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  • ross1948 06:27 on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ahamdiyah, , Governor West Nusa Tenggara Province, Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, JFCC, Lombok, Muhammad Zainul Majdi,   

    Who’s ‘Moderate?’ Ask Jakarta Foreign Correspondents! 

    I had an email last week, from the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, advertising one of their frequent meetings at which prominent Indonesians are invited to speak.

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    Unfortunately, they often chop and change their times and dates, which makes one rather reluctant to attend.

    This time, today, it’s Muhammad Zainul Majdi, Governor of West Nusa Tenggara Province, and I was fascinated by the JFCC’s laudatory description of His Excellency.


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    • The Governor
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    Also known as Tuan Guru Bajang, or TGB, he not only has a strong economic track record and reputation as a progressive governor of West Nusa Tenggara, but is also a highly respected Muslim scholar and proponent of moderate Islam. 


    I can’t comment on his ‘economic track record,’ but TGB’s ‘moderate Islam?’ Are the senders of that JFCC email unaware of his views on the persecuted Ahmadiyah?

    Those Muslim dissenters have suffered monstrous maltreatment in recent years, in various provinces, like Banten, which is only a few miles from where I live in Jakarta…

    Victim of Islamist Murder Mob Gets Six Months in the Slammer 

    …but also in Zainul’s own territory.


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    Savage bigots in Lombok destroy Ahmadi homes -100 cops just watched – and that wasn’t this month, it was YEARS ago.  
    In Squalid Internal Exile, Lombok Ahmadis Denied Voting Rights 

    And while the scandalous bigotry pictured above was indeed years ago, only this month, moronic savages again ran amok in Lombok

    Ahmadi community comes under attack in East Lombok, as homes and properties destroyed

    “The attacks were based on similar reasons: hatred and intolerance,” said a spokesperson for the Ahmadiyah Indonesia Congregation.
    “It’s not the first and definitely won’t be the last attack. It’s been years and the Ahmadi community continues to live under threats…” 

    So what do we know of TGB’s thoughts on this dire situation?  Have they become less intolerant than when he indulged in the following outburst?

    Zainul Majdi says that he did not see why the Ahmadiyah should be part of the island’s plans to follow in the footsteps of neighboring Bali, a noted tourist hotspot.

    Ahmadis, Zainul said, would be better off moving out of the province entirely or agreeing to a proposal to relocate to a remote island in West Nusa Tenggara. The governor said the sect…did not fit into his drive to ramp up Lombok’s tourist appeal.   


    Instead of blaming the foul bigots harassing the peaceful and inoffensive Ahmadis, Zainul went on to claim it was the victims’ own fault –

    ‘It was only after they formed their own community, maintaining their exclusivity and proselytizing their faith did friction with surrounding areas occur.”

    Why on earth should they not proselytise?

    Do not Zainul and many other Muslims believe they have a duty to spread their faith?

    Does Zainul not think others should enjoy the same right?



    It’s true the man has criticised the vigilante gangs, and he does not endorse violence, but he is surely, on the evidence of his own words, no ‘moderate’ on matters of religious liberty UNLESS he has had a dramatic change of heart!

    But perhaps the ‘foreign correspondents’ who sent out that email did not know of his blatant victim-blaming.

    Or, who knows, they have evidence that he has repented…


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    ….and apologised for his erstwhile intolerance.

    Nobody would be happier than me to hear their proof that he’s a reformed character!

    If that’s not the case, if he still sticks by his previous appalling assertions, and the JFCC are ignorant of those assertions, then they’re doing a shockingly sloppy job and should be replaced by journalists who know what they’re talking about.


    My initial remarks about how JFCC chops and changes their meeting schedule?

    YUP, they’ve done it again.

    When I got home last night, another email was waiting for me, to say today’s meeting has been changed to tomorrow.

    • Jim in Jakarta 13:49 on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      He is not moderate.
      What are these journalists talking about?
      What newspapers do they represent?
      Who Are they feeding this junk news to?


    • JazPen 15:32 on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      If those quotes you give us about that governor are true then the JFCC should be thinking hard about what stories their ‘foreign correspondents’ are sending out.
      The media has got itself a bad enough reputation around the world already with all the fake news.


    • Subiyanto 18:22 on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very bad.
      Who are these foreigner media people ?
      Better they go home and study before they talk ignorantly about our Indonesia.
      Why can any person call this TGB moderate when he would force peaceful people from their homes because they worship in a different way.
      Maybe JFCC like it if Ahmadiya people are forced to become refugee people?
      Very very bad.


      • Desi M 17:16 on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Pak Subiyanto. We agree.
        It is so wrong what is done to the Ahmadis and this Governor should be shamed of himself.
        JFCC also should be shamed for calling this Governor moderate.
        So many people here know the Ahmadi people never hurt anybody but JFCC sing praise for the man who want to be mean to them.


    • Vanessa Reilly 22:48 on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      If that kind of bigotry, not much different from ethnic cleansing, is what the ‘mainstream media’ representatives in Jakarta interpret as the views of a ‘moderate Muslim,’ I hate to think how their newspapers and tv channels must be misleading us about what is happening there and in other countries.
      Talk about fake news!
      I know you always stick up for the Muslims you socialise with.
      Your loyalty to them is all well and good but don’t you ever feel uneasy as you go out and about in that country?


