The real reason why Banten and Temanggung occur again and again

It is easy to blame the violence in Banten and Temenggung on the usual suspects – poor laws, poor law enforcement, a decline in religious tolerance or dark political forces at play.

They would all be correct but fails to hit the mark as to why this violence is played out again and again in Indonesia.

The real reason for this never-ending cycle of violence, Unspun humbly posits, is a simple lack of accountability. This is the reason why even though several people have been killed in the recent round of violence, so little is being done to bring the culprits to book.

Nobody, from the President down, seems to have any direct accountability for the incompetence of the police and the fact that you have thugs roaming around every draped with a cloak of impunity merely because the name o Islam is invoked.

Hence we see the President and the police head as well as dozens of apparatchiks under them opining on the causes and usual suspects lined up whenever violence is discussed.

The media play along and nobody asks the vital questions: who shall be held accountable for the failure of the state security apparatus? Shouldn’t the chief of police and other top brass resign because this violence happened on their watch?

And what about the Justice minister? Shouldn’t he be held accountable for this failure too?

Sadly, none of them are held accountable so the message that gets through is that like madrigal times once you ascend to the ranks of the nobility you are immune from enemy attacks.

Unseen jinks that if SBY were to have the guts he should just sack the police chief and the justice minister. If he can do that then the message of accountability will percolTe down the ranks.

But politicking rules the day in indonesia – the best lack all conviction while the worst is full of righteous piety. So let’s all slouch into our living room sofas and continue to watch the inane talk shows where people who should be losing their jobs opine on poor laws. Poor law enforcement, declining religious tolerance….

Tarnishing the intelligence of Muslims

There was once a time when Malaysians would make a virtue of how tolerant they were of each other’s religion and culture. The Open House, where you would invite your neighbors and friends from other races and religions to your house on the festive days you celebrate. The Government would also make a virtue of it, with Ministers holding Open House.

It didn’t matter whether the festive days were religious. The point was to celebrate together with fellow Malaysians your festive days and to celebrate with them their festive days. All sounds very 1Malaysia but while the APCO-inspired key messages of integration and tolerance are being pumped out by the Najib administration by the terrabyte-ful, the Government is also shooting itself in the foot.

Below is apparently the latest directive from the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development titled Guidelines for Muslims Celebrating Religious Festivals of Non-Muslims.


Unspun thought it was a joke until he checked out the content’s veracity at the Department’s official website. Imagine the line of reasoning is that if you are a Muslim and attend someone’s Christmas party and their house has a cross, blinking lights, candles or a Christmas tree you would have tarnished the Islamic faith? Or you go to a Hindu friend’s house for Deepavali and he has some ask smeared on his forehead as is the customary thing, and that tarnishes Islam? How can the mind work in such fallacious ways?

The only thing that gets tarnished if anyone follows these guidelines or take them seriously is their own intelligence.

Does this earn the Department a shit-for-brains tag or a shit-for-brains tag?


But is this true?

Provocative? Inflammatory? Or a gem of unconventional and inconvenient truths? You decide from this article in Malaysia Today that raises questions about who is a Malay, whether the Chinese brought Islam to Indonesia and whether the Javanese hate the Chinese.

All Chinese pantheon of Islamic saints?
A pantheon of Chinese Muslim saints?

Melayu are Stupid

Who says that it is arbitrarily wrong to state the above? How many people even know who is a Melayu, and who is not? Do Malaysians even know the difference? Well, take a walk with me, and see how you fare on this educational journey.

The next time you meet someone who claims to be a “Melayu”, ask him, or her if he/she is a “Melayu Deli” or “Melayu Riau”. That’s the first question the individual needs to answer. A Javanese is definitely NOT a Melayu. He is a Javanese. The same applies to a Batak, Achehnese, Bugis, Sundanese, Sumba, Florence, Balinese, and so on. BTW, the Bataks are further subdivided into Karonese, Toba, PakPak, and so on. And NONE see eye to eye, and have much heated debates on which group is more “Pure”. I guess that they forgot that the concept of Thoroughbreds is directly propagating the concept of in-breeding. Somewhere, somehow, people just forgot this.

