Tag: Indonesia

How the Indonesian Government should treat Geert Wilders and YouTube

When you get down to the bottom of it, ironically, Geert Wilders wants the same thing as the most extreme of the Muslims he attacks in the film Fitna – the terrorists.

The terrorist, according to Louise Richardson in her book What Terrorists Want, is motivated by the 3Rs- Reaction, Revenge, Reknown. The terrorist commits acts of terrorism precisely because he knows they will cause a reaction, they help him seek revenge for perceived slights and they would bring him reknown.

What Geert Wilders wants – and got – with his act of creative “terrorism” in releasing Fitna are

Revenge – This is not very clear but presumably Geert at some stage felt he and his ilk had been insulted by or been deprived of something important by Muslims and Fitna was his act of vengence.

Reknown -Before this episode Geert Wilders was just a third rate extremist politician with bad hair tucked away in a small country. Now he is known throughout the world.

Reaction – The game for terrorists is to provoke a harsh reaction on the part of governments and others to their act of terrorism. These reactions usually result in alienating them from their constituents.

So what do you do with the Geert Wilders of the world?


Of sleeping leaders

As we all know and the Malaysian Government keeps telling us, it’s all the fault of Mahathir. For what? Whatever.

The proof? See story below. If Mahathir had acted like SBY and, in his time, chastised upcoming leaders for sleeping on the job, the Barisan nasional would still be holding on to the two-thirds-majority, Malaysia wouldn’t be in the shits and bloggers would not be in elected offices. It’s all the Mamak’s doing!

clipped from www.thejakartapost.com

Sleeping forum participant outrages President

Desy Nurhayati ,�
The Jakarta Post ,�
Jakarta � | �Wed, 04/09/2008 11:20 AM� | �Headlines

The most valuable lesson learned by regional leaders at a five-week workshop at the National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) might not be on leadership at all, but how to withstand sleepiness.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was speaking before 86 participants of the forum consisting of mayors, regents and leaders of regional legislative councils on Tuesday when he spotted a participant falling asleep.

Yudhoyono paused his speech and told the attendants, while pointing to the participant: “Wake him up. Go outside if you want to sleep.”

“How could a leader fall asleep while I am talking about how to develop our nation? You should be ashamed of the people who have elected you their leader,” he said.

“Be serious with your responsibility. I’m ordering Lemhannas not to pass participants with bad attitudes even if they are highly intelligent.”

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What to do with an Anti-Blogger Government Expert

The blogging community in Indonesia is mighty pissed off over a certain Government expert and presidential advisor on technology who has been maligning bloggers as hackers and up to unsavory things.

Last night Minister for Information Muhammed Nuh met with bloggers and when asked what should be done about the so-called “expert” his advice was:

clipped from ndorokakung.com
“Saya kira komunitas blogger itu tak perlu distabilo. Sama sekali ndak ada niat kami untuk memusuhi. Kami justru ingin mendorong komunitas blogger sebagai pendorong dinamika baru, pencerahan masyarakat.

Kalau dirunut perjalanannya, di mana saya ikut terlibat, seperti yang pernah saya sampaikan pada Pesta Blogger 2007, saya bahkan mendorong blogger itu sebagai komunitas baru untuk menyebarkan fungsi pendidikan, pemberdayaan, dan memberi fungsi pencerahan masyarakat. Semua itu dikemas dalam bingkai membangun bangsa. Oleh sebab itu blogger itu part of our family.

“Ndak mungkin bapak menyembelih anaknya sendiri. Kalau ada kawan-kawan atau orang yang mengatakan bahwa blogger is our common enemy, ya harus dijawil. Saya kira nanti tugas kami yang akan menyampaikan bahwa ndak ada yg namanya musuh itu.

Kita justru membangun komunitas blogger ini bersama-sama.”

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Nuh also consulted bloggers about what the Government should do with the controversial Dutch documentary Fitna. Unspun‘s colleague Hanny, who was at the meeting last night, will be updating us on what was actually said between Nuh and the bloggers last night.

Unspun supposes it would be too much for Malaysian ministers to eat humble pie and give Nuh a call for some advise on how to get bloggers on their side?

The one Suharto analysis you should read

Unspun has not hig regard for the FEER but thinks highly of Jeremy Wagstaff, a former correspondent for the Asian Wall Street Journal and now a tech columnist, a blogger and an author to boot. In the analytical piece below you will see why.
Way before he reinvented himself into a tech columnist Jeremy was covering politics and the economy in Indonesia. He is one of the rare journalists Unspun knows who 1. can write well (most can’t, some even can’t spell or string two sentences together – they have copyeditors to do that for them) and 2. has enough empathy and intelligence to go below surface appeareances to tap into a nation’s psyche.The result is an article that captures the complexity of Suharto the man who came to lead a nation in waiting. Well done Jeremy and for heaven’s sake get that book on Suharto out soon.
clipped from www.feer.com

Remembering Suharto

Published by admin at 12:27 pm under History, Politics, Southeast Asia
by Jeremy WagstaffThe only time Suharto was seen crying was when his wife, Ibu Tien, died in 1996. As with most the key watersheds in the New Order, the moment is cloaked in mystery. But his tears told us more about the man than anything else he said or did in 31 years of being Indonesia’s president.

