The Indonesian government seems to be a bit nervous about the possibility that Geert Wilders will have an influence on the policies of the new Dutch government.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated an article on the topic from Radio Netherlands:
Indonesia: opinions say Wilders may be harmful
If the views of Geert Wilders on the Islam are to become part of the official [Dutch] government policy, it could disrupt the relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia. This is what the Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands, Junus Effendi Habibie, said in an interview with Radio Netherlands. “That would be very regrettable,” Habibie said.
The ambassador says that Wilders has the right to say what he wants. “It remains an internal affair”. But he added that Indonesia is worried that the Dutch people may support his anti-Islam positions. Habibie said Indonesia ‘closely’ follows the political developments in the Netherlands and the Wilders’ role in them.
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Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Ninety percent [some say 85%] of the 240 million inhabitants are Muslim. In early October, the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will make a state visit to the Netherlands. At that occasion a bilateral cooperation will be signed.
If the Netherlands were to substantially cut down on [subsidies for] development cooperation [as the PVV intends in general, and not particularly on subsidies for Indonesia], the consequences for Indonesia would be large. “Then we shall have to find funding somewhere else. We do need help, but we are not dependent on the Netherlands. Indonesia will not collapse when the Netherlands does not want to give aid any longer.”
The interview with Habibie by Radio Netherlands took place in the context of the Indonesian celebration of 65 years of independence. The country declared its independence of the Netherlands on August 17, 1945.