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  • ross1948 2:09 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Jokowi, , , top cop Sigit   

    Top Cop Sigit – Good News For Indonesia’s Pluralist Good Name! 


    So President Jokowi has nominated the Criminal Investigation Agency’s General Listyo Sigit Prabowo as the new National Police Chief?

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    Karir Moncer Dan Bekal Jaringan, Modal Komjen Listyo Sigit Rebut Kursi  Kapolri

    General Sigit

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    One could compare him to some of his predecessors and draw mre than a few interesting conclusions…

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    Indonesia’s Top Cop Calls IslamoNazi Gang ‘Very Tolerant!’ 

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    National Police Chief Tito Karnavian

    According to Tito, their activities like that he attended will get rid of the ugly stigma of the FPI as “radical and militant synonymous with violence and intolerance….FPI is an Islamic organization so very tolerant of other religions,” he addedVideo Viral, Tito Karnavian: FPI Ormas Islam yang Sangat Toleran

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    National Police Chief Pradopo, taking coffee with FPI’s sectarian fanatics

    Top Cop Pradopo, Friend of Fanatics, Under Pressure from All Sides

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    …but that’s not my purpose today.

    Thing is, in this 90% Muslim country, Jokowi has picked a Christian, a Catholic, to be precise, and that has caused a lot of comment. 

    What I’d like to look at is an article in Tempo by the Director of the Indonesia Intelligence Institute, Ridlwan Habib.

    He says there are three groups hostile to the appointment, one of which fears his reputation as an honest cop, who would enforce the law strictly and indiscriminately.

    Another is an intolerant group that plays the narrative of SARA. SARA here in Indonesia is an acronym that means playing on the differences between Indonesia’s many ethnic and religious groups to incite discord.

    The third group consists of JI, JAD, and pro-ISIS factions, such as MIT. They justify taking the lives of police because they are considered ‘thaghut..’ “

    https://nasional.tempo.co/read/1423769/wadah-pegawai-kpk-nilai-calon-kapolri-listyo-sigit-prabowo-sosok-reformis

    Thatghut basically means ‘heathen,’ and, to savage scum like the terror gangs mentioned, it’s open season on anyone who’s ‘heathen!’

    Obviously, that third group is a clear and present danger, but I find the second category more noisome. 

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    Why on earth would anyone worry about how a cop worships God?

    It’s firstly nobody’s business but his own, but if, as seems to be the case, he’s a good cop, he deserves the job, be he Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Confucian – those are Indonesia’s recognised creeds.

    I’d say even if a man – or woman – were none of those, if he or she’s qualified, let him or her get on with it.

    To any Islamopohobes who take issue, let me put forward a Canadian hypothesis.

    Suppose you’re asked who you’d prefer a Prime Minister of Canada?

    Two hypothetical choices. 

    One, the current incumbent, Pretty Boy Turdo….

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    ….with his vile record of seeking excuses for dirty terrorist swine like the Boston Marathon Bombers…

    …or Tarek Fateh, the best kind of Canadian!

    A Muslim Voice of Reason .

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    Tarek Fateh

     

    …who also draws his share of SARA, in Ottawa.

    “Arrogant, Mean-Spirited, Petty!” A Good Muslim Dissed By Bigots!

     
    • Mort 2:22 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      This is very interesting and I find myself in full agreement with what you say.

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    • Jim Ex Jakarta 7:11 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Good one, Ross.
      It looks like this man is the right man for the job.

      You even managed to get Pretty Boy into the story!

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  • ross1948 9:07 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: coexist with the virus?, , Jokowi   

    No Way This Dehumanising Existence Is ‘Normal!’ 


    ‘Let’s coexist with COVID-19’: Jokowi calls on residents to adapt to ‘new normal’

    https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/16/lets-coexist-with-covid-19-jokowi-calls-on-residents-to-adapt-to-new-normal.html

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    Seriously, Pak President?

    We, and I mean not just myself and the handful of resident foreigners I keep in touch with, but my valued Indonesian friends, have donned our masks and kept our distance, more or less, as required by the authorities.

    But this is a temporary blip, in a process aimed at quelling the common enemy and the restoration of a life worth living.

    China is Lying, Coronavirus started in Wuhan

     

    Co-Exist with that Chinese Virus?