Some time between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, Ibu Tien had awoken. She slept alone: They had been married 48 years but in recent times had grown apart. She had grown tired of the trappings of power, and had watched as her children’s avarice destroyed the family and as her husband renege on promises to step down. The previous day she had visited her beloved horticultural garden outside Jakarta. None of her family was with her and, to those who accompanied her, it seemed as if she was saying goodbye.

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Some good news from Indonesia

Unspun thought it’s important to spread the good news coming out of Indonesia to balance the bad-usualy-terrorist-or-disaster-related news, and now news of Suharto’s death.Indonesia is about producing the world’s featherweight boxing champion too.
clipped from thejakartapost.com

AND STILL CHAMPION: World Boxing Association featherweight
champion Chris John of Indonesia is carried by his Australian
coach Craig Christian, while Chris’ opponent Roinet Caballero of
Panama sits in his corner. Chris defeated Caballero by TKO on
Saturday night. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

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Let’s dance!

First Unspun brought you the Rasa Sayang(e) controversy, now the Indang Sungai Garinggiang Fiasco?

Read on. The Antara article below was contributed by reader firdausj with the saying:

“Keledai-pun nggak mau jatuh jatuh dua kali di lobang yang sama” .. Hahahahaha…..

Read on:

Malaysia Kembali “Bajak” Lagu Daerah Indonesia di Osaka

Tokyo (ANTARA News) – Konsulat Jenderal RI di Osaka melayangkan surat protes kepada Direktur Malaysian Tourism Office di Osaka, menyusul penggunaan kembali lagu daerah Indonesia dalam acara Asia Festival 2007 yang berlangsung di Osaka pada pertengahan Oktober lalu.

Konsul Jenderal RI Pitono Purnomo mengemukakan hal itu kepada Antara di Tokyo, Kamis, ketika dikonfirmasi mengenai aksi “pembajakan” tersebut.

“Kami sudah mengirimkan surat protes kepada pihak Malaysia namun belum ada respon sama sekali dari mereka,” katanya.

Pihak Konsulat juga sudah melakukan koordinasi dengan pejabat Departemen Luar Negeri RI di Jakarta serta petinggi Departemen Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata, termasuk Kuasa Usaha Ad Interim KBRI Kuala Lumpur.

“Surat protes ini penting sebagai peringatan keras terhadap Malaysia agar tidak lagi sembarangan menggunakan lagu-lagu Indonesia. Kejadian ini nanti bisa diartikan negatif, misalnya seperti menantang Indonesia,” ujarnya.

Oleh sebab itu, katanya, pihak konsulat buru-buru mengirimkan surat peringatan agar Malaysia bisa menahan diri agar hubungan kedua bangsa menjadi semakin memburuk. Terlebih kedua negara merupakan tetangga yang dekat.


How Indonesian women are perceived?

Unspun has never been in a position to know women enough to presume to make pronouncements about them, Indonesian, or otherwise. Unspun is just content to admire.But others, such as Indcoup, are braver. Unspun wonders what Indonesian women have to say about his comments of them, some of which are clipped below:

clipped from indcoup.blogspot.com

20 things you should know about Indonesian cewek
2. Indonesian women think dark skin is bad, but they still adore Anggun.
8. Don’t call her “Manis”. That’s what they call kids. “Sexy” is best and “Sayang” is cool, but “fucking awesome” is okay when she’s slightly pissed
9. If you have something to hide, she’ll find it. Be especially careful of whose namecards you have in your wallet, the filth on your hard drive and the names of your “contacts” in your handphone.
10. A lot of Indonesian women like shit music like Peter Pan and Dewa 19. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
11. Over the course of her life, an Indonesian woman will use 10 men for every one she loves. If you’re paying for her younger sister’s education and you’re not getting any pussy yet, you’re one of the 10.
14. You’ll probably never know how many guys she’s slept with. The standard lie is she had been a virgin and that you were the first!! Hahaha! In truth it’s somewhere around 10-15.

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Pesta Blogger now open to well wishers and contributors

With eight days to go to Pesta Blogger 2007 the Steering Committee has been inudated with inquiries from well wishers wanting to know if they might be able to make donations of gifts or cast to help make this event, the first ever large scale national gathering of bloggers, a success.

Any company or individual interested in becoming a well wisher/contributor to Pesta Blogger can check out the Pestablogger.com website for more information. Or the can contact event manager Hanny by email. We are looking for gifts and stuff that we can insert into the goodie bags for participants. Remember, however, that this is a not-for-profit event, it is informal and results of all contributions will be listed, audited and reported at the Pesta Blogger website after the event.

Many businesses and individuals have contributed selflessly and generously to make this event a success that we think it will be and this is as good a time as any to thank them.