    • Buddy Logan 01:39 on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I remember the last time I read about a foreign correspondent in Jakarta, it was that ABC mongrel who spread the lies about the Royal Australian Navy ‘torturing’ illegal immigrants.
      So this lot, that you wrote about this week, not much different?
      Fake news pushers?


      • Uncle Oz 16:01 on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Well said, Buddy.
        Whose going to forget that little sh-t, that ABC never did fire like they should have.
        Your story about the Muslim moderate has a lot of people talking, Ross, and they are not saying anything nice about foreign correspondents.


        • ross1948 08:29 on August 2, 2018 Permalink

          Thanks, Uncle Oz. I know you are not in Jakarta but I am replying to you, this morning, to let all readers know that this event has been postponed again. I had another email today to say it will now be held on Friday, tomorrow,at 9am in the Mandarin Oriental.
          The reasons for the change is that the Governor is naturally prioritising the earthquake in Lombok over lesser matters.


      • Sammy Y. 17:45 on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        It intrigues me, Ross, why they sent you this plug for the anti-Ahmadiyah governor. You have for years been banging on in defence of that religious minority. I dont mean that harshly, they are shockingly ill-treated but you are very outspoken in defending them.
        Also, I am honestly asking, are these JFCC people real foreign correspondents?
        Uninformed comments like they made to show off their guest as more ’moderate’ than he really is makes me wonder if its just a group of Walter Mitty types.
        I can imagine some expats like to pretend they are 21st century versions of the journalist Mel Gibson played in Year of Living Dangerously. I lived in Jakarta for years and I know it has an effect on expats.


        • ross1948 18:26 on August 1, 2018 Permalink

          I was at a function a couple of years ago where they had a stall and I think that’s when I got on their mailing list, Sammy.
          Some of their advertised speakers have sounded interesting but as said already, they too often change their dates or times and I enjoy a hectic social life which does not allow for such a carry-on.
          I have no idea who or how many are their members.
          So far there has been no excuse offered on why they portrayed this man as a moderate.
          We can only speculate. .


  • ross1948 07:26 on August 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    In Jakarta, Persecuted Ahmadis Seek Justice! 

    Good to see that, despite President Jokowi’s inaction on repealing the vindictive and discriminatory Tri-Ministerial Decree, which was issued during his predecessor’s term of office…



    …that mean-spirited diktat’s victims, the peaceful and inoffensive Ahmadiyah minority creed, are not giving up.

    They’re taking their fight for religious liberty to the Constitutional Court!


    Constitutional Court, Jakarta


    And they’ve included in their legal submission this rather fine paragraph.

    “If the government assumes a certain denomination can comment, even determine the fate of other denominations in the same religion, does this mean the government can also ensure which domination is received by God Almighty…


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    …and gets a special door into His heaven?   


    That’s tellin’ ’em!

    It’s always been a matter of puzzlement to me how come the so-called Islamic ‘scholars’ here, the state-funded MUI…



    • ….are so lacking in confidence in their version of religious dogma that they cower from debate  with Ahmadis…



    ….and instead go whining to the state to shut dissent down.


    The Ahmadi plaintiffs have submitted a list of specific maltreatment occasions to bolster their case…Gambar terkait

    …and although readers overseas may be totally unfamiliar with the places mentioned, it seems a good idea to append that list, so you can see how these decent people’s religious liberty has been affronted.


     1. Sealing Al Furqon Mosque, Kersamaju, conducted by Satpol PP on March 31, 2015.



    NB –

    The Satpol PP are the civic militia, controlled by local governments throughout Indonesia


    2. Sealing Al Hidayah Mosque, Depok conducted by a group of people on March 19, 2011. It was repeated in February 2017 conducted by the Head of Satpol PP Pemkot Depok.



    3. The burning and sealing of Masjid Al Furqon, Parakansalak, Sukabumi by the masses on April 28, 2008. After that Satpol PP Sukabumi sealed the mosque on July 26, 2016.



    4. Damage to Al Kautsar Mosque, Kendal, Central Java in May 2016.

    5. Prohibition of the use of the mosque An Nashr, Pekanbaru on October 12, 2010. The ban was in line with the letter of Mayor of Pekanbaru to Ahmadiyah congregation to stop their activities.

    6. Damage to Cipeuyeum Mosque on March 13, 2011.

    7. Termination of mosque construction in Kunto Darussalam pasda April 2017.

    8. Scattering Al Misbah Mosque, New Jatibening, Bekasi on 14 November 2011.

    9. The burning of the Cisalada Mosque on October 1, 2010 by a group of people.


    Ahmadi Koran, burned in a major sectarian arson attack in Cisalada


    10. Sealing Baitul Rahim Mosque, Singaparna on 12 April 2012 night.

    11. Rejection of the issuance of e-ID card 1,400 people of Manislor Village, Kuningan in 2012.

    12. Rejection of the registration of marriage certificate at Tanjungpinang Religious Court on April 16, 2015.

    13. The destruction of Masjid Mahmud, Singaparna on April 15, 2010 noon

    14. Damage to mosques and houses of Ahmadiyah members in Ciaruteun, Bogor on March 11, 2011. A total of 7 families of Ahmadiyah refugees.