You see, in Indonesia, there are more than 164 suku’s, and Melayu is but one of them. Why is it so hard for goons like Abraham Ali to convince these Austronesian Migrants to call themselves a Melayu? The answer is so really simple. It’s because, in Indonesia, the Melayu are called “Lazy”, and “Stupid”, and “Totally Useless”. Go ahead, ask your Indonesian Maid what she knows about “Melayu”. And then call her a Melayu, and watch her putrid reaction. The original location for the Melayu is contested between the Medan regions, but more and more are agreeing that it was really in Jambi. Regardless, of which “camp” is correct, Medan is today, nearly void of any Melayu Deli. Most who have been to Medan, will quickly tell you that the Melayu are really really lazy people. Thus, no one wants to hire them, or to do business with them in Indonesia. It is so rare to find any Melayu who is hardworking here.

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Women having extramarital sex with no men?

This story has been making headlines in Malaysia. But so far nobody seems to have answered the question of many discerning readers of this episode: How come no men are caned together with the women?

Why is it that only the women were punished for having extramarital sex? What about the men who fucked them? Don’t they have an responsibility in all this? Malaysia Boleh! Once again.

Malaysian Women Caned for Sex Say Punishment Was ‘Good’ for Them

Prison staff demonstrate to the media how the caning process was undertaken at the Kajang prison outside Kuala Lumpur. (Reuters Photo)

Three Malaysians who became the first women to be caned under the country’s Islamic laws said they “deserved” their punishment and that it would help stem sex outside marriage.

The three women were caned for having sex out of wedlock in a move that has angered human rights activists and some lawyers who say the punishments are illegal in this mainly Muslim country that runs parallel civil and Islamic justice systems.

“I deeply regret my actions as I should have married before having sex,” the New Straits Times newspaper quoted one of the women who it said was aged 17, as saying in its Friday edition.

The newspaper did not reveal the womens’ real names and a picture showed the three clad in traditional Malaysian dress and headscarves seated before reporters.

via Malaysian Women Caned for Sex Say Punishment Was ‘Good’ for Them – The Jakarta Globe.

Crash and Burn: DVDs of 2012 by school kids

All very commendable for elementary school students to support their religious wallahs in protesting against a movie. Unspun, however is curious whether the DVDs they burned were legal copies or the cheap pirated stuff you get at Ratu Plaza and other illegal vendors.

If it is the latter then you have to wonder what MUI has to say about respecting intellectual property rights. LOL


(Pic and story from The Jakarta Globe)

A vendor sells DVD copies of the film "2012" in Central Jakarta. (Photo: Trish Anderton, JG)

Indonesian Elementary School Students Set Fire To ‘2012’ Film DVDs

The controversy over the film “2012” continued on Wednesday when hundreds of elementary school students in Bogor, West Java, set fire to DVD copies of the disaster film.

Students at Kemang Elementary School in Bogor burned “2012” DVDs and posters in their school playground.

One of the students, named Rifki, said the end of days could not be determined by man because it was God’s secret.

“Nobody knows about the end of days, not even prophets or angels,” Rifki told

After they finished torching the DVDs, the students held a prayer session.

Protests against the movie were also voiced by the Riau branch of the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI). Mahdini, the head of Riau’s MUI, said that the movie had violated God’s power.

“Nobody in the world could imagine the catastrophe of the end of the world. “2012” is misleading,” Mahdini said.

Meanwhile, MUI chairman Amidhan suggested that the Indonesian Film Censor Board (LSF) withdraw the movie from cinemas, saying that the board did not do a good job of editing the film, which could lead to more controversy.

Amidhan said there was a part of the movie that showed a collapsed mosque, but there was no footage of a collapsed church.

“The board should have cut the footage (of the collapsed mosque). If the movie only showed a church, no problem, but they also showed a mosque. We have a difference in culture,” Amidhan told

The MUI branch in Malang, East Java, issued a fatwa on the film on Monday, calling it “improper and misleading” and the Surakata branch in Central Java also expressed its opposition on Tuesday.

