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  • ross1948 10:32 on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , street vendors,   

    Sunshine, On A Lazy Jakarta Saturday…But After Next Week? 


    Paper-backs purchased, a brief outing to SuperIndo to buy some beef for a rendang feast tonight, and we’ll see what delights the TV may have to offer.



    A fine week drawing to a close, which began with a brilliant Sunday brunch, continued through two excellent parties…



    …AND there’s another next week, before the gloomy month of Ramadhan descends, restos and even humble street-eateries shrouded with silly curtains…

    Big Mackistan? Ramadhan Lock-Out at McD Sarinah? 

    IslamoNazi Thugs Amok, Jakarta Cops Say ‘No Charges!’ 

    Bigot Goon-Squad Bullies Vendor – Decent Indonesians Open Hearts AND Wallets!

    …to ensure no fanatical fasters risk challenge to their spiritual discipline at the sight of non-fasters enjoying a simple meal.


    • gus dur fasting

    ‘If we fasting Muslims want respect, let us also respect those who aren’t fasting.’


    One misses the wisdom of the late President Gus Dur, who was a notable Muslim scholar, so different from so many of the intolerant Islamist self-styled ‘scholars’ these days.

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

    Hence one must make the most of it, so today and tomorrow my plan is to relax, conserving energy for fun outings before May expires…


    Bigot brutes attack a food vendor for its crime of serving lunchtime snacks to hungry workers.


    …and once again the TV news may be presenting us with scenes of IslamoNazi thuggery, of which the above is a good example.

    Or maybe not!

    Perhaps now that jihadist ideologues have come to dominate both law and discourse here in Jakarta..

    Slouching Towards Shariah, Indonesia Jails Ahok! 

    . …they too will take a relaxed attitude towards those whose mere existence affronts their sectarian arrogance.

    Oh Yeah?


    Hasil gambar untuk gotta be kidding


    • Silviati 15:27 on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You say it very well, Ross, how mean they are with stupid rules when the only rule should be rule we make for ourselves.
      This is because fasting is CHOOSE not to eat, not order by scholar who think he knows God better then we do,
      Same like stupid curtain.to make us not see eating. If we CHOOSE not to eat then we do not need stupid curtain to make us keep our promise to us.

      Stupid curtain.and stupid scholar and stupid politician like so many in Aceh who will pretend to be holy but still corrupt and steal money from poor people.

      I will fast because I can and I will and not because they make me.
      You and everyone can fast or not, Indonesia is NOT Iran or Arab Saudi.


  • ross1948 11:22 on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , electronic parking, , , , , , Ratna Sarumpaet, street vendors   

    Banjir Uang! Jakarta’s Ahok Turning Off the Tap? 

    It has been raining all night – every few hours I’d wake up to the sounds of downpour, and it’s still raining. I guess my prospective visitor won’t make it today.





    Still, reasons to be cheerful -the street is awash, but this part of Jakarta doesn’t (fingers crossed!) suffer the frightful flooding ( banjir)  that afflicts other areas.

    Like North Kedoya, where the photo below was taken last year, near the Green Garden Busway Stop.


    The authorities will be doing their best, I guess, but even our smart Governor Ahok hasn’t yet figured a way to turn off the rain.

    Mind you, he seems to be making progress in the mammoth struggle to turn off at least some taps through which money ( uang) pours into the hands of criminals. 


    ahok Ahok


    Governor Ahok to use e-money
    to defeat Jakarta’s hoodlums 

    He’s introducing electronic parking payments, initially at selected locations, like Jalan Sabang.


    sabang Sabang

    Falatehan falatehan


    …and good old Jalan Falatehan, where expats like to frolic in the bars till the wee small hours.

    Ahok’s move is intended to curb the rapacious predator element which permeates the ‘parking’ industry here.

    Better still, he’s hoping to use similar technology to go after the protection racketeers who prey on Jakarta’s street vendors.

    “Prior to this system, vendors were often asked for additional fees from individuals who claim to be city officials. They paid more than Rp 600,000 a month. This new system will prevent illegal levies because vendors will know exactly how much to pay,” Ahok said… 

    Good on ya, Guv!

    But it’s not just bogus ‘officials’ the poor vendors have to fear.

    Nobody has yet asked the IslamoNazi FPI or the other gangster groups for their comments, but given the hatred they harbour for Ahok…


    fpi-tolak-ahok-jadi-gubernur IslamoNazis rage against Ahok


    … I’d expect they will have something to say on any progressive steps he takes.

    Not least in the light of the comments made by prominent anti-crime campaigner Ratna Sarumpaet, which we covered a couple of years ago! 

    Right On, Ratna! Activist’s All-Out Attack on IslamoNazis 

    ratna sarumpaetRatna

    Do read it carefully. She does her home-work!


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