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Jakarta Post

Jakarta prominent mass organization and ethnic groups

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, August 28 2009   /  01:21 pm

Lutfi Hakim: JP/R. Berto WedhatamaLutfi HakimBetawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR)Leader: Lutfi Hakim (33)Members: 300,000 in Greater Jakarta. Membership requirement: Betawi (native Jakartan) and Muslim. For other ethnicities, must have lived in Jakarta for at least three years. Funding: Donations from members and businesses. Activities: Provides "unofficial" security services to companies engaged in entertainment businesses, property, construction projects and business centers. FBR members can also be seen guarding disputed property, providing debt-collection services and clearing out land. Its top brass also run small-scale printing business. The group is often used to provide political support for the Jakarta bureaucracy and certain Islamic parties, as evidenced when it condemned opponents of the controversial pornography bill. History: Founded on July 29, 2001, the FBR was charged by its re...