The film, directed by Roland Emmerich, portrays the earth’s destruction following the movement of the magnetic poles and shows various disasters sweeping the globe such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.


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Islamic fundamentalism 2.0?

Why is it that every time people abuse a technology or use it for unsavory ends, the Faithful are not asked to curb their own desires or to find a more innovative and attractive way to use that technology to win the Faithful over?

If the Islamic wallahs have issues with Facebook then perhaps they should, instead of debating guidelines on how the Faithful should use Facebook, debate instead on how they can use Facebook in such a way that it engages and is relevant to anyone of the Faith.

Now that would be a challenge to their creativity and much more difficult to do that to proclaim a fatwa or issue guidelines, wouldn’t it?

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Indonesian clerics want rules for Facebook

Indra Harsaputra and Niniek Karmini ,  Associated Press   |  Thu, 05/21/2009 2:52 PM  |  National

Muslim clerics are seeking ways to regulate online behavior in Indonesia, saying the exploding popularity of social networking sites like Facebook could encourage illicit sex.
Around 700 clerics, or imams, gathered in the world’s most populous Muslim nation on Thursday were considering guidelines forbidding their followers from going online to flirt or engage in practices they believe could encourage extramarital affairs.
Facebook says Indonesia, a nation of 235 million, was its fastest-growing country in Southeast Asia in 2008, with a 645 percent increase to 831,000 users – outpacing China and India. And with less than 0.5 percent of Indonesia’s citizens wired, there is a huge potential for growth.
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More to come for Malaysian Muslims/Malays?

Unspun’s sister must be having a relaxed day because she’s sent us an email that’s making the rounds in Malaysia following the Yoga prohibition.

Here’s sharing it with you:

Selepas fatwa pengharaman yoga, fatwa-fatwa yang akan datang adalah seperti berikut :

Disember 2008
Orang Islam dilarang mandi di kolam renang awam. Di kolam renang awam, akan terdapat orang-orang yang bukan Islam yang memakai pakaian renang yang singkat dan mendedahkan aurat (terutamanya amoi-amoi china yang cun dan seksi). Ini boleh menjejaskan akidah orang Islam. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari kolam renang awam.
Januari 2009
Orang Islam dilarang pergi ke Pulau Pinang. Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang adalah seorang yang bukan Islam and majoriti penduduk Pulau Pinang adalah orang yang bukan Islam. Apabila seorang Islam berada di Pulau Pinang, beliau mungkin terhidu bau char keoy tiaw yang dimasak oleh orang bukan Islam dan ini boleh merosakkan akidah kita. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari pergi ke Pulau Pinang. Orang Islam yang kini tinggal di Pulau Pinang akan diberi elaun pindah sebanyak RM 3000 untuk membantu mereka berpindah ke negeri-negeri yang lain. Perpindahan ke negeri Kelantan dan Terengganu amat amat digalakkan.
Februari 2009
Orang Islam dilarang meminum root beer. Walaupun root beer tidak mengandungi alkohol, namun perkataan “beer” ini boleh menimbulkan keghairan dan kelakuan tidak senonoh di kalangan orang Islam. Dengan pengharaman root beer, orang Islam bolehlah meminum minuman ringan yang lain tanpa was-was. Ginger beer juga diharamkan.
March 2009
Orang Islam dilarang memakan di kedai Mamak. Walaupun mamak kebanyakkannya Islam, tetapi asal usul mereka adalah India dan ada kemungkinan terdapat unsur-unsur India di dalam perniagaan mereka seperti bercakap Tamil dan memakai seluar dalam buatan India. Untuk mengelakkan sebarang syak wasangka, mulai 1 Mac 2009, orang Islam dilarang dari memakan di kedai mamak (kecuali Tun Mahatir kerana dia sendiri mamak kelas I)
April 2009
Orang Islam dilarang bermain ping pong atau table tennis. Ping pong berasal dari negeri China dan oleh yang demikian, mungkin terdapat unsur-unsur agama Buddha atau Confuciusism di dalam permainan ping pong. Ornag Islam yang terlalu banyak bermain ping pong akan terjejas akidah mereka. Sebagai permainan alternatif, orang Islam digalakkan bermain sepak raga (tetapi bola raga mesti buatan Malaysia, bukan dari Thailand).
Mei 2009
Orang Islam yang berkerja dengan kerajaan dilarang mengambil gaji masing-masing. Ini kerana sebahagian besar pendapatan kerajaan adalah cukai pendapatan yang dibayar oleh syarikat-syarikat orang bukan Islam. Orang Islam digalakkan meminta sedekah dari orang Islam yang lain. Untuk memudahkan permintaan sedekah, bakal peminta sedekah digalakkan mencangkung di hadapan bangunan UMNO.
Jun 2009
Orang Islam dilarang keluar negara. Terdapat terlalu banyak godaan yang boleh meruntuhkan akhlak dan akidah orang Islam. Perkara ini telahpun dikaji dengan teliti hasil lawatan sambil belajar ke Bangkok oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan baru-baru ini. Oleh yang demikian, orang orang Islam diminta menyerahkan balik paspot masing-masing ke jabatan immigresen secepat mungkin. Perjalanan keluar negara hanya dibenarkan untuk menteri-menteri dan orang kuat UMNO sahaja, itupun hanya jika diiringi oleh ahli Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan.
Julai 2009
Orang Islam dilarang berfikir di waktu siang. Kebanyakkan masalah jenayah dan maksiat wujud kerana orang-orang yang tak ada kerja berfikir yang bukan-bukan. Untuk membenteras maslah jeneyah dan maksiat, orang-orang Islam mulai 1 Julai 2009, dilarang dari menggunakan otak mereka diwaktu siang. Pemikiran mereka akan dipantau oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan dengan menggunakan sekumpulan specially trained monkeys. Orang Islam boleh menggunakan otak mereka di waktu malam tetapi pemikiran dihadkan kepada perkara-perkara berkaitan dengan makan dan minum sahaja.

