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Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia logo on new banknotes not associated with communist party

  • Winny Tang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 19, 2017   /  10:11 am
Bank Indonesia logo on new banknotes not associated with communist party Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Agus Martowardojo shows new rupiah banknotes that were introduced on Dec. 19. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)

State-owned securities paper and banknote printing company Peruri has called on the public to stop making negative assumptions regarding Bank Indonesia’s (BI) logo on new rupiah banknotes.

Peruri president director Prasetio said the BI logo on the banknotes was rectoverso in design– two images that cross and fill each other -- to prevent counterfeiting.

“It is a security feature; do not make negative interpretations,” Prasetio said during a media visit to the company’s factory in Karawang, West Java, on Wednesday.

(Read also: Politics of fear and dissent)

Previously, Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab was reported to the Jakarta Police by the anti-slander young intellectual network (Jimaf) over alleged incitement on comments he made about the new banknotes.

In a speech that went viral, Rizieq said the new banknotes featured a symbol that resembled the logo of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

Police are continuing their investigation into Rizieq and have questioned a number of witnesses.

Jakarta Police chief. Insp. Gen. Mochamad Iriawan has stated that the FPI leader’s statement constituted a form of incitement after receiving clarification from BI regarding the logo. (bbn)


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