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  • ross1948 9:30 am on November 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Indonesia, Rimba   

    Religious Liberty – Indonesia Exposed! 


    These boys converted to Islam just a few months ago.
    “I will protect Islam till I die…” 
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    I felt very sorry for these children, and all the people in their community who have been pushed into apostasy, abandoning their age-old faith, when I watched the BBC programme a couple of days ago.

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    I had been planning to write something, but now I have found the report on the BBC website, hardly a ‘phobic’ source, and can refer you to the link below the headline.

    Indonesia’s Orang Rimba: Forced to renounce their faith

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41981430

    The incidentals in the report are off-putting enough, especially this –

    The Islamic Defenders Front – a vigilante group whose leader is facing charges of inciting religious violence – helped facilitate the conversion.

    But what is so tragic is this is happening only a week or so after I applauded Indonesia’s Constitutional Court for ruling that the principle of religious liberty applies not only to the major faiths…

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    Good News – Wow! – For Indonesian Religious Freedom! 

    ….but also to the traditional belief systems that have existed in the archipelago before foreign missionaries introduced the currently dominant creeds.

    It would be nice to rail against this theological blitz-krieg, but I prefer to let you peruse what the BBC has uncovered…

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    …as I look out the front door onto my sunny Jakarta yard and wonder why, every time I run across some hopeful news, something comes along soon after to dash those hopes.

     

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    • JazPen 3:27 pm on November 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Its sad to see those little kids being indoctrinated and I think this just makes a joke about that ‘Mental Revolution’ we heard so much about.. ..
      Isnt President Jokowi going to do anything about this?

    • Kezia 7:18 pm on November 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Poor children. Poor Rimba people.
      Poor Indonesia if this is done by our leaders and working with those FPI
      One day maybe we will have tolerance here again.

    • Jim in Jakarta 4:09 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So the Constitutional Court says the minority religions here have rights but within a week or two their kids are being brainwashed?
      Sometimes the injustice here just makes me sick!

  • ross1948 2:17 pm on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Indonesia, kepercayaan, , religion column, ,   

    Good News – Wow! – For Indonesian Religious Freedom! 


    A rare victory for religious liberty in Jakarta, where Indonesia’s Constitutional Court last week issued a decision  to allow followers of indigenous faiths to state their beliefs on their national identity cards, or KTP…

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    These cards are important, essential even, for they give citizens access to state services of every kind. Without them, life is more than arduous.

    So well done, the Constitutional Court.

     “… the word ‘religion’ on Article 61 [1] and Article 64 [1] of the Civil Administration Law contradicts the 1945 Constitution and is not legally binding.”      http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesias-constitutional-court-says-yes-indigenous-faiths/

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    In place of the discriminatory articles, the justices have sensibly urged a new category – “believers of the faith,” or penghayat kepercayaan – in addition to the six officially recognized religions – Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. –

    These kepercayaan creeds arguably deserve pride of place, not a mere additional status, because they pre-date the imported religions and have thousands of followers.

    They could have been listed alongside the other years ago, but I’ve read that even the iron regime of President Suharto…

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    ….felt reluctant to risk the wrath of bigots who feared many of their theoretical followers would switch to kepercayaan..

    It always makes me wonder how strong a faith is, if its leaders are forever fretting that their flocks will desert them when given the chance.

    Islamist ‘Scholars’ Quail as ‘Christianisation’ Looms! 

    However, there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip.

    The court’s recommendation is only that, and some fanatics in the administrative levels may drag their feet about implementing the ruling.

    And it would be a nice gesture to supplement this brave step towards fair play in matters of faith if President Jokowi could repeal the intolerant Tri-Ministerial Decree…

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    …which is one of the most oppressive edicts ever issued. and has resulted in widespread persecution of the peaceful and inoffensive Ahmadi minority.

    However, I am not going to hold my breath on that one. If justice for Ahmadis caught on, there might even be fresh demands for a re-opening of the Cikeusik Pogrom case…

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    Cikeusik, Banten Province, February 6th, 2011.

    Watch the pigs at their bloody work on this link..   http://www.liveleak.com/view.

