A Million-Strong Fanatic Mob In Jakarta Today?

Believe it or not, but, eager to ward off the pandemical gloom, I was planning to shop for tinsel today.

Putting up the tree early is a small but hopefully effective way to counteract the Chinese Virus’s depressive impact, which even gets my cheerful self down now and then!

Tinsel’s not hard to get even in minimarts but I like going into town, mingling with other people on the TransJakarta buses…


Take the bus, don’t contribute to traffic jams!


….enjoying a stroll down those still relatively new broad sidewalks on Sudirman.

Not everybody is WFH so although the city centre is not as crowded as once it was, it’s a helluva lot more congenial that the lonesome streets of my komplek.



However, according to at least some of the Indonesian media, there may actually be intense congestion downtown…THIS VERY MORNING!

I refer to a report on the summons delivered by police to Rizieq the Fanatic.

The Fanatic Returns! Indonesian “Scholar” Offers Warm Welcome!

  • FPI ‘grand imam, Habib Rizieq, who condemned Jakarta’s then-Governor Ahok for unacceptably quoting some Koranic verse –.
  • We encourage the government to process the death penalty for Ahok as soon as possible,” said Rizieq
  •  http://www.suara.com/news/2016/10/14/134313/ 
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I could write about his antics every day, but frankly it’s wearisome. He has no small opinion of himself, and one’s increasingly reluctant to feed his ego.

However, if it’s true that the summons requires him to present himself at Polda Metro Jaya ( city police HQ)

…at 10am today…


Polda Metro


…and it seems to be so, as the Okezone report features a photo of the summons, then it MAY also be true that he will be accompanied by a MILLION ranting sectarian fanatics.

At least so says Rizieq’s faithful follower, Novel Bamukmin, Deputy Secretary General of the Alumni Brotherhood (PA) 212!

We have noticed Novel often over the years, even before he demonstrated his Islamic supremacism and his sexism with that famous quote…


Novel has featured here before, for enlightened statements which bring such credit to his cause.   

 “…women already have limitations, let alone non- Muslims!”


….and not to forget his charming riposte to the beautiful Nikita Mirzani.


….whose witty jibes against Rizieq have been delighting the citizenry for weeks..

If she doesn’t apologise, I take no responsibility for mayhem on the part of Muslims who are Habib devotees.’

Novel says that Rizieq’s fans will show up too, from all regions and that can whiten Polda Metro Jaya..” 


An odd choice of words.

Will the fanatics bring brushes and paint and do some honest toil, refurbishment of the cop-shop?

That’ll be the day!

It’s more likely a reference to the white uniforms that Rizieq’s FPI vigilante gang sport…


…on their sectarian raids and parades.

Novel predicts that if Habib Rizieq attended the summons by Polda Metro Jaya, millions of people would also attend to escort him.

So should we believe Novel’s boast?

If a million of those white-shirts did appear, the main north-south artery would be clogged for miles, all the way from Blok M in the south to Kota in the north.

I can imagine trying to squeeze through, on my way to Grand Indonesia mall.

Excuse me, chaps, can I get by, please….’

..’I need to buy some Christmas decorations!’ 

But in fact, I suspect Novel’s prediction may not be put to the test.

Rizieq and his crew tend to regard themselves as above the law. The summons is related to alleged violations of the virus rules.

The Fanatic may simply decide to send his lawyer with a doctor’s note!