Ross on sharia lite in Tangerang and Mayor Wahidin Halim's re-election bid.
A week or so ago, the Jakarta Post reported that the Mayor of Tangerang, Wahidin Halim, was being supported in his bid for re-election by a constellation of establishment parties, most of whom are not generally regarded as fanatic. Yet this civic leader is surely the self-same man who has presided over the enactment of primitive ordinances which quite blatantly discriminate against women, notably that which imposes a curfew on any lady who dares to leave her home on her own after the hours of darkness.
Unless my memory does me a dis-service, it was his rules that led to a respectable teacher (see Prostitution In Tangerang & Lilies Lindawati) being grabbed by municipal goons and arraigned as some kind of hooker, just because she was waiting for a bus in the early evening, and had the temerity to wear – or was it just carry? – make-up.
The Mayor of Tangerang had a moral duty to intervene and stop that nonsensical case, and in my view should have been compelled to go down on bended knee to apologise for the folly that mobilized the nitwits who grabbed her. He hasn’t, so far as I know.
Such conduct ought, in any sane society, to have made its author a political leper, but instead he has gained endorsements from the major parties in the country. I have been waiting for the leaders of these parties, several of whom aspire to high office, to disown their local chapters, but silence prevails. Yes, maybe the Mayor has administrative achievements to his credit, maybe, but Mussolini made the trains run on time and that hasn't let him off the hook of history's judgement.
What are we to make of this? Along with the recurring reports of supine police collaboration/appeasement of the FPI scumbags, most recently in yesterday’s JP revelation that said Islamonazis are permitted to stroll about the court precincts where they are meant to be awaiting prosecution (with honest folk scolded by the duty cops they protest to, then assaulted by fanatic hoodlums with not a police hand raised against the thugs) it appears that the powers that be in Indonesia are busily coming to terms with the worst elements in the national body politic.
Good guy statements about disallowing sharia bigot bye-laws are wonderful to hear, but they remain statements, not deeds, and deeds are what count when democracy is under threat.