    …when three brave men were murdered – martyred- for their Ahmadiyah religion by a mob of stinking cowards…

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    Victim of Islamist Murder Mob Gets Six Months in the Slammer 

    …and no murder charges were ever brought, despite a sickening video record of the entire vile episode.

    Nevertheless, this has to be welcomed, after a previous ruling from the same court that left intact the bizarre ‘blasphemy law.’

     

     
    • JazPen 8:22 pm on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Always nice to see you havent given up on Indonesia.
      I agree the court did well with this but I think youre right, who knows if the government officials will act on the ruling.
      Youre right too to keep raising the Cikeusik case but I have no hope those three murdered men will ever get justice..
      Dont let it go though..

  • ross1948 7:50 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Indonesia, , ,   

    Alexis Harus Ditutup? Terus Gimana Hotel2 Bintang Lima? 


    The Alexis must be shut down? So how about Jakarta’s various 5-star hotels?

    That’s my response to the news last month that hit the headlines here, concerning a famous place in the north of the city which is said to be…

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    …and I quote The Jakarta Globe’s quoted descripton –

    ‘A Dreamland for Men!’  – http://jakartaglobe.id/news/jakarta-administration-shuts-infamous-alexis-hotel/

    But I’ll stick with the Jakarta Post for the most part, on our brand new Governor,  Anies Baswedan’s refusal to extend the operation permit of Alexis Hotel in North Jakarta, an establishment he explicitly mentioned during his gubernatorial campaign, claiming that he had collected sufficient evidence that it hosts prostitution services.

    “We are firm. We don’t want Jakarta to become a city that allows prostitution to take place.”

    That’s interesting.

    Whatever the Alexis’ faults – and I’ve never been there – they are surely not unique. ANYONE who has been out for an evening in some of our international-standard five-star hotels ( I won’t say all of them, because I haven’t been to all of them!) must be fully aware that it’s not at all unusual to bump into the occasional kupu2 malam.

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    I met up with a former colleague a couple of weeks ago in one such splendiferous – and expensive – edifice and we had barely ordered a couple of ‘happy hour’ beers before a delightful lady approached us with an amiable but acquisitive gleam in her eye.

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    “Hi!”

    I responded with my habitual courtesy but promptly assured her that we were retired teachers, not the affluent tourists or foreign businessmen who constituted much of the clientele.

    She, with equal courtesy, and promptitude, took her leave of us and went off in search of more acceptable prey.

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    I’m sure she advised her colleagues/rivals because although there were quite a few similarly sultry sorts on the prowl, they none of them showed interest in us thereafter.

    I can think of at least three of four other grand hotels in the city where I’ve encountered these kinds of slightly avaricious but ever-charming slinkies, operating openly and regularly.

    I won’t name them, because I do not wish to be sued –  certain types of business persons here are as litigious as certain types of Americans! – but any male expat who goes out at night will surely confirm my veracity.

    Hence my headlined question – how about the 5-stars?

    Maybe Governor Anies Baswedan has never entered their bars after dark? Is he truly unaware of what goes on?

    Does he plan to refuse to extend their operating permits?

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    If some residents or some media tell him, will he seek to shut them down too?

    But that leads me to the rest of his statement, as reported in the JP.

    We have received reports and complaints from residents as well as media reports [about such a practice]…” Anies, however, refused to elaborate on what kind of evidence he had obtained.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/30/anies-firm-to-close-down-alexis-hotel.html

    So another question – does Anies have any REAL evidence, like police reports, or is he set to order the Alexis’ closure purely on the basis of just some fretty residents and the ‘media?

    How come he won’t say?

    And that brings us to another question!

    Has HE ever been there, in the Dreamland of Men?

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    Has HE taken the trouble to use his gubernatorial limousine to travel up to Ancol and have a look, one evening, at the denizens of the Alexis?

    Surely that’s the very least that fair play demands, since ‘the Alexis Hotel has not violated any regulations,  according to its legal representative…

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    …and please note – the refusal to extend the hotel’s operation permit came after media stories regarding banned activities at the hotel, such as the hotel offering massage services.   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/31/alexis-hotel-wants-solution-to-keep-operating.html

    MASSAGE SERVICES!?!

