Indonesian Government Should Apologize

When seven Malaysian fishermen were ‘abducted’ from Malaysia own territorial water by Indonesian officials, dozens of Indonesians staged what-I-call dumb and unreasonable demonstrations in front of Embassy of Malaysia at Jakarta, TWICE! They even threw human crap into the Embassy yard (they were holding five bags of crap but only one was thrown). Funny wasn’t it? Some Indonesians were so mad and angry with Malaysia they even brought somebody’s crap everywhere. LOL

*The August 13th incident was not the first. There were a few and mostly happened during Ramadhan especially when Eidilfitri was closing by, told a few anonymous fishermen. Why? To get some cash for that festive holidays. And most of those ‘inspections’ or ‘raids’ were done on Malaysia territorial water. Was it true? People can say a lot of things. Even some said you (Malaysians) have to bring some extra cash when you’re either arriving at or departing from Indonesian airports if you don’t want to be unnecessarily delayed by custom or immigration officers. People can say a lot of things though (Malay idiom –  kalau tak ada angin masakan pokok bergoyang – direct translation : if there’s no wind how come the tree is moving).

Anyway, from what I heard (unofficial story) :

On that hapless August 13th day, while those Malaysian were fishing along came the Indonesian maritime enforcement agency to their boat claiming that they were now in Indonesia territorial water. Because of that offense, they had to be detained. While seven of the fishermen were brought onto the Indonesian boat, Malaysian Marine Police had been informed of that incident and they were ‘that quick’ to arrive on the scene. So, from this info I’m guessing that the Malaysian fishing boat was not that far from Malaysia shoreline since the Marine is only guarding Malaysia water closer to the shoreline. Only Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Navy are supposed to patrol far up to the international border.

Anyhow, three of the Indonesian enforcers were still on board of the Malaysian boat when the Indonesian maritime enforcement boat fled away after noticing the Malaysian marine was closing in. One of the Indonesian officers even already took off his uniform when the Malaysian police found them hiding inside the Malaysian fishing boat. Again, funny! They took away seven Malaysians and they left behind three of their colleagues on board of the Malaysian boat. Why were they so ‘afraid’ of the Malaysian Marine Police, if their claim was true that they were now inside the Indonesian water??? The Malaysian police doesn’t have any jurisdiction inside their water!

Three of those Indonesian officers were brought back to Malaysia local police station. Then blah blah blah… after some diplomatic moves, the seven Malaysians were released from any charges and brought home safely to Malaysia, and so did the three Indonesian stooges. The issue (was not yet a crisis until recently) was solved pragmatically by the two governments based on our brotherhood spirit (semangat serumpun). That’s how Malaysia and Indonesia do things when it comes to bilateral issues.

End of what I heard (again, from an unofficial story).

The issue was not that big until recently some paid mobs attacked the Embassy of Malaysia to Jakarta led by Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat or BENDERA (FYI these guys have so much money they even printed a lot of Malaysian flags just to be stepped on, and they even have their own new uniform). From my calculation, BENDERA took that so long of time before they went protesting in front of the embassy (August 13th till the 16th) because they need to buy some time to order a bunch of Malaysian flags and to tailor new uniforms for their 25 protesters.

These mobs had crossed the line when they climbed on the embassy wall. Basically, an embassy area is an another country’s land. That means they had once again illegally trespassed Malaysian border just like thousands of their brothers living as illegal immigrants in Malaysia. Nonetheless, the government of Indonesia did play their role to dismiss the mobs even though to me was done in shamely manner.

Despite of everything being done by the two governments, BENDERA staged another protest on August 24th and threw human crap into the embassy compound. What a mature thing to do! Taking somebody’s crap everywhere! Even the politicians, specifically the Golkar, in the Parliament questioned the government approach in handling the delicate matter. They said the government of Indonesia has no guts when facing with the mighty Malaysia. What do they want the government to do? Wage a war on Malaysia?

Nonetheless, I find that this small issue has been manipulated so smoothly by a third party which is not from either Indonesia or Malaysia. It’s from another country that does not want the relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia becoming to close. If the tie is too close likes peas and carrots (quoting Forrest Gump) then it’ll trouble for the country to effectively exist in the region of Muslims and Malays archipelago. That means all business opportunities in Indonesia will be easier for Malaysians to grab.

I guess that’s why Malaysian opposition leaders namely from DAP and PKR until now have not made any statement in regards with the issue. They also have interests and strategic ties with ‘that’ country’s leaders. So, they’re they taking a stance : just let the government of the day deal with it (we are not in power yet so you do it, we are almost Malaysians till the day we are in power).

So much for the afterglow.

*this information is from hear saying only, not from any official sources – just some food for thought

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    • Amanda
    • September 1st, 2010

    Hello there, I stumble upon your blog after reading some other article regarding this issue.
    First and foremost, I”m an Indonesian. 🙂 nice to meet you.

    I’d like to thank you for writing this post because I get more point of view than I get from reading 2 Indonesian newspaper for days… haha… (different things and different rumours happens in different places, I think) and no, I’m not here to stand up for Indonesia or anything. Even though if I have to take side, you know where I’ll be. 🙂

    I’m quite surprised that the idea of a provocative third party behind those demonstrations sounds pretty popular in Malaysia. It’s not that well-sounded here in Indonesia.

    Also the part about the 3 Indonesian officers:
    “One of the Indonesian officers even already took off his uniform when the Malaysian police found them hiding inside the Malaysian fishing boat.”
    Geez.. That’s hilarious. And REALLY embarrassing. All that we hear here in Indonesia is that they’re captured for days. No such details. Even if it’s just a rumour, but as you Malaysian said,, kalau tak ada angin masakan pokok bergoyang, right? and I can easily imagine.. -__-

    But I think I should let you know (just in case you don’t yet know) that not everyone in Indonesia is so narrow minded. Perhaps you can read this post by an Indonesian student who study in Lim Kok Wing:
    It’s written in Bahasa Indonesia but is pretty neat. so I’m pretty sure you’ll understand it..

    overall I think this post would be an interesting new point of view for my friends. So if you don’t mind, I’d like to post a link to this post on my twitter. Thanks. And again, nice writing.

    • Amanda, again as a fair reminder, the story that I got is just from hear saying. Anyhow, I really appreciate if the good faith and relation between Malaysian and Indonesian governments and both people will continuously harmonious and prosperous. If we look in the bigger picture, there’re only three countries that share almost similar culture and language which are Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Even, in Singapore I have to speak in English (mostly) to get people’s attention though the national language is Bahasa Melayu. You know what, among of my closest friends while studying abroad were Indonesians!!! It really hurts though seeing some dumbstrucks burning my national flag abroad while in Malaysia a few got arrested when they tried (read as not burn but just try) to burn Indonesian flag, not that I condone such act. Well, guess some people just don’t use their head good enough when trying to express their civil rights. Anyway, yes you can retwit the post if you want to. Hope Malaysians in Jakarta will be A-OK as how Indonesians in Malaysia doing well here.

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