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FPI reports Miss Indonesia to police for wearing hammer-and-sickle T-shirt
Merdeka.com - February 27, 2015
The FPI is accusing Miss Indonesia, who originates from East Java, for influencing and spreading communist ideas after she uploaded a photo of herself wearing a red T-shirt with a picture of the hammer-and-sickle on it.
According to FPI Solo coordinator Raya Khoirul RS, by wearing a red T-shirt with a picture of the hammer-and-sickle on it, which is a symbol of communism, Miss Indonesia is spreading communist ideas.
"Because the PKI [the outlawed Indonesian Communist Party] is a danger in Indonesia and truly is on the rise. And now also there is Miss Indonesia 2015 who is being widely discussed by the media in Indonesia. Our official report is because this involves Central Java as well. In legal terms it will be discussed by my attorney later", said Khoirul when Merdeka.com ran into him at the Integrated Police Service Centre (SPKT) on Jl. Pahlawan in the Central Java provincial capital of Semarang on Friday February 27.
The attorney for the Greater Solo FPI, Pongky Yoga Wiguna, explained to journalists that wearing communist paraphernalia violates Law Number 27/1999 prohibiting the use and development of communist teachings in Indonesia.
"We are here because Miss Indonesia is alleged to have worn communist paraphernalia. Because this is suspected to violate Law Number 27/1999 prohibiting the use and development of communist ideas in the territory of the Republic of Indonesia. This could carry a sentence of a maximum of 12 years in jail", he explained.
In addition to this, one of the FPI's visions and missions is ensuring that communist ideas do not develop in Indonesia. Because of this therefore, Wiguna hopes that firm action will be taken against Miss Indonesia and that all those concerned be questioned as soon as possible.
"One of the [reasons] it violates the law is because communists don't recognise God. We hope that this will be deemed as violating criminal provisions so it can be processed and that firm action is taken against all those concerned, the perpetrators. In accordance with prevailing laws in Indonesia", he concluded.
In a separate article Merdeka.com reported that Anindya Kusuma Puteri said in a press conference that she was given the T-shirt by Vietnamese friends who she knew from a student exchange program. Anindya defended the photograph saying that she had not intended to support any particular ideology and that she feels that there should be tolerance for the diverse ideas that exist in the world. She has since deleted the photo that was uploaded over five months ago.
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was FPI polisikan Puteri Indonesia karena pakai kaos gambar palu arit.]
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