Muslim Women and the pestilence of small-minded bureaucrats

My Asylum‘s brought Unspun‘s attention, via Facebook, to a Malaysiakini report of a Sisters-in-Islam’s campaign against book banning, after the Bolehsia government banned “Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism”.

No doubt Muslim women would consider parochial, self-righteous, holier-than-thou bureaucrats one of the challenges as well.

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‘No book-banning campaign’ launched
by S Pathmawathy (Malaysiakini – Aug 19, 2008)
Non-governmental advocacy group Sisters-in-Islam (SIS) today launched a postcard campaign against the banning of books and demanded for review of all banned books.
The move by SIS entitled ‘No Book Banning Campaign’ was the result of the Home Ministry’s decision to prohibit the movement’s publication Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism co-authored and edited by University Kebangsaan Malaysia’s sociology professor Norani Othman.
The campaign themed ‘book banning = book burning’ comes as a collective initiative by SIS, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence (Wami).
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Too sexy for their catwalk

And this PAS party wants to be part of the ruling government in Malaysia? Did the hotel get off scott free for hosting this? Only four men in a contest? Were they good looking and did they shave their legs?
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Malaysian Islamic court sends 4 Muslim men to jail for cross-dressing

The Associated Press ,� Kuala Lumpur � | �Mon, 07/28/2008 2:01 PM� | �Headlines

An official says an Islamic court in northern Malaysia has jailed four Muslim men for taking
part in a transvestite beauty pageant.
Mohamad Abdul Aziz Mohamad Noor, a senior official in the Islamic department in Kelantan state, says the men were sentenced to seven days in jail and given a 1,000 ringgit (US$310) fine Sunday after they pleaded guilty to cross-dressing.
He says the men were arrested together with 11 others on Friday for participating in the beauty pageant at a resort.
Mohamad Abdul Aziz said Monday that the others are expected to be charged next month.
Malaysia has both Islamic and secular courts. Sariah courts administer civil matters for Muslims, who make up more than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people.(

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Bolehland does it again – with Inul this time

Unspun was in the gym working out this morning when one of the Indonesian TV station gossip shows

Too sexy for Malaysia
Too sexy for Malaysia

came on. It showed a distraught and tearful Inul shocked by the ban on her performance.

