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  • ross1948 00:38 on June 17, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    Jakarta 17/6/22 – Anti-India Fanatics! 


    Today, Friday, Jakarta may well be inundated with fanatics, so if your commuter trip takes you anywhere near Jalan Rasuna Said, expect traffic problems.

    Yet again, those who mobilise sectarian protests opted for a working day to vent their spleen, rather than a weekend day, which would impact working men and women less.

    However, God forbid such considerations might matter to the FPI, PA 212, and GNPF Ulama…



    …who, enraged by a perceived slight on their Prophet, are planning to descend on the Indian Embassy.


    After the government decreed the dissolution of the sectarian FPI vigilante gang….



    …a year or two ago, I had hoped never again to have a headline or even a story featuring those three letters.

    But, as often happens in Jakarta, things didn’t work out as expected.

    Hanif Al-Athos, son-in-law of the leader of the banned FPI, was declared leader of a new FPI – Front Persaudaraan  Islam – Islamic Brotherhood Front!

    Reuni 212, Habib Hanif Ajak Kibarkan Jutaan Bendera Tauhid dan Merah Putih

    Habib Muhammad Hanif Al-Athos.

    I quote him on an event in France.

     “Never mind, I don’t care. The virtual world says the young person was a  terrorist, I don’t care what they say, Brother….we are Muslims, the young person is a hero, Brother. Allahu akbar, that’s right,” shouted Habib Hanif.  https://news.detik.com/berita/d-5238100/mantu-habib-rizieq-sebut-bocah-pelaku-pemenggalan-di-prancis-pahlawan

    Brutal Paris Beheader A ‘Hero,’ Says Jakarta Fanatic! 

    So Al-Athos will be among the fanatics in town today.

    His comrade, Aziz Yanuar, ‘confirmed the plan of action. He said that 3,000 people will attend the action.’

    But listen to Mr. Yanuar’s rhetoric, as he rants about how his mob are to deplore depravity and barbarity and the behavior of the insolent Zionist model from India who is ignorant, racist, fascist and Islamophobic,” Azis told reporters on Thursday (16/6/2022). 

    Racist, fascist and Islamophobia?’

    Whatever happened to old-fashioned railing against ‘infidels’ and ‘khaffirs’ etc.?

    Aziz Yanuar’s outburst sounds like one of those Western ‘activists’ declaring a campus ‘No Platform’ of intolerance…



    ….for those whose dissenting views make them quiver.

    Anyway, here’s the line-up at tomorrow’s shindig.

    Aziz said a number of FPI and PA 212 figures would attend, at Buya Ahmad Qurtubi Jaelani, Muhammad Alatas, Ali Alatas, Slamet Maarif, Ahmad Shabri Lubis, Khawit Masyhuri, Habib Hanif Alatas, Habib Novel Chaidir Hasan Bamukmin, to Abdul Qohar Al Qudsy https://news.detik.com/berita/d-6129882/fpi-hingga-pa-212-akan-geruduk-kedubes-india-besok

    Some of those names will be familiar. to readers.


    Just watch the video-


    – which shows him issuing his call for his devout audience to ‘Bunuh, Bunuh, Bunuh (KILL KILL KILL!) Ahmadis, a peaceful, utterly inoffensive religious minority


    Novel Bakmunin?

    Aaah.  ITMA…

    ..– “women already have limitations, let alone non- Muslims!”   http://megapolitan.kompas.com/read/2013/10/26/1937287/.FPIMenolak.Lurah.Susan.Harga.Mati

    ..Novel Bakmunin……Jakarta Fanatics “Can’t Prevent” Harassment Of French Expats! .

    Don’t know about you  but I shall do my best to avoid that part of town.

  • ross1948 15:37 on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Barisan Merah Atau Kurang Ajar? Daan Mogot Tadi Pagi.. 