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    Inure ourselves to an endless series of self-denying ordinances, declining hand-shakes with those closest to us, unwilling to exchange the kiss on the cheek, chaste or warm…

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    …as we always have when we meet?

    If that is a transitory hardship to be endured until the virus is vanquished, so be it.

    The key word has to be ‘transitory!’

    Let’s abhor that term ‘New Normal,’ for it may be new but it’s NOT ‘normal’ and never will be!

    All the people I know are as bored as I am, despite our diversions, like running yardathons, trans-oceanic emailed pub quizzes, yes, and blogging!

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    Boredom begets gloom.

    We need to fight back against the moody blues and instead laugh and joke and remind each other of frivolity and pranks and flirtations!

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    Focus on how much fun our genuinely normal lives were, should be and will be again!

     
    • Santi 9:21 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I want to party!
      We are not born to be isolated.
      It will never be ‘normal’ not to shake hands and hug our friends.

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    • Fitri 11:28 am on May 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It is not normal, you are right.
      Life is not sometimes very nice but it is our human life and not like a robot.

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  • ross1948 8:04 am on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Prabowo Faces Jakarta Post Quadrennial Gibbering! 


    And off we go again, an outstanding display of double-standards by the Jakarta Post, which re-hashed its long-winded explanation from four years ago on why it is anti-Prabowo and pro-Jokowi!

    We are encouraged that one candidate [Jokowi] has displayed a factual record of rejecting faith-based politics. At the same time we are horrified that the other [Prabowo] affiliates himself with hard-line Islamic groups who would tear the secular nature of the country apart…    https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2019/04/09/we-may-ruin-our-incredible-democratic-achievements-since-1999.html

    The Jakarta Post unequivocally deplores religious thugs who forward an intolerant agenda.  

    Oh yeah?

    How often does it get thus HORRIFIED at involvement with such unspeakable people?

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    Has the JP a consistent record of being ‘HORRIFIED’ by people who collaborate with religious thugs who forward an intolerant agenda?

    Regular readers here at RRA will remember the infamous Nazi-style book-burning in Jakarta, sponsored not only by the most backward Islamist fanatics…

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    …but by Indonesia’s largest publishing empire, Gramedia, of which, last I heard, the Jakarta Post is part.

    That was a Hitlerite atrocity against free expression.

    If the Jakarta Post, even so late as this election eve, now condemns its Gramedia overlords, then perhaps they may be forgiven the sin of selective indignation.

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    • Euis 8:40 am on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I remember that day. I never use Gramedia store any more.

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    • Wulan 9:16 am on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      So many media, do how we say, not do how we do.
      Jakarta Posts scared to condemn big boss!

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    • JazPen 11:26 am on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You never miss an opportunity to remind us how bad the Jellyfish Post is.
      Good for you.
      I still try to shop anywhere but Gramedia.

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      • Rawel 3:56 pm on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I never read Jakarta Post because my english very bad.
        Now I know again I do not want ever read Jakarta Post.
        I am not clever girl with big education but I understand what you say.
        Gramedia are big friend with fanatic. No good, same like Jakarta Post.

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    • Triwanto 12:02 pm on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Why do Jakarta Post editors only get horror of pro-fanatics policy when somebody not their boss company is the culprit?
      Everybody in every islands know that Gramedia is guilty of helping fanatic burn books.
      Jakarta Post horror goes quiet!
      Hypocrites.

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    • Jim Ex Jakarta 9:15 am on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Keep trying, Ross.
      You got it right but they are not going to do the right thing.

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  • ross1948 2:00 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Man Called Ahok, , , , Jokowi, ,   

    A Man Called Ahok – Film Bagus, Tetapi… – 


    I got off my idle butt this week and went to the movies. With so many films available on cable tv, and dvds, I don’t go to cinemas nearly as often as once I did.

    But this was different.

     

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    If you want a traditional film review, use the above JP link.

    I went to watch today because I admire the subject of the film tremendously, a very good, very decent, very human and VERY unjustly treated man.

    Most people here know that Ahok was the best City Governor that Jakarta has had in many, many years.

