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  • ross1948 12:45 on November 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jokowi v Islamist intolerance, posters FPI,   

    Good Job Well Done! Yet Jakarta NGO Nags Find Fault? 

    While Indonesians who abhor sectarian fanaticism presumably see nothing wrong with the removal of those unsightly banners and posters displaying FPI boss Rizieq’s all too familiar features…



    …which had been hung all over Jakarta prior to his return from Saudi Arabia…


    The Fanatic Returns! Indonesian “Scholar” Offers Warm Welcome!


    …I suppose it’s almost inevitable that the leftist Jakarta Post would find some liberal ‘intellectual ‘ to whine about the clean-up.

    Disclosure – please note…

    Trumpophobic Jakarta Post? Time To Pull The Plug! 

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

    …I have no time for the Jakarta Post!

    Read on…

    There may be some citizens with no strong views about ‘the Jakarta Military Command’s decision to take down banners depicting firebrand cleric and Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab….’

    ….but I would hazard a guess and say the population of the Big Durian is divided, into the fanatic’s fans, who are numerous enough….



    …and who, as often, are most unhappy, and the rest, who welcome what the security forces have done.

    The banners were reportedly erected without permission, after all. And the general who had his troops help out says that when they’re taken down, the FPI put them back up.

    Hence the need for extra effort.


     ‘ With the People, the TNI is Strong!’


    As one parliamentarian Bobby Adhityo Rizaldi says –  

    ‘…so far TNI soldiers have been involved in the success of various activities. Starting from handling Covid-19, natural disasters, and others. Thus, it is not unusual for the TNI to participate in cleaning up Rizieq Syihab’s attributes in the public space…’

    And in the same newspaper, it’s not just in the capital – similar joint action has been taken in Bekasi, next door to Jakarta, in West Java.


    But in the JP last week, we read that the removal has ‘raised questions’  on the TNI’s involvement.

    Among whom?

    Nobody I know.

    But there’s a ‘researcher’ with the Institute for Security and Strategic Studies, Khairul Fahmi by name, who’s all worked up!

    He claims ‘the military should avoid actions that may be considered aggressive!’


    Were they grabbing members of the sectarian gangs? Roughing them up…


    …the way the FPI rough up people who upset them?

    No, the example which Fahmi offers is ‘taking down the FPI banners.’

    “The military should not be as aggressive as it was this past week….[taking down banners] intimidates residents and implies that the country will break apart and be in chaos because of the provocative actions of the few.”



    I have lived here more than 20 years and Fahmi, as an Indonesian, probably longer. He’s educated and not stupid, so he knows the FPI’s record of intimidatory behaviour.

    the few…?


    Decent airport-bound travellers, forced to go on foot, carrying their bags      

    Alarming – For All Of Us Who Love Indonesia! 

    Was it not a mob of 10,000 fanatics that caused chaos on the airport road, creating havoc and misery for decent travellers? 

    However, Fahmi’s not alone in his vexation.

    Democracy activist group Imparsial deputy director Gufron Mabruri voiced a similar sentiment, questioning the urgency of the TNI’s involvement in removing FPI banners at several locations across Jakarta. 

    I have noticed Imparsial before, over the years, and sometimes they are on the side of sense…Top Cop Pradopo, Friend of Fanatics, Under Pressure from All Sides …but sometimes….UK’s Jakarta Rep Frantic to Save Terrorist Skins -A Neo-Colonialist Par Excellence! ….not so much!

    I try to be fair, but this time?

    Sorry, Pak Gufron!

    These ‘NGO’ guys are in a tizzy about the military backing up police and militia. I get that. It should not, in normal circumstances, be necessary,

    But when President Jokowi is facing defiant, lawless mobs like that which caused chaos at the international airport, or that which delighted in prayers for his and ex-President Megawati’s death during their ululations…

    Jakarta Fanatic’s “Death-Prayers” Condemned! 

