Unrest in Indonesia – The BIG Issue?

Having lived in Jakarta or thereabouts for more than two decades, I have come to love the city, despite it’s frustrations, notably the traffic…



..but I still use public transport, which has certainly improved over the years…



…with the TransJakarta buses a big improvement on those old kopajas.

The bonus from using buses is that I get to talk to lots of local people and often see the same folks on the same buses they use every day to work or college.

One such is an undergrad guy, who likes to talk politics.

He used to say he was only interested in the subject academically, but he was impressed that I had once been a student anti-communist activist.

Like most Indonesians, he understands how evil communism is.

However, this month has changed him.

He just told me today that he had joined the turbulent demo last week!


Because he likes freedom.

Much media coverage has concerned the benighted moves to jail those ‘guilty’ of extra-marital sex…

…which has been happening for thousands of years in every country but seems to get uptight old (and younger) windbags here terribly steamed up.


Especially when they’re caught!

Far worse, in my view, is the ‘blasphemy’ nonsense – various Western media have mentioned this as a cause of the rowdy unrest, but I cannot pin-point any specific alteration planned.

As if the law were not already quite oppressive enough, as shown by the imprisonment of Jakarta’s best-ever governor, Ahok, two years ago, merely for quoting a verse.



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Some malevolents even wanted to have him executed!

There’s also an imbecilic clause about insulting the head of state.

And there are issues about the campaign against corruption, which is at least as offensive to decent people as the Brussels/Strasbourg rip-offs are to the subjects of the EUSSR…..

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…which are not oftimes reported here, although local scandals are!

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I offer you a link with more details on the demo and the reasons.


So which did my commuter-pal object to most?

Not the so-called ban on ‘free-sex’ – ‘but you foreigners must beware,’ he laughed!

Nor the ‘blasphemy’ blather. ‘It will make no difference,’ he said, ‘Ahok never blasphemed but they jailed him anyway!’

Nor even the corruption issue. With a ruling class like ours, he shook his head sadly, corruption will never end.


My bus buddy wants to be free to insult heads of state.



Not that he especially dislikes President Jokowi  – in fact he says the incumbent is ‘not a bad guy.’

But he savours what he reads about life in the West, where EVERYBODY insults every politician every day!


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And with good reason, I had to admit!