Unspun cringed when the other people working out there began commenting about Inul’s mistreatment. “Di ban i Johor?” asked a Bapak. “Oh mereka fanatik di sana ya?”

Good one Bolehlanders. Who the hell do Malaysia’s PAS and other self proclaimed champions of the Muslim faith think they are, trying to say what’s approved and appreciated by a very large portion of Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population?

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Dangdut singer Inul concert rejected by Islamic party in KL

Antara ,� Penang, Malaysia � | �Tue, 07/22/2008 6:33 PM� | �Headlines

The Kuala Lumpur Youth Council of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) on Tuesday rejected the upcoming concert of Indonesian dangdut singer Inul Daratista to be held at the Bukit Djalil stadium, Kuala Lumpur.
The refusal from the party’s youth council appeared following the local government ban against Inul’s concert in Johor Bahru earlier this month.
“We will file our rejection to the Kuala Lumpur government and the relevant ministry,” said Kamaruzaman, head of the party’s youth council. “Her ‘drilling’ dance is too erotic.”
Inul is expected to perform in the Bukit Djalil stadium on Sunday. The organizing committee said the concert had been approved by the local government.

The 25,000 tickets to Inul’s upcoming concert have reportedly sold out

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In the name of religion

The things people do in the name of religion. If Unspun were a religious authority he’d tell both Anwar and Saiful to piss off and not cheapen something that is holy to many people. The Quran or any other religious text is meant to transmit the words of the founder to the followers, not function as a lie detector or truth one-upmanship claims. They should take it to the courts if they have a dispute.

On the second instance, who has a greater right to how a deceased person’s body is to be treated? The religious court or family members? Whose body is it anyway?

Anwar and accuser both willing to swear on Quran | The Jakarta Post

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan said they are willing to swear on the Quran over the sodomy allegations.
“I am prepared to swear (on the Quran) if the ulama advise me to,” Anwar said at the rally to protest the fuel price hike at Kelana Jaya Stadium.

He said however that the ulama should be “credible”.

He added that Perak mufti Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria and the former Federal Territory mufti Datuk Hashim Yahya had advised him that any such allegation should be handled according to Islam and there should be witnesses.

Sources told M-Star Online that Saiful, who is currently under police protection, also agreed to the suggestion by the Mufti of Perlis, Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, to clear his name.


Malaysian Islamic court declares dead man Muslim amid Hindu family’s objections | The Jakarta Post: ”
Malaysian Islamic court declares dead man Muslim amid Hindu family’s objections

The Associated Press ,  Kuala Lumpur   |  Mon, 07/07/2008 3:12 PM  |  World

An Islamic court has declared a dead man a Muslim, making it virtually impossible for his Hindu
family to cremate his body in the latest dispute over religious conversions in Muslim-majority Malaysia, their lawyer said Monday.

A Shariah court in northern Penang state ruled Friday that B. Elangesvaran, 34, who committed suicide last month, was a Muslim and his body should be released from the hospital for Muslim
burial, lawyer R. Nethaji Rayer said.”

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I’m too sexy for my lipstick – and high-heels

Here we go again with another feat that merits Unspun’s shit-for-brains tag.

New Malaysia: Kota Baru bans lipsticks and high-heels: “Kota Baru bans lipsticks and high-heels
This is bizarre. The Kota Baru Municipal Council has issued an order to ban female workers of the MBKB and permit holders from putting on lipsticks or wearing high-heels. High heels, it seems, are too noisy with its squeaky sound and they are a distraction. Lipsticks are even more dangerous and provocative – to men, that is. According to the council president Shafie Ismail the directive was issued to prevent rapes and other immoral activities.The directive has been issued to MBKB staff and workers at restaurants and other premises, which required permits from the council. That would probably include supermarkets. That’s the whole of Kota Baru! Tony Pua has blogged about the obsession of the PAS government with dressing.”

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