    15. Case of expulsion and destruction of houses of members of Ahmadiyah Lombok, NTB.


    Anti-Ahmadi sectarian arson in Lombok


    If you want more info on some of these cases, you can use our Search box, entering Lombok, Cisalada, or just Ahmadiyah and see the extent of the evil perpetrated against them.

    I wish them the best of luck in their fight against oppression!

    1. Penyegelan Masjid Al Furqon, Kersamaju, yang dilakukan oleh Satpol PP pada 31 Maret 2015.

    2. Penyegelan Masjid Al Hidayah, Depok yang dilakukan oleh sekelompok orang pada 19 Maret 2011. Hal itu berulang pada Februari 2017 yang dilakukan oleh Kepala Satpol PP Pemkot Depok.

    3. Pembakaran dan penyegelaan Masjid Al Furqon, Parakansalak, Sukabumi oleh massa pada 28 April 2008. Setelah itu Satpol PP Sukabumi menyegel masjid itu pada 26 Juli 2016.

    4. Perusakan Masjid Al Kautsar, Kendal, Jawa Tengah pada Mei 2016.

    5. Pelarangan penggunaan masjid An Nashr, Pekanbaru pada 12 Oktober 2010. Larangan itu seiring surat Wali Kota Pekanbaru ke jemaah Ahmadiyah untuk menghentikan kegiatan mereka.

    6. Perusakan Masjid Cipeuyeum pada 13 Maret 2011.

    7. Penghentian pembangunan masjid di Kunto Darussalam pasda April 2017.

    8. Penggembokan Masjid Al Misbah, Jatibening Baru, Bekasi pada 14 November 2011.

    9. Pembakaran Masjid Cisalada pada 1 Oktober 2010 oleh sekelompok orang.

    10. Penyegelan masjid Baitul Rahim, Singaparna pada 12 April 2012 malam.

    11. Penolakan penerbitan e-KTP 1.400 orang Desa Manislor, Kuningan pada 2012.

    12. Penolakan pencatatan akta nikah di Pengadilan Agama Tanjungpinang pada 16 April 2015.

    13. Perusakan Masjid Mahmud, Singaparna pada 15 April 2010 siang

    14. Perusakan Masjid dan rumah anggota Ahmadiyah di Ciaruteun, Bogor pada 11 Maret 2011. Sebanyak 7 KK warga Ahmadiyah mengungsi.

    15. Kasus pengusiran dan perusakan rumah anggota Ahmadiyah Lombok, NTB.



    • JazPen 20:01 on August 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I knew you hadnt forgotten the Ahmadis but you use to write about them all the time.
      Its good to see you have still got their back.


  • ross1948 20:31 on November 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Solidarity With REAL Refugees – Some Musings From Jakarta! 

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo reaffirmed on Saturday that Indonesia`s constitution honors and guarantees the values of diversity and pluralism.



    “Our constitutional system honors and guarantees diversity and pluralism and it is our task to preserve these,” he said before thousands of people at a prayer event.  http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/11/12/055819793/Pluralism-Guaranteed-by-Constitution-says-Jokowi


    The Ahmadi religious minority here are blameless, but have long been subjected to violent assault, arson and even murder, three of them martyred by evil sectarians, in Cikeusik five years ago.


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    Scenes from Cikeusik

    Victim of Islamist Murder Mob Gets Six Months in the Slammer 

    Only last month an Ahmadi leader, Mirajuddin Sahid, has reminded us, speaking in Jogjakarta, that “up to the present time the government has not been serious about protecting Ahmadis.”

    The Jakarta Post quotes him as saying that the ‘worst’ example of religious persecution was the fate of the 119 Ahmadi families in West Nusa Tenggara who years ago had been evicted from their homes.  


    These completely inoffensive Ahmadis have been treated abominably.

    Unlike many so-called ‘refugees’ in Europe, these people are genuine. And what’s most shocking of all is that they are ‘refugees’ IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY! 

    Readers who have followed the story will recall they were driven out of their island home after ferocious attacks by Islamist brutes….


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    Savages – or, as UK’s Amber Rudd might say – ‘unaccompanied minors’  – in Lombok destroy Ahmadi homes -100 cops just watched


    …mob rule unhindered by about one hundred police who could easily have subdued the rabble but declined to do so.

    The victims ended up in a shelter in Mataram, the Wisma Transito building –


    In Squalid Internal Exile, Lombok Ahmadis Denied Voting Rights 


    And they’re still there!

    Take a look at those children in the photo – and please note, unlike the strapping men of military age being sneaked into Britain by Rudd’s rogue Home Office flunkeys, those kids in Mataram ARE, (or at least were, when the pic was taken) ACTUALLY kids – the picture was taken at least five years ago. They WILL be adults soon, a lot of them – some of them must be already!

