Good Job Well Done! Yet Jakarta NGO Nags Find Fault?

While Indonesians who abhor sectarian fanaticism presumably see nothing wrong with the removal of those unsightly banners and posters displaying FPI boss Rizieq’s all too familiar features…



…which had been hung all over Jakarta prior to his return from Saudi Arabia…


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…I suppose it’s almost inevitable that the leftist Jakarta Post would find some liberal ‘intellectual ‘ to whine about the clean-up.

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There may be some citizens with no strong views about ‘the Jakarta Military Command’s decision to take down banners depicting firebrand cleric and Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab….’

….but I would hazard a guess and say the population of the Big Durian is divided, into the fanatic’s fans, who are numerous enough….



…and who, as often, are most unhappy, and the rest, who welcome what the security forces have done.

The banners were reportedly erected without permission, after all. And the general who had his troops help out says that when they’re taken down, the FPI put them back up.

Hence the need for extra effort.


 ‘ With the People, the TNI is Strong!’


As one parliamentarian Bobby Adhityo Rizaldi says –  

‘…so far TNI soldiers have been involved in the success of various activities. Starting from handling Covid-19, natural disasters, and others. Thus, it is not unusual for the TNI to participate in cleaning up Rizieq Syihab’s attributes in the public space…’

And in the same newspaper, it’s not just in the capital – similar joint action has been taken in Bekasi, next door to Jakarta, in West Java.

But in the JP last week, we read that the removal has ‘raised questions’  on the TNI’s involvement.

Among whom?

Nobody I know.

But there’s a ‘researcher’ with the Institute for Security and Strategic Studies, Khairul Fahmi by name, who’s all worked up!

He claims ‘the military should avoid actions that may be considered aggressive!’


Were they grabbing members of the sectarian gangs? Roughing them up…


…the way the FPI rough up people who upset them?

No, the example which Fahmi offers is ‘taking down the FPI banners.’

“The military should not be as aggressive as it was this past week….[taking down banners] intimidates residents and implies that the country will break apart and be in chaos because of the provocative actions of the few.”



I have lived here more than 20 years and Fahmi, as an Indonesian, probably longer. He’s educated and not stupid, so he knows the FPI’s record of intimidatory behaviour.

the few…?


Decent airport-bound travellers, forced to go on foot, carrying their bags      

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Was it not a mob of 10,000 fanatics that caused chaos on the airport road, creating havoc and misery for decent travellers? 

However, Fahmi’s not alone in his vexation.

Democracy activist group Imparsial deputy director Gufron Mabruri voiced a similar sentiment, questioning the urgency of the TNI’s involvement in removing FPI banners at several locations across Jakarta. 

I have noticed Imparsial before, over the years, and sometimes they are on the side of sense…Top Cop Pradopo, Friend of Fanatics, Under Pressure from All Sides …but sometimes….UK’s Jakarta Rep Frantic to Save Terrorist Skins -A Neo-Colonialist Par Excellence! ….not so much!

I try to be fair, but this time?

Sorry, Pak Gufron!

These ‘NGO’ guys are in a tizzy about the military backing up police and militia. I get that. It should not, in normal circumstances, be necessary,

But when President Jokowi is facing defiant, lawless mobs like that which caused chaos at the international airport, or that which delighted in prayers for his and ex-President Megawati’s death during their ululations…

Jakarta Fanatic’s “Death-Prayers” Condemned!’s simply wearisome to read niggling, nagging criticism of men ( and women) in their country’s uniform showing whose side ( the good guys!) they are on.