    Some people hated him, ignorant Islamist street scum…

    Jakarta Jew-Haters Boo Chinese Christian Candidate 

    …and high-powered extremist ‘scholars’ wanted desperately to see him brought down…

    Jokowi picks Ma’ruf Amin, key expert witness on Ahok’s blasphemy trial

    http://singchamindonesia.com/jokowi-picks-maruf-amin-key-expert-witness-on-ahoks-blasphemy-trial/

    …one of whom is very likely going to be Indonesia’s next Vice-President, chosen for that position by President Jokowi, who paradoxically had once been very happy to have Ahok as his running mate when Jokowi was running as a gubernatorial candidate in Jakarta.

    Ahok ended up in prison under the benighted ‘blasphemy’ law, an outcome which did dreadful damage to Indonesia’s reputation as a pluralist democracy…

    Slouching Towards Shariah, Indonesia Jails Ahok

    Despite the sickening sight of Islamist fanatics howling for his blood, to the bitter end, it has to be said that Ahok held the loyalty of MANY decent Muslims.

    Their courage can be measured by the intimidation they withstood, some of which was mentioned in a Jakarta Post report….

    During the gubernatorial campaign, some mosques called on Muslims not to hold funeral prayers for deceased Muslims found to have supported Anies’ contender, Basuki Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is Christian of Chinese ethnicity.   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/22/city-to-hand-out-rp-1-6t-to-mass-organizations-religious-institutions.html

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    So while it was a fascinating, well-made film, it was a shame it did not cover the Jakarta chapter of his life, except brief allusions thereto at the very start and very end.

    I suppose an honest account of the events and their denouement might risk the movie-makers facing similar benighted ‘blasphemy’ charges, if they reported on the harmless quip which ignited bigot fury.

    My other criticism involves the English translation of the dialogues, which appeared throughout the movie.

    Surely it would not have cost much to get it done properly.

    Heck, I would have done the job for free, which might have improved the fluency and grammatical quality.

     
    • Jim In Jakarts 3:08 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great, Ross.
      Twice in a week,you are back to telling us what we want to hear from you, about Indonesia today.
      Even if I am no longer in Jakarta, I still take a keen interest and agree with all you say about the dark path i
      Indonesia is going down

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    • Kezia 3:11 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I watched it too!
      Thank you so much for going to watch this film and now writing about it.
      Ahok is a hero.

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    • Santi 3:54 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I will go watch it now. We wish Ahok was still our governor.
      He is the best

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      • Santi 4:19 pm on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I watched it, a very interesting film but same like you it is I think a very great pity we do not see the bad people with the signs saying Burn Ahok and we do not see President Jokowi on the platform with Ahok-haters like Rizeq.
        That was a very bad day I will never forget, again same like you.

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    • JazPen 4:09 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Me and a lot of people I work with here are now setting off to see this film.
      All Ahok fans together!
      If you say it is worth watching, they are all happy to accept your recommend.

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    • Euis 5:07 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We all admire Ahok.
      He was the best governor but he was honest so they hated him.
      It was all about hate.

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    • Wayan 5:43 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I do not live in Jakarta but I will try to see this film because even in Bali it is true that most people think Ahok is a good guy.
      Freedoms of religion matter to Balinese because most of us are minority religions.
      The people who hate him also hate freedom of religion and say they want to kill anyone who wants to leave their religion.
      They are enemies of Pancasila not welcome on our island.
      Ahok will be welcome any time when ever he is free to come here.

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      • Connie Milson 7:29 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Ahok should of course be freed at once and should never be in prison anyway.
        Nothing he ever said or did should have been cause for arrest or trial or prison, but he is not the only one imprisoned in Indonesia for what should never be a crime in any country that says it is a democracy.
        There is a petition circulating demanding the release of another ‘blasphemy’ victim held in an Indonesian prison.
        I will send it to you tomorrow.

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    • Laras 6:37 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I was able to understand the English they added onto the screen but even I myself can see it was not correct English all the time.
      You did a good job teaching me ten years ago, Pak Guru!
      PS yes, very good film.

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    • Tulus 7:16 am on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ahok should be free.

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    • Puji 7:40 am on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The way even funerals used against the people to make them turn against Ahok was wrong and very cruel.
      His enemies belong to other cultures and not Indonesia.
      More like Somalia gang warriors I think.

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    • Emas 2:21 pm on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We saw Ahok film and it make our heart sick at how he is a prisoner for no reason.