    Their parents were denied basic rights, even, as in our previous post, above, the right to vote. Have those young folks fared any better since that poignant picture was taken?

    What a way to treat people, adults or children, simply because of how they worship God Almighty.

    Brits please note, the evil that pursues them now reaches all the way to the UK!


    The Ahmadi leader, Mirajuddin Sahid, rightly condemns this situation.

    “They have been staying there for the last 10 years and the government still does nothing about it!”

    Where are the hundred thousand marchers protesting in Jakarta’s streets about this outrageous situation? 

    Those Islamist fanatics aimed to bend the Indonesian justice system to their will, and today Jakarta’s Christian Governor has been named a suspect for ‘blasphemy’ by the police.

    We haven’t forgotten how the ‘blasphemy’ law has been used by Islamist bigots elsewhere in Indonesia to persecute dissenters. Think of Tajul Muluk, the harmless Shia cleric, convicted for practising his own faith in East Java.


    tajulTajul, one of Indonesia’s prisoners of conscience https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/indonesia-shariah-fanatics-howl-for-blood/

    Which century is Indonesia living in, the 21st…




    …or the 12th?

    • What is the Indonesian justice system doing for the Ahmadi refugees?


    Ahmadiyah burned Koran in Cisalada

    Ahmadi Koran burned by Islamists in Cisalada, 2011


    • Oh, and I see Fadli Zon was quick to describe the police decision to name Ahok a ‘blasphemy’ suspect as a ‘relief.’

    To whom?

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    Fadli Zon, with a friend he found in the USA


    We covered Fadli’s declaration of ‘open house’ at the Indonesian Parliament buildings a week or so ago. The Deputy Speaker was eager to offer accommodation to Islamist extremists who’d come into Jakarta for the fanatic demo which ended in shocking violence that awful Friday night.

    Will Fadli Open ‘The People’s House” To Jakarta’s Homeless? 

    We asked if he would be equally hospitable to people who genuinely need somewhere to sleep, like Jakarta’s homeless.

    I didn’t expect a response, nor did I get one.

    But now I am reminded of an even more pressing case that ought to stir Fadli’s charitable instincts, namely, those Ahmadi refugees.

    Fadli Zon justified his offer to let intolerant extremists sleep over in the House of Representatives by saying it’s the ‘house of the people.’

    The Ahmadi refugees in Transito are just as much the people as those jihadists. They are undoubtedly better citizens, who believe in the pluralism of which President Jokowi has been boasting. 

    Will Fadli summon them  to Jakarta, to find more comfortable lodgings than the miserable shelter they’ve endured for years and years?

    PS Don’t hold yer breath!

  • ross1948 19:58 on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Blasphemous Savages Wreck A Mosque in Java 

    Once again the peaceful and utterly inoffensive Ahmadis have been the target of pig-ignorant blasphemous brutes.

    “All was destroyed, the walls of the recital room knocked down, and the roof,” said Ecep, the Ahmadi imam.


    Ahmadiyah burned Koran in Cisalada

    Koran burned by Islamists in Cisakada, 2011



    In an unholy echo of a previous attack five years ago, in Cisalada, West Java, when a Koran was burned, even the holy books in the mosque were vandalised.

    A swarm of savages caused Rp.200 million worth of damage to their mosque in Kendal, Central Java, the cowardly swine launching their onslaught in the wee hours when nobody was around to bear witness.

    Typical of sectarian fanatics here, who do not respect houses of worship of any creed, even their own!.Jakarta Mosque Mayhem – IslamoNazi Louts Silence Moderate! 

     To their great credit, the local youth wing of the mainstream Muhammadiyah movement condemned the outrage in unequivocal terms.


    Dahnil,of Pemuda Muhammadiyah


    Their chairman, Dahnil Azhar, called on the police to  investigate the attack thoroughly so that the culprits are prosecuted.   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/24/muhammadiyah-youth-condemn-attack-on-ahmadi-mosque.html

    “I do not share the same beliefs as the Ahmadis, but I believe that they have the same rights as other citizens of Indonesia.”


    But although the reports quote senior cops saying they’ll do right by the victims, many previous cases don’t make some of us overly optimistic.


    • alubis
    • The FPI’s Sobri Lubis who shrilled ‘Kill, kill,kill!’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7RLCXNdKF4  –

    No arrest was made when the IslamoNazi, Lubis, was recorded inciting murder against Ahmadis, the infamous ‘Kill, kill, kill’ video.

    The Cikeusik Pogrom in Banten Province, near Jakarta, was carried out under the gaze of armed officers, who never fired a shot to quell the blood-thirsty hoodlums involved in that atrocity, when three innocent Ahmadis were martyred by a mob.


    Islamist pig revels in sectarian slaughter at Cikeusik
    – Watch it on video..


    ahmadis transito 
    Bigot louts in Lombok destroy Ahmadi homes -100 cops just watched               In Squalid Internal Exile, Lombok Ahmadis Denied Voting Rights 

    Again, in Lombok, Islamist savages enforced ‘ethnic cleansing’ of an entire Ahmadi community, a hundred well-armed officers standing idly by. 

