Our northern neighbours


from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger


 While our feeble-minded journalists try to foment a storm in a kopi tubruk cup over Australia’s alleged spying, it could be a good opportunity to recall something about the place.

Indonesia can be described without fear of contradiction and accusations of islamophobia as a predominantly Islamic country (Muslims 86%, Protestants 6%, Roman Catholics 3% and Hindu 2%). Its GDP per capita is US$5,100 (Australia’s US$67,035, USA US$49,965) and it happens to be the largest recipient of Australian aid. In 2012-13, Australia’s assistance to Indonesia was worth an estimated $541.6 million, making it its largest bilateral aid program. Australia is the fourth-largest donor of foreign aid to Indonesia. One could say we are its fourth best friend, thought I doubt any sane person would describe the International Monetary Fund, which pays dhimitude on behalf of the taxpayers of the world via Inter-Governmental Group on Indonesia, as a friend of anybody but bankers. So maybe we are the third; and, in any case, we are the closest geographically.


 What about its people? Well, just a snippet of information from that well know and increasingly disrespected Leftist magazine The Economist (14the September, 2013) which ought to be of particular interest to feminists. (It is perhaps superfluous to remind you that the feminist movement has been taken over by the socialist harpies, who set the issue of female equality back by at least a quarter of century.) In connection with the well publicised pack rape in Delhi, a medical journal Lancet Global Health researched the neighbouring countries, specifically Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. Over 10,000 men between 18 and 49 years old were asked if they had “forced a woman to have sex”, separated into “a partner” and “a non-partner”. Out of the four reasons offered in the questionnaire the “sexual entitlement” was first in all the countries. On raping partners and non-partners, Indonesian men are solidly second, just after the Papua New Guinea’s “non-partner” rape rate of 41%. Only 55% of men reported feeling guilty, and that is “selfies”.


 Thus I am not so certain that we need lessons from any Indonesian on respecting the rights of others. Admittedly, it is just a few journalists, and a few politicians – normal Australians take no notice of the local ones, so why should they of the Indonesian ones? Shouldn’t Indonesians worry that 12% of their population lives bellow the poverty line?


 As noted in Nothing New Under the Sun of 26th November, Indonesia’s military has 476,000 active personnel, Australia 58,000. The Indonesian military, in particular its special forces, Kopassus seems to be more active than the Australian one. Kopassus was allegedly involved in massacres in the sixties, and later in East Timor, which Indonesia annexed in 1975; the annexation, if not massacres and brutalities, approved by the Australian leftist hero Whitlam, then a Prime Minister. [Leaked documents reveal Australian Labor Leader’s East Timor] In recent times Kopassus is similarly effective in regions with separatist movements, such as Aceh and Papua.


 In March this year its eight members, armed with AK-47 and masked, forced their way into Cebongan prison in southern Java and killed four men held there on suspicion of having killed a soldier from their battalion during a bar fight. ( A note of warning to any members of the Australian Defence Forces inclined to fraternise with their overseas colleagues after joint exercises, when these are inevitably and quietly resumed: Indonesian military takes its pub fights very, very seriously)

And today:

Indonesia has accepted Tony Abbott’s explanation of the 2009 spying scandal but says the bilateral relationship will not fully resume until a new “protocol and code of ethical conduct” is agreed and implemented between the two countries.

 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono extended the olive branch to Australia last night…

However, Dr Yudhoyono made clear that the relationship would not be fully resumed – including military and police cooperation on people smuggling – until the code of conduct he and the Prime Minister had signed was “fully implemented”…

So I think bilateral cooperation that really brings mutual benefit can be resumed including military and police cooperation between the two countries.”…

  That does not bode well. However, in order to end up on a positive note I include a recipe for my favourite dish; not my recipe, since I simplify things too much. I always have plenty of leftover rice as my friends seem to prefer meat:

 Nasi Goreng -The famous Indonesian fried rice. original made from leftover rice and eaten as a breakfast dish.

 Now more usual server for lunch or as the basis of a larger evening meal, for example with a rijsttafel. It is very easy to make and won’t take more than 20 minutes to prepare.


 350 gr. Long Grain Rice

2 Tbs. Vegetable Oil

3 Eggs

1 Onion

2 Green Chillis, Sambal Ulek or Sambal Badjak.

1 Garlic Clove

1 Leek

1 teaspoon Ground Coriander

1 teaspoon Ground Cumin

250 gr. Chicken meat

250 gr. Shelled Prawns

3 Tbs. Kecap Manis


 This dish is best made from cold leftover rice, but you can cook a fresh batch and leave it to cool for at least 4 hours. Beat the eggs and make into a omelette, slice into strips and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the chopped onion, leek, garlic and chillis. Fry until the onion is soft. Add the Coriander and Cumin. Slice Chicken into strips and add with the prawns to the onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally until they are well mixed. Add the rice, soya sauce and omelet strips and cook for a further 5 minutes. Decorate with some of the leftover leek and serve hot. Enjoy.

 Enjoy and forget that storm in a kopi tubruk cup.


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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One Response to Our northern neighbours

  1. Tom Waters says:

    If not for ABC Australia and Indonesia could be friends.

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