The hunt for blasphemers of Islam goes on, this time on Batam island, a favourite destination of tourists and foreign investors alike. But do the foreigners who plough their money into this place know what kind of system they are supporting?
Tempo reports that eight men were arrested on Friday night for blaspheming the tolerant faith of Islam. The police were tipped off by a clerical organisation, the Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Indonesian Ulama Council, which had previously planted one of its members among the group, called the Klarifikasi Pemahaman Al Quran or "Clarification of Understanding of the Koran".
We sent one person to join in on their worship/service.
(Kami mengirim satu orang untuk mengikuti pengajian itu.)
said Hairul, the chairman of Baitul Rahman mosque.
If we look at the whole thing it is clear that they are a deviant sect.
(Jika melihat selebaran jelas ini penyebar aliran sesat.)
Fifteen documents were seized at the time of the arrest which relate to aspects of Islamic practice such as sholat or prayer.
The head of the Batam police, Ajun Komisaris Gusti, said that the eight suspects were being held in a safe place so as to prevent "anarchic" acts by lynch mobsters of the religion of peace who it was feared might gather at the police station if the men were known to be there.
Other recent cases of heretic hunting include: