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  • ross1948 04:18 on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , No daning, no discos, no pool, , shut-down   

    Making Jakarta Even Duller – Here We Go Again! 

    Jakarta is a resilient city, or at least its people are.

    I was out among them again yesterday, a vital shopping trip (as all such shopping trips are meant to be these days!) on the TransJakarta Busway, changing at Harmoni…


    A fave old photo of Jakarta’s Harmoni junction, decades ago!


    …then all the way to Mangga Besar.

    I suppose it’s the same buzz we all get, as good as it gets in this hideous ‘New Abnormal,’ a morale-boost just from being among other human beings, albeit you can’t shake a guy’s hand or hug a girl.

    But then I came home…



    …my bag full of necessities, including a supply of my hard-to-get favourite cigarette brand, and tuned into the news.

    And there we go again!

    This weekend is Idul Adha, when Muslims slaughter loads of animals, mostly goats …



    and not a few cows too!

    …and since it’s perfectly legal to do so, I have no intention of offering adverse comment thereon.

    Certainly not of interfering in their activities!

    But WHY must the City Government of Jakarta interfere with mine, or other non-participants?



    The Jakarta Post link below provides a long list of shut-down fun…

    …..entertainment establishments, such as saunas, nightclubs, massage parlors, discotheques, spas, karaoke bars, pubs, pool halls and other tourist attractions…

    …which must be closed one day prior to and on the day of Idul Adha.

    The Jakarta Tourism Agency spokesman, a Mr. Cucu (pronounced choo-choo, not cuckoo) is quoted as saying that discos in fancy hotels (four-starred [or above) are ‘exempt from this policy…’




    …..which prompts my perennial question why the richer folk are allowed to enjoy themselves, but the poorer folk aren’t.

    But really, it’s the sheer irrationality of such sectarian banning that needs to be examined.

    Why should those of us who are not into killing animals not be free to dance or play pool.

    Not that much of that harmless fun is available anyway at the moment in Jakarta, thanks to the Chinese Virus!

    But EVERYBODY knows that dancing…


    …other such harmless pastimes do not disturb those outside the dance-hall or pool-hall – unless they desperately want to be disturbed.

    I don’t expect an answer. I have been asking for yesrs and never had one.

    Except high-handed retorts about ‘respect.’



    Obedience to coercive rules does not equate to respect.

    In fact, coercion has a tendency to diminish respect.

    The agency will enforce strict punishments on business owners caught violating the regulations during the Idul Adha celebrations, he added. 

    • Kezia 14:43 on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It is very sad that the killjoy cannot be happy without taking other peoples happiness away.
      It is childish and intolerant and I wish they may grow up someday.


    • Wulan 15:14 on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My friend just now tells me you write again about this Jakarta killjoy problem.
      Good you say this again.
      No reason why they must stop you or me to have fun and it is very bad they do diskriminasi to let rich hotel guest have fun but other people not.
      Jakarta government gets it all wrong.


    • JazPen 12:17 on July 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All part of a cunning strategy to make us stay at home?
      That would be nice but no, you are right, it is just more intolerance of other people’s rights.


    • Euis 13:05 on July 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Jakarta Government would be better doing something to stop all the people who leave Jakarta for Java home town and take virus with them.


  • ross1948 00:04 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , shut-down   

    As Fanatic Friday Looms, Will Jakarta Shut Down? 

    A former student smsed me the other day, asking to borrow a text-book I’d once used to teach her and her friends, in my long-ago working days. Funny how time slips away – she’s married with kids now!

    Ever-obliging, I agreed to meet her at Slipi, equidistant between her office and my home.

    Yesterday morning was SO hot and sunny! But I applied a self-denying ordinance, which forced me to restrict my pre-noon sun-bathing in my front yard to a mere hour or so…


    Hasil gambar untuk rednecks rule ok


    …. but heck, some folks’ll start calling me a red-neck if I over-do it!


    We duly met, and naturally enjoyed a chat, brief, because work awaited her return.

    However, it proved enlightening. It seems there’s a series of meetings throughout her quite prominent building tomorrow, all with the common agenda – to close on Friday or not.


     Hasil gambar untuk shut-down


    The reason?

    Of course, the expected inundation of Jakarta’s city centre by a horde of rabid jihadists…. …many, if not most, of whom subscribe to the insane idea that anyone who ‘blasphemes’ deserves to die.

    Managements are sympathetic but would prefer to make it a half-day rather than a whole day off.

    That’s bosses for ya!

    I remember in the past how school class-rooms here would be rendered almost empty during times of unrest -even on election days.

    Anxious parents would keep the kids safe at home. I suspect the same situation will recur tomorrow.  


