WTF: Minister blames parent after 14 youths rape 14-year old girl

This is bizarre.

A 14-year old girl named Yuyun dies after being raped by 14 youths. Who is to blame?

While others my pussyfoot about social factors and whether the victim or the rapists are responsible, the Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection is not burdened by hand-wringing.

She knows exactly who is to blame: The parents of Yuyun.

They are responsible, the Minister told a parliamentary Commission hearing, because they had left the child alone at home when they went out to their fields to farm.

News articles covering the hearing did not say if the Indonesian President  has ordered any psychological tests on the Minister for imbecility.

Menteri Yohanna: Kasus Yuyun Salah Orangtua – News, Jakarta – Hari ini Komisi VIII DPR melakukan Rapat Dengar Pendapat (RDP) dengan Menteri Sosial Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Menteri Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Perlindungan Anak (PPPA) Yohanna Yembise, Ketua Komisi Perlindungan Anak Indonesia Asrorun Niam, dan Polri yang diwakili oleh Kepala Badan Reserse Kriminal (Kabareskrim) Anang Iskandar.

Dalam rapat, Menteri Yohanna sempat menyebutkan kalau ada faktor kesalahan orangtua di kasus perkosaan.Ia pun mencontohkan kasus pemerkosaan Yuyun, gadis 14 tahun di Bengkulu yang meninggal usai diperkosa 14 laki-laki.

“Kasus Yuyun itu yang salah orangtua. Orangtuanya sudah beberapa hari di kebun. Bagaimana mau memperhatikan anak itu?” kata Yohana saat RDP di Kompleks Parlemen Senayan Jakarta, Senin (30/5/2016).

Menurut dia, kondisi di keluarga mempengaruhi kasus kekerasan seksual. Oleh sebab itu, Menteri Yohanna meminta agar ada tindakan ke keluarga. “Sanksi ke orangtua harus kita perhatikan juga,” ucap dia.

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The Bomoh’s back with five watermelons to keep things cool

The Malaysian bomoh(shaman, medicine man, con man whatever you call them) Ibrahim Mat Zin, who won notoriety for his antics involving a magic carpet, several coconuts and some nuts serving as acolytes in the search for the missing MH370 is now back.

Never mind that his methods did not yield any results in the search for MH 370 (the plane is still missing and nobody in the temporal or spiritual realms seem to have a clue of its whereabouts), the good witchdoctor remains undaunted and altruistic.

The bomoh at work trying to find MH 370

Like the caped crusader who cannot resist doing good whenever calamity strikes, the Bomoh has now trained his spiritual sights on the dry and hot spell affecting Malaysia.

This time, the Bomoh, who seems to have a penchant for local fruits has enlisted the help of five watermelons and four funny looking acolytes.

Will the Bomoh succeed this time when rather bureaus and modern science has failed? Only time will tell but Unspun, in his communion with the spirit realm, has divined that after the Vernal Equinox, where the sun gets closest to the earth and therefore makes it the warmest day we’ll experience, tomorrow, things will cool down.

The spirits, however, are silent on whether it is The Bomoh’s handiwork that will result in the cooling of Malaysia, out of professional courtesy.





The Trump Ogoh-ogoh

The ogoh-ogoh are effigies built for the Ngrupuk parade on the eve of Nyepi that took place yesterday.

Ogoh-ogoh usually are fashioned after mythological beings or demons and they represent the Balinese people’s spiritual or temporal aims.

Often they also serve as social  or political commentary. Hence this year they had an effigy    of the sea god Baruna crushing a backhoe, the symbol of the unpopular move to reclaim Benefits oa Bay by some business interests.

What does it mean then when they have an ogoh-ogoh of that grotesque short-fingered demon Donald Trump? What manner of demon slouches toward Kuta Beach?


The ogoh-ogoh are usually burned at the end of the parade. Anyone with a photo of The Donald going up in flames?

(Thanks Adri for forwarding the photo).

