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  • ross1948 10:35 pm on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , IslamoNazi raids, Mandar, , , silly curtains, Smoking=public indecency, , , , warung   

    Islamist Intolerance Rules, In ‘Moderate’ Police State! 


    Well now!

    Even Amnesty agrees with me on this!

    They have condemned the imprisonment of a man in Tunisia for smoking a cigarette in public during the dawn-to-dusk Muslim fast.

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    I’ve been smoking all over town here in Jakarta, a 90% Muslim city, and not noticed that anybody looks askance. My lunches are still taken at my warteg, though it has its ‘holy’ curtains up out front.

    Big Mackistan? Ramadhan Lock-Out at McD Sarinah?

    I find this month wearisome, partly from reading snippets of of news from outside Jakarta.. 

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

    …where sectarian bullying can be the work of IslamoNazi thugs…

    …or may well be enshrined in local regulations – like in Mandar, where dozens of people were harassed and detained  by cops, local militia and religious leaders and community leaders, last week.

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    the local government has written to every food stall and beverage owner so that during Ramadan do not operate during the day in honor of Muslims who are running fast. But still many stalls reported residents remain open as usual….“All the food stalls that remain operational during the day during Ramadan will be disciplined, “said H Ummar S, head of Wonomulyo.

    That’s a Javanese community, in West Sulawesi Province, not in Java at all, it exists due to trans-island migration, some people having evidently carried their bigotry with them,

    Jakarta also has some bizarre regulations, and my partying opportunities are lessened. There are those silly curtains to hide non-fasters from fasters, to avoid testing the latter’s spiritual commitment, but life goes on.

    Not so in Tunisia.

    A crack-pot bigot court there sentenced the man to one month in jail for “public indecency”.

    Tunisia, we keep getting told, is a ‘moderate’ Islamic country, but after this hogwash we’ll need to take that with a large pinch of salt.

    Not to say there aren’t decent Muslims there, because dozens protested on Sunday in the capital, Tunis, for the right to eat and drink in public during Ramadan.

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    But the nut-job verdict was hardly a one-off, because the BBC also tells us that a fortnight ago, four men were sentenced to one month in prison after eating in public.

    Thanks to Amnesty, for advising us that in fact there is no legal basis for the sectarian persecution – there are no laws in mainly Muslim Tunisia requiring individuals to fast or barring them from eating or smoking publicly during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan…

    Tunisian smoker jailed for not fasting during Ramadan

    In other words, the state can spuriously claim to be civilised and open because there’s no relevant statute, but the reality is that the benighted courts just make it up as they go along to hammer anyone who steps out of line…

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    ….shoddy drivel like a ‘public decency’ charge to lend a threadbare legitimacy to their backward bullying Islamist intolerance.

    Ramadhan just has a few days to run. It’s meant to be a time of contemplation, not a bad idea, indeed.

    I’m simply contemplating which is worse.

    The Tunisian hypocrisy way, or the West Sulawesi way, with its Dark Age diktat.

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    I’m still wondering.

    Why can’t these crude kill-joys just live and let live?

     

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    • Adele 3:15 am on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your final sentence, that question why the killjoys can’t stick to their religious practices and not keep trying to shove them down our throat, that is what all those whiners about Islamophobia need to answer, because we don’t force them to eat wile they’re fasting so why do they feel this burning need to force us to fast just because they sre.
      I think that phrase about how it’s our duty to ‘honor’ their fasting so obnoxious because it’s not our duty at all. Who are they to tel us our duty?

  • ross1948 11:53 am on July 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , warung   

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T – That’s How Ramadhan Must Be, Mr. UK Ambassador! 


    Fascinated by the comments of Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to Indonesia this week …

    Moazzam Malik

    In his first year celebrating the annual Muslim celebration of Idul Fitri in Indonesia, British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik says he feels the traditions of joy for Muslims are not that different from those observed in his native UK.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/07/idul-fitri-tradition-in-ri-comparable-to-uk-envoy.html

    As I prepare to go into town this beautiful Jakarta morning, I am looking forward to seeing the trappings of intolerance gone from fancy restos and humble eateries alike. 

    I refer of course to those offensive curtains erected in their windows, to which I made reference very recently.

    Big Mackistan? Ramadhan Lock-Out at McD Sarinah? 

     

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    Those who do not fast must respect those who fast and vice versa, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said…  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/13/tolerance-and-mutual-respect-a-must-during-ramadhan-religious-affairs-minister.html

    Lukman is of course correct,  echoing a similar sentiment I’ve often quoted, the words of the late President Gus Dur.

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

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    If somebody wants to go from pre-dawn to dusk without eating and drinking, and manages to do so, I respect his or her tenacity, and would not seek to interfere in such acts of self-denial.


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    Equally, anyone, of any faith, who wishes to eat and/or drink during those hours should feel free to do so, unmolested by either IslamoNazi thugs like the FPI…

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

    … or by sectarian fanatics like those benighted local government regulators up there in darkest Serang, in Banten Province.   Bigot Goon-Squad Bullies Vendor – Decent Indonesians Open Hearts AND Wallets!

