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  • ross1948 12:07 on August 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Kompas Gramedia, Kompas TV, , ,   

    Kompas TV Talk-Show Exalts PKI Collabo Pramoedya! 

    To please my guest yesterday, I tuned into Kompas TV for the news in Indonesian, catching up on local activities, and left that channel on, once my guest was gone.

    About 3pm, there began a talk show about a film being made about one of the works of a villainous old leftist, infamous here among those acquainted with the PKI, the Communist Party of Indonesia, for his shameless collaboration with that evil movement.



    Pramoedya was the king-pin of LEKRA, a typical red front gang, and we can only wonder at Kompas TV for its failure to include any critics of a man who can at best be described as a fellow-traveller.


    There were tons of photos of the old red brute smiling genially. There were also a variety of people taking part, none of them familiar to me, except One, who I believe to be a well-known film producer.

    Nobody was there to denounce him as he was denounced 25 years ago.

    Tempo, issue May 16-22, 2006 – an extract which explains why some 25 “prominent literary figures and cultural observers” put their distinguished names to a formal submission to the Magsaysay Award Committee in 1995, protesting at that body’s decision to give Pramoedya an award.



    Their reasons were simply stated, viz his unethical role during one of the darkest periods for creativity during the Guided Democracy era, when he led the persecution of artists and literary figures who disagreed with him.

     (this protest is air-brushed out of most Western references nowadays, though a brief mention is to be found in an otherwise slavishly pro-Pram article in the Economist  http://www.economist.com/node/168819 )


    As a veteran anti-communist, I have written about this subject often enough…

    ….so will not go on and on about the PKI…


    Don't burn booksa 1965 demo by the totalitarian hypocrites of the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, in the heart of Jakarta.


    …nor about Gramedia…


    ….nor about the Jakarta Post…

    Jakarta Post Against Book-Burning – If The Books Are Leftist? 

    Jakarta Post – Never Miss a Chance to Re-Hab Reds! 

    …..all of which are commercially linked.

    I only wish to remind readers, that, while some people here get excessively worked up about the unlikely event of a Communist revival….

    Inconsistent Agitation? Woe To Jakarta Commuters! 

    …other people seem determined to rehabilitate reds who don’t deserve rehabilitation.

    PS I read one of Pramoedya’s books once and it was a depressing experience!



    • Jim Ex Jakarta 15:02 on August 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s always been bad, since we used to call the Jakarta Post the Havana Post.
      There is a kind of clique that deep down is still a bit broken up about the PKI not taking power.

      It’s not just an Indonesian thing. We have the same in our country, ‘intellectuals’ who think they are smarter than the rest of us.


    • Kezia 15:17 on August 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I do not understand why any Indonesian would want to exalt a mean supporter of the communists like this Pramoedya.
      We have many problems but we are not trampled under the boots of communist police like Hong Kong is.
      Good point you make about the religious extremism. They use communism just as a stick to beat President Jokowi unfairly.
      Even so, we better never to forget the crimes of the PKI and their friends like Pramoedya.
      PS I also try once to read a Pramodeya book, but I was not able to finish reading, so boring and depressing.


    • Lukas 17:06 on August 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He was not a good man. Kompas should know better.


    • Arjuna 19:55 on August 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      PKI very dangerous to Indonesia and Pramoedya did help them.


  • ross1948 10:10 on December 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Kompas Gramedia, , Trump border defence 'dehumanising',   

    Jakarta Post Trumpophobes? Give ‘Em Mirrors For Xmas! 

    Dehumanization still prevails, as evident, for example, in United States President Donald Trump’s warning about using violence to keep immigrants from the country’s poor neighbors at bay…   https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2018/12/22/a-silenced-night.html





    Skip the telling omission of the key adjective ‘ILLEGAL’ that should always be lodged securely in front of the word ‘immigrants’ in discussion of the Honduras Horde.



    Elaborately Planned” Caravan Brings Human Traffickers & Violent Gangbangers to Guatemala                                                 https://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2018/10/elaborately-planned-caravan-brings-human-traffickers-violent-gangbangers-to-guatemala/

    Skip the omission of the fact that even Mexican citizens on that border have demanded that those crimmigrants be sent back to where they belong.

    Migrant caravan: Mexico deports group that stormed US border

    There’s nothing at all ‘dehumanising‘ about any head of state taking responsible steps to defend his country’s sovereign frontiers.

    America has more than enough undesirable aliens without importing more.


    I’m sure the American Ambassador in Jakarta will have been advised of this insulting JP rant and one hopes he will compose a corrective letter to whichever of that coy clique, the ‘editorial board’ of the Jakarta Post, he can put a name to.

    It’s VERY telling that whoever wrote their offensive tripe felt it prudent not to sign it, preferring to hide behind the anonymity of the ‘board.’

    What it tells us is that the Jakarta Post’s ruling clique is no more courageous today than it was when it held its collective tongue on its pay-masters’…

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    …the business empire, Kompas Gramedia, of which the JP is part  –

    …collusion with sectarian zealot book-burning, an outrageous Nazi-style assault on freedom of expression.


    Any newspaper purporting to be concerned with ‘dehumanisation’ would have erupted in editorial thunder when that took place.

    But not a peep of condemnation from the Jakarta Post ‘editorial board!’

    Whether their sickening silence was because they approved of the bigots who aped the followers of Adolf Hitler…


    German Nazi book-burning, 1930s


    …or because they cowered from upsetting the collaborators in the parent company, who knows?

    But it certainly disqualifies that sad section of the Indonesian media from pontificating on what is ‘dehumanising.’




    Perhaps somebody should run down to the shops tomorrow and buy a bunch of mirrors, so that every member of the JP board can make good use of them on Christmas morning.

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    Or else use the above JP link to their ‘editorial’ and ask the anonymous clique, via the comment column, why their ‘Christmas Message’ includes not only a rant against Trump, but a one-side witter about ‘Palestine’ – with no mention of Hamas terrorism?.





    • Jim in Jakarta 13:00 on December 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ross, we all know and have known for years that the Jakarta Post crawls if the Islamist fanatics come calling.
      I remember another time the jihadists were demanding censorship,something about the ISIS flag, and the management had them in for coffee.
      Of course the JP hates Trump and cheers on the illegals.
      But I bet none of that board have invited any of those Rohingya that landed up in Aceh to come stay in their expensive apartments or houses.


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