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  • ross1948 00:00 on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Gobel, , , , , Muhammed Ali, ,   

    ‘Creeping Shariah,’ Warns Prof. Muhammed, As Jakarta Dims! 

    ‘Creeping shariah!’ 

    That’s how an Indonesian Professor of Islamic Studies, named Muhammed Ali, describes the demented decree against beer sales in minimarts, which we have railed about before.

    Bali Beer Ban Looms – Why Pander to Intolerance? 


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    Luckily for the Prof, he teaches at the University of California. Otherwise he might be at risk of unwelcome attention from the IslamoNazi thug gangs. The same sectarian louts we’ve shown you before but show you again today.


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    • The same bigot hoodlums whose violence taints both the creed they claim to represent and the reputation of this otherwise lovely country. Their hooligan antics were mentioned by one of Jakarta’s senior Islamic ‘scholars,’ Amidhan, when he said –

    Islamist ‘Scholars’ – “Don’t Complain if You’re Attacked!” 

    Amidhan-MUI-2011 Amidhan


    Nor is Amidhan the only one of his kind who thinks like that.

    Islamist ‘Scholars’ Disown Thuggery – But We Gotta Behave! 

    Thanks be the real Muslim scholar-man in California takes a more perceptive view of what’s going on. 

    “This is creeping shariah, slow but steady, using legal and constitutional means,” said Ali. 

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    • The Jakarta Globe blames President Jokowi, since this intolerant diktat runs counter to the pro-business messages he presented while campaigning for office last year.

    But it’s not only intolerant!

    It’s heedless of its consequences, driving otherwise law-abiding people to seek out more accessible, and cheaper, alternatives, the hooch that kills, sold in back-street dives. The Jakarta Globe quotes Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes – “There is also the risk of illicit alcohol growing again, and that is in nobody’s interest.”

    But who’s concerned in the corridors of power?


    Rachmat Gobel


    The above very well-fed man is the Minister who issued the diktat, and it sounds like he has a low opinion of us foreigners –   “Tourism is not a problem. Do we want to protect Indonesian citizens or tourists?”

    A rational government would wish to protect both, I’d have thought.

    Anyway, Gobel evidently has not much interest in giving his fellow-citizens the right to shop for a cold beer on a hot day! Like today, tonight even, and I have just finished the second bottle whilst relaxing at home – no need to go out, after two seriously enjoyable parties during the week! 

    We can still go shopping for our ale, to the big hypermarkets, but that can be a lengthy trek. It’s much easier to walk five mins to Indomaret or Alfamart.

    bc4fa-malciputragrogol Mal Ciputra aka Citraland

    Curiously, I was in Mal Ciputra earlier today, searching vigorously in the Hero store for a couple of bottles to enjoy with my tv viewing tonight. It used to be found beside the soft drinks and similar stuff, but no longer.

    I had to ask an assistant. She pointed to the area behind the cashier in the corner, and there was the beer, segregated beside the cigarettes, a sanctum of sin. 




    Thus the bright, lively city of Jakarta grows dimmer.

    Hard to understand why the government wants to make a cheerful nation gloomy, but I guess there are electoral debts owed.

    However, there are grounds for optimism, albeit in unsatisfactory ways, according to an English academic, who of course doesn’t live here in Indonesia, and, while aware of the vigilante terrorism, perhaps underestimates its pervasive nature. He reckons that old-fashioned sloppy enforcement and corruption will see us through. 

    “This is purely the politics of symbols,” he said.


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    • But in most cases, the poor little minimarts have already stopped selling. I tried three minimarts along Fatmawati a month or more ago, to get a carry-out for a party – no joy!
    • Scared of raids by rabids?
    • The white-shirt boot-boys are rarely arrested by the cops – inexplicably, after around twenty officers were injured in an IslamoNazi riot in downtown Jakarta late last year – and there are a lot of those white-shirt rats crawling around the city gutters.  .

    Those of us who had hoped SBY’s departure from the State Palace and the inauguration of Jokowi would mean an end to IslamoNazi intimidation are undergoing an agonising reappraisal of our optimism.


  • ross1948 10:39 on January 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Gobel, , , , mini-markets, , , Tutum Rahanta   

    Bali Beer Ban Looms – Why Pander to Intolerance? 


    Last week I cheered Jakarta Governor Ahok’s stand against the fanatics who want to ban beer from all those handy little mini-markets that seem to sprout on every other corner of the capital.


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    Alas, I spoke to soon. His stand, for sanity and free choice, has been over-ruled by the national government, which, in a move which makes no sense at all, is set to enforce a blanket-ban, NATIONWIDE!


    Indonesia to Outlaw Sale of Alcohol at Minimarkets and Convenience Stores Effective April 16, 2015.


    Rachmat Gobel


    This antedeluvian decree emerges from the office of one of President Jokowi’s team, Rachmat Gobel, who’s a big business tycoon himself, so ought to have some grasp of the modern world.

    But it’s not just his whim – it’s endorsed both by parliament and government, heedless of the inconvenience and annoyance it will cause among the many tourists from Australia (and elsewhere) who like to buy a few bottles to drink on the beach or on their hotel balconies in Bali.

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    • And all the Indonesians and foreign residents, like me, who enjoy sitting in their front- or back-yards with a six-pack of a weekend arvo. No more ten minute walk for supplies – instead, a lengthy trip to a distant hypermarket. 


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    • No wonder that Tutum Rahanta, vice-chairman of the Indonesian Retail Association (Aprindo), said he regretted the Minister’s decision..

    “These retail outlets sell alcoholic beverages to meet the needs of foreign tourists,” said Tatum.  http://www.balidiscovery.com

    In fact, the sale of these needful products was already hedged around with all kinds of restrictions, some sensible, others less so.

    fpibatam Sectarian sticky-beaks disrupt normal folks’ fun


    But this outright verbot will only please the white-shirt gangsters who have long hit the headlines here for their vigilante vandalism against anywhere that offers simple pleasures like a cold Bintang on a sultry evening.


    And those intolerant uptights will only be happy when total prohibition is imposed.

    April 16th  – a dark day for Indonesia.

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