Kompas TV Talk-Show Exalts PKI Collabo Pramoedya!

To please my guest yesterday, I tuned into Kompas TV for the news in Indonesian, catching up on local activities, and left that channel on, once my guest was gone.

About 3pm, there began a talk show about a film being made about one of the works of a villainous old leftist, infamous here among those acquainted with the PKI, the Communist Party of Indonesia, for his shameless collaboration with that evil movement.



Pramoedya was the king-pin of LEKRA, a typical red front gang, and we can only wonder at Kompas TV for its failure to include any critics of a man who can at best be described as a fellow-traveller.


There were tons of photos of the old red brute smiling genially. There were also a variety of people taking part, none of them familiar to me, except One, who I believe to be a well-known film producer.

Nobody was there to denounce him as he was denounced 25 years ago.

Tempo, issue May 16-22, 2006 – an extract which explains why some 25 “prominent literary figures and cultural observers” put their distinguished names to a formal submission to the Magsaysay Award Committee in 1995, protesting at that body’s decision to give Pramoedya an award.



Their reasons were simply stated, viz his unethical role during one of the darkest periods for creativity during the Guided Democracy era, when he led the persecution of artists and literary figures who disagreed with him.

 (this protest is air-brushed out of most Western references nowadays, though a brief mention is to be found in an otherwise slavishly pro-Pram article in the Economist  http://www.economist.com/node/168819 )


As a veteran anti-communist, I have written about this subject often enough…

….so will not go on and on about the PKI…


Don't burn booksa 1965 demo by the totalitarian hypocrites of the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, in the heart of Jakarta.


…nor about Gramedia…


….nor about the Jakarta Post…

Jakarta Post Against Book-Burning – If The Books Are Leftist? 

Jakarta Post – Never Miss a Chance to Re-Hab Reds! 

…..all of which are commercially linked.

I only wish to remind readers, that, while some people here get excessively worked up about the unlikely event of a Communist revival….

Inconsistent Agitation? Woe To Jakarta Commuters! 

…other people seem determined to rehabilitate reds who don’t deserve rehabilitation.

PS I read one of Pramoedya’s books once and it was a depressing experience!