The Great LGBT scare

This is what I wrote in our office blog about our experience of hiring LGBT people, as opposed to the bigoted views of the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir who has called for a ban of LGBT peeps on campus.


We’ve hired LGBTs, and guess what? They didn’t erode our standards and morals!

The Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir has said made himself and the Indonesian government a laughing stock by saying that LGBT students should be banned from university. His reasoning is that “There are standard values and moral standards to be maintained. The campus is a moral guardian.”



Baloney. If we are to talk about moral standards, who you have intimate relations with is less worrying about who you cheat and bully and condescend. Sure there are LGBT on campuses as they are everywhere. Most of the time they do their thing and leave you to do yours. That’s much better than others, like evangelical religionists who try to push their religion onto others, or lecturers and students with dubious integrity who lie, cheat or bully others. If there should be any morality that the campus should be guardian of it should be against those morals, not the sexual orientation and preference of individuals. [Read more]



When you try to PR the un-PR-able…

This is what happens. Told’ja so here


Nowhere2Hide: Dr M’s man blasts Kok Wing


FMT Reporters | June 6, 2015

Najib’s PR team in tatters, says blogger, and warns image man Lim that his own legacy in danger

KUALA LUMUR: Najib Razak’s new image consultant, Lim Kok Wing, has been urged to beat a “quiet but hasty retreat” in a sharply-worded blog posting by Syed Akbar Ali, an ardent supporter of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Syed Akbar Ali gave Kok Wing a double-barrel blast, blaming him for the “PR disaster of the century” when the prime minister did not show up at the Nothing2Hide public forum where Najib was expected to answer criticisms about his government’s handling of national affairs.

In addition, Syed Akbar warned Lim that “some people are not going to forget you for this” for his having warned Dr Mahathir at a personal meeting to lay off his campaign against Najib and for Dr Mahathir to expect his legacy and reputation to be torn to shreds.

Syed Akbar relied on unnamed sources to accuse Lim of having bungled by coming up with the idea of the forum. It had become “the biggest PR disaster of the century”, and people were calling it Nowhere to Hide instead of Nothing2Hide.

After Najib failed to show up at the forum, Dr Mahathir began to speak but the police intervened to stop him and turned off the microphone and video projector.

Syed Akbar said “some serious finger pointing” had begun inside Najib’s public relations camp because those responsible for telling the prime minister not to attend the forum were from another part of the PR team.

The blogger said Najib was “a PR disaster” and warned Lim that he could not “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”.

As an example, he cited Najib’s failure to say anything about Friday’s earthquake in Sabah, a first in Malaysia, until five hours later “because he was too busy running and hiding from Dr Mahathir all of yesterday morning”. Najib had also failed to visit the state and instead was going for an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

Syed Akbar warned Kok Wing that his own legacy (as an adman, image consultant, and founder of a creative design school) was now in danger.

Lim Kok Wing rose to prominence by being the Barisan Nasional’s principal image consultant in charge of all election campaign advertising during the 22 years of Mahathir’s several terms in office. He also founded a design school which eventually achieved university status under Dr Mahathir’s patronage and spread internationally.

Dr Mahathir, in his blog yesterday, alluded to Kok Wing, describing a visit by “a friend” and the friend’s advice to stop his campaign of criticising Najib. Dr Mahathir has asked Najib to step down as Umno president and prime minister.

Reminding Lim that Dr Mahathir had concluded by calling him an “ex-friend”, Syed Ali said pointedly: “I don’t know how else to say this but so late in life you have assumed a very stupid role for yourself.”

The blogger said he himself had visited Dr Mahathir on Friday evening and “from our conversation at Dr Mahathir’s office yesterday, I think some people are not going to forget you for this. A crime has been committed by some people. All the ‘levers of power’ (to borrow your words) are not going to help them. It is best for you to beat a quiet but hasty retreat. Don’t say I did not tell you.”

