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KSPI trade union leader warns against PKI communist infiltration

Bekasi Media - May 9, 2016

Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) labour activist Iswan Abdullah A Siata is paying close attention to the communist movement that has begun to reemerge in Indonesia of late.

"We must keep our eyes and ears open in order to prevent PKI [Indonesian Communist Party] cadre from infiltrating all kinds of organisations particularly the political parties, the labour movement, farmers, fishing communities, social organisations, students and non-government organisations", Iswan told Bekasi Media on Monday May 9.

Iswan also highlighted the position of the government and the legislator which he believes are weak and soft on cadre and communist ideology. According to the KSPI national leadership board member, signs of this can be seen from the positions taken by Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan and People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Zulkifli Hasan.

"Their positions are strongly suspected to be thanks to lobbying by people who are suspected to be PKI cadre or sympathisers who are also suspected of starting to mushroom inside the government, parliament and political parties", revealed Iswan who also holds the position of vice president on the Indonesian Metal Trade Workers Federation's (FSPMI) central leadership board (DPP).

In the end, according to Iswan, the last bastion against the spread of communist and PKI ideology is the TNI (Indonesian military), the Islamic and other religious communities, along with nationalists and students who are ready to uphold the state ideology of Pancasila, the 1945 Constitution and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). (eas)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Aktivis Buruh KSPI Ajak Seluruh Elemen Waspadai Penyusupan Kader PKI.]

Source: http://www.bekasimedia.com/aktivis-buruh-kspi-ajak-seluruh-elemen-waspadai-penyusupan-kader-pki/.

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