Microsoft Indonesia and Nokia Indonesia were first off the mark in becoming sponsors. XL Business Solutions was next to agree to become a sponsor. Kompas Cyber Media, Koran Tempo, and The Jakarta Post were all very accommodating and fabulous as media partners. Others to thank are Rony at Jogja who designed the Pesta Blogger Button , Jerry Aurum for designing the Pesta Blogger logo and Rangga Sastrowardoyo who chipped in to design the newspaper ads for Pesta Blogger which will appear next week.

Among the well wishers and contributors, those who have joined the party are Mobile Magazine, Digital Mark Reader and Mr. Potato. Keep abreast with the news at Pestablogger.com.

( Disclosure: Unspun works at Maverick which is helping to organize the Pesta Blogger)

Pesta Blogger doubles number of participants

It is nine more days to Pesta Blogger 2007 at Blitz Megaplex and the Indonesian blogosphere is buzzing with anticipation.Response for the gathering, Indonesia’s first national gathering of bloggers, has been so overwhelming that the Steering Committee is now planning for double the number of participants from its original plan of 200.

According to Steering Committee Chairman Enda Nasution bloggers from cities other than Jakarta are planning to send teams to the gathering. So far the 100 free places have been snapped up and is oversubscribed by more than 3 times – 358 applications, to be exact.Some bloggers, such as Aristanto and Thomas Arie Setiawan are just chuffed that they’ve received their passes to go to Pesta Blogger.

With the extra capacity of Blitz, the Steering Committee is now allocating about 200 places for representatives of blogging communities from the provinces, 50 places for the media, 30 places for sponsors(XL Business Solutions, Microsoft and Nokia), media partners (Jakarta Post, Koran Tempo and Kompas Cyber Media), well wishers and contributors, as well as another 15 spaces for group discussion leaders.

In an attempt to prevent disappointment from turned away bloggers at the door, the Committee is also allocating 100 places for those who show up on the day but who have not been registered. They can come in by paying Rp 100,000 to cover the costs of food and venue.

Word is that foreign media is also interested in attending. They include Global Voices‘ Preetam Rai and Angilee Shah, the former editor of Asia Media /UCLA have said they would attend.

The Pesta Blogger now looks to be shaping up to be a much bigger event that most of us thought it would be, thanks to the sponsors and partners, as well as all those who chipped in to help.

clipped from pestablogger.com

Kapasitas Peserta Bertambah 2 Kali Lipat

Ternyata antusiasme para bloggers untuk menghadiri acara Pesta Blogger 2007 tahun ini cukup membludak )

Berikut beberapa perkembangan terbaru seputar Pesta Blogger 2007:


Hingga saat ini, telah ada 358 pendaftar yang mendaftarkan diri lewat situs resmi pestablogger.com—walaupun hanya 100 pendaftar pertama saja yang bisa mendapatkan free pass, alias mengikuti acara ini secara gratis.

Selain peserta yang mendaftarkan diri secara langsung, terdapat pula 200 peserta yang diundang oleh Panitia, terdiri dari para pembicara, bloggers terkemuka Indonesia, serta tentu saja; yang paling signifikan adalah perwakilan dari komunitas-komunitas bloggers di daerah serta komunitas blog lainnya yang ada di Indonesia.

Minat yang membludak dari para bloggers dan komunitas bloggers ini membuat kapasitas undangan yang awalnya hanya dibuka untuk 100 orang naik 2 kali lipat, menjadi 200 orang.

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Rasa this!

This (clip below) looks like another cultural time bomb for Malaysia.Perhaps the Malaysian government should just step aside, shut up and let Indonesia and and Malaysian bloggers set the relationship right.

Malaysian Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan, on the off chance that you even even get debriefed on blogs, please see the posting Now to Rasa Some Sayang (and here too) to see how much Indonesians and Malaysians admire about each others’ countries and peoples. And how much potential goodwill there can be between serumpun countries if only the politicians would take a reality check, get off their high horses, park their egos somewhere the sun don’t shine and stop living in denial.

Also read Bleu, an Indonesian expat living in Indonesia for perspective on serumpun sentiments here.

clipped from www.kaskus.us

“Bw putih Bw merah” cerita Malay?

Terserah mau dianggap nge-flame apa engga, tp gw mau tarik perhatian ke sini lagi:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bawang_Putih_Bawang_MerahBenarkah cerita itu dari malay (melayu)? Setahu gw versi Jawanya adalah “brambang bawang” dan ini udah dikenal dari jaman duluuuu banget (nyokap gw ceritain pas masih kecil). Kenapa gw rada nyolot? Karena ini mulai diaku2 lagi sebagai cerita Malaysia, lihat:

“I think the minister should also look into their recent Sinetron called Bawang Merah Bawang Putih which is a copycat of our folklore as well. Their TV series was produced in 2004-2005 while we make a film titled Bawang Putih Bawang Merah way back during the Cathay Keris era in 1959 starring the late Latifah Omar and Umi Kalthom.

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