He warned Kok Wing that the only legacy that would go down the drain “is your future as well as your past”.

Ominously, Syed Akbar pointedly said “You don’t know what we discussed yesterday” at his own meeting with Dr Mahathir on Friday evening.

via Nowhere2Hide: Dr M’s man blasts Kok Wing | Free Malaysia Today.

The shameless lament of Rosmah

There used to be an old joke at the expense of Indonesians and it goes something like this:

Q: What’s the difference between corruption in Indonesia and elsewhere?

A: None, except that in Indonesia there is an absolute lack of sense of shame associated with the corruption

This still holds true in Indonesia, where Military Chiefs parade with watches tens of thousands of dollars, policemen have bank accounts so fat it would take several lifetimes for them to accumulate on their salaries and luxury beyond the means of many of public servants.

But to see this level of shamelessness in Malaysia is something else. It used to be that there was at least a bit of embarrassment because you know what you do is wrong, rather than get all defensive about it.

The behaviour exhibited by Rosmah, the Malaysian PM’s wife who is known for her expensive handbags and shopping sprees overseas, is really…disgusting.

Someone who can spend RM1,200 (Rp 4.3 juta) to dye her hair and complain about hardship? Puhleze. And what for? Black hair does nothing to distract the looker from the overly botoxed face…

Malaysian PM’s wife laments rising costs | TODAYonline

Malaysian PM’s wife laments rising costs

KUALA LUMPUR — The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will curb errant hairdressers and tailors from overpricing their wares, said the wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak today (Feb 23), lamenting that she had to fork out RM1,200 (S$448.50) each time she had to dye her hair at home.

“It is really hard to make tailored clothes these days. Their prices come up to RM500, and I am speaking as a representative of a housewife that buys made-to-order clothes.

“We have to make beautiful clothes to attend functions, but the prices are way too high. For those who can afford, it’s alright.

“But what about housewives like us, with no income?” Madam Rosmah Mansor said during a briefing on the GST with other wives of ministers and deputy ministers (Bakti) in Petaling Jaya today.

Mdm Rosmah complained that the charges for hairdressers, tailors and make-up artists who make house calls were “really high” and “did not make sense”.

She said that housewives like herself, who had no choice but to use their services, often became victims and were burdened with exorbitant prices.

“Housewives, especially, often become the victims to such traders because there is no price control and guidelines by the government on house call services,” she said.

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Najib’s PR Guru: The Talented Mr Stadlen

The Sarawak Report contains a fascinating story of the staying power and nocturnal pursuits of  Najib’s propaganda chief Paul Stadlen.

Stadlen apparently used to head APCO, a lobbying/PR firm appointed by Malaysian Prime Minister to help with his PR needs, which are legion. Unspun’s written about them here and here.

Many people then wondered why a firm that has been associated with its close contacts with the Jewish lobby was appointed by a sanctimoniously Islamic Malaysian Government. An explanation was that they wanted to lobby the US. This seemed a plausible answer.

But when APCO got nowhere and were dismissed by the Malaysian government it was then difficult to understand why Stadlen, who had headed the firm’s Malaysian operations, was retained to advice Najib on his PR.

Was Stadlen somehow more clever and had greater insights into Malaysians than any Malaysian Najib could find? Was he more strategic and savvy? Was he willing to be more brutal and unquestioning to his boss’s orders?

In all counts it is difficult to find a reason why Stadlen could have been a superior choice. This task is made all the more difficult if you consider that someone in his position would allow himself to be photographed having wild times and cavorting with Malaysian Bunny girls.

Surely even a humdrum PR advisor would know the reputational risks he exposes his boss and himself if he indulges in such good times?

So Malaysians, why is this Mat Salleh chosen over all the clever and equally scheming local boys and gals that Najib could have hired for a fraction of Stadlen fees?

(Unspun didn’t have enough coffee this morning and somehow thought Stalin was Steadly. Have made corrections to the copy. Apologies for not being too steady this morning)