    ..it’s simply wearisome to read niggling, nagging criticism of men ( and women) in their country’s uniform showing whose side ( the good guys!) they are on.  https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/11/21/removal-of-rizieq-banners-by-tni-sparks-questions-over-military-role-in-civilian-realm.html.

    • Jim Ex Jakarta 16:12 on November 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I remember going once to a book launch, cant remember which book. You were there.
      There was also a group of what I would call ‘old hippies’ who hung about together. It sounded like they had all gone to Western universities and picked up the lefty ideas and jargon.
      That was around ten years ago.
      It’s probably a lot worse now, and when the new crop comes back from California or New York, they have even crazier ideas.
      You wrote about one a while ago, a Jakarta Post guy.
      I wonder if he and Fahmi hang out together.



  • ross1948 22:08 on November 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jakarta streets, , posters FPI, ,   

    Sexy Or Sectarian? Which Would Jakarta Commuters Prefer? 

    In Jakarta, these recent weeks, those of us, and there are many, who use public transport…



    C’mon, use the buses, avoid traffic jams!’


    …have had to pass along streets on which altogether too many large posters are hung, featuring the easily recognisable face of Indonesia’s most notorious fanatic….


    The Fanatic Returns! Indonesian “Scholar” Offers Warm Welcome!

    …the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, the FPI, Rizieq Syihab.

    I’ve never seen anyone actually putting them up, so it must have been a furtive operation, at dead of night.

    There are rules about posters.

    After elections here in Indonesia, posters must be taken down by those who put them up.

    Yet nobody has been taking the fanatic stuff down.

    This may be due to the FPI’s reputation for vicious violence against people who incur their displeasure….


    ….so it was pleasing to hear that some of the capital’s highways have finally been made presentable again, and there’s even a viral video showing the clean-up.

    But why is it viral?


    Thanks to this link from detik.com…


    ….we learn that 5 people were seen doing their civic duty.

    These billboards were lowered by people in striped uniforms. The TNI said it was a joint operation with the police and Satpol PP: TNI was only helping.

    The head of the TNI Information Center (Kapuspen), Maj. Gen. Achmad Riad spoke up about the viral video . 

    In the picture there is one whose clothes are not TNI,” said Achmad Riad at the Headquarters of Wing I Paskhas, Halim, East Jakarta.

    Achmad Riad also explained that it was not only the TNI…  Police and Satpol PP, he continued, also participated in this activity. “What is clear is that it is carried out jointly. There is a Satpol PP, there is a police officer, yes, the TNI is below, helping..


     ‘ With the People, the TNI is Strong!’

    The TNI refers to Indonesia’s Armed Services…


    ..and the SatPol PP are the civic militia, auxiliaries who assist police work.

    Good to see such gotong royong, cooperative effort, in the service of the community.

    But why is Major General Achmad Riad so seemingly defensive?

    It’s a good job well done, and admirably counter-acts concerns about the disgraceful antics by one uniformed individual…

    Alarming – For All Of Us Who Love Indonesia! 

    …which we discussed less than a week ago.

    Meanwhile, the heroic Nikita Mirzani….

    Bravo Nikita! Sexy Star Faces Fanatic Mob Threat

    Nifty Nikita, Foe Of Fanatics – And Has Good English,

    …continues to dominate news stories here, along with the off-and-on scheming by the fanatics over their putative sectarian mob gathering next month.

    So if by any chance she reads my blog ( unlikely) or any of her thousands of fans do ( quite likely) here’s an idea to contemplate.

    Jakarta folks are generally cheerful enough but, like everywhere else, the tedious restrictions imposed by the Chinese Virus can be tough to endure.

    Why not brighten up the city’s thoroughfares by an array of posters at every junction…




    ….depicting Nikita in some of her many delightful poses…


    • JazPen 08:04 on November 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It should be put to popular referendum.
      I vote Niki!


    • Wisnu 11:12 on November 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Most will want Niki posters not Rizieq posters.


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