Tjahjo Kumolo

Aug 14th, 2007, in News, by

Old time nationalism from Tjahjo Kumolo of the PDI-P.

Tjahjo Kumolo, the parliamentary chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan (PDI-P)), has warned the government on several occasions recently antara antara about the threat that Indonesia faces from other countries through its signing of cooperation agreements and treaties, specifically the defence and extradition treaty with Singapore, (Defense Cooperation Agreement/DCA)).

Tjahjo Kumolo
Tjahjo Kumolo.

Tjahjo Kumolo, who seems to talk about little else, said again on 13th August that his party was opposed to cooperating too much with other countries, for sound, in-principle reasons:

I want to keep reminding the government that basically from the political and intelligence point of view there are no friendly countries. There is only our own national interest.

Despite Indonesia’s membership of ASEAN the nation was not necessarily willing to be friends with its neighbours, he said, or be sincere in any attempts to do so, especially considering that many of them were just lackeys of America, like Singapore. All Indonesians should be on guard against American subversion attempts carried out by its lapdogs in the region, he said.

American geopolitical strategy can be seen most at work in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia. We will collapse if we don’t keep on guard.

He said every country was therefore a potential enemy and that in his research and reading he had found that the signing of agreements between two countries actually represented the first stage in war between them, or “the first real war”.

Singapore in particular was a devious country, and almost certainly insincere in its decision to cooperate with Indonesia in the defence field. Singapore might possibly want to:

defeat us, whether in military and political field, or in cultural and economic field.

Singapore’s main target of subversion in Indonesia was Batam island, he said, which it wanted to “own” culturally and economically. That was fine, he said, as long as Singapore island were handed over to Indonesia in return. kapanlagi

He reminded Indonesians to keep up the good fight against America, liberalism, capitalism and neo-colonialism.


8 Comments on “Tjahjo Kumolo”

  1. Sylvester says:

    He reminded Indonesians to keep up the good fight against America, liberalism, capitalism and neo-colonialism.

    Fight against those -isms is understandable. Everyone has his/her own opinion and has a right to preserve it. But against America? Are all American bad?
    Although some guys in Pentagon are bad but without USA and its ally, the radical moslem would roam free. Life would be miserable.
    It is an example of generalism by an idiot indo politician.

  2. Rambutan says:

    He said every country was therefore a potential enemy and that in his research and reading he had found that the signing of agreements between two countries actually represented the first stage in war between them, or “the first real war”.

    [rant]

    Interesting research, Pak. I guess you would prefer complete isolation so you and your friends can keep muddling on without anybody watching. When will these guys learn that we are not living in the 50s anymore???

    Unfortunately, these guys don’t give a sh*t about ‘national interests’ (i.e. about their voters’ interests) but only about filling their bank accounts and playing with their mistresses. There are too many parliamentarians that like Tjahjo try to play on nationalist sentiments to divert attention from their own incompetence. The recent spats about the UN Resolution on Iran and the DCA Agreement with Singapore are the best examples. What a bunch of useless idiots…

    [/rant]

  3. Shiva says:

    He said every country was therefore a potential enemy and that in his research and reading he had found that the signing of agreements between two countries actually represented the first stage in war between them

    Entering negotiation with infidels only admits of weakness; if one is stronger, one simply prevails. Therefore negotiation is done only when there is no alternative, and then only to bide time for resumption of the struggle later, thus the Treaty of Hudaibiya comes to mind

  4. Colson says:

    Probably to his own dismay one day the guy may discover his way of thinking is not entirely different from the neocons of the “Project for the New American Century”.

    The neocons proved to be a disaster. But to practice an unilateral foreign policy they at least had a superpower at their disposal. Tjahjo hasn’t, so he is just pathetic.

  5. Peter says:

    Indonesia should learn from Singapore and adopt a civil service test which all members of its government must pass. What a bunch of crap.

  6. KSJ says:

    Is he stupid or what? Extradition agreement means that the Indonesian authorities will be able to ask another country to extradite Indonesian criminals in order to judge them in Indonesia. Remember many Indonesian financial criminals fled to Singapore since there was no extradition agreement between Indonesia and Singapre.

  7. Bas says:

    Rambutan has understood the all of it. Politician in Indonesia only think about one thing: getting as much money as possible to get the girls.

  8. Dragonwall says:

    Or probably he is thinking of sending some of those RPKAD to snatch them back like the raid of Entebe. Or perhaps isolating Indonesia from the outside world so that no one will know what happens then.

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