Indonesians & Arabs

Dec 11th, 2006, in Society, by

Indonesians are better than Arabs, says Jusuf Kalla.

Vice president Jusuf Kalla, who is rarely short of words on any subject, says Indonesians have a lot to be proud about when comparing themselves to Arabs, should they want to do this. For example, in Indonesia there were many religions, cultures, skin shades, etc, but everyone was united. The Arabs had the same religion, same culture, same skin colour, but they were always at each other’s throats, fighting.

Speaking, with a big smile on his face, it seems, at the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ) on the 9th in Jakarta Kalla said there was much disunity in the Arab world, with twenty countries that had the same language, culture, skin colour, and religion, while Indonesia managed to provide a single home for all kind of skin colours, – black, brown, white, – and 300 languages, and lots of different cultures and traditions. He claimed that someone at the Iraqi embassy had told him this.

His words are reported to have drawn much laughter from the audience. detik

29 Comments on “Indonesians & Arabs”

  1. Charles says:

    Of course his words have drawn much laughter from the audience because he was making a joke. He was trying to forget about what had happened in Aceh, Poso, and Papua
    We still remember his controversy remarks to lure wealthy Middle Eastern men to temporally marry/contract marriage the Sundanese women in other words to legalise prostitution.

  2. Ali says:

    Oh really… from which point of view?
    C’mone… I am an Arab… wanna bet?

  3. Fanglong says:

    Always funny. What? Kalla’s humor? No, stupid general assertions.

    He was trying to forget about what had happened in Aceh, Poso, and Papua.

    Of this I cannot laugh: who can?

  4. Mohammed Khafi says:

    He claimed that someone at the Iraqi embassy had told him this.

    Whilst I wholehearedly agree with what he said, he certainly doesn’t have the nerve to stop the cancerous Arabisation of our beloved country, and I don’t think he has the intelligence to have realised this himself. The man is a clown, in any other democratic country in the world he would have been laughed out of office. His sole aim in the world of politics is to enrich himself and his family, just like all the other corrupt criminals in our so called government. For an example just look here:Indonesia’s Kalla under fire over business link

  5. Bradlymail says:

    Kalla ‘the clown’, when he speaks his voice sound like Jerry Lewis. When he stands up he look likes one of seven dwarfs?

  6. Andrew says:

    Oh no, not another statement from him…

  7. Rockstar says:

    bradymail: don’t insult the 7 dwarfs man. πŸ™‚

  8. O. Bule says:

    For Indonesia to go down the path to adopting Arabic style Islam and culture is a terrible mistake, and, unfortunately, Indonesia is already a good distance down that path.

    O. Bule

  9. Charles says:

    He has been successfully imitated Charlie Chaplin through his moustaches and his words.

  10. Dimp says:

    Just wondering if you have this person as second in charge, do you believe that Indonesia will ever go forward in this world?

  11. Bradlymail says:

    Rockstar, sorry about that! Cheer up!

  12. Ihaknt says:

    sigh…jusuf kalla…i reckon the audience was laughing at his stupidity and just could not believe how stupid this stupid short person is…even worse we have him as second in charge!!! God help us!!!

  13. Fanglong says:

    The sadistic clowns who (mis)manage people’s lives cannot even deal with a mudflow.
    Why hasn’t SBY said one word of consolation to the Porong people?
    Are the Bakrie & Kalla families threatening him?
    I’m weak enough to believe & hope Pak Presiden will do something for Sidoarjo & FOR THE PAPUANS!

    — while Syamsir Siregar goes on holiday, while Amrozy Cs are punished for their crime
    (not necessarily criminally killed), while people make love with no telephone-camera, with no judge, no frustrated lawmaker peeping, no X commission aping some kind of deep reflection, no cleric marrying virtual m2f or f2m puppets, while democracy extends from men to… women… Aduh aduh saya mengeluh!

    The Arab world? Wow! Wahhabiyya against Shafi’iyya? Times have not changed.
    51% good against 49% bad : the world survives. So many people are impossibly poor ; there’s no authentic sharing. How can that be? How can we stand it?

    Violence is the weakest form of action. It just calls revenge for a hellish vicious circle!

    Waton Urip?

    I think Indonesia (not its government nor its ulama) can build a really good democratic & mystical Islam. The country of origin has not the slightest importance! Pig meat is good when cleanly kept. Shari’ah is a law for a lawless nation — remember the wars of the Prophet in the 8th century: I think Indonesia has got the Pancasila & is not a “religious” state.

  14. Fanglong says:

    Ooops, I’m sorry, I just saw a picture of SBY with Sidoarjo people on ID Nugroho’s picture site… But it doesn’t really help the 12000 displaced. My best wishes to the people of Siring and others !

  15. Cukurungan says:

    What wrong with you guys, if you are Indonesian shame on you. Kalla is the Indonesia 2nd man as the results of the democracy system in which you’re always promote but now you have been making him as jokes.

    So the conclusion if your elected leader such stupid man. Can you imagine who you’re.

