Indonesia Anonymus

We are a group of Indonesians, ranting about our beloved country. This blog is a result of many people grumbling about many things in many ways.
Feedback: indonesia.anonymus at gmail dot com


Anonymus is the Latin word for anonymous, the correct English spelling. The Latin spelling, however, is traditionally used by scholars in the humanities to refer to an ancient writer whose name is not known, or to a manuscript of their work. Read more at Wikipedia.

Our blog in Bahasa Indonesia (but rarely updated) can be found here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

We are Infidels

One day, two colleagues, call them A and B, went for a reflexology massage right after work. The place is in a walking distance from our building. It's a popular place for office workers seeking some relaxation after a hard day at work. Except that day -- The place was empty and A and B were the only clients around.
But not for long. As the masseuse started working, one man came in. Thick moustache and dressed in all white muslim outfit, he could pass as Gen. Parvez Musharaf look-alike. (You know, the president of Pakistan.)

He sat -- of all places -- between A and B. B was rather annoyed. He wanted to relax, and somehow he sensed that this man chose that seat because he wanted to start a conversation.
Sure enough, he did.

The man started with small talks, of which A and B replied reluctantly. And then the 'fun' started.
Below we gave you that part of the conversation, transcribed and freely-translated, for your convenience:

The man: So, what do you think of the indonesian playboy magazine?

(B closed his eyes. Didn't want to bother. A felt uncomfortable not to answer.)

A: Don't know. Didn't buy it. What about it?

The man: What do you mean, 'what about it?' It's pornographic ! You typical office people. Always ignorant...

A: Oh? Well, I didn't know. Why? nude pictures in it? Provocative articles?

The man: No. No nude pictures. If there was, their office would have been burned down by now.

A: Then why did you say it's pornographic?

(B sighed loudly as a show of protest. He was more annoyed now that A did not even try to end the conversation. )

The man: It's the name! The name itself is linked to pornography! How could we allow a magazine with such name in our country?

A: Just because of the name? So if the name is not Playboy, it will be ok then?

(B chuckled. He decided to play along)

B: Yeah, what if instead of Playboy, we call it Studyboy? or Workboy...?

A: Or Officeboy... Would that be ok then? Same content, just change the name?

The man started to look a little upset.

The man: Well, ok, it's not just because of the name. But it's not as simple as that.

A: What is?

The man: It's their tactics, you see. Of course they would not publish nude pictures right away. They wait. Once the people get used to the magazine, then for sure they will start publishing more and more revealing pictures.

A: So it is not pornographic now, but it MAY be in the future?

The man
: YES !

A: So we are punishing them BEFORE they commit the crime?

The man
: YES ! We can't wait until they really publish such filth, can we? This is a prevention. We don't want our kids to see such filth.

A: Can we do that?

The man: YES ! Of course we can ! And we should !

A: Can we do the same to all FPI members then? Can we arrest them all then?

(Note: FPI=Front Pembela Islam -- Islamic Defender Front, frequently described as a militant Islamist organization. In the news, it is said that FPI protested the magazine by throwing stones at its office building [1])

The man
: Why? What did they do wrong?

A: Well, don't you think it's possible that in the future they may again throw stones at office buildings, may use violence, disturbing the peace ?

The man: But you can't just arrest people BEFORE they have done anything!

A: Why? Aren't we punishing Playboy for something it has not done? Didn't you say it is prevention?

The man
: That's because we don't want our kids to see a dirty magazine !

A: Well, do we want our kids to watch tv and say: "Look, Daddy's on tv ! Look ! He is throwing stones at an office building! Wow, cool !" ?
We don't want that, do we?

The man, totally upset, got up and left. His masseuse was caught by surprise.
"Sir, you still have another 20 minutes..."

The man kept walking. At the door he looked back and cursed:
"Stupid infidels..."

When A told us the story, we had some reservations. We told him it may not be wise to challenge such character. He should think more of his own safety. He should have just backed down.

Nothing good will come out of bantering at a reflexology spa.

Then A replied: "But all I did was asking questions..."
He pointed at the transcript: "Look at it. I always put it in a form of a question." We glanced through the transcript once again. He was right.

"I was merely asking questions..."

Indonesia Anonymus will give no comment.

[1] - FPI Ngamuk, Kantor Majalah Playboy Dilempar Batu


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm, funny conversation: good questions with little bit "stupid" answers... ups! please forgive me! :P

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:12 PM  
Blogger Admin said...

the lawyers are known to question all ;-P "Isn't that true....?" "Isn't that...this?" etc. well, it's not a bad move at can win cases that way :-D smart A for sure...

9:26 PM  
Blogger Jakartass said...

I think J.K. Galbraith said something along the lines of those who profess the strongest religious beliefs have the most doubts.

And if he didn't say it, then I did.

And thanks for yet another fine post well worth waiting for.

8:52 PM  
Blogger oigal said...

A very good post, one can only hope it makes it into mainstream media to demostrate the stupidity of it all.

I find it sad that a magazine that is past its use by date in the west can raise sticks and stones but kids dead of Cholera in a nation of such abundant resources is lucky to make to page three of the paper

10:10 AM  
Blogger naisenodni said...


4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your friend rocks!

10:06 AM  
Blogger s said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope it can open all Indonesian eyes of this stupid FPI thugs!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm one of the infidels, then

5:58 PM  
Blogger perempuan hujan said...

Very smart A and B! I'd call that "main cantik". Are you guys lawyers? Coz the only friend I got who would use similar tactic is a lawyer.

I'm a female and yet I love reading Playboy Indonesia magazine. Nope, I'm straight. I love it because I think it is the only men magazine in Indonesia which is written in a far less "chauvinistic" way.

Well, I don't mind my man looking at alluring pictures of women as long as he doesn't bother me flirting once a while. No guys, I'm not a feminist, all I ask is equal rights for women.

8:49 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home