JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia started off 2021 with unexpected twists, particularly in law enforcement. Indonesian and Malaysian police apprehended the two people behind the parody of the Indonesian national anthem Indonesia Raya, which turned out to be Indonesian nationals.
The Indonesian National Police confirmed the Islamic Defenders Front or FPI’s status as an illegal organization, after the force officially outlawed the group’s symbols and attributes.
And Indonesia had to say goodbye to one of the country’s TV broadcasting pioneers, after veteran journalist Inke Maris died of a stroke at the age of 72. Read on to get the scoop on these news, as curated by our editors:
Indonesian Nationals Behind Parody of the Country’s Anthem
Indonesian and Malaysian police nabbed two Indonesian natjonals for making an offensive parody of the Indonesian national anthem “Indonesia Raya” [Greater Indonesia], days after their stunt raised tensions between Indonesia and Malaysia.
Indonesian National Police spokesman Inspector General Argo Yuwono said the suspects are Indonesian citizens.
“We arrested one of the suspects, who was identified as MDF, at his home in Cianjur, West Java province on Thursday, December 31,” Argo said on Friday, January 1 2021.
“The Royal Malaysia Police [Diraja Malaysia] arrested MDF’s accomplice NJ in Sabah, Malaysia on Monday, December 28.” He added that MDF, who as a 16-year old is still a minor, made NJ’s acquaintance online.
The Indonesian police have charged MDF for violating a 2016 Information and Transaction law, as well as a 2009 law on state symbols. NJ will face the same charges if he is extradited to Indonesia.
Both of them face four years behind bars and a Rp. 750 million [$52,775.25] fine for violating the former law, and up to five years in jail and Rp. 500 million [$35,183.50] fine if they are found guilty of the second charge.