    But the root of the problem surely lies deeper than the constabulary’s inertia.

    Despite loudly proclaiming his commitment to pluralism, President Jokowi has done nothing to revoke the iniquitous Tri-Ministerial Decree, which formalises anti-Ahmadiyah discrimination.




    To be fair, he has also declined to uphold religious liberty for the Christians in Bogor.

    The Yasmin Protestant congregation won a huge victory at the Supreme Court against jihadist bigots who closed their church, but the ruling remains unenforced, though Jokowi could order the cops to move in tomorrow, if he wished.

    What’s been done to Ahmadis in particular is monstrous.

    At least the Protestants get to vote and send their kids to school, and qualify for what little welfare exists here. Check my search engine, over there to the right – so many wretched examples of oppression. 

    Very sad, the plight of the persecuted in Indonesia.

    I write about it so often. I get weary of doing so, but it’s a dreary duty that may not be shirked. 




    • JazPen 22:23 on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Back to vintage Ross! I like it!
      Like Ive said it before but there are a lot of blogs and other media attacking the illegals in Europe and Australia but we dont have anyone in Indonesia, I mean English-language, who really gives the bad people merry hell like you do. .
      The Jakarta Post talks the pluralist talk but as you at least once a month tell us, they are just Gramedia men and Gramedia works hand in hand with the MUI for bookburning and such, so who trusts anything they say.
      Oh. I see I have made a much longer comment than I usually do but thats because I want to persuade you to produce more blogposts like this.
      With Ramadan coming up then I think you will have lots of raw material to work with.


    • Prita 10:41 on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Iya, they must be punished for doing this that shames Central Java.


    • Irafan 13:23 on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It is terrible crime.


  • ross1948 00:45 on March 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Sectarian Intolerance Rules in Subang, West Java! 

    Sad to record another step taken to drag Indonesia down, this time by the bigots who run Subang, West Java, who have issued a local diktat banning the peaceful Ahmadiyah minority creed…





    Has anyone told these intolerant Islamists in Subang that we are already quite far into the 21st Century?

    Aaaah, but West Java isn’t!

    Just check out that benighted province’s name in our search box, the Bekasi regent’s jihadist oppression of minorities, the Depok theft of the Ahmadis’ place of worship https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/depok-jadi-kota-pki-islamist-council-grabs-private-property-communist-style/, the provincial governor’s loathesome hope that the Ahmadis might just ‘disappear.’





    We expect no more, no less, when reading about West Java.

    And I fear the Subang Ahmadiyah leader, Yendra’s, appeal to Jakarta, to protect his congregation’s civil and religious liberties, will prove futile.


    • freedom-of-religion
    • ————–
    • Yendra asked the central government to intervene to address the ban. In addition Yendra asked the Chief of the Indonesian Police, Badrodin Haiti, to ensure Ahmadiyah in Subang do not suffer intimidation and interference…

    When a mob of Islamist savages took to anti-Ahmadi ethnic cleansing in Lombok, a hundred cowardly cops stood by and watched.

    In Squalid Internal Exile, Lombok Ahmadis Denied Voting Rights 

    When three Ahmadis were martyred at Cikeusik, in Banten Province, next door to West Java, brutally bludgeoned to death by another mob of rabid swine….


    • ahmadiyah2
    • Sectarian swine at Cikeusik, revelling in hate  – nobody has EVER been charged with murder, despite a fullvideo http://www.liveleak.com/view
    • =====================

    ….the police again fired not a single shot to disperse the filthy brutes.

    And President Jokowi has not lifted a finger to annul the Tri-Ministerial Decree that formalised blatant discrimination against these inoffensive, respectable citizens. 

  • ross1948 10:56 on January 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    As I Take Down My Tree, A NICE Jogja Story! 

    It was time to take the Christmas tree down for another year, a task that always saddens me, so now there’s a need to cheer myself up.

    • agreenerchristmastree
    • We usually tend to focus on horrible news, probably because so much news is horrible. Today, however, I present a story from Jogjakarta, here in Indonesia, which concerns a seemingly insignificant event that took place less than a week ago.

    I only came across it because every so often I put ‘Ahmadiyah’ into the search engines to see what pops up. Usually it’s a sad story, the Ahmadis here (and in various other countries) being the victims of indefensible discrimination –

    Hurrah for Ahok – Jakarta Governor Speaks Up for Religious Liberty! 

    And that report is by no means the worst we’ve had to cover over the past few years.


     – We will soon be observing the fifth anniversary of that Cikeusik Pogrom.

    Victim of Islamist Murder Mob Gets Six Months in the Slammer 


    What motivates me to champion these Muslim dissenters is, I guess, the fact that they are so TOTALLY harmless.

    They are good citizens, patriotic -.https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/persecuted-patriots-lomboks-ahmadis-fly-the-flag/ – and honest people who do their best to get along with their neighbours of different beliefs and nothing about their creed can possibly be construed as offensive. 