    If there’s nothing else on the charge sheet, could there yet be a happy ending?

    Oh, but let’s not forget that closing Alexis was one of newly-elected Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s campaign promises during the gubernatorial election earlier this year.

    SO if he goes ahead, and demonstrates consistency by treating Jakarta’s celebrated international hotels with the same zeal, he will be keeping his word to those who supported him.

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    Anies Baswedan wins a smile from FPI ‘grand imam,’ Habib Rizieq

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    And let’s ALSO not forget some of those supporters, like the white-shirt vigilante gang, the self-styled Islam Defenders Front – the FPI!

    THEY will be beside themselves with glee.

    Even more so if the national parliament presses on with their prohibition law.

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    Before we start packing.

     
    • JazPen 8:52 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      All very true and anybody who says its not is telling lies..
      You cant walk into one five star bar in town after 9pm without seeing dozens of working girls all working hard to get to know you.. ,

      • Fadri 9:18 am on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Of course Anies has never been there to Alexis I bet.
        But I am sure he has been to the five-star hotels for conference and things like that,.
        Did he never even peek through the bar door? If he did he must see the butterfly girls.
        So much hypocrites here in Jakarta political world..

    • Andy 10:02 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It is just like you say, Ross but your hero Ahok when he was governor was almost as obsessive about the terrible menace of the ‘ladies of the night.’
      In fact they don’t bother guys unless the guy wants to be bothered so I ask myself why doesn’t Anies give this ‘problem’ a low priority and give shutting down Islamist gangs a high priority?
      The answer is there in that big photograph!

    • Jim in Jakarta 11:33 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nobody who knows Jakarta will dispute what you say about some of those very expensive hotels, Ross.
      The only difference between the girls who offer their company to lonely foreigners in the ‘high-class’ bars and the girls in some well-known dives in Blok M is the going rate!

    • Arifin S 7:51 am on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I do not like how you think about many things but it is true that Anies should be fair
      If he must order the Alexis Hotel to close he must also close the Jakarta hotels used by rich foreign people if the prostitute work there too.
      It is so with alcohol also.
      The goverment will tell many place to stop selling strong drinks but will never stop it in five star hotel places because the rich tourist will never come back.
      There is no moral in how this is done, it is all about money.

    • Jessica 3:13 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Just reading about this.
      They want to open shariah hotels in Jakarta but what is a shariah hotel.?
      I would never go near one but do you have any idea what goes on, besides constant praying and stuff?

  • ross1948 11:15 am on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adriana Venny Aryani, Ayo Poligami, Indonesia, Lindu Cipta Pranayama, poligami, ,   

    Polygamy Problems For Indonesia’s 50-Year-Old Virgins? 


    Yesterday I was not at my best for blogging, instead engaged in watching tv reports about the monstrous attack in Las Vegas. A dark, depressing day, everywhere, surely.

    So if output was not scintillating ( mostly posts previously scheduled and little fresh work done) my apologies.

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    Today, I’m resorting to local news, which may serve to brighten you up – or appal you, not sure which –  all about the alleged plight of ‘many women in their 40s of 50s who are still virgins and unmarried..’ 

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/03/ayo-poligami-app-attracts-56000-members-new-version-set-to-launch–.html

    Indonesian women are famously ( though not invariably!) beautiful, and it strikes me as improbable that many of them reach early middle-age unwed if they don’t want to do so.

    However, the Jakarta Post article concerns a new app, or ‘ep‘ as they pronounce it here, promoting polygamy!

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    Its creator, a guy named Lindu Cipta Pranayama, described his motivation and target audience.

    “Can you image being in your 40s or 50s but never been touched by a man?” added the 35-year-old, who created the app after failing to find a wife on several dating sites.

    Well, I can imagine that, never having wanted to be ‘touched by a man!’

    But what’s Lindu’s problem? Men don’t need ‘dating sites’ in Jakarta. Just take a walk round the many malls, or even board a bus – never difficult to get chatting to some pleasant lady!

