Wake Up, Jakarta! Look Where Your Money’s Going!

Rainy arvos but fine sunny mornings.

That’s the way of the wet season here, but many Jakarta folks may wake up this morning and wonder if darkness is looming, no matter the sky is bright.



That’s because of the news that the city government is lavishing public funds  – Rp 1.6 trillion (US$118.3 million) – on ‘non-profit mass organizations, mostly Islamic ones!‘ 


One might be tempted to ask the obvious question – if they are really ‘mass‘ organisations,’ why don’t they ask their ‘mass‘ of members to reach into their own pockets rather than the public purse?



But it would be invidious to single out Indonesia for criticism, given the outrageous plundering of tax-payers’ money by local, national and supranational government wasters in Europe…

…like the pro-crimmigrant ENAR…

ENAR – Another ‘Non-Government’ Snout In The Public Purse! 

…or the ILGA…

EUSSR Splurges YOUR Money for Perverts to Lobby EUSSR! 


…lashing out largesse to all kinds of unpleasant outfits eager to stick their greedy snouts into the tax trough.

But there are surely questions to be asked about some specific recipients of the Jakarta hand-outs, and it’s good to see somebody asking them..


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City councilor William Yani has questioned the method used by the administration to determine the sum granted to each institution.

“I request [that the administration explain] the criteria, [to see] why Komando Resimen Mahasiswa gets Rp 1 billion and Laskar Merah Putih Rp 500 million…”


I must confess I have never heard of the KRM but since it is described by the Jakarta Post as a university student paramilitary group, it surely deserves a little research.

HOWEVER..the ‘Red/White Commando’ ( for that’s the meaning of Laskar Merah Putih) have featured in our blog before now.

And in the local media!

Massa Laskar Merah Putih Demo di Kedubes Australia – Tribunnews ..

(‘Laskar Merah Putih Demo At Australian Embassy’)

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That flag-burning photo was taken on 22 November almost exactly four years ago at a demo in front of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

And this anti-Oz activity was no one-off! 

A couple of years later, the same gang ‘threatened to carry out ‘sweeping‘ against innocent Australians in the capital. 

‘Sweeping’ is the deplorable practice here of cowardly gangs going around town harassing anyone who belongs to a class or category of which they disapprove.

Just so our Australian readers are aware of whom Governor Anies Baswedan thinks is worthy of public funding, I add a couple of Oz links, to save you the trouble of using Google Translate.

Violence erupts at Australian embassy – News.com.au


A half a dozen groups were represented, including one – Laskar Merah Putih, or the Red and White Front – which was involved in violent protests in 1999 over Australia’s involvement in East Timor.

Protester anger spreads to Australian embassy in Jakarta