    The current President of Indonesia, Jokowi, talks the pluralist talk of tolerance, but has so far done nothing to scrap the blatantly discriminatory Tri-Ministerial Decree, enacted against Ahmadis in response to bone-head bigot clamour. http://www.hrw.org/news/2010/11/04/indonesia-uphold-religious-freedom 

    So do Ahmadis take up arms and fight back against persecution? No, they don’t, because they are peaceful, public-spirited folkInstead they show  immense civic pride and decency, not just here…

    royal_wedding_ahmadiyya …but abroad!


    So today, an  extract from the newspaper Radar Jogja.

    In another section, the Ahmadiyya youth organised a ‘mutual help clean-up of garbage in the Malioboro area…the Clean The City Movement 2016, starting at 5.am.

    Malioboro is the most famous street there, named for a British military hero, and any tourist who visits the city is bound to walk along it.


    It is crowded with vendors of souvenirs, clothes, foods, artefacts, etc. Inevitably it gets littered badly.

    Especially after big holidays.

    We deliberately chose to hold this waste clean-up after the celebration of the turn of the year,” said Chairman of the Ahmadiyya Yogyakarta. Saifudin Mutaqi.

    Reading on, we find thathis activity was initiated by Humanity First Indonesia in cooperation with the Council of Khudamul Ahmadiyah Indonesia, and first held in 2015, when it involved cleaning the Jakarta Monas monument area.

    • monas4 Monas now
    • =========
    • That area too is covered in rubbish after New Year, but it hasn’t always been a scene of joyful celebration.
    • ==================
    • FPI_1_Juni victim monas Monas 2004
    • ——————-

    In 2004, a pack of pig-ignorant IslamoNazis ran amok, savaging defenceless people who were staging a pro-tolerance demo.

    But enough history…

    This month in Jogja…


    jogja-map Jogjakarta


    • “The initiator of this event a year ago was Humanity First Indonesia, and this year this activity was adopted by the Assembly Khudamul Ahmadiyah Indonesia (MKAI) after coordination with Humanity First,” said Risky, the field coordinator.
    • ————————-
    • Sampah Berserakan, Taman Terinjak-injak
    • ———————
    • Risky said the Clean The City activities aimed to arouse public awareness of cleanliness and hygiene concern as a form of belief in an Islam that is beautiful and clean.  
    • “Hopefully, this movement can inspire a lot of people and we will make regular program of national movement at the beginning of the New Year.”   http://www.radarjogja.co.id/blog/2016/01/02/sampah-berserakan-taman-terinjak-injak/

    Now if it were Ahmadis who made the headlines here as the public face of Islam, rather than the nasty benighted brutes of the IslamoNazi FPI or the democracy-hating fanatics of Hizbut Tahrir, Indonesia’s President Jokowi could stand tall and truly promote his country as the exemplar of pluralist tolerance in the Muslim World.

    Instead, that evil decree remains un-repealed and Ahmadis are still denied basic civil and religious liberty.

    FPI in West Java – ‘Let’s Burn Out the Orphans!’ 


    There’s another sort of clean-up needed badly. 

  • ross1948 10:09 on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    “Our Prayers Disturbed His!” Pluralism in Jokowi’s Jakarta? 

    We used to publish lots of reports on the vindictive sectarian persecution of the Ahmadiyah minority here in Indonesia.

    Recently, we have had fewer cases to report, not, alas, because there is less oppression but because the harassment, violence and general intimidation by thugs has more or less succeeded in preventing the Ahmadis from openly exercising their right to worship freely.

    • jokowi
    • ——–
    • I had hoped that after President Jokowi won his election last year, that brazenly discriminatory Tri-Ministerial Diktat would have been quashed and that police would have been ordered to ensure that all citizens were guaranteed their constitutional liberties.

    But clearly not – this past weekend the Jakarta Post covered a shameful incident that occurred in Jakarta’s Tebet district, a senior cop allegedly on the scene while a gang of hoodlums threatened worshippers and vandalised a mosque.

    Aaah, but actually, it’s not a mosque, says Tebet Police chief Comr. I Ketut Sudarma, who claims he was at the location from the very beginning when the incident took place. http://wwv.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/13/ahmadiyah-blocked-friday-prayers.html

    • Indonesian_National_Police_General's_Visor_Hat
    • Sudarma’s assertion seems to be refuted by the JP report, which describes the place unambiguously as the  An Nur Mosque in Bukit Duri Tanjakan, Tebet, South Jakarta – so it would have been useful if the JP reporter had clarified this point.

    It would also have helped if  this top cop had been confronted over what he did when Islamist hoodlums  kicked down the gates, assaulted a would-be worshipper and threatened that they would not hesitate to use violence if the Ahmadis remained defiant.

    Rule of law? Not in Tebet, it appears, even if the Police Chief is present – all Sudarma did, we read, was try to mediate between the two parties. 

    Mediate? Again, the JP tells us that the violent vigilantes included IslamoNazis from the FPI, whose record of cowardly thuggery is known to all.

    Mediation between gangsters and their victims?

    There’s a sad photo of the scene, a solitary Ahmadi kneeling at prayer on the street, while a knot of men looks on, one lout so proud of his righteous role that he’s put on a scarf to hide his face. Gutless swine!