    • Hasil gambar untuk fear
    • ———-
    • On Friday, with that Islamist rabble out and about, and the cops on duty apparently to be left unarmed, I don’t blame any shop or office workers for being hesitant about venturing forth themselves. 
    • macetsemanggi1
    • Semanggi Junction, Jakarta
    • And of course even if they do leave home, their commuting journeys will be made wretched with thousands of malignant marchers clogging the roads, emanating blood-thirsty vines in all directions, as they have done before…


    fpi kill busddhist


    ….their short little ‘Long March’ may not stray beyond the central area around Monas Park, but the knock-on effect on traffic will extend for miles further.

    And all because the IslamoNazis element are unwilling to wait for the police to investigate a trivial ‘offence’ which should not be an offence at all.

    • jokowi
    • What’s hard to understand is why Indonesia’s President Jokowi was said to be considering inviting the FPI to discussions on the issue at the Palace.


    He shouldn’t give the white-shirt thug gangs house-room.


    At least President Jokowi has not emulated his predecessor, SBY.





    One must, Isuppose, be thankful for small mercies!

    • Prita 09:16 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very true Ross, we are not happy to go to our work when this march is going on.
      Many bad people on the street will make us want to be only at home.
      I also think Jokowi better not have FPI in his meeting. They are dangerous.


    • santi 09:51 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I will not go to downtown tomorrow, crazy idea. Traffic jam everywhere and maybe riot.
      If you are in my area we can have coffee. There is a very nice warteg because I know you like warteg foods.


    • Wulandari 11:00 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I do not work in Jakarta thanks god and have some worry for my friends who are there.
      I will telephone tonight to tell them to be in the house tomorrow and I will pray too for all good people in Jakarta to be safe from these fanatic.


  • ross1948 00:02 on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Islamist Bigot – “Why Should the Majority Respect the Minority?” 

    “Why should the majority respect the minority?” Ali Badri Zaini, the head of the East Java chapter of the Islamic Dakwah Forum..


    • Ratusan Habaib se-Jatim Deklarasi Dukung Prabowo
    • ================== 

    “The minority should respect the majority. The minister is [talking] nonsense. The Islamic faithful in East Java will never do as he instructs.”

    He said it was considered customary for all warung to at least close off their façade with a tarp so as not to tempt those who were fasting.




    main-lukman-hakim4 Lukman


    This arrogant bigot is up in arms because Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman last week tweeted an appeal for MUTUAL tolerance. His words, on the need for mutual respect and understanding for those who were not fasting, echoed the late President Gus Dur.


    gus dur fasting

    ‘We Muslims should fast with respect for those not fasting.’ -A REAL Muslim scholar, the late President Gus Dur

    Regardless of the specific fasting issue, it’s hard to see how anyone could respect such a rabid ranter as Ali Badri Zaini.

    But he is only one of many enemies of tolerance here.

    Jazuli Jawani, a legislator from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), said Lukman’s call for those who were fasting to respect those who were not was highly regrettable. 


    • Jazuli argued that it was only natural for those “carrying out the faith” to be granted greater respect than those who were not…


    No it’s not. Those who are fasting only have to show a bit of self-discipline.


    • FPI_13
    • ———–

    Those who are not fasting risk the brutal intimidation we often feature here, meted out by fanatic savages like the IslamoNazi FPI.

    And how dare any member of the PKS talk about any statement from anyone being highly regrettable – has Jazuli forgotten his party leader’s sickening ode to the mass-murder Osama Bin Laden? Written AFTER 9/11?


    anisAnis Matta


    osama_bin_satan mass-murdering beast Bin Laden


    That’s regrettable!

    But we can dismiss Zainal and Jazuli as outlandish extremists, singing from the same song-sheet as the IslamoNazis…...non-Muslim citizens who aren’t fasting, Zainal added, should take care not to disturb the sanctity of Ramadan. Especially eating and drinking in front of others at places open to public view…      http://nasional.news.viva.co.id/news/read/638009/fpi-janji-tak-lakukan-sweeping-saat-ramadhan That’s another Zainal,  Zainal Abidin Petir, FPI Gauleiter in Central Java.

    Nevertheless, the same triumphalist tripe has just emerged from the Deputy Governor of Jakarta echoes this intolerance –  Djarot Saiful Hidayat also urged restaurants to install curtains on their windows during Ramadhan in order to respect those who are fasting. –http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/15/jakarta-administration-and-residents-prepare-ramadhan.html

    Respect again. Beause they’re fasting, everyone else has to hide behind a curtain? And bars have to be closed? Because fasters might be tempted?

    What’s self-denial worth in moral merit, if there’s not a scent or sight of anything one’s supposed to be denying oneself?

    And how contemptuous these Islamist extremists are, of those they purport to represent!

