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  • ross1948 23:59 on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri 2020  

    To all my Muslim friends, I send greetings, just as they always wish me a Merry Christmas.

    Not so many this year are hitting the trail to their home-towns, far from Jakarta, and they will be missing their friends and families back in the hinterland.


    Hasil gambar untuk selamat idul fitri

  • ross1948 23:41 on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , gymnastiar, Idul Fitri, , , Minister of Religious Affairs list of 'moderate' clerics   

    Wants To Lock ‘Blasphemers’ Up – Yet He’s A ‘Moderate?’ 

    I remember when I used to see Abdullah Gymnastiar on TV…


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    • ….a man who came across as an engaging sort, a Muslim cleric quite different, very different, from the unpleasant hate-preachers like Sobri Lubis of the FPI, the self-styled ‘Islam Defenders Front…’



    Sobri Lubis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7RLCXNdKF4  –

    ….infamous for his ( still on video) exhortation to a mob of rabid savages to ‘kill, kill, kill’ the peaceful Ahmadiyah minority.

    A.A. Gym, as he was known, had what you might call home-spun charm, and had a huge following of adoring housewives. That rather collapsed about a dozen years ago when he went Arab, by which, I mean polygamous.

    I say ‘went Arab’ because most Indonesians really do abhor the practice.

    They think it’s backward and sexist – and who can disagree, since what could be more sexist than allowing men to have multiple spouses, while women are limited to one?.

    So we didn’t get to see so much of Gym’s smiling face, until nearly two years ago, when who should pop up as ‘a proponent of the 212 rally.’ 





    The Jakarta Post this week gives us a fairly neutral, arguably timid, description of ‘212’ –a religiously-driven mass protest staged in December 2016 demanding the prosecution of then-Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’

    I would have defined it rather more harshly as a gang of Islamist fanatics.

    The outlandish anti-Ahok campaign held numerous ‘marches’ – actually shuffles – which brought out all manner of backward bigots onto the streets of Jakarta

    The protesters, most of whom were men dressed in white Muslim attire, were heard yelling, “We want a Muslim governor,” “Burn Ahok!” and “Kafir!”   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/10/14/thousands-hard-liners-march-against-ahok.htm


    Their goal, the jailing of Ahok for ‘blasphemy’ – and some wanted a lot worse for Ahok than mere jail-time..like Habib Rizieq, ‘grand imam’ of the FPI.

    “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/

    …yes, their goal, when achieved, did horrific damage to Indonesia’s reputation as a pluralist democracy. Decent people of all creeds all over the world were shocked.

    One can only view those who instigated ‘212’ as intolerant sectarian extremists who should be excluded from any role in respectable public life, held at arms-length by responsible public figures.

    But today?

    Gymnastiar was preaching, not in any back-street zealot hang-out but in Jakarta’s grandest mosque, the Istiqlal, the splendid edifice to which visiting foreign leaders are taken by government high-ups..



    …and where on this highest of Islamic holy days the congregants included both Jakarta’s Governor and Indonesia’s Vice-President Jusuf Kalla.

    How do preachers at the Istiqlal get selected?

    No idea. I imagine there’s a management committee, with some degree of autonomy, which is nevertheless sensitive to what and whom is acceptable in today’s Indonesia.

    You’d think anyone associated with ‘212’ would be a definite ‘no-no.’ You’d hope that anyone advocating prison for the bizarre ‘offence’ of ‘blasphemy’ would be kept well away from the pulpit.

    But you’d be SO WRONG!

    And here’s the sting in the tail!

    That same Gymnastiar’s name-

    was included on the Religious Affairs Ministry’s list of 200 Islamic preachers that are deemed moderate, which was issued last month.”

    And that, to those of us who love Indonesia and think religious liberty needs to be defended against Islamist intolerance, is a very depressing statement to ponder as the Idul Fitri festivities go on across the archipelago.