    If KASBI  – the Committee of Independent Unions Action – doesn’t disown the pig-ignoramuses in Barisan Merah uniform…


    …who had KASBI printed on their uniforms too, and who blocked the TransJakarta Busway on Daan Mogot around 10am today, that ‘labour’ outfit will forfeit whatever sympathy the honest working folk on the bus might have had for them.

    The obnoxious louts capered like demented serpents in front of the bus…


    …and it was probably a smart move that the driver didn’t open the doors, because the passengers in the ladies’ section might have climbed down and battered the moronic turds.


    TransJakarta Tambah 2 Rute Baru: GBK-Kalideres dan Kampung Melayu-Kota


    I had assumed we’d stopped for the usual Jakarta reason, macet2 (traffic jams), until the angry female voices took my attention away from my handphone.

    So, studying the offenders’ uniforms…

    …I used Google Search and identified the scumbags’ shirts, that…

    Barisan Merah…


    the Red Front!

    But I would say a better description of the rabble might be…


    • (ignorant of common decency)

    • Eventually, our driver had to leave the bus lane to get past these obnoxious anti-socials.

    • I don’t know what the nasty goons ( there were dozens, loitering on both sides of the road) thought they were trying to achieve but they certainly alienated every single soul on that bus.


  • ross1948 10:44 on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jakarta traffic, luxury cars, motorbikes,   

    Jakarta Councillors Abhor Buses? Buy Them Bikes! 

    Further to our post last week about Jakarta’s City Councillors and their luxury automobiles…

    Bravo, Jakarta’s Djarot! Why Can’t Councillors Use Buses! 

    …I see they are now reportedly craving lavish largesse in the form of a Rp 21.5 million (US$1,592) monthly transport allowance equal to the cost of renting a luxurious car.

    This frankly makes me want to puke.

    I love Jakarta…


    Many people sleep under bridges and fly-overs too


    …but you can’t travel round Indonesia’s sprawling capital almost every day, as I do, without seeing evidence of abject poverty.

    Hard to be surprised, then, when one local says, with admirable self-restraint, that the allowance under discussion is extremely high.


    Like every resident, I daily observe the massive MRT project under construction to ease the nightmare traffic problems that torment Jakartans…


    ‘Use the bus, don’t contribute to traffic jams’


    …and the large posters with appeals to citizens to use public transport, which, if heeded, would drastically improve the situation, overnight.

    But so far as I’ve heard, there’s not a single city councillor who uses public transport to carry out their civic duties.

    It’s good enough for us ordinary folks but not for the high and mighty, so it seems.


    Okay, then let’s be generous!

    If they abhor the prospect of rubbing shoulders on the buses with the people they say they represent…



    A brand new motorbike, for each of the hundred and one members of Jakarta City Council, would cost between 17 and 20 million rupiah…. Price List – Sepeda Motor Honda Terbaru by Astra-Honda.com…which is less than what the councillors seem to think they need PER MONTH for fancy cars!

    AND they could be specially painted bikes…

    … to let people know that the councillors are in their midst. A friendly chat as they wait side-by-side for the lights to change?

    The councillors could, moreover, be models of good road manners, encouraging by example, never displaying anti-social attitudes like those in my photo…



    …which make life hell for pedestrians by invading the sidewalks!

    Perhaps my Indonesian readers could suggest this alternative to the councillors?



    • Kezia 10:59 on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Ross.
      You say what I say but we both know these councillors will not listen.
      They will prefer to listen to each other and say together that ‘we want more money!’


    • Santi 11:11 on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love Jakarta too, Ross and I love this idea with the council men on bright gold color bikes so we can tell them what we think at traffic lights.
      They will never do this!


    • Arwa 12:20 on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You make me smile with this idea Ross
      There is so much time waiting for the lights to change right now, lights changing three times but no going forward because traffic back-up for many hundred metres
      The councillors marked very visible on their special motorcycles must have to listen to very many people all around them.
      I think the councillors will be very afraid that people will speak angry to them.


