Satria Naradha, a leading figure in Bali as the owner of the main local news outlets, warned visiting parliamentarians from Jakarta about the dangers of aggressive Islamism in Indonesia and consequent break-up of the country.
In the light of the "Summons" issued by the Indonesian Mujahadin Council over Bali's opposition to the porn bill and the prevalence of creeping sharia in the country Satria Naradha's remarks make timely reading.
Bali will never betray Indonesia, we will never secede. Instead, we shall fight until the end any group that is trying to subvert the nation into a monolithic society based on the teachings of one single religious belief.
If Jakarta and Aceh want to betray the republic (by suppressing religious freedom and multiculturalism) then we will let them go (from the republic). Bali will not go away, we will fight to keep this nation as a nation that respects religious freedom and celebrates multiculturalism.
Satria Naradha views the matter as a patriotic struggle.
My ancestors sacrificed their lives to build this republic. I and my fellow Balinese will not let this sacred heritage be ruined by a small group of people who want to impose their moral values on this nation.
At the end of the meeting, Satria shocked the legislators by presenting them with gifts - red and white flags of the Republic of Indonesia.
May these flags always remind you of what this republic really stands for.