Prabowo Disavows Califascism – Now How About Vigilante Gangs?

Interesting to read that the self-styled ‘Defenders of Islam’ in the FPI apparently were on the receiving end last week.

Given the white-shirt gang’s rotten record of violence and incitement…. ..



…it’s hard to summon up any sympathy for the Islamist extremists..

Ifpi kill busddhist


….but let’s not overlook one small part of the report in the Jakarta Post.


The scene of the clash was the FPI premises in Jogjakarta, which, we read, is the HQ in that vicinity of Prabowo’s presidential campaign team.

Oh! But is that just a local arrangement?


Their ‘grand imam,’ Habib Rizieq, whom we used to feature here a lot, prior to his decision that it was more prudent  to take up residence in Saudi Arabia…

..recently  issued a list of reasons to support  Prabowo….


Hardline Indonesian cleric Rizieq Shihab (pictured right) smiles at the camera


…who has in the past seen no shame at having a cheery photo taken with the fanatic.

Prabowo recently, admirably, disowned any intentions of collaborating with those crazies who want to impose theocratic caliphate tyranny on Indonesia.


Would it not be very welcome, and very reassuring, to everyone who cares about Indonesia’s future as a pleasant, pluralist, peaceful place to live in, if he were also now to disown the apparent support he’s receiving from Rizieq and his white-shirt gang?

And just to show I am being even-handed ( and I am genuinely neutral in this year’s election) would it not be even more welcome and reassuring if BOTH presidential candidates…

Rizieq, far-left, shares a platform with President Jokowi

So Has Indonesia Come To This? Paradise Lost? 


….before Wednesday’s vote, were to make a JOINT declaration, making it clear that they want nothing to do with the FPI and/or its exiled (self-imposed exile, remember) ‘Grand Imam!’

And pledge never to legitimise Rizieq’s extremism by sharing a platform or allowing him into their presence again.