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  • ross1948 11:00 am on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , conditional religious liberty, , , , Jokowi, , ,   

    So In West Java, Religious Liberty Is Now Conditional? 


    A few days ago we looked at the victims of sectarian injustice here in Indonesia, not all of them, by any means, but two congregations often covered in our blog, GKI Yasmin and HKBP Filadelfia.

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    Barred by brutal ignoramuses in Bogor and evil savages in Bekasi, two cities in the Province of West Java…

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

    Head-Scarfed Harpies Hurl Dung and Urine at Christians 

    X-Rated Xmas – Foul-Mouths Bully Christians, As ‘Moderate’Mayor Denies They Exist!’ 

    …from their churches, they have worshipped on the street in Jakarta, across the road from the State Palace, in searing heat some days, in bucketing rain on others….

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    The GKI people took their case all the way to the Supreme Court – and won!

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    But President Jokowi hasn’t ordered his police to enforce that judicial decree, so the oppression goes on.

    Incidentally, a seat is always left reserved for the President on that pavement, by Christians who have heard his frequent boasts of Indonesia’s pluralism.

    I have attended the services from time to time but Jokowi has never yet strolled the hundred yards from his palace to recognise their respectful loyalty.

    Now, however, headlines in local media suggest light at the end of the tunnel of the torment.

    Bima Arya And GKI Yasmin Agree to Build a Mosque next to the Church 

    Bima Arya is Mayor of Bogor, touted as a ‘moderate’ when he replaced a rabid Islamist a couple of years ago, and many (me too!) innocently assumed he’d do the decent thing and remedy the injustices.

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    But instead he declined to act, and – as in our linked story above – ‘Moderate’Mayor Denies They Exist!’  – he even stooped to denying the congregation’s existence, despite the fact we could all see them suffer on the street every second Sunday.

    That first Christmas after Bima took over, his local goon-squad –  aka ‘civic militia,’ the SatPol PP –  showed their true colours, as one Christian on the scene reported – “We were pushed, cursed with foul language, and threatened,” he said. http://www.tempo.co/read/news/2014/12/25/214630883/Natal-Jemaat-GKI-Yasmin-Diganggu-Satpol-PP

    Yet suddenly that mean mayor’s agreeing with his goons’ erstwhile victims, and freedom of religion may be restored in his benighted city?

    I’ll believe it when I see it!

    And even were it to come to pass, according to the report this week, it would be CONDITIONAL liberty  –


    http://nusantara.rmol.co/read/2017/12/25/319646/Bima-Arya-Dan-GKI-Yasmin-Setuju-Bangun-Masjid-Bersebelahan-Gereja-

    –  the congregation’s clear constitutional right to use their own church only tolerated if a mosque is constructed next door.

    What a mockery!

    As to HKBP, no news at all.

    But that’s what I have long expected from Bekasi, a place infamous for its intolerance.

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    Bekasi intellectuals articulate deep philosophical objections to religious liberty

    What Vexes Most – Sectarian Bullies, Jakarta Post or Bekasi Cops?

    Cops Stop West Java Worship, Appease Islamist Louts 

    Bekasi’s Islamist Regime – ‘We Won’t Allow Religious Liberty If Bigot Thugs Object!’ 

    West Java Police v Pastor – Death-Threat Victim Charged with ‘Assault’ on Islamist! 

    Bekasi Bigots V Religious Liberty, Again! 

    Christians Abused by Islamist Mob, Cops Fail to Enforce the Law 

    Islamists Lower Than Snakes’ Bellies – ‘Bury Your Own Dead If You Approve a Church!’ 

     
    • Kezia 2:15 pm on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am back to work again, Ross and I see you are still on holidays but still blogging.
      Busy but happy I think you are happy only when you are busy!
      It is very awful to be in Bekasi if you are in a minority religion. Bogor too,, with so many mosques so why need to build another beside the church.
      I better not to say what I think about that Mayor there..,

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  • ross1948 6:56 am on September 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Amien Rais, banning order, , Jokowi,   

    PKI Ban – A Good Precedent For HTI? 


    I see President Jokowi is talking about a remake of the famous film “Pengkhiatan G30S/PKI” about the attempted seizure of power by the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, in 1965.

    http://jakartaglobe.id/news/jokowi-wants-remake-controversial-suharto-era-movie/

    I have written about that episode before, more than once…

    …and rejoiced at the defeat of those foul reds, as do most Indonesians.