    And I  can’t imagine why all these poor women would have such a problem either. There are plenty of places they can meet chaps.

    I don’t mean the dodgy bars – lots of high-class hotels have ‘ladies’ nights…’

    …and there are all kinds of clubs, societies etc. they can join to meet the like-minded.

    Age is hardly relevant – I have a friend ( not a girl-friend) who calls herself ‘an old lady’ and claims to be be 50, and she is drop-dead gorgeous. Unless there’s something very amiss, Indonesian ladies into their 6th decade can be delightful to behold.

    But why on earth would they contemplate polygamy?

    There has been ‘controversy’ over Lindu’s brain-child, Ayo Poligami, loosely translated as “let’s go polygamy…”… a free smartphone app that matches married and single Muslim men with women who want to create “big families.”

    Not ‘controversy,’ alas, about the iniquitously discriminatory way the multiple spouse law is applied.

    Men who apply to one of the country’s Islamic courts, which have jurisdiction over marriage, are able to take a second wife under certain circumstances.

    So women are second-class citizens – no right for them to take a second husband, in ANY circumstances!

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    To be fair to Indonesia, the report does state that Indonesian law defines marriage as between a man and a woman…

    GOOD!

    As should all countries!

    but…an important but…polygamy is tolerated in certain circumstances, despite being generally frowned upon.

    Good that the sexist practice is frowned on, but a shame it’s not outlawed…

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    …or, if hornies of one sex are catered for, the same approval is not afforded to over-sexed gals.

    Women’s rights protests are being heard, but far too narrowly focused, in my view. Adriana Venny Aryani, speaking for the National Commission on Violence Against Women, claims that –

    “When the husband is practicing polygamy, women are emotionally abused, economically (abused), and sometimes violently.”

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    No doubt.

    But Adrianna has been politically active, in former President SBY’s party. Some might argue that modern-minded citizens of both sexes (please note, I avoid that silly word ‘gender,’ which is better deployed in grammar tomes) should be more usefully involved in getting rid of the entire archaic practice.

    Unlikely, in view of the powerful politicians who themselves indulge in polygamous marriage!

    We looked at this before, part of our post on Malaysia Truly Arabia – Doubly Discriminatory?  being devoted to the related issues in Indonesia.

    Arianna and her colleagues need to square up to such people.

     
    • JazPen 11:33 am on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I must agree with you Ross.
      Even sitting here having lunch in a little resto in North Jakarta, it’s never a problem meeting ladies in this city.

    • Jim in Jakarta 12:08 pm on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hohoho!
      I think Lindu must be a little bit more shy than us foreigners, Ross.
      I never have found it hard to get talking to women of all ages here.

  • ross1948 10:06 am on September 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Indonesia, ,   

    Inconsistent Agitation? Woe To Jakarta Commuters! 


    Here we go again.

    Another Friday demo, which could just as easily have been arranged for Sunday, minimising disruption.

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    The participants will protest against what they perceive as a revival of communism in the country.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/28/5000-brimob-personnel-to-guard-fridays-anti-communist-rally.html

    Nobody hates communism more than I do.

    But apart from some burbling ‘intellectuals’ and journo-hacks who have long sought to muddy the waters of Indonesian history by refusing to distinguish between innocent people who suffered in the 1965 turmoil on the one hand…

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    …and the evil PKI Communists on the other, there’s little sympathy with the satanic marxist creed in this country these days

    Jakarta traffic is almost always a nightmare, and on Fridays it worsens.

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    Today it will be worse still!

    This demo that will exacerbate commuter misery apparently will include members of conservative Muslim groups, so there’s a certain inconsistent aspect to it, because…

    …they will also protest the newly-issued regulation in lieu of a law (Perppu) on mass organizations, which is being used as a legal instrument by the government to disband Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), an Islamist organization that seeks to establish a global Islamic caliphate.

    The PKI has long been banned here.

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    Given its totalitarian ideology, allegiant to supranational class-war hate-think, and not to Indonesia, most Indonesians see nothing wrong with the ban on the red rats.

