Palangkarayan residents kick FPI members away from Kalimantan

Posted by David Khoirul

Local residents in Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, rejected Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) arrival on Saturday, kicking them away from the airport back to Jakarta. Hours before Habib Rizieq and his members landed, the locals had stayed at the airport, looking for them.

In Blimbing, a village where I currently live, the headliner group has also flourished and multiplied. They target youth and people with little Islamic knowledge. A lot of things have changed since they occupied the village, but another thing happened: violence often comes from the FPI members rather than criminals. They hit, kick and punch everyone that they think is not in accordance with Islamic syariah (rules).

Concerning all the violence by FPI, what Palangkarayan people do, in my opinion, is right. The Jakarta Globe has the report:

Around 700 local residents searched passengers who got off airplanes that landed at Tjilik Riwut airport looking for FPI members.

Some FPI members, including chairman Habib Rizieq, were headed to Palangkaraya for the inauguration of FPI board members at the Palangkaraya chapter.

“People rejected them and demonstrated,” Norman Dani, head of Tjilik airport, said as quoted by

The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) had earlier warned FPI not to go to Palangkaraya. But since members were already on their way, airport management called the airplane operator to divert the plane to Banjarmasin, East Kalimantan and asked FPI members to get off the plane.

“We don’t want any clashes or destruction, “ Norman said.

After blocking the airport for more than two hours, locals dispersed when the airport announced that no FPI members would landed in Palangkaraya.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for writing this. I'm a Palangkarayan, and refuse FPI in Central Kalimantan. We don't need them here, nor in Indonesia. Whatever they said in their website is bullshit!