    Most people here recognise that communists everywhere are totalitarian hypocrites, waxing loud and eloquent about workers’ rights, then eager to stomp workers’  – and everyone else’s – rights, as soon as they get their hands on the levers of power.

    But I note that some has-beens, notably Amien Rais, here are ‘suspicious’ of the President’s motives.https://news.detik.com/berita/d-3653119/jokowi-ingin-film-g30spki-dibuat-gaya-milenial-amien-rais-curiga

    Rais, an Islamist fanatic from way back…

    When Laskar Jihad’s parent body Forum Kommunikasi Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah called a mass rally of Muslims at Jakarta’s Senayan Stadium in April 2000, the attendees included Amien Rais, leader of the Partai Amanat Nasional (National Mandate Party)  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-161013.html.

    If you don’t know what Laskar Jihad was, read our post-

    Ex Laskar Jihad Murder-Gang ‘Commander’ – “We Must Love War!” 

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     …seems to want to link the existing ban on the PKI with Jokowi’s putative ban on the califascist gang called Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia.

    It’s not clear what the old Islamist thinks about HTI, but if Jokowi has in mind drawing a parallel between the two organisations, the President’s certainly got a point.

    Like the Reds, the Hizbut hate-group is supranationalist, putting the idea of allegiance to a global caliphate above what should be every decent person’s first loyalty, to one’s own country.

    They also detest democracy, quite openly, as in this demo placard…

    Charlie Hebdo proves how rotten democracy is.

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    …so a ban seems entirely rational and consistent with the principle established when the PKI was banned.

    However, Jokowi has said he just wants the good old anti-communist movie revamped to suit younger viewers who might not otherwise relate to it.

    Fair enough.

    As long as the message, that communism is irredeemably evil, gets across, that’s what counts.

    More on this before the anniversary, 30th September, of the failed Red kudeta.

     
  • ross1948 12:39 am on August 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Islamist cleric, , , Jokowi, ,   

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


    In December 2010, Aman was sentenced to nine years in prison for funding a militant training camp in Aceh, a case which involved dozens of militants.

    http://jakartaglobe.id/news/recidivist-convict-named-suspect-2016-sarinah-attack/

    OKAY?

    Got your junior high arithmetical skills assembled?

    Read on!

    In February 2005, he was sentenced to seven years in prison following explosions at his home in Depok, West Java. He was reportedly assembling bombs.

    NINE PLUS SEVEN= WHAT?

    I make it sixteen, so if he was jailed in 2005, he should have got out…FOUR YEARS from now?  Even if we skip the first 2005 sentence, if he got nine years in 2010, he ought still to be sitting in a cell somewhere, till 2019.

    Did I get my sums right?

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    Now we read of the third case against Aman Abdurrahman, who was released last Thursday after receiving remission to his nine-year jail term at a prison on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java…

    National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul told the media this week that “he stands accused of inciting the Thamrin attack and of being a conduit for funding it.”

    We must now await the trial and the next sentence, if he’s found guilty.

    But there are surely questions to be asked about why this sectarian fanatic was given remission.  Did he do anything to earn it? Did he give police useful info? Did he even express remorse, or repentance?

    Maybe?

    No, none of the above.

    According to an earlier report in the JG, this ‘Islamist cleric’  ( yeah, ‘cleric!’) received a sentence remission on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of Indonesia’s independence. 

    So to celebrate freedom, you unleash a bitter foe of every freedom people value?

    C’mon!

    This example does make me think, though, that if the death penalty…

    ….exalted by President Jokowi for drugs-related offences, were imposed for all terror-related crimes, this kind of question would not need to be asked.

     
    • Edward Lamont 5:36 pm on August 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t complain Ross.
      Brussels won’t let us execute terrorists here.
      Even if they did, Theresa May hasn’t enough gumption to restore capital punishment.

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  • ross1948 9:06 am on May 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Gerakan Referendum Minahasa, , Jokowi, Minahasa, , Permesta, , ,   

    Indonesia’s Morning After – What’s MinahExit Mean? 


    A sudden flurry of reports about something we have frankly never heard of before, the Gerakan Referendum Minahasa.

    That’s the Minahasa Referendum  Movement.

