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  • ross1948 00:53 on August 17, 2022 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hari Kemerdekaan, ,   

    Happy Birthday, Indonesia! It’s Independence Day! 

    Years and years here, never bored, so much fun….


  • ross1948 00:36 on August 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Merdeka! Happy Independence Day, Indonesia! 

    Today, 17th August, is Hari Kemerdekaan, which means this amazing country is 75 years old!

    Hasil gambar untuk hari merdeka

    All the best to everyone in Indonesia who has made my life here so very pleasant!

  • ross1948 19:27 on August 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Banner cross, , Hari Kemerdekaan, , , salib, Sectarian uptights   

    Indonesia – Fiery Fury Over Freedom Banners – But Good For Gus! 


    Sad to read in suara.com that a bunch of sectarian uptights are up in arms about a banner celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day, which falls next Monday…


    The Karanganyar Islamic Ummah Alliance (AUIK) protested the installation of a banner for the 75th Indonesian Independence Day in Karanganyar, Central Java. The banner, designed by the central government, is claimed to resemble the symbol of a cross.


    Oh, here we go again.



    If you look for problems, in almost any context, you’re pretty sure to find them.

    These sectarian uptight outfits are inexplicably described here in Jakarta media as ormas, ‘community organisations!’

    I was downtown this week, and identical banners are all over the place.

    They are approved by the government of President Jokowi, who is of course Muslim, as are 90% of Indonesians, and Jakartans.


    Some of the banners are big, hung vertically, others are smaller, hung horizontally.

    None of the many people going about their business in town seemed in any way bothered by the design.

    on the left side of the banner is the number 75 which indicates the age of Indonesian independence….on the right side of the banner, you can see a pattern of blocks that are claimed to resemble the symbol of a cross….

    Yes, if you look hard enough and long enough and with enough determination to be offended!

    Representatives from AUIK came to the Karanganyar Regional Secretariat office to voice the protest. They insisted that the banner be removed and the design changed.

    Incredibly, according to the report, the banner has been taken down by the local government…



    And what must President Jokowi think when he hears that!

    Again, according to suara.com… the logo is the official logo used for all banners celebrating the 75th Indonesian Independence Day…


    inspired by the shield symbol in the emblem of Garuda Indonesia.

    Looks good to me.

    But then, although I have many demerits, I am not cross-eyed!

    I was all set to publish this when I spotted a welcome intervention from GP Ansor, one of Indonesia’s rational Muslim organisations. Their chairman, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, known as Gus, who is also a parliamentarian, has asked the obvious question.


    Menakar Kapasitas Yaqut Cholil Qoumas sebagai Menteri

    Yaqut Cholil Qoumas

    Why are we in such a fuss about stuff that has no real substance?

     He recognises that, with the archipelago in the grip of a deadly virus, leaders both political and religious, must surely have more serious priorities, rather than whining about a design which is to be seen everywhere this week and about which only the usual suspects are gibbering.

    GP Ansor is the youth section of Banser, the security wing of the largest Muslim organisation in Indonesia.

    It has often been a source of informed and sensible comment, and action, here.   

    Good for Gresik! East Java Youth Rejects Hizbut Hate-Gang! 

    • Jim Ex Jakarta 19:50 on August 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It sounds like not much has changed.


  • ross1948 00:03 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hari Kemerdekaan,   

    Merdeka! Happy Indonesian Independence Day! 

    Inline image


    May everyone in Indonesia enjoy a happy holiday.

    No more posts till Saturday tomorrow.

    A real day off!

    • Wisnu 03:06 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Terima kasih, Pak!


    • Putri 05:10 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thankyou, Pak Ross.
      I hope we have a wonderful day.


    • Santi 07:50 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you very much, Ross.


    • Astuti 08:32 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good morning, Ross.
      I think you were sleeping when the ceremonies held today but now you will be awake, yes?
      Thank you very much for you Merdeka!


    • Intan 09:12 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Makasih, Mister Ross!
      Not only for your anniversary greeting but for your all year round caring for our country.


    • Kezia 12:50 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You have a good day too, Ross.
      Thank you so much.


    • Euis Y 13:34 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I do not comment very much but still read you every day if I have time, Ross.
      Thank you for your greetings today and for all you do.


    • Tyas 16:29 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So beautiful a bright day in here in Jakarta for our Independence Day and so I say thank you for your kind wish. I hope you have had a bright day too.


    • Budi N 20:47 on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, sir.
      Now the flag is down at the palace ceremony and the sun down and we still have weekend for relaxing.
      Goodnight and have nice Saturday and Sunday.


  • ross1948 00:01 on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hari Kemerdekaan, ,   

    Happy Birthday, Indonesia – 17th August, Hari Kemerdekaan! 

    It’s Indonesia’s Independence Day!


    Hasil gambar untuk hari merdeka


    So a birthday wish is in order. Mine would be for…



    No, let’s not be selfish!

    What do YOU hope for Indonesia as you wake up this morning?



    • Kezia 16:30 on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Terima kasih,Ross.
      I hope for Ahok to get president pardon and be home soon.


    • Santi 16:58 on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Terimakasih banyak, Ross, so nice day today relaxed with many friends.
      My hope is you have a nice day today and everyday.


  • ross1948 08:08 on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 17th August, Hari Kemerdekaan, ,   

    Happy Birthday Indonesia! 

    • santi 09:34 on August 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good morning Ross.
      Thank you for lovely greetings. I hope you did enjoy the holiday


    • Siti 10:10 on August 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Terima kasih banyak. thank you so much.
      Now I am back to work, wish it is still holiday.


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