Jakarta: “there is no radicalism in madrasah; no Aussie funds going to radicals….

No Aussie funds going to radicals: Jakarta

Don’t wait for Gillard’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr to tell you  the truth. Always the blathering dolt he is, he even lies and downplays the  billions of dollars in jiziya we have already paid and will still be paying in the future.


Police escort radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to a Jakarta prosecutors office. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

INDONESIA has guaranteed no Australian aid money is being used to help fund radicalism in schools in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

A number of Islamic schools in Indonesia have in the past been linked to terrorist organisations, including the Ngruki college in central Java which boasts a number of the 2002 Bali bombers as alumni.

The school, or pesantren, in Solo has long been linked to Islamic fundamentalism.

It was founded by radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir and was attended by Bali bombers Mukhlas and Amrozi.

But the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry’s secretary-general, Bahrul Hayat, on Thursday downplayed connections between terrorism and the teaching of a radical Islam in some schools.

His comments came as he accompanied Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr on a tour of a madrasah (a community-based religious school) in south Jakarta which is being funded by AusAid.

“I can guarantee that because all the madrasah, pesantren (are) under the government system,” Mr Hayat said.

“We control all the curriculum for religious education.

“There is no radicalism in madrasah.”

Mr Hayat said the links between terrorism and schools in Indonesia was because of elements working from outside the education system.

“Of course we also have to understand there is a system outside the madrasah,” he said.

There are 68,000 madrasah in Indonesia, of which 1500 receive Australian funding worth about $47 million.

Senator Carr said Australia committed “in our interests and in Indonesia’s interests to seeing that the country has a good education system”.

“Australia is a good neighbour and a good friend of Indonesia,” he said.

During his visit to the school, Senator Carr announced that Australia would provide an additional $99 million in funding over the next two years towards a poverty reduction program in Indonesia.

The National Program for Community Empowerment provides grants for education, health and infrastructure.

“Almost 120 million Indonesians, nearly half the population, live on less than $2 a day,” Senator Carr said during a visit to the Manarul Huda Madrasah, an Islamic school in south Jakarta.

The new funding takes Australia’s total support for the empowerment program to $314 million.

It will also contribute to targeted support in remote villages in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, including training for local school graduates in basic engineering skills to build village infrastructure.

3 thoughts on “Jakarta: “there is no radicalism in madrasah; no Aussie funds going to radicals….”

  1. Any money that goes to the Indonesian government as aid will end up as consolidated revenue. Once it is pooled with other funds ‘Australian’ money will be indistinguishable from any other money they have. So the Indonesians are lying if they promise Australian money will not go to Islamic causes.

  2. Indonesia is beyond help. Major portions of this country are completely corrupt.

    Your $99 million dollars divided by 120 million poverty stricken Indonesians will amount to an accounting error and will end up wasting your cash and encouraging corruption.

    I’ve been to Indonesia, I’ve seen their poverty. It’s too bad but the people don’t really help themselves – they expect others to help them while they continue to breed like crazy.

    Indonesia is a beautiful place but it is wrecked by islam in all its various forms and sub-cults. It could be such a wonderful place without the religion of peace.

    I personally support one girl to go to college so that she can take care of her own life. It’s my parting gift to her for her future. I’m paying about $200/month for her school fees and costs in Jakarta. (She gave me about 3 years of her life in a great relationship that I had to end because of the islam factor). Fortunately, she’ll be finished school soon and she’ll have to fend for herself. What I know about poverty in Indonesia comes primarily from her experiences and visiting her family in their small 1 room ‘shack’ in the countryside of Central Java. I’ve also heard the same stories from other Indo girls that I’ve dated or experienced along the way. Personally, I love the Indonesian people but I hate the feeling I have when I am in that country.

    When I was in the northern part of Sulawesi in the Manado area, I had the feeling that this part of Indonesia should declare independence and keep their identity and culture. There is a very clear border between the Christian (non-muslim) parts and the muslim parts.

    I’d probably feel the same way about Ambon before the massacres several years ago.

    Likewise, Papua should continue to try to free themselves from Indonesia.

    Aceh is itching to leave, the rest of Indonesia is not muslim enough for them. I’d say, let them go.

    It’s also clear that Bali should declare independence and preserve what little is left of their identity.

    Where I was brought up, parents did their best to educate their children in the hope that they have a better future. Even though (or in spite of, or because of) they were poor, many having arrived on these shores with only the clothes on their back.

    In Indonesia, the expectation is that the children will work and take care of the parents who can go on procreating. It’s a sick cycle that Australia won’t be able solve. All this money is wasted jizya.

    It would be far better and cheaper to equip your navy with missiles and destroy the invader boats before they arrive. I’m sorry to be so heartless but there is enough money/talent in all the muslim countries for them to handle their own problems. It’s really none of Australia’s business.

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