    And Minahasa refers to the ethnic group, largely Christian by faith, and good soldiers by tradition, who live in North Sulawesi.

    That’s also where the admirable protest took place against the arrival of an Islamist fanatic not long ago.

    Manado Mayhem! Jakarta Post Flouts Its Own ‘Bold’ Motto? 

    But it wasn’t till very recently that this GMR movement hit the headlines.

    Again, it’s important to note the coincidence of its appearance with the shocking imprisonment of the Christian Governor of Jakarta on bizarre ‘blasphemy’ charges.

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    No coincidence at all, really, because the driving force behind bringing Ahok to trial was an Islamist fanatic cabal, IslamoNazi FPI leaders in cahoots with the self-styled ‘scholars’ of the MUI.

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    Indonesian Press Day,’ 9th Feb – Fake News? If Only! 

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    Ahok behind bars symbolises the growing power of intolerance – if you can’t utter a quote from the Koran in public without risking draconian punishment, how many Christians, or Hindus, or Buddhists, can be expected to feel at ease in a society which thus degrades pluralism.

    The thing people overseas need to remember is that while Indonesia may be the largest Muslim majority country in the world, it’s also home to significant minorities of non-Muslims.

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    Bali, for example, is a Hindu island, while large Christian communities flourish in Ambon, North Sulawesi,Kalimatan (Borneo) and Sumatra ,where there are tough Bataks and a large Chinese ethnic minority in Medan. There’s also the Catholic island of Flores.

    And even in Jakarta, up to 10% of the capital’s population may be Christian, Buddhist or other religions.

    Sensible Indonesian leaders have always understood this and so religious tolerance was always not simply a moral focus but a recognition of how to keep the country together. That common-sense approach existed from the start, through Sukarno’s personality cult regime and Suharto’s dictatorship.

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    Now, however, fanatics have become a major influence in Indonesian politics. We have seen examples aplenty in recent years, outrageous intolerance against Buddhists…

    Tanjung Balai’s Burning Temples – A History of Bigotry! 

    …Hindus… Bali Hindu King – Don’t Kill Our Cows! Muslim ‘Scholars’ – Get Lost!!  …

    ….and of course Christians. Oppressed Christians In The Street Heat, In Pluralist Indonesia 

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    Under President SBY a ferocious discriminatory diktat was issued, the anti-Ahmadiyah Tri-Ministerial Decree, and despite President Jokowi’s talk of pluralism, persecuted Christians in Bogor, Bekasi, etc have had no justice.

    X-Rated Xmas – Foul-Mouths Bully Christians, As ‘Moderate’Mayor Denies They Exist!’ 

    The imprisonment of Ahok for ‘blasphemy’ has confirmed for many people, not just religious minorities but decent Muslims, true Indonesian conservatives who cling to the traditional tolerance referred to above, that one day, in the not too distant future, they could rise from their beds to the waking nightmare of an Islamic Republic.

    If that were to happen, then separatism could, would, be a serious threat.

    Again, please note, Indonesia does not, like the UK, afford separatists all normal rights and privileges.

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    SNP separatist leader Nicola Sturgeon

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    If some local equivalent of that ghastly Scots shrew Sturgeon started shrilling for ‘independence’ for any province or island, she’d be charged with treason, and if convicted, she’d have some real problems to whine about.

    In June 2007 in Ambon, these RMS political prisoners danced the Cakalele and raised the RMS flag in front of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono…

    RMS Political Prisoners Reunite With Families After 7-Year Wait

    Hardly surprising therefore that the local cops in Sulawesi were vigorously denying any sign of separatism, despite news photos clearly depicting referendum banners.

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    Hasil gambar untuk spanduk gerakan referendum minahasa

    http://news.metrotvnews.com/daerah/Rb1OZJ2K-kapolda-tak-ada-referendum-negara-minahasa

    http://www.tribunnews.com/regional/2017/05/15/jangan-biarkan-sulut-terpecah-belah-lmp-sulut-tolak-isu-referendum-minahasa

    But this ‘separatism,’ if separatism it is, is the inevitable consequence of Islamist intolerance. When decent folk of any religion see blood-thirsty fanatics treated as respectable notables by leading politicians, they recoil in disgust.

