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  • ross1948 23:27 on December 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    So Has Indonesia Come To This? Paradise Lost? 

    Nearer twenty than ten years in Indonesia, and today, for the first time ever, I began to wonder if my long-cherished plans to spend the rest of my life here might be at risk of derailment.

    • I was watching, from time to time, the so-called Peace Action, the demonstration that brought all the most fanatical Islamists in the archipelago together, to seek the severest possible punishment for Jakarta Governor Ahok…




    … who had the temerity to mention a Koranic verse in one of his re-election campaign speeches, in terms which got the jihadist elements all hot and bothered.

    Suddenly I was taken aback,

    There was President Jokowi, with other senior members of his government ON THE STAGE, with Indonesia’s most infamous bigots.


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    • He was almost side by side with Habib Rizieq, of the FPI white-shirts, the  self-styled ‘Islam Defenders Front,’ a notorious sectarian gang. Just a couple of weeks ago, Rizieq was ranting that Ahok deserved the death penalty !

    Only Jokowi’s Security Minister, Wiranto, stood between them. Nobody looked at all uncomfortable or abashed at this proximity. Rizieq looked delighted.

    And there’s more. 

    At a public rally at the National Monument, hundreds of thousands of member of the mob held Friday prayers in the rain. Before the prayer, Habib Rizieq Shihab become their preachers and delivered a sermon.


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    • ————–
    • Rizieq’s sermon was heard by all participants, and even President Joko Widodo also listened to the preaching of the high priest of the Islamic Defenders Front.

    As the number one in the Islamic Defenders Front, he said, the Koran is the holy book – there was no ambiguity in it.

    “Do not make fun of the Koran. Whosoever mocks the Quran, then he is an apostate,” he said.

    Jokowi, while listening to a Tizieq’s sermon…along with Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Wiranto.

    Based on the observation of Jawapos.com, Jokowi also several times bowed like a person fervently listening…while Police Chief Tito Karnavian was on the stage along with Rizieq.

    http://www.jawapos.com/read/2016/12/02/68210/lihat-nih-jokowi-sangat-khusyuk-dengarkan-khotbah-habib -rizieq

    So is there nobody left in the political and security establishment here who might feel a pang of conscience about being part and parcel of a hate-rally organised to put down ‘apostates?’

    When I was sitting there, listening to the President’s repeated intonations of Allahu Akbar, I found my thoughts straying…


    ….to wonder about what it might be like living in some other tropical climate… 

    • Max G 00:37 on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ouch. You have shocked me, Ross. I like Indonesia but I know you love the country.
      Jokowi will live to regret this day. His decision to attend that demo makes me wonder too.
      I dont think many of that crowd voted for him or will vote for him if he stands again.
      Neither will a lot of Indonesians I know who expected him to stand up for religious freedom and are now so disapointed.


    • Santi 12:31 on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      No Ross, do not go from Indonesia.
      I know what is happening is not good with the President at the fanatic demo but so many of Indonesians feel same like you and maybe we can make it good again.
      I am talking to all my friends who like to read you and we all say STAY.


    • JazPen 13:58 on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You like it here too much Ross so you wont be going anytime soon.
      I agree it was depressing to watch what happened at Monas but you shouldnt be surprised at Jokowi. He hasn’t done much for the Yasmin Christians or the Ahmadis and he wont’ You must realise that by now.
      I think you were just a bit down when you wrote that last night.
      Its the rainy season. Once the sun comes out, youll feel better.


  • ross1948 18:19 on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Deja Vu in Jakarta – More Protests But Many Mosques Still Blaring! 

    I was relaxing beside a pool on Thursday afternoon and picked up a Jakarta Post that was within easy reach of where I was lounging slothfully, only almost to discard it within a twinkling of an eye..

    True, that’s a not unreasonable response to what has been called the Havana Post…An Unspeakable Woman – And An Unspeakable Newspaper!  …and its wearisome pretensions to pluralism, given its failure to condemn its collaborationist owners…

    burning books

    Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 


    But on that occasion, last Thursday, I honestly thought it was just a very out-of-date copy that had been resurrected from an old cupboard.

    Why? Because of the headline.

    Kalla urges mosques to tone it down http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/03/11/police-bust-south-jakarta-teenage-prostitution-ring.html

    I read it carefully, a longish yarn about Vice-President Jusuf Kalla urging inconsiderate ‘clerics’ who run cacaphonous mosques in Jakarta to give it a rest.

    I live close enough to several mosques and the volume can be loud sometimes, but I’m used to it. Other people I know, for example a friend who lives on Jalan Rasuna Said, downtown, tell me it’s unbearable in their vicinity.


    Jusuf Kalla


    But when I got home from the evening’s partying, I checked out old posts on this blog, and sure enough!

    Deja vu!