    Lukman again – “During Ramadhan, the holy month, we must reinforce and strengthen our tolerance, not only among the Ukhuwah Islamiyah [Islamic brotherhood], but also the Ukhuwah Wathaniyah [brotherhood of the nation],” he told journalists at the State Palace.

    I like Lukman.

    Even when I disagree with him, he is such a refreshing improvement on his predecessor, Suryadharma Ali, a politician so beyond the ken of normal folk…

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    White-shirt fuhrer Rizieq with Ali.

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    …..that he was prepared to accept awards from those afore-mentioned IslamoNazis.  Good Indonesians Denounce ArchBigot Ali’s Latest Intolerant Outburst

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    But it would be good if Lukman tried to be a little more pro-active. He could take a giant leap for fair play, tell his government colleagues to give up on kill-joy diktats which target those not abstaining from fun…

    Ramadhan Begins! Sectarian Reminders Issued! 

     But even a small step would be progress of sorts, a ministerial exhortation to all the warungs, wartegs, restos and all eateries in Jakarta to remove those ridiculous pieces of cloth draped across their windows during Ramadhan.

    They have two disadvantages.

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    • First, you can’t watch girls go by if you are sitting within.

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    Second, and arguably more compelling, the silly little sheets are a condescending insult to every fasting Muslim who passes the place.

    Those draped windows mock their tenacity and suggest their commitment to self-denial is as flimsy as the cheap cotton of which the curtains are usually made.

    Nasi Goreng Sosis

    As if the sight or smell of sate kambing or nasi goreng would bring them to break their fast!

    Rather they should welcome such temptations, which can demonstrate they’re above mundane distractions. 

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    Back to Pak Malik. 

    “There are a lot of Muslims in London, and even if we are not the majority, we observe traditions that are similar to those in Indonesia, such as pilgrimages to family graves, gathering with family for meals and silaturahmi,” Ambassador Malik said on Wednesday.

    Yes, Your Excellency, those are nice traditions, worthy of respect, and yesterday I sent out quite a few SMSes wishing various friends ‘Selamat Idul Fitri,‘ the local equivalent of ‘Merry Christmas,’ with which, despite the ranting bigots’ manic antics…

    IslamoNazi Christmas Warning – Don’t You Dare Disturb Us Bigots! 

    …they greet me in December.

    But there are other very different ‘traditions’ here, like sectarian sticky-beak raiding parties… 

    Ramadan Raids In Righteous Indonesia – Oh Yeah? 

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    …which are staged not only by the white-shirt hoods but by tax-funded civic militia and the constabulary, which need to be STAMPED OUT if Indonesia wants to show the world that it’s a better place to be than the shariah police states in the Middle East.  

    It’s important that readers in Western nations should remember that their nations too face the intrusion of primitive intolerance.

    We saw it in France this year…

    IslamoNazi Intimidation…in Nice, France! 

     …and we’ve seen this vile phenomenon in London too, maybe not in Harrow, where Mr. Malik grew up, but most certainly in Tower Hamlets, and elsewhere in England.

    Police ‘covered up’ violent campaign to turn London area ‘Islamic …

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    And what, may we ask, did Home Secretary Theresa May ever do about that?

    Will Theresa May Countenance A Ban On Nobbly Knees? 

    But then, she has some odd notions, hasn’t she?

     
  • ross1948 2:42 pm on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , Saeni, , , warung   

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


    No Ramadhan raids on eateries in Jakarta: Ahok –

    So says the Jakarta Post, and I hope his assurance holds up. I’d be more reassured if the cops give an undertaking to use the guns they carry to deal with sectarian hoodlums who decide to run amok.

    But the rest of the report is more interesting, both for the news it gives of a SatPol PP (civic militia) raid on a defenceless old lady in the nearby town of Serang last week.

    Her ‘crime?’

    Mrs. Saeni had served customers at midday during the fasting month.

    Serang, as noted, is near Jakarta but is actually located in the adjacent province of Banten.

    Banten may not be as steeped in pig-ignorant fanaticism as Aceh or West Java, but that’s not saying a lot.


    Shariah goon-squad, picking on Saeni’s food-stall Well done to Kompas.com for focusing on this

    Serang Satpol PP personnel raided Saeni’s food stall based on a regulation prohibiting eateries from serving customers during the day throughout the fasting month.

    The JP report then adds needlessly that Muslims are required to fast from dawn until dusk.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/13/no-ramadhan-raids-on-eateries-in-jakarta-ahok.html

    So?

    That’s between them and their God, not a bunch of bigoted local bigwigs who evidently see themselves as agents of Divine Wrath.

    Here’s one of many YouTube links to the scenes. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URJS4aAHS9Q

    Don’t know about you but it made me want to spit with fury.

    Serang’s sort of evil intolerance is an insult to the declared spirit of Ramadhan, which is meant to be all about introspection and spiritual discipline.  I do sometimes wonder what God will say to these pusillanimous pea-brains when they arrive in search of their just reward for persecuting women like Saeni.