    And I’m glad I didn’t post this yesterday, as intended, because there’s updating to be done. This time from the Jakarta Globe. 

    … the FPI members threatened to return on Sunday.http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/jokowi-touts-tolerance-ahmadis-come-threat/  They were duly back as promised, and harangued the Ahmadis. The police, who said they would post officers outside the house, were nowhere to be seen.

    Is this the sort of thing over which Jokowi – who in the same JG report is quoted  as saying,  just last Friday, that  “Ours is an Islam that is polite, full of courtesy and tolerance,”- is pleased to preside?

    Still, it could be worse. Elsewhere in recent years…

    Lombok’s Ahmadis were driven from their village by a rabid rabble, police present but inert.  


    ahmadis transito sectarian savages amok in Lombok


    Those victims remain refugees in their own country. 

    In Squalid Internal Exile, Lombok Ahmadis Denied Voting Rights 

    transito_camp_mataram Lombok’s Ahmadi refugees


    In Depok, West Java, one Ahmadi mosque was stolen by the local regime, Communist-style..’  https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/depok-jadi-kota-pki-islamist-council-grabs-private-property-communist-style/


    Ahmadiyah burned Koran in Cisalada Cisalada, West Java – the bigots burned not only the mosque, but the Ahmadis’ Koran as well


    Another, in Cisalada, was burned to the ground. . https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/west-java-islamists-again-attack-ahmadis-blame-foreign-journos/

    And in Banten Province, of course, on February 6th, 2011, three Ahmadis were brutally martyred by an Islamist mob –




    – again, while police looked on.


    The JP quotes a Tebet victim on the justification of Friday’s outrage offered by one evil bigot – the Ahmadis’ prayers disturbed his praying activities..


    devil destroyed

    The question arises – to whom do their persecutors pray?



  • ross1948 14:54 on April 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Prohibition Indonesia – Bali Exempt…Sort Of! 

    Had to get out and about last night to survey the expat reaction to the embryonic ‘creeping shariah’ diktat we’ve already covered here.



    Also to preempt the decree, by sinking as much vin rouge as possible – hence my delayed home-coming (fell asleep on the busway and ended up in Pluit) and my very late emergence today. 

    Not hard to gauge opinion – it was the first thing just about EVERYBODY at the party spoke about. My fellow-attendees included Brits, Canadians, Germans, French and Australians – there was a mood of restrained alarm, many a finger crossed that sanity might yet prevail.

    Some drew consolation from the fact that even government ministers must soon grasp that any such nationwide ban on booze would devastate Bali’s tourist trade.


    • australia_bondi_beach_1010_girls_01 That’s Bondi beach, not Bali’s – but a nice photo, yeah?
    • —————–
    • And sure enough, a small grain of sense has percolated through. However, the ‘exemption’ of the Isle of the Gods is not as sensible as the Jakarta Post headline might lead us to hope.

    Instead of leaving well enough alone, the ‘exemption’ ensures that minimarkets, food stalls, street vendors and beachside vendors will no longer be allowed to sell beer or other beverages with an alcohol content of between 1 and 5 percent. Thirsty tourists will thus no longer be able to walk out of their hotels or flop-houses and buy a beer two yards  from the door. That’s how densely populated Kuta and Legian, at least, are, in terms of mini-marts.

    Instead, a cumbersome network of local government meddling is to be imposed. In Kuta, for example, six customary villages would establish village-owned enterprises to manage the hundreds of beachside beer vendors…

    Wayan Swarsa, chairman of the customary village council (MADP) is planning to establish an enterprise for Kuta, Legian, Tuban, Kerobokan and Kedonganan.

    Kuta Square Bali Kuta Square

    No disrespect to Pak Wayan, but what benefits accrue from local councils running a business already running perfectly well in the hands of free enterprise?  The more state bureaucracies get involved – and I’m not singling out Bali here; it’s a nationwide problem – then the greater the risk of corruption.

    Of course by making these arrangements for Bali, the Government is displaying a clear disregard for all those other areas in the archipelago which aspire to attract tourists.

    borobudur-main-entrance Borobudur, Jogja

    Jogjakarta, with its magnificent architectural heritage, Lombok, Flores, not to mention Jakarta itself, are eager to bring tourists and their money to boost local economies.

    President Jokowi was Jakarta’s Governor, for pity’s sake, and knows this to be true.

    Meanwhile, back at the party, one Canadian demurred from the chorus of condemnation, reminding us that Ontario too has archaic, backward regulation of alcohol.


    Very true!

    But it is nothing like the nightmare vision the Indonesian Government offers us, not just the kind of priggish restrictions residents of Stratford, Kitchener and Mississauga must deal with, but a ban on the very act of pouring a beer down your throat on a tropical Sunday arvo.


  • ross1948 21:08 on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Religious Liberty! Lukman Lights a Candle of Hope! 



    Well, Hell’s Teeth!

    I have long hoped for this news, but to read it, at last, makes this rainy evening seem bright.

