JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – It is largely agreed that the history of a nation helps shape the character and attitude of its citizens. From all the accounts that influence people’s minds, horrible events of the past apparently play the most pivotal part.
For Indonesia, the alleged coup attempt on Sept 30, 1965, blamed on the now defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), is a past horror that has affected people’s minds.
Many consider the incident a thorn in the flesh, which is why communism is listed among the subjects to be discussed in the amendment to the Criminal Code (Kitab Undang-undang Hukum Pidana or KUHP), which is now underway.
During the deliberation of the draft revision to the KUHP, both the House of Representatives and the government share the opinion that Marxism-Leninism is a serious threat to the nation’s unity and integrity.
The decision to…