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    I can, of course, not know the answer to that, but I can speculate.

    However, there’s a happy ending to the story. 

    Footage of the raid went viral on social media on Friday and led to a donation drive for Saeni, which had collected more than Rp 176 million (US$13,200) as of Sunday night. 

    CNN says it now amounts to Rp.265 million.

    And President Jokowi himself has apparently sent in another Rp.10 million.

    http://newsmedia.co.id/presiden-jokowi-kirim-uang-rp10-juta-ke-pemilik-warung-nasi-di-kota-serang/

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    Hallelujah!

    Just a pity he can’t order public floggings for the scum who reduced the poor little lady to tears.

     
    • santi 2:51 pm on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So beautiful this story. I want to donate but it is now closed.
      The SatPol are bad, I remember other story you write about SatPol in Banten, in Tangerang I think, poor woman drown because they were cruel.

    • Euis 3:48 pm on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very good to have our president helping Ibu Saeni in Serang but better if he must arrest the SatPol who are guilty of this action.
      I also watch the youtube little filming of them and how mean they are to her.
      Also same for the Serang local goverment, they are disgrace to any faith.
      Punishment for them please.

    • Henni 6:23 pm on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Serang rule is doing harm to Ramadan same liek you say.
      Fasting must be own choice of every person. If forced it is not fasting but forced hunger. Not same. Opposite. .

  • ross1948 11:21 am on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dibongkar, , Grogol, , Jalan Alpukat, , , warung   

    Gimana Jalan Alpukat? Banyak Warung Dibongkar! 


    An horrific vista met my gaze last month, on my return from my overseas vacation. I had disembarked from the Busway at Grogol, so, handy for Mal Ciputra, decided to conduct a quick discount search at Hero Supermarket – no great shopping triumph, ony some fish at 50% for Ibi Cat.

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    • But the proximity of that delightul alley, the one that runs from the main road there all the way to Jalan Tanjung Duren Barat, tempted me to go in search of victuals. There’s a guy does great fried  gorengan for just Rp.1000 each, and a cute tukang gado2, whose spicy dishes made her dishy looks even more alluring!

    So off I ambled, turned the corner and ..

    ZAP!

    All gone! No goreng man, no gado girl, no friendly young fellow that sells good DVDs, no tukang ramput that trims my few locks of hair for Rp.10,000.

    DIBONGKAR!

    Demolished, driven away, not a trace left save for some bits of wood and even that, some of it, was burning, smoke listlessly rising from the ashes.

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    • Who the heck would engage in such an act?

    It’s not like they could build a mall on the site. It’s sandwiched between Tarumanegara University and a fancy housing/hotel complex, and is, after all, a public, though narrow, thoroughfare.

    In near-shock, I wandered down past where all those nice people and places had once been, to where the angkot drivers idle.

    They at least were still there, so I asked.

    ‘Oh, tidying up, Mister,” came the reply.

    ‘WHAT THE HELL NEEDED TIDYING?’ l felt like roaring.

    But I merely commented that I had rather liked it the way it was, busy, noisy, friendly and a boon to the hundreds, thousands, probably, of folks who ate there and availed themselves of all the other services on offer. It had been a thriving little commercial hub, affording a livelihood to many, plus culinary, and other, advantages, to many more.

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    That’s the street, in the bottom right hand corner of the map, just south of the bridge running across the toll road, appears to be called Jalan Alpukat, though I never even knew its name

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    Many of you must know where I’m talking about. Alas, though I went there often, I never thought to get a photo.

    As Joni Mitchell sang, ‘You don’t know what you got till it’s gone!’

    So I investigated, and here seems to be the link to the mystery. 

    http://poskotanews.com/2015/09/22/biang-macet-seratus-bangunan-liar-dibongkar/

    Meanwhile, demolition on Jl Tanjung Duren Utara also running smoothly, because most owners just had to dismantle their own stalls. The buildings standing on the edge of the road were very disturbing to the flow of traffic and caused traffic jams.

    “Control is to restore the function of the road, so it does not create a traffic jam…” .

     

    For pity’s sakes. Why not make it a pedestrian precinct?

    Everybody liked it – it’s just a narrow little street, an alley, really, and when I went back yesterday, cutting through to Citraland, there was hardly anyone using it for vehicular purposes.

    Where have all those vendors gone, who provided great service and earned a modest income by doing so?

    If anyone spots a pretty gado2 lady, with pink tattoos on her slim forearms, please notify me.

     
    • Putri 3:01 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was a good place to lunch with my friends when I went to Trisakti university. And we also like to buy dvd there. How sorry to know it is demolished just for more car and bike to hurry along.
      I hope you do discover your gado2 girl again. Pink tato? Wow!.

    • Retno 9:42 am on November 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was at the university beside here doing my study for some years and we every day had lunch in this street. It was just same like you write. A good cheap friendly place with many choices.
      The government has many better thing to do than to do this to the sellers.
      I agree with you very much/

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