    The Religious Affairs Minister, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, comes from an Islamist party, the very same one, PPP, which spawned his predecessor, the oleaginous intolerant, Suryadharma Ali.


    main-lukman-hakim4 Lukman…

    … NOT at all like Ali . Ali1


    But since Ali had to step down in a swirl of corruption allegations, Lukman has shown he’s a man of a very different sort. A good bloke, as I called him last Sunday, he’s now promised a new bill of rights for all faiths, even those which under President SBY were horribly persecuted…


    Lukman said the new bill would target the closures and attacks on churches and Shiite and Ahmadiyah mosques…


    The current law is a green light to sectarian bigots.


    One of the requirements stipulated in the joint decree is for applicants to get the signed approval for their house of worship from the heads of 60 neighboring households of a different faith.


    The difficulties experienced in getting these should not be simplistically ascribed to hatred or prejudice – in Bekasi, some years ago, it was learned that some vindictive clerics had told local Muslims to toe the line or they’d be denied funeral services for their kin!  



    masjid-ahmadiyah-depok These Ahmadis were prevented from further prayers in their Depok, West Java, mosque by a simple step – the local authorities expropriated the whole building! Just like Communists, these sectarians!


    In Muslim majority Indonesia, Christian, Shiite and Ahmadi applicants have almost invariably failed to get the required number, while a few cases have been reported in parts of eastern Indonesia, which has a large Christian population, of Muslims not being allowed to build mosques.

    And excellent news too that the package should include measures to help Shiite and Ahmadi communities being driven from their homes by mobs of Sunni Muslims — often with the support of the local police.

    • Ahmadiyah burned Koran in Cisalada Koran burning – by Sunni savages in Cisalada, West Java (they also burned the Ahmadis’ mosque and homes)
    • That’s the very issue I posted on earlier this evening, referring to the Lombok Ahmadis, but the Shia in Sampang suffered just as much.

    But for all Lukman’ goodwill, he’s still showing a trace of unreality when he goes on to say his ministry would also work with local Islamic clerics — who are often instrumental in inciting hostilities against minority groups — to get them to embrace religious tolerance.

    The JG journo is spot on with her comments on who’s usually to blame for intolerance and hostility. Indeed, many of the posts we’ve published on Islamist intolerance around Indonesia have had cause to mention the local chapters of the MUI.




    That’s the Council of self-styled ‘Scholars,’ who manifest intensely bigoted sentiments, sometimes verging on hysteria –

    Islamist ‘Scholars’ – “Don’t Complain if You’re Attacked!” 

    Twisted Java ‘Moderate’ Brackets Peaceful Minorities With Evil ISIS! 

    Islamist ‘Scholars’ – “Atheists Get Out of Indonesia!” 

    With Friends Like This Islamist ‘Moderate,’ Tolerance Needs Enemies? 

    ‘Moderate’ Muslim Leader To Journos- “Beware Counter-Islam!” 

    The ‘Moderate’ View – Reporting Sectarian Violence to UN is ‘White-Collar Crime!


    -and those strange men of the State-funded MUI are all too often working hand-in-glove with local cops.

    Time to cut the subsidies, Pak Lukman?

  • ross1948 18:44 on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    That’s Good, President Jokowi – Now For Transito? 

    One of the things I always liked about Jokowi, when he was Governor of Jakarta, was how he’d not pussyfoot around when people needed help and bureaucrats were being their slothful selves.

    Idle Slugs Caught Out Again? Go, Jokowi, Go! 

    • jokowi-twitter



    So it’s nice to note he’s doing the same sort of thing with regard to the people in North Sumatra, who have waited a year for re-location after the Mount Sinabung volcano’s eruption. 

    “I have just called the minister. I told her to solve the permit problem in two days,” he told reporters after visiting a number of evacuation centers in Kabanjahe, Karo.

    Great stuff. And cream on the cake to read on and see that the President handed to each family aid in the form of Rp 500,000 in cash, plus a package of staple foods.  The evacuees would also receive Smart Cards, family welfare cards and Healthy Indonesia cards.




    “In two weeks the three cards will be delivered to all the evacuees. If any of them do not receive one, please text me,” said Jokowi while sharing his cell phone number with the evacuees. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/30/jokowi-wants-relocation-evacuees-accelerated.html

    Well, you can’t say fairer than that.


    transito_camp_mataram Transito refugees


    Now, how about the people in that crummy shelter in Mataram, who have languished there for what, seven years?

    I refer to the Lombok Ahmadis, refugees in their own country, thanks to evil sectarian hoodlums who drove them from their little houses on an island off Lombok, while cowardly ( or complicit?) cops looked on and let it happen. 

    Top Cop’s Shocker On Persecuted Ahmadis. 


    ahmaid burning lombok Lombok ethnic cleansing, watched over by the police


    Can we expect to see the President down there next week?

    Will he hand out needful things, and tell those craven cops to provide the Ahmadis with an escort home, with orders to subdue any primitives who menace these innocents?

    Will there be further orders to mount permanent guard, to prevent a repetition of the outrage which shamed Indonesia across the world?

    We wait patiently for justice to be done. 


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