    • Tyas 14:25 on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Such a good plan to make council members meet the people every day and save much money too.


  • ross1948 11:26 on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Hey, Jakarta, Lay Off The Trees – Hammer Those Bozo Bikers! 

    When I first arrived in Jakarta, quite a lot of years ago, my first home was in a rented room in a modest house in Karet, Setia Budi, in the heart of the city.

    Another of those  rooms was tenanted by a dashed fine Australian fellow, who was kind enough to give me guidance on where  to go for fun, such as Tanamur…


    Let’s Re-Open TANAMUR, NOT the Stadium! 


    ….and useful survival tips to ensure I did not come to grief  when navigating Jakarta’s nocturnal –  and daylight! – hazards.

    Hasil gambar untuk pickpocket

    But I still recall his enthusiasm for the capital, and in particular, last week, about how much greener than many other ASEAN cities our grand metropolis really was.

    So my attention was captured by this story in the Jakarta Post…

    In line with the city administration’s plan to widen sidewalks along Jl. Sudirman and Jl Thamrin, several officers from the Jakarta Forestry, Park and Cemeteries Agency began to remove trees on Senayan traffic circle and Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta, on Saturday.


    Gambar terkait

    This tree may be safe, but a lot more are doomed


     “There will be a major restoration along Jl. Sudirman and Jl. Thamrin. We apologize to residents because we have to move the trees soon,” says the City Secretary, Saefullah…

    Trees being removed from Sudirman

    The justification for this scheme is that it will benefit pedestrians.

    But if you use my link, you’ll see the trees shown by the JP in its report, and the specific area along Sudirman.

    This week alone I walked twice along that very stretch of sidewalk you can see in the JP photograph

    Rest assured it was NOT the trees that posed any problems.



    It was the repeated violation of pedestrian territory by irresponsible imbeciles on motor-bikes.

    My photo, above, was taken in North Jakarta, and you can clearly see my enjoyment of the pavement was NOT that tree but the biking cretins, whose trespasses not only immediately endanger the innocent walking public…



    ….but also, of course, cause damage to paved surfaces meant to be walked on, adding to the risk of stumbling and falling every day.



    What the Jakarta authorities need to do is hammer these begos (that’s the local word for eejits!)

    If a biker invades the footpath, don’t just warn him or fine him, confiscate his bike.

    • Santi 13:48 on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I see the picture in Jakarta Post and it is very near my office where I work and every day I almost am knocked over by a crazy bego on bikes.
      I think it is a very good idea to confiscate the bike and make them buy new bike so they learn lesson to be polite and stay away from sidewalk.


    • Astuti 15:57 on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      GOOD IDEA.
      Take away the bikes from the stupid bikers who drive on places they are not allowed.


  • ross1948 10:24 on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Wise Folks in Jakarta Staying Home Tomorrow? 

    The National Police have urged participants of an upcoming protest to maintain order and have reiterated that the police will take security measures of the event planned for Feb. 11.


    We mentioned one of three events scheduled for tomorrow just a few days ago, the ‘prayer-rally’ organised by Islamist fanatics.

    (The National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) members, including the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), the Muslim People’s Forum (FUI)


    fpi kill busddhist

    Typical peace-loving FPI out for a weekend stroll

    fui anti-america

    FUI does not mince its words either


    Check out (via our Search box) both the FPI and the FUI – they are NOT the sort of people most of us would wish to encounter!


    There are AT LEAST two other crowd-scenes, pre-election rallies by supporters of Ahok and of Agus Yudhoyono.

    Even if no mayhem breaks out anywhere, the normally hellish Jakarta traffic will become horrendous.




    Stay home tomorrow.

    After all, next Wednesday, Election Day, has been declared a public holiday.

    So you can go out and do your ‘weekend’ shopping then.


    Ooops, almost out of coffee- best get out to the nearest mini-mart this morning, despite the rain!

