FPI Spokesman Throws Tea at Academic on Live TV
A spokesman for the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threw a glass of tea over a fellow TV talkshow panelist on Friday morning and later said “I’m not afraid of going to jail; I’m afraid of going to hell.”
FPI spokesman Munarman was debating the merit of raids on establishments serving alcohol with University of Indonesia academic Tamrin Tomagola.
Munarman initially appeared to have a relatively quiet command of his position — that raids in Papua were organized by local housewives, not the FPI — while Tamrin insisted the raids were politically motivated.
“[Thamrin's analysis] is fabricated, this news article I’ve brought is factual and true,” Munarman said, referring to a printout of a local-media story. “Those who conducted the raid were not, as Tamrin claimed, representatives of the FPI or behaving under political motives. Such analysis is fabricated.”
“You don’t know, hey, listen, you don’t know what I meant,” Tamrin said.
“Shut up,” Munarman responded.
“No, you shut up,” Tamrin replied.
Munarman then threw his glass of tea into Tamrin’s face.
“You shut up when I’m talking. I was talking,” Munarman said.
“I’m not afraid of going to jail, I’m afraid going to hell,” Munarman told detik.com. “He’s not an intellectual, he deserved that.”
Tamrin said he would not be making a complaint to the police.
“Let the public judge him and give him the social punishment he deserves,” Tamrin said. “I don’t want to respond to a thug,” he tweeted.
Munarman sounded more relaxed when the Jakarta Globe spoke with him on Friday evening.
“It was nothing, there’s no need to blow it up,” Munarman said. “He was thirsty, so I gave him a drink.”