    Mr.Kalla appeared in one of my posts back in 2012! About exactly the same problem!

    Mosques Above The Law! ‘Too Sensitive’ to Enforce Noise Control! And Criticism? – ‘An Outrage!’ 

    The sheer Islamist arrogance expressed  back then, by the parliamentary spokesman for the fanatic PKS party, has to be read to be believed.

    To be fair, decent Muslims abound here, and we also quoted one of those, a mosque care-taker named Badhruddin Noor, who keeps the noise down out of common civility..

    Badruddin also cited religious tolerance as a reason behind their policy. 
    “Half of the population in this neighborhood is non-Muslim so we have to respect them too.”  

    If we fast-forward to last year, too, we find Mr. Kalla quoted again, on the same subject.

    Generous Jakarta Mosques – Free ‘Wee Small Hours’ Alarm Calls! 

    Clearly asking arrogant bigots to pipe down is a waste of time. But in fact there’s no need to. Jakarta, at least, has apparently had, for years, regulations about noise nuisance, as noted in our previous posts.

     Jakarta administration spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia said “There are some local ordinances regarding public order, including one passed in 2007. However, adzan is not regarded as a public disturbance given the sensitivity of the issue. Some people might be annoyed by it but most of us, who live in a predominantly Muslim country, still need it,” he said.

    Not regarded as a public nuisance? By whom? Need it? As I observed then…

    Why is it sensitive to expect mosques to respect the feelings of non-Muslims?

    Slapping fines on the anti-socials should surely be possible, and would, I suspect, get the job done. Just keep fining them, then if they don’t pay the fines, have them arrested for non-payment.

    As I remarked in one of those previous posts – 

    If I’m getting home pre-dawn, after a good night out, I don’t come along the street singing ‘The Wild Side of Life’ (usually!) or raucously rattle my garden gate (unless I’ve dropped my keys in my unsteady attempts to open it!)

    What’s sauce for the drunken reveller should be sauce for the triumphalist sectarian.

    How long must people suffer until something is done? Go back even to 2011 and we see the same problem, the same protests, from the same people.

    Turn It Down! Ex VP Urges Volume Control for Noisy Indonesian Mosques 

    But this, as we know, is Jakarta.

  • ross1948 09:51 on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Generous Jakarta Mosques – Free ‘Wee Small Hours’ Alarm Calls! 

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    for some of us, mornings are not meant to be noisy…


    “Some ulemas say it’s okay to use loudspeakers to amplify sermons, thinking it as a syiar [spreading religious values]. However, we think that waking up neighbors for sahur at 2 a.m., for example, can instead annoy people, including those who conduct solemn prayers at home,” Al-Ihsan Mosque caretaker Badruddin Noor, 48, said.

    Hurray for Badruddin.

    Though it’s hardly rocket science to realise that being woken in the wee small hours is extremely annoying.

     If I’m getting home pre-dawn, after a good night out, I don’t come along the street singing ‘The Wild Side of Life’ (usually!) or raucously rattle my garden gate (unless I’ve dropped my keys in my unsteady attempts to open it!)

    I’m a considerate chap!



    Considerate of those who do not share my life-style, and there’s no excuse for anyone not to be, especially since just about everyone in Jakarta is smart enough to set their mobile phone alarm (and EVERYONE has mobile phones here!) 

    But Mr. B is clearly a decent fellow, devoid of the nastiness that ear-marks some scholastic sectarians in this town.  Many Islamic Scholars Are ‘Former Prisoners and Thugs!’ Gosh! If WE said that… 

    Badruddin also cited religious tolerance as a reason behind their policy. 
    “Half of the population in this neighborhood is non-Muslim so we have to respect them too.”   


    The report tells us that Vice-President Jusuf Kalla is a driving force behind this progressive attitude. He’s very much a committed Muslim but recently criticized the overuse of mosque loudspeakers during Ramadhan, saying that Muslims should also respect those who need to rest at night.

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    Good for JK.

    But we also read that a lot of ignoramuses among the so-called ‘scholar’ (ulema) community have been ignoring the call to behave like civilised citizens. Though here in the Indonesian capital, they’re not quite as awful as in unspeakable Aceh –

    Aceh – Muslim Seeks Quieter Mosques, Bullied Into Silence, after ‘Death Threats!’ 

    The thing is, there are noise-control laws. But many officials are too craven to enforce them against backward anti-socials who call themselves ‘scholars.’    https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/mosques-above-the-law-too-sensitive-to-enforce-noise-control-and-criticism-an-outrage/

    All that’s required is a crack-down.

    Issue a Noise Abatement Notice to transgressors and check for compliance, then close those places that still engage in nocturnal cacaphony.

    There are SO many mosques in Jakarta that no would-be worshipper will be unable to find a place to pray.-

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