  16. Grace and Mercy says:

    “Indonesia better than Arabs”

    Wow, that’s something to REALLY be proud of! NOT

  17. pupil says:

    Another Clown….

    Yet there still many?

    Now, how can i believe anyone can save this country?

  18. Rudy Hendra says:

    One good thing is :
    Kalla is a moderate Islamic. Not an extremist.
    Maybe he is a ‘clown’, but that’s better than Suharto regime, maybe?
    We cannot talk anything in Suharto regime.
    We prefer a clown than a professional killer.

    About his statement, I see that he himself is facing difficulties, having headaches, have problems in his work that very difficult to be solved. He was helpless, so he said that to cheer up himself and the folks.

  19. Dimp says:


    What Soeharto has done is in the past, we cannot change the past but we can always try to make the present better for a brighter future.

  20. Ihaknt says:

    Cukurungan, democracy sih democracy, but if it is in Indo do you really believe it was 100% pure? I don’t think so. I confess that I personally didn’t vote, because I couldn’t care less. But sometimes I do wonder what he is on, some of the stuff he’s said is just as if he’s stoned or just coming down from a very bad trip. He could say the funniest thing sometimes. But sadly not intelligent. Even writing this put a smile on my face. πŸ™‚

  21. Cukurungan says:

    Ihaknt Says:

    democracy sih democracy”Β¦but if it is in Indo do you really believe it was 100% pure?

    Are you dreaming there’s any 100% pure democracy in this word. Come on guy, you may better go to psychologist and check your mentallity why you hate so much to someone else. Wise guy said don’t hate people but hate their wrong conduct.

  22. Ihaknt says:

    Cukurungan, read my statement properly πŸ™‚
    did i mention the word hate? NO…where did you get that from?
    And i already answer my own question about 100% democracy. I said: I dont think so! I know for sure there’s no 100% anywhere in particular in Indo. Put your glasses back on or you probably need a pair.

  23. Bradlymail says:

    Indonesia must have economy reforms to encourage investment from Arab countries. Look at Singapore, what was former president Habibie called it “red dotted country” why Singapore can pull the investments from Arab countries to invest in Singapore. Latest Arab investments to Singapore is almost SGD 10 billion dollar.

    Arab countries ‘shy away’ from Indonesia because they are not confidence with the Indonesia government and the private sectors – with full of corrupt people.

  24. Cukurungan says:

    Ihaknt Says:

    Cukurungan, read my statement properly, did i mention the word hate? NO”Β¦where did you get that from?

    Hehehehe …if so why your name
    “Ihaknt” hehehe accepted the sick people sometimes forgotten what they done.

  25. Ihaknt says:

    oooohh, you meant my name.
    πŸ˜€ there’s a story behind it, but we cant discuss it here πŸ™‚

  26. Hassan says:

    Next jusuf kalla will say that the sulawesi people are better than javanese!

    What a useless statement by kalla, and a useless argument too.

  27. JKS says:

    I bet Yusuf Kalla is doing the best for our country, but it’s not easy to manage extremists and stubbornists, they have power through cunning politics parties, it’s all complicated games he has to play.

    At least a little improvement by jailing more corruptors, better pray for him and SBY as I did rather than make joke of him.

  28. Arc says:

    It’s really funny when such a subject based on politician opinion, politicians shouldn’t be took as an example..since everybody know that politic is the dirtiest job ever..they always run for their own benefits…this whole article subject is rubbish.

    quoting :
    “The Arabs had the same religion, same culture, same skin colour, but they were always at each other’s throats, fighting. ”

    Well,many people forget that Middle East is an oil area (not mentioning the occupation of Israel) and all powerful countries like US,UK ,Russia ,China …etc try to intervene in every small/big issues to say “I’m in charge” and defending Israel.

    My response to Jusuf Kalla is :
    Sir please keep your dirty job and your racist talk out of Muslims communities. I mean what the hell r u talkin about?!!! “same religion, same culture, same skin colour”…Is that what you learned from Islam??!!

    I would say not only to Indonesians but to all Muslims :

    Remember when Prophet Muhammed said :
    “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action”

    Best regards…
    Middle East

  29. bluemoejoe says:

    well , one must try to understand ….

    but looking on his background …. bugis is always a bugis . we do never hold back always straight and talks loud with whatever we had on mind regardless the consequence later on ( silly us πŸ˜€ ) and do remember one thing he is a natural bussinesman not some lawyer or IR peoples . and for the native’s bussinesman joint the political party was the only “economical”safe way out during “orde baru” .. it do corupt them to an extent though . in a way … he less “trained” in kissing people’s asses

    so some slips in tongue …. and perfect recipe for disaster

    on the arabs issue ….

    well akhi … coming from uneducated people like my self . wether i like it or not . it’s simply what’s been portrayed and captured on average views …. yes .. yes it’s all political and economical sentiment behind it and so litle about ideological too . but it’s the blood an gun barking voice between brothers what the people watch and heards

    seriously bro … we need to sort out some PR problems in here … let some democracy rolls and kicks those aristrocracy out to the gutter

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