    Not all Muslims fast, by any means – it’s up to them, after all – but of those who do, it bespeaks a commitment that they choose to make.

    Not eating during daylight hours is no serious hardship, but going thirsty, in this climate, is no fun. Yet they undertake to do so, and a lot of them stick to it. I can admire such tenacity.

    But it’s a personal choice. Their personal choice. It should not impinge on anyone else.  

    Do bleating blow-hards like the Zainals really think that fasters will be subverted by the sight of me or anyone else sitting in my fave warteg having a plate of perkadel?




    Sure, if I held out my plate enticingly, like one of Odysseus’ sirens, urging some poor faster to share my delight.

    Tempting then like that would be mean, but nobody does that.

    If some fasters walk by a bar and – inexplicably! – choose to peer nosily into its dimly-lit interior, and catch sight of me with a cold Bintang? Is either Zainal seriously saying the devout will at once cast off their self-control and rush in to join me in a binge?

    • bintang
    • Sure, if I sent out some lightly-clad bar-girl, extolling the joys of a cool quaff on a torrid arvo.

    Tempting them like that would be mean, but nobody’s going to do that.

    The killjoys’ case is codswallop.

    And they know it!




    Their only aim is to make minorities bow down. As Ali Badri Zainal, more honestly than the rest, indeed, puts it!

    “Why Should the Majority Respect the Minority?”

    But there’s always a silver lining in these stories, and in this one it’s an off-the-cuff remakr by one of Lukman’s critics, a legislator from ex-President SBY’s party.


    Khatibul Umam Wiranu, a member of the Democratic Party, accused Lukman of trying to curry popular support through the media through statements like his call for mutual respect. .

    Which means that Khatibul, at least, perceives that’ popular support’ accrues to leaders who publicly espouse decency, and not to intolerant undesirables. 




    • euis 12:49 on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thugs, in English. Ban them, not beer


  • ross1948 22:03 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , shut-down, , , websites   

    Jakarta – Fanatics Fume at Shut-Down of Sectarian Websites! 

    Always a joy to catch up with the latest babbling of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who are now accusing President Jokowi of ‘suppressing freedom of the press.’ This serious charge arises from the government’s move to close Islamic media sites spreading radicalism in Indonesia.


    Having recently experienced symptoms of mild anxiety about Jokowi’s stance on various matters, this is encouraging. The President is lucky, of course, because unlike European leaders who show interest in fighting subversion, he does not have the decadent creeps on the European Court to hamper him on spurious ‘rights’ grounds.


    • goog terrorism1350231946-muslims-call-for-end-to-vilification-of-islam---london_1522652 of course it all depends what you mean by terrorism
    • ————————-



    Obviously porn is much more dangerous than these public-spirited citizens


    It looks like the IslamoNazi thug gang are even missing ex-President SBY, whom the whiteshirt sectarians’ fuhrer once dismissed as a ‘banci‘ – that’s a transvestite hooker, BTW – because they nostalgically note that back in the good old days it wasn’t like this!


    • jokowi-kowi Jokowi



    In SBY’s era, the Ministry blocked gambling and porn sites – in the Jokowi era, they’re blocking Islamic sites and leaving porn alone.

    Jakarta Minister Can Ban A Bare Bum But Not ISIS Scum! 

    Of course SBY was fortunate to have a member of the fanatic PKS party at the Ministry – yes, the same party whose leader lauded Osama Bin laden in a post 9/11 ode.

    SBY’s Minister gained worldwide fame when he got into bother for shaking a woman’s hand- Mrs. Obama’s.

    I find porn a pointless pastime, okay for those who are without the pleasure of women’s company, maybe, but time spent studying fanatics is rarely wasted. So I suppose I spend much more time on Islamist sites.

    Know your enemy, always a motto that makes sense. That’s why my own post-graduate course was in Soviet Studies. 

    The BNPT is the National Agency for Combatting Terrorism, and it was they who submitted the request for the shut-down.  The sites are listed – if you can find them, then they’re obviously not shut down!  

    I’ll get back to this tomorrow

    1. arrahmah.com

    2. voa-islam.com
    3. ghur4ba.blogspot.com
    4. panjimas.com
    5. thoriquna.comWe’ll
    6. dakwatuna.com
    7. kafilahmujahid.com
    8. an-najah.net
    9. muslimdaily.net
    10. hidayatullah.com
    11. salam-online.com
    12. aqlislamiccenter.com
    13. kiblat.net
    14. dakwahmedia.com
    15. muqawamah.com
    16. lasdipo.com
    17. gemaislam.com
    18. eramuslim.com
    19. daulahislam.com
    20. mshoutussalam.com
    21. azzammedia.com
    22. Indonesiasupportislamicstate.blogspot.com


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