    And following logically from that, there’s a strong case to be made for outlawing HTI, which can fairly be called califofascist…

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    Hizbut demo – ‘Charlie Hebdo proves how rotten democracy is!

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    …because it’s anti-democratic and loyal to a global sectarian ideology rather than to Indonesia.

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    President Jokowi appears to be pondering an HTI ban, and that would perhaps be a first step towards prohibiting other fanatic gangs.

    But my immediate concern this morning is how to do a spot of shopping before demo-caused congestion makes that an unappealing quest.

     
    • JazPen 6:44 pm on September 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I dont know how your shopping went today but the traffic up in the north of the city, around Matraman, was no worse than usual and maybe better.
      I wonder if a lot of people left work early or took the day off because of worry over the demo?

  • ross1948 12:04 am on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Indonesia, , , , , United Nations Universal Periodic Review,   

    UK’s May Tells Jokowi – ‘Don’t Put Down ISIS Terrorists!’ 


    Bad enough that Theresa May won’t stand up to Brussels and start executing evil jihadists who murder innocent Brits.

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    But now she’s lecturing Indonesia, telling President Jokowi that under NO circumstance should he put down the sort of rabid ISIS rape-gang followers…

    Satanic ISIS Threaten Indonesia Blood-Bath! 

    …who are known to be prowling the archipelago, planning terrorist onslaughts.

    Theresa May’s arrogance is revealed in a long Jakarta Globe report on the latest UN sticky-beak diktats, which included a recommendation to abolish the death penalty.

    May was an MP back eleven years ago, when Indonesia did the honourable thing and shot those three Bali Bomb scumbags…

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    Evil Bali jihadists, executed ten years ago

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    …but I don’t recall her bleating back then.

    Her own British constituents in Maidstone, Kent, would have been outraged!

    Yet this month, under her clear orders, the British representatives on the UN panel – United Nations Universal Periodic Review – were mouthing typical Brussels bilge.

    The United Kingdom said it “regretted that the recommendations on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty had not been supported” and repeated its call that no evidence suggests death penalty is a more effective deterrent than alternative forms of punishment. 

    http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-rejects-un-recommendation-abolish-death-penalty/

    What utter hogwash!

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    Of course if you kill a rabid cur, it will neither attack more victims nor infect other animals!

    All credit to President Jokowi for refusing to kow-tow to a clique of supranational know-alls…

    …though one might add, hopefully, that if he ordered that all sectarian savages convicted of terrorist offences here were put to death, instead of merely being jailed for a few years…

    More Soft Jakarta Sentencing – Mere 8 Years For Terror Bint! 

    The proper penalty for terrorists

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    Sarinah Attack – Terror Convict, Freed Early, Faces Charges! 

    ….then allowed out of prison early, innocent lives would have been, and could still be, saved.

     

     

     
  • ross1948 11:16 am on September 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , George Christensen MP, Indonesia, , ,   

    Sorry, Barnaby Joyce – Appeasement Is No Argument! 


    A narrow defeat for common sense in Australia, where federal conference of the National Party voted by 55-51 not to support a burqa ban.

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    Although George Christensen MP pointed out the obvious security risks of allowing head-shrouded undesirables to roam about ‘in government buildings and other public spaces,

    It seems the delegates in Canberra preferred to follow their party leader, Barnaby Joyce, whom, in the past, I have defended, when he was insulted by that hideous ABC leftist Triola…

    Just Asking- Does Red Vixen Trioli Yet Leech Off ABC’s Public Purse? 

    Virginia Trioli 

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    …but henceforth I may be reluctant to take up bloggy cudgels on his behalf.

    I quote the Deputy Prime Minister’s deeply principled ‘hands-off-the-bag-heads’ argument.

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    Barnaby Joyce says banning the burka could damage Australia’s trade relations with Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia And Indonesia..