    • Thomas Wells 01:36 on June 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      It sounds that Indonesia has changed greatly from the years when I lived in Jakarta and other cities.
      It sounds also that the changes are not so great for people who like freedom of religion and of expression.
      That is sad news. It was my experience that religion was not a cause of friction, in general.
      I hope it will not get to be a more hostile environment for freedom. However all that I read, and not only written by you, makes me pessimistic.
      Enjoy its sunshine while you still may.


    • Herli 12:38 on June 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      My mom was big fan til he took his extra wife. She always said his first wife was nice lady, why he so much need more.
      I did not know he was 212 fantaik. Now I also not like him.


    • Wati 15:03 on June 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We were all so dissapointed in him when he doubled his wives.
      He is again dissapointing us with this that you tell us and it is very strange the government can call him moderate.
      I hope you having nice holiday like I am in my family home.


  • ross1948 23:33 on June 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Idul Fitri, , , ,   

    Ramadan Raids In Righteous Indonesia – Oh Yeah? 

    Crimes of course ceases altogether during Ramadhan in Indonesia, as elsewhere.


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    • Hence work has to be found for numerous cops with nothing better to do, and at the weekend the authorities in Banjarmasin, in South Kalimantan Province duly found the bored constables some exciting, and ever-so-useful, duties to perform.

    They raided hotels and dragged off no fewer than ELEVEN couples for being intimate outside of wedlock! http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/27/11-unmarried-couples-netted-in-ramadhan-hotel-raids.html



    Did they actually catch them ‘at it?’ Or were the arrests before or after the dreadful deeds were done?

    No answer to be found in the reports.

    “The couples could not prove that they were husband and wife so we detained them and brought them to the station,” Banjarmasin Sabhara Police Adj. Comr. Syaiful Bob said on Monday.

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    So 22 people doing no harm to anyone – most of them teens – were hauled off and made to sign a pledge that they would not repeat the offense.

    Funny how fornication is okay according to the time of year it’s committed. Downright laughable that the excuse for this display of selective moral policing is that it’s to create a conducive atmosphere ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday.

    But even the most devout are allowed to eat, drink, smoke etc, except during daylight hours.

    So how come no bonking?

    Ooops! Of course, it’s because they’re not man and wife. So are we to understand that adultery and related activities are AOK every other month except Ramadhan?

    Great to live amid a society so respectful of matrimonial vows.

    • JazPen 09:51 on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes Ross , its massive hypocrisy. No question.


    • Euis 11:04 on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Morals Police?. In Indonesia?
      Better if they raid corruptors houses.


    • Intan 14:17 on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The police waste time on this while there is so many corruption everywhere in Indonesia.


    • Carrie 15:35 on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not often you write in this deliberately bland way. An understated style sometimes makes your case more boldly.
      However I do not think for a moment that you will use this method more than once a year!


  • ross1948 00:38 on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Idul Fitri, , Pemalas2 Buruk Harus Dipecat!   

    Libur Lagi? Pemalas2 Buruk Harus Dipecat! 

    Just rounding off the night, tv news, Berita Satu English, and it’s telling us that hordes of lazy good-for-nothing parasite bureaucrats have STILL not returned to their desks after their already extended Idul Fitri vacations.


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    There are hundreds, thousands, of capable energetic young people, and not so young, who could fill the vacancies created by wholesale dismissals of indolent creeps.


     Shockingly, the report quotes their superiors as saying they will only get ‘reprimands,’ or ‘delay in promotion.’ 


    President Jokowi would win rousing cheers from all over the country if he told his ministers to fire slackers or be fired themselves.


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    • Let the wasters be turfed out, to join the unfortunates we see sleeping under fly-overs around the capital.

    But better to ask those poor folk already there first.

    Not fair to impose worthless scum on their nocturnal shelters without the basic courtesy of asking if they mind having their pitiful sanctuaries polluted with swinish undesirables.


  • ross1948 13:36 on July 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Idul Fitri – But NOT for Persecuted Minority! 

