A PKS politician is prevented from boarding a flight to Canada.
Tamsil Linrung was prevented from boarding a Cathay Pacific Airways flight to Canada, leaving from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta international airport on March 21st, because, so it is said antara, airport authorities had been informed by US embassy officials that Tamsil was an undesirable passenger. He was part of a 12-member group of MP's heading to Canada for a working visit. One report says the government of Canada issued the late ban on his visit. suaramerdeka
Tamsil Linrung is a parliamentarian from the Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS), or Justice Party, from South Sulawesi, and has in the past been accused of being a member of Islamic terror groups such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), and militant groups such as Laskar Jundullah.
He was once arrested, along with two other men, his brother-in-law Agus Dwikarna and Abdul Jamal Balfas, by Philippines police at Manila airport in 2002 for attempted smuggling of a small amount of C4 explosives, detonating cords, and blasting caps, and is believed connected with the Preparatory Committee for the Implementation of Islamic Law.
All three men claimed that the bomb-making materials had been planted on them. Agus Dwikarna was charged with the crime and was sentenced to 10-17 years. Charges against Jamal Balfas and Tamsil Linrung (he is sometimes called Hamsid Lin Rung in Philippino court documents) were dropped after president Megawati made a personal plea to Philippines president Arroyo and the two were released a month after the arrests. supremecourt.gov.ph
Yudhi Chrisnandi, a Golkar member from the parliamentary commission for foreign and defence affairs, complained that this latest example of Tamsil's travel woes was an outrageous insult and humiliation for the Indonesian parliament and the entire nation, and a violation of Tamsil's human rights. Tamsil wasn't even going to the United States, he added, but to Canada. republika
Chrisnandi gave the US embassy seven days to solve the problem or the House's Commission I would do something about it.
Former Muhammadiyah leader Ahmad Syafii Ma'arif says the government has to take firm action against Canada. He said the Canadians have to understand that they have insulted one of the Indonesian people's representatives, and that Tamsil had travelled many times previously without getting into trouble. Ahmad said he personally did not agree with much of Tamsil's beliefs but he still had to be respected.
Tamsil Linrung says he will visit the US embassy in Jakarta to ask for an explanation of his black-listing, even though it is now clear that the ban on his travel came from the Canadian embassy.antara
The Association of Muslim Intellectuals, Ikatan Cendekiawan Muslim Indonesia (ICMI), demands that the government take a firm stand against the governments of Canada and the United States. Chairman of the ICMI Nanat Fatah Nasir complained of the meek reaction of parliamentarians, including those who were part of the group going to Canada. antara
Why is the Indonesian nation silent? Tamsil has never been proven to have done any wrong and what's more BIN have cleared him of any involvement with Jamaah Islamiyah.
We urge the government to show some teeth.