    .http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-09/joyce-slaps-down-burka-ban-push-citing-trade-relations/

    I’m tempted to observe that it’s a bit offensive to bracket Indonesia  (where I’ve lived happily for nearly two decades, and where perhaps 1 or 2% of women wear the revolting head-gear) with an absolute sectarian monarchy where women are such second-class citizens that, last I heard, they’re not allowed to drive a car!

    So Saudi Women CAN Look Like Women!?! 

    But let’s move on.

    Since when do Australians tailor their domestic laws and customs to keep in with foreign countries?

    If Joyce had come out openly saying he thinks that shariah sexism is just jim-dandy…

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    …I’d be disgusted, but somehow muster a modicum of respect for his candour.

    But he doesn’t say that. He’s quoted in another newspaper as opposing a ban ‘despite disliking the burqa.’

    So for Barnaby it’s not about security or about rescuing women from a barbaric dress-code, but merely a matter of dollars and cents?

    One is obliged to ask just how low Australia’s Deputy PM is prepared to sink to appease Saudi Arabia.

    Please note the Saudis have a bad record of arrogant intrusion into the internal affairs of more civilised countries.

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    Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries accused Norway of doing too little to protect its Muslim minority, with Saudi Arabia calling for all criticism of religions or their prophets to be made illegal.

    What next, Barnaby?

     

     
    • Keith Milner 11:33 am on September 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You got it right. We should ban the head-bag.
      If they want to wear it indoors, it’s up to them, but not outdoors where it’s an insult to every Australian principle.
      The same security principle should be used to prohibit Antifa masks too.

    • Uncle Oz 12:10 pm on September 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Before this Barnaby Joyce was a sensible man, I always thought, but now I am having a re-think.
      I feel sorry for those women in Arabia but I don’t see how we can do anything for them.
      So why should Australia worry what they think about our country?

      Unless he’s saying both countries allow women a free choice on burka-wearing?

    • Jerry Jerman 12:45 pm on September 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have seen tonight that one of these savages attacked a Berlin shop assistant for selling lingerie.
      Police will have difficulty in finding her because her head was covered. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/09/07/niqab-clad-woman-assaults-saleswoman-lingerie-islamic-headscarves/
      The burka wearers are as you often say primitives and should get no home among Europeans.

  • ross1948 12:16 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Indonesia, ,   

    Borobudur Threat – Buddhists Fear Bigot Backlash! 


    Fake news articles and photos about the Rohingya’s suffering in Rakhine State have also been circulating on local social media, causing even more anger and frustration over the continued violence against the minority group in Myanmar.

    http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesian-buddhist-leaders-call-unity-tensions-rise-plight-rohingya-muslims/

    One does wonder about some of the stuff allegedly portraying the on-going Burmese mayhem!

    Not that maltreatment of religious minorities is a phenomenon that defies belief.

    Anyone aware of the crude Islamist brutality which the completely inoffensive Ahmadi minority…

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    – Christ’s Ascension Day – Islamist Savages Pelt Congregation With Sewage, Urine and Rocks 

    …have suffered here in Indonesia, is unlikely to be surprised, although they may be horrified, by sectarian hate-crimes.

    Indeed, some nasty bigots here apparently are already doing their worst to foment trouble.

    But they have also led to provocations against Indonesia’s Buddhist communities, with rumors of a demonstration to be held at Borobudur, the world’s biggest Buddhist temple, going around on social media.

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    Borobudur is not only the world’s biggest Buddhist temple but one of Indonesia’s major tourist attractions. I’ve been there more than once.

    In recent years we mentioned it on our blog, because, given how ignoramus elements were intent on destroying Indonesia’s cultural heritage…

    …it was not unreasonable to assume they might set their sectarian sights on the mighty temple, which stands near Jogjakarta.

    Blasting Borobudur? ISIS, Enemies of Civilisation!  

    But long before this latest excuse for incitement, Buddhists have had every reason to be apprehensive.

     
    • Astuti 12:26 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nobody must be mean to our Buddhis Indonesian people because of this trouble in the other country.
      We know who like to make hate here and better police keep them controlled

    • Jim in Jakarta 12:38 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Good to put the outrage in perspective.