  • ross1948 09:45 on November 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Jakarta Fanatic Rally – Traffic Havoc – Top Cop Speaks Up! 

    Good to hear Indonesia’s top cop has pledged to prevent the Islamist fanatics implementing their nasty anti-social scheme to create traffic havoc.

    General Tito Karnavian denounced the notorious sectarian extremist Habib Rizieq’s statement, which said the Dec. 2 protesters would carry out Friday prayers across the capital’s two main roads, namely Jl. MH Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman.


    Curiously, the Jakarta Post reporter didn’t explain to JP readers about Rizieq, whom they described merely as a ‘spokesman’ for the GNPF-MUI  – that’s the recently organised ‘National Movement to Save the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Edicts…

    Oh, and –

    Edicts, BTW,should have been left in its original, untranslated form, FATWAS

    fatwa mui sholeh

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

    If you want to know more about the Indonesian Ulema Council’s fatwas,then you can flick through our search box and chortle at the absurd yoga ban, and shudder at their awful habit of running to the police to back up their dogmatic intolerance.


    FPI_13Sejumlah massa dari Front Pembela Islam (FPI) melakukan aksi di depan Gedung Mahkaman Konstitusi (MK), Jakarta, Rabu (27/1).

    FPI in action


    But the JP should have said that Rizieq is in fact the ‘high priest’ of the IslamoNazi thug-gang, the FPI, self-styled ‘Islam Defenders Front.’

    Again, check out our search box for their horrid habits.

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    • habib_rizieq_temui_hasyim_muzadi
    • Rizieq


    Of course here in Indonesia, everyone knows that, but overseas readers should not be left in the dark about the true nature of the forces of darkness! 

    Tito said if demonstrators insisted on holding their rally on those roads, the police would disperse them and act firmly to anyone who opposed the police.


    Muslims can like everyone else, pray at any time, and in any place. I had a very nice Muslim colleague in London, who would pray in our staff smoking room. No problem.

    But we have seen both here…Jakarta – Top Cop Slams Traff-Islamic-Jams   … and in Western countries…Paris ban on Muslim street prayers comes into effect – BBC News… examples of irresponsible crowds brazenly and needlessly obstructing  public roads and footpaths. 

    • macetsemanggi1

    ‘normal’ Jakarta traffic jam

    • This should be outlawed and stern action taken.


    General Tito talks sense too about how to handle amok-runs, like that seen in Jakarta on 4th November.  

    Breaking News – Jakarta Cops Tear-Gas Islamist Louts! 

    Violent protesters would be charged with articles 212 to 218 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) on attacks against public officials.


    That will be widely applauded, if it happens.


  • ross1948 23:55 on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Besok Macet2 Lagi? IslamoNazi ‘Long March?’ Gimme A Break! 


    • macetsemanggi1
    • ——————–
    • One Indonesian word we all learn fast – it means ‘traffic jam’ and we sure do get them a lot!

    Sadly, tomorrow could see Jakarta’s drivers, inured to the misery of congested roads, held to even slower progress than usual.

    • anfpi2
    • The IslamoNazi FPI, self-styled ‘Islam Defenders Front,’ are staging what is ludicrously described as a ‘Long March.’

    It’s the latest in their series of shrill bleatings against the capital’s Governor Ahok.





    They have always hated Ahok, as do all the backward bigot elements in the archipelago… 

    Jakarta Jew-Haters Boo Chinese Christian Candidate 

    …but there’s currently a row over his comments on a Koranic verse.

    Normal rational Muslims have made clear it’s no big deal –

    ..Vice-Chair Regional Board of Nahdlatul Ulama Jakarta, Taufik Damas. reckons Ahok’s words were not degrading to the Qur’an…


    Nu Nahdlotul Ulama


    “From the footage that lasted one hour and 43 minutes, I do not see any words of Ahok that degrade verses of the Koran… ”

    Taufik advised residents to watch the original video in its entirety to find out what Ahok was really saying.

