalist, putting the idea of allegiance to a global caliphate above what should be every decent person’s first loyalty, to one’s own country.

They also detest democracy, quite openly, as in this demo placard…

Charlie Hebdo proves how rotten democracy is.


…so a ban seems entirely rational and consistent with the principle established when the PKI was banned.

However, Jokowi has said he just wants the good old anti-communist movie revamped to suit younger viewers who might not otherwise relate to it.

Fair enough.

As long as the message, that communism is irredeemably evil, gets across, that’s what counts.

More on this before the anniversary, 30th September, of the failed Red kudeta.