– nothing against sex, but against its exploitation in the media.
– endured years of abuse, stink bombs and pies in the face.
– a ruthless political operator
– happy to fight for the benefits of censorship in the courthouse.
– concerns are not those of a repressive patrician, but just “a manifestation of common sense and responsibility“.
Some folk, Hi Rob and others, think it strange that many people indulge him in light of the numerous occasions he has come up short on his analysis of all manner of things IT and telematika related.
What I find disturbing, but not strange, is that the powers-that-be are more than willing to give publicity seeker Roy Suryo credence. Every time his name appears in print he disturbs public order, yet he is paid way overmuch for his incompetence and incomprehension in all matters related to the internet.
From my archives
- He managed to screw $10,000 (plus monthly fees) out of SBY to set the President’s website.
Granted, the site is relatively up to date in Indonesian, but the English page has only six entries each of speeches, press releases and interviews – few from this year and not SBY’s well-received speech at the Bali Climate Change Conference a year ago. Given that SBY has fluent English, a major reason for his career advancement, and is a respected and major player on the world’s political stage, there should be more content, a lot more.
In fact there is just one bit more – a page devoted to a book of speeches, Indonesia On The Move*, with a link to Endorsments (sic)
SBY’s introduction demonstrates wisdom far beyond Suryo’s.
This book is collection of my speeches delivered for international audience. They cover wide-ranging topics, from security to poverty, tsunami to Aceh peace, democracy to globalization, MDGs to Islamic affairs.
What I hope to achieve through these speeches is to define Indonesia`s new thinking and project the new spirit that emerged after the 2004 elections. A key challenge for my government in past two years has been to translate the tremendous expectations, energy and optimism into real policy measures that will promote progress, growth, and stability. In the process of doing this, the interconnection between our national objectives and international activities becomes stronger. I am a firm believer that to attain our domestic priorities, we need greater – not lesser – engagement with the outside world.
Every generation needs to find its voice. My only hope is that the ideas and messages expressed in these speeches will add to the voice of the present generation.
So what is Suryo doing challenging the rights of citizens to challenge laws which limit “the voice of the present generation“?
That is what he has done in appearing as an ‘expert witness’ for the prosecution in the current appeal hearing against mother of two Prita Mulyasari. She exercised her right to send friends an email outlining the inadequate care she had received from Omni Hospital, yet is on trial for defamation.
Roy Suryo was the moral crusader behind the pornography section of the recently enacted Electronic Information and Transactions Law. There has been almost universal condemnation of this law in that it harms free speech. The vast majority of Indonesia’s citizens recognise that the country’s health services are inadequate, especially for those in rural and remote regions. Furthermore, living where they do, they also have an inadequate telecommunications infrastructure, so exercising their right to free speech is virtually a non-starter.
That a ‘modern’ hospital in an urban area could not diagnose that Prita had mumps and not dengue fever is proof positive that all is not well in the health service. (I had mumps last year, but after checking the symptoms on the internet I popped into my local apotik for the correct medication. There was no-one to defame other than myself.)
Since the dawn of reformasi in May 1998, we’ve seen incompetence, increased rent-seeking, intransigence and general stupidity among the political élite. The major criticism of SBY during his first term has been a perceived indecisiveness. For the next five years he has a solid public mandate, backed up with a parliamentary coalition of nigh on 90% so he can now afford to be decisive.
An easy decision would be to kick Suryo out of the Partai Demokrat, not so much because he’s not supporting the party line, but that in not kicking him out, the PD would lose in the image and credibility stakes.
Alternatively, whilst banning him from making public pronouncements, give him a sinecure as a department head, possibly in a mental health hospital.
That’s where cretins belong.
*Want to read more? I do but Kanjeng Raden Mas Temenggung (KRMT) Roy Suryo Notodiprojo, to give him his full name, hasn’t given any information about how to get the book. It might be in Gramedia, the local publications empire, but I can’t find it on Amazon. (However, I am vaguely interested in The Idea Of Indonesia, but not at £52.25)
I’ve just found this picture of KRMTRS, to give him his complete set of initials. I think he’s saying that he used to have bigger boobs.