    Very quiet today, and yesterday, and would be quieter still without my visitor, who dismounted the busway only to find the office complex through which one normally passes has had its back gate locked, presumably for the Idul Fitri holiday, though the front is open wide!

    Never mind, my guests are a resourceful bunch. Brunch is being prepared.

    But the sense of ease we are enjoying here in Jakarta is not likely shared by Indonesia’s most oppressed minority. the peaceful and utterly inoffensive Ahmadis.

    Viva.co.id -reports today that a decent Muslim MP from th PKB party is investigating the latest reports of bigot bureaucrats denying them basic civil rights in West Java.

    The Kuningan district of that benighted province has long been the scene of disgusting intolerance, sometimes by the IslamoNazi thug gang, the FPI, and also by the ghastly governor, whose charming Hitlerian wish for the dissenters to be ‘disappeared’ we reported two years ago.https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/adolf-hitler-if-the-jews-disappear-the-problem-disappears/

    I certainly have no plans to convert to even the Ahmadi version of Islam, but the fact is they are GOOD people. I just watched their American spokesman on tv, reminding us that in their hundred year history, Ahmadis have never produced a single sectarian terrorist.

    They don’t display that nauseating disloyalty we see in cases like Fort Hood’s traitor Nidal, or the filthy scum who beheaded Britain’s brave soldier in Woolwich. On the contrary – 


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    • Ahmadis here are good people too, but here they get martyred by swine like those in the photo below, at Cikeusik in 2011.
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    attack-ahmadiyah Maximum penalty for the blood-thirsty scum?Barely 7 months!


    “There needs to be discussion with the Minister, the MUI and the Ahmadis,”‘ says the PKB legislator, Yanuar Prihatin, who expects the government to serve every citizens, regardless of creed.

    Warga Ahmadiyah di Kuningan Kesulitan Dapat KTP

    He reckons the obstacle is the ridiculous ‘religion’ column in the KTP. But he doesn’t suggest the obvious solution, its eradication. 

    Well, the Minister of Religious Affairs has so far seemed a massive improvement on his fanatic predecessor, but the MUI?


    fatwa mui sholeh


    C’mon, Yanuar, you know as well as everyone else in Indonesia that the self-styled ‘scholars’ of the MUI are among the most intolerant people in the land. How can Yanuar sensibly expect their help in solving the problem. 

    These Dark Agers refuse to accept the Ahmadis are Muslim. The Ahmadis say they are, but the MUI just can’t stand any contradiction to their dogmatic definition. They cower from debate with dissenters – instead they call the cops, who regrettably all too often collaborate in the MUI’s vendetta against religious liberty.

    Cops – “Islamist ‘Scholars’ Can Veto Religious Liberty” 

    By way of contrast, look at the Indonesian Protestant community. Like Protestants everywhere, they comprise a wide variety of denominations, Baptists, Presbyterians, Calvinists, Adventists, the whole disputatious range. Not one of them seeks to deny any of the others the right to list their creed on the KTPs.

    Why would they?



  • ross1948 22:48 on June 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Idul Fitri, , , , pemalas buruk, punctuality   

    Bravo, Ahok, Tapi…Setiap Pemalas Buruk Harus Dipecat! 

    Great to hear that Jakarta Governor Ahok has again banned the city’s civil servants from using their office cars for personal travel during the Idul Fitri holiday… he suggested city officers use public transportation if they wished to take part in the end-of-Ramadan exodus.



     Right on, making some of these flunkeys mix with the people they’re meant to serve.
    But there’s a next step everyone would cheer.
    A lot of good-for-nothing slugs take extra time and show up late when the holidays are over.
    And I don’t mean the half hour or more, for which some rude  oafs (and oafesses) try to use Jakarta traffic as their excuse…
    …as if they don’t know that Jakarta macet ( traffic) is a nightmare every day so why don’t the idle gits get out of bed an hour earlier to ensure punctual arrival!
    No, every year we read of public employees who get back to their desks DAYS late.
    There is NO excuse.
    Fire them. 

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