    But when that disgust is compounded by the realisation that their fundamnetal right to worship as they please is therefore under  threat, and when their form of worship corresponds to their local cultural heritage…?

    What else can the Government expect?

    I am no supporter of separatism. How the people of Indonesia arrange their affairs is up to them, and from 1945 they have generally been quite gifted in working out ways to live together.

    But I do hope, as somebody who has lived here happily for the best part of twenty years and has watched ever more sadly the rise of Islamist intolerance, that somebody in the corridors of power in Jakarta can, even at this eleventh hour, reverse the process of jihadist Arabisation.

    Viva Pancasila!

     

     
  • ross1948 12:27 am on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Jokowi,   

    Where’s ‘High Priest’ Rizieq? Pornography Case On Hold? 


    We have recently had to feature Habib Rizieq, acclaimed as ‘High Priest’ of the IslamoNazi FPI 9 self-styled “Islam Defenders’ Front”) quite often…

    ….

    FPI demo in Jakarta

    …..

    ….due to his blood-curdling demand that Jakarta Governor Ahok, currently imprisoned for – believe it or not, in this 21st Century! – ‘blasphemy,’ (yes, seriously!) be processed for execution.

    “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/

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    Rizieq, far left, happily sharing the stage with President Jokowi at an anti-Ahok rally

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    Rizieq, with his rabid hero, Ba’asyir, who’s currently doing time for terror-links

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    Now we see he’s back in the headlines again.

    As a witness, Rizieq has twice evaded a police questioning for a pornography case allegedly involving him and a treason suspect, Firza Husein. 

    The police first summoned Rizieq, Firza, Rizieq’s wife and a friend of Firza’s as witnesses on April 25. However, none of them showed up…the police summoned Rizieq again on May 8 for questioning scheduled on May 10.

    Oh dear!

    So what do the Police have to say?

    Argo confirmed that Rizieq was still abroad, but refused to inform reporters about the latter’s exact whereabouts.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/05/12/police-to-detain-rizieq-for-evading-questioning-of-alleged-pornography-case.html

    REFUSED?

    Why won’t the cops reveal this mysterious absence?

    What’s the big secret?

    Where is he? 

     
    • Hoka 9:36 am on May 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Priest and porno?
      We want more information not less!

      Like

  • ross1948 9:17 pm on April 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Jokowi, , multi-faith meeting, , , U S Embassy   

    Mike Pence’s (Somewhat Limited?) ‘Multi-Faith’ Experience! 


    Most of the media mentioned how America’s VP Mike Pence happily joined in a ‘multi-faith’ gathering in Jakarta, after visiting the huge Istiqlal mosque.

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    Hasil gambar untuk multifaith meeting jakarta pence

    Mike in the Mosque

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    The actual ‘faiths’ included in the ‘multi-faith’ meet-up don’t seem to be identified, at least in the media I’ve looked at.

    But I am led to wonder if Mr. Pence had a chance to talk to representatives of one particular faith, the peaceful and inoffensive Ahmadiyah.

    They have been subjected to systematic discrimination, not only by dastardly Islamist bigot brutes…

    ===========================

    …but also by local governments around the country…

    ahmadiyah2-e1285119271327

    In Squalid Internal Exile, Lombok Ahmadis Denied Voting Rights 

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    …AND by the Tri-Ministerial Decree… – .  http://www.hrw.org/news/2010/11/04/indonesia-uphold-religious-freedom  …a notorious diktat issued by the Government of Indonesia under the previous President, SBY.

    Many of us expected, hoped at least, that when President Jokowi took over, he would annul the intolerant edict.

    He hasn’t.

    Did Mr. Pence’s Ambassador bring him up to speed with the persecution of these good citizens that began some years ago, reached a nadir at Cikeusik, when that mob of savages martyred three Ahmadis – nobody ever charged with murder – and continues today.

    Jakarta This Week – Blameless Minority Creed Hounded Again! 

    If Donald Trump’s V-P was properly informed on this shameful saga, one hopes he raised the issue at the ‘multi-faith’ meeting.

    If Mike Pence was unaware, it’s time to fire a few embassy flunkeys.

     

     

     
    • JazPen 10:48 pm on April 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Good, Ross,
      Its maybe late in the day but you are back to your good old form of defending Indonesia’s good people.
      I think deep down you know its too late but it still needs to be said.

      Like

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