    PWNU DKI Jakarta nilai ucapan Ahok tak nistakan agama – ANTARA …

    Taufik’s NU is the largest Muslim organsation in Indonesia, but there are quite a few rabid fanatics who will grab at any issue to rant against Ahok.

    The white-shirt gang says it will bring five thousand fanatics onto the streets of Jakarta tomorrow  – http://www.tribunnews.com/metropolitan/2016/10/13/5000-anggota-fpi-demo-ahok-besok-polisi-siaga –  parading their sectarian rage from Istiqlal Mosque to the City Hall.


    • Masjid-Istiqlal-Jakarta

    Istiqlal Mosque

    The big mosque is just north of Monas Square, so how can anyone claim that a stroll from there to Jakarta City Hall is a ‘Long March’ – unless they call a halt for coffee at every warkop en route!

    Warkop or warung kopi ia a small humble cafe or coffee-shop…




    But that’s what the report says…di sekitar Masjid Istiqlal hingga Gedung Balai Kota DKI Jakarta, Gambir, Jakarta Pusat… – translate it yourself, Google up a city map, and see what I mean!

    I could walk that distance inside half-an-hour!


    monas4 Monas Square park


    • They could actually dawdle their way through Monas Square, a lovely open green space, which would mean no disruption to road traffic at all.

    • Or they could do their thing on Saturday or Sunday, which would minimise disruption to all the car and motor-bike users who would rather get to and from their work-places than see or hear Islamist extremists stomping and shrieking. 

    • But I fear their nasty little demo on a Friday will exacerbate traffic something terrible. 

  • ross1948 00:33 on June 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    TransJakarta Buses – What’s the Problem? 

    Good to note that Governor Ahok is to ban diplomats and other high-ups, etc. from the TransJakarta Busway lanes, but there aren’t THAT many of them.

    Having said that, if one non-bus vehicle gets to use the bus-lane, every other driver is moved to try the same stunt. Ahok obviously realises that. 


    Anyway, no amount of bans will make any difference unless they are enforced, not just for a few days but permanently.


    Time and again, I’ve simmered, late – well, I’m never actually late because I leave twice as early as any sane person would. Unpunctuality is, to me, one of the  worst forms of discourtesy – due to selfish good-for-nothing toe-rags invading the Busway lanes from which they’re theoretically banned.

    Perhaps the Jakarta SatPol PP  (the civic militia) could be issued with special long clubs and given free rein to bash bus-lane transgressors’ cars.


    The SatPols would have loads of fun and the said transgressors would weary of flouting lane-rules were they to incur serious damage to their vehicles.

    How’s that for a solution?

    Oh, and within the buses, conductors should be ordered to enforce basic manners. Time and again , I’ve witnessed bad parents who allow their spoilt brats to remain seated when adults are standing.

    The pampered little piglets even put their feet up on the seats, so when a grown-up eventually does get to sit down, his or her clothing will be dirtied by whatever might have been on the soles of said brats’ shoes.

    It’s quite shocking to me how many people here with kids really do need parenting skills classes. Had I taken a seat on public transport, as a young lad, when any of my elders were standing, a clip round the ear would not have been long in coming.

    But I sadly suspect that manners, like queuing, are a dying habit back in The Old Country. 


  • ross1948 00:01 on August 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Hands Up, Don’t Shoot? Ugal-Ugalan di Jakarta! 

    Indonesians, and we foreign guests, often use the word ‘gila’ (crazy) to describe motorists and especially motor-bikers and even more especially those unusual men who drive Metro-Minis here in Jakarta.


    • metromini1 metro-minis


    But that little story from the Jakarta Post, just the headline, perhaps gives you a flavour of exactly how insane some of these road-users can be – the shooter, who is still on the run, is allegedly a military officer. 

    Ugal ugalan, BTW, means totally, irredeemably, dementedly reckless!


     Not (yet!) Jakarta

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