05 August 2010

Government of Jakarta, huh?

I have read some stupid things today, but this takes the cake. What is the Government of Jakarta thinking when it states that it thinks working cooperatively with the Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) during the holy month of Ramadan to "secure" entertainment venues. Secure in this context must mean compliance as opposed to safeguard. Unfortunately, this news story I read in Indonesian (here, so if you can read it...if not, then you will have to take my word for it).

At this stage it is supposedly only a plan, but the fact that it has been suggested shows some serious lack of foresight by the government and a real lack of understanding. The Government of Jakarta has sufficient law enforcement resources at its disposal that it just does not need to make use of the thugs at the FPI to do quasi police work.

As I said, this is the stupidest thing I read today. The FPI is the same bunch of goons that go round each Ramadan and forcibly close entertainment venues irrespective of whether the venue is operating pursuant to the rules and regulations.

These closures are done using extreme violence and are designed to damage as much property as possible, they are designed to inflict physical harm on patrons at these venues, and they are designed to strike fear into the general populace. So, I ask again, what is the government thinking by seemingly granting the FPI legitimacy to break the law and harm the citizens of Jakarta?

The Governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo, really needs to think again on this one. If he stays this course it only serves to provide ammunition to his critics who have already nicknamed him Fuzzy Bodoh (bodoh in Indonesian means stupid).

The plan to use the FPI is just a stupid, stupid, stupid idea!


Rob Baiton said...

Apparently, there have been problems commenting to this post...so, just testing for myself.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Rob,
(I hope this comment will be shown)
It it is true, it is not just stupid but crazy.

Rob Baiton said...

@ Harry...

Yep, your comment has appeared.

Hence, my response.

Stupid crazy or crazy stupid?

ashraf abdullah said...

hi rob
i thought both.
violence is not allowed at any cost.
and why FDI becomes aggresively dashing in eradicating maksiat just only in ramadhan,
it seems like you strictly can't commit sin during ramadhan,but it is allowed sometimes else.

Rob Baiton said...

@ Ashraf...

Thanks for commenting.

It is certainly an interesting turn of events considering there are no real local elections or political machinations requiring the playing of the FPI card.

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