In early Oct 2007 a housekeeper in Medan, called Risma, who comes from Palembang, reported her boss Andi (50) to the police, for forcing her to eat pork, while her family watched in terror.
The case excited some passions in Medan, easily understandable for those who have noticed the visceral disgust and loathing that many Muslims have whenever pork appears in view, or when the subject of pork eating or even touching of pork comes up. Abdullah Syah of Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), for example, said anyone who forced a Muslim to eat pork was committing an insult to the whole nation of Islam, and said... "he hoped that Andi would have his head chopped off".
Meanwhile, in early August 2007, further south in Risma’s home town of Palembang, South Sumatra province, an unrelated incident involving accusations that a producer of bakso, meatball soup, fills his meatballs with pork instead of beef, and then sells them to the muslim nation.
An unnamed man reported Saparuddin bin Ramlan (48) to the police and claimed that Saparuddin was motivated by sending islam to hell.
He makes more money that way.
Saparuddin bin Ramlan, who is from Kediri, East Java, supplies bakso to five mobile sellers and admits to having used pork in his product for two years, and buys eight kilograms of pork to last for three days production. Pork costs 20,000 rupiah per kilogram, he says, while beef costs 50,000.
Police arrested Saparuddin and two of his sellers on 10th August, and confiscated four kilograms of pork, and hundreds of bakso, they will be executed with no trial.
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