    • Deden 1:24 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If the bigots want to help Rohingya then why do they not invite the Rohingya refugees to come live in their houses In Indonesia.
      That is a much better thing to do than to start threats to Borobudur or to Indonesian Buddhists.

  • ross1948 9:35 am on September 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Indonesia, Jakarta embassy, jihad volunteers, , petrol bomb   

    Fanatic Indonesian Islamists Plan Myanmar Jihad! 


    A little alarming to read that a petrol bomb was thrown at Myanmar’s embassy in on Jl. Agus Salim in Central Jakarta early Sunday.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/03/-petrol-bomb-thrown-at-myanmar-embassy-in-central-jakarta-.html

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    I was only last week walking along that street, dropping by a nearby office to meet a friend.

    But I saw no signs then, among the everyday Indonesians walking to and fro, to confirm the rest of the sentence in that report, that anger grew across the mainly Muslim archipelago about violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar. 

    However, that’s just my walk-about impression.

    There undoubtedly are some people in this lovely archipelago who are greatly exercised about what’s going on.

    In East Java, the self-styled ‘Islam Defenders Front’ aka FPI is reported to be sending volunteers to Myanmar for jihad…FPI Pasuruan region has reportedly opened registration of jihad volunteers to help Rohingya…

    FPI Akan Kirim Relawan Berjihad ke Myanmar

    Anyone interested in signing up who is between 17-20 years old, please note you need to bring a note from mummy or daddy to do so!

    Exactly how these ‘jihadists’ plan to ‘help’ is not quite clear. We sometimes hear Islamic spokesmen telling us that ‘jihad’ is not necessarily violent but rather can be interpreted as a spiritual struggle.

    However right or wrong that explanation may be, I think, given that the FPI has been photographed with a blood-thirsty banner parading their sectarian hatred around the streets of Jakarta…

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    ….it is not unreasonable to assume that they may not be entirely committed to a peaceful approach!

    The white-shirted vigilantes are in any case notorious throughout Indonesia for their readiness to resort to violent tactics. 

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    FPI thugs attack a food stall that dared to serve meals to hungry non-fasters during Ramadhan

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    Hence I suggest any readers who might be downtown on Wednesday should avoid the area of the embassy, since the white-shirt gang’s spokesman, Slamet Maarif, has advised the media that they’re planning another protest then.

    oooooo

     
  • ross1948 4:42 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Indonesia, , wicked hypnotists   

    Hypnosis Threat – Jakarta Cops Warn Citizens To Pray! 


    I was out today, into town and back, and stopped en route to buy important potatoes.

    Outside Superindo, finishing my cigarette before entering to choose the best spuds….

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    ….I inspected the posters and ads by the doorway.

    There was one from our fair city’s finest, displayed for you below. .

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    I wasn’t sure if it was a spoof, so when I got home I looked  it up and there it is, a dire warning from Jakarta Police against the menace of hypnotists!

    The first line impressed me, advice to read some prayers before you leave home.

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    What overseas readers need to realise is that almost everyone here has a tale to tell of encounters with malign men – almost always seems to be men – who tap you on the shoulder, which puts you under the ‘fluence, then when you regain your senses your wallet is gone.

    Far-fetched?

    Not according to many seemingly sensible Indonesians I’m well-acquainted with.

    It doesn’t work on us foreigners!

    Now and then, waiting at bus stops, somebody will tap me on the shoulder, but merely to initiate a conversation, like ‘where are you from, mister?’

    I of course reply civilly – if it’s a lady, VERY civilly! And that’s the end of the episode.

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    Or maybe they really ARE wicked hypnotists and when they grasp I am unmesmerised, they fall back on conversational gambits!

    The rest of the warning covers more practical aspects, like ‘don’t go out alone, don’t carry valuables you don’t need to,’ and some further spiritual counsel and…

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    …don’t accept drinks from strangers!

    Just letting you know, if you drop by Jakarta!

    , ;’

     
    • JazPen 9:16 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, all true! So my Indonesian colleagues and friends assure me.
      I try to comment on all your Indonesian posts to encourage you to do more.
      It seems to be working. ,

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