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The One Thing We Don’t Have

Posted on: August 8, 2008

This article was published by The Jakarta Post on August 21, 2008. Read the article on The Jakarta Post, here.

I believe that every relationship requires at least three elements in order to succeed. Those three elements are love, trust, and communication.

Imagine if one of those three is missing in a relationship, let’s say, of a husband and a wife. They may have love and trust but without enough communication their future will be in jeopardy since they can’t express their feelings to each other.

The existence of love and trust is even more crucial. Without love how would you be able to give out the best that you have to someone or something? And without trust, love will be useless and tasteless.

Now, as citizens of this beautiful country Indonesia it may sound weird that we also need those three elements in order to make it better. I think it’s true and it’s something that the government should pay attention to if they want its people, especially the young ones, to achieve greater things in life.

I believe we all do have love for this country. We love Indonesia, don’t we? As our President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono loves his Javanese heritage, we all love where we are from. I’m proud, for example, of my origin which combines four different cultures: Java, Sunda, West Sumatera, and Riau. People from Batak are so proud of their culture and tradition, wherever they might be without any hesitation they will announce to others where they are from. And they will give you a big smile when you say, “Horas!” Even my Chinese Indonesian friends are proud of how much Indonesian they are.

Although some may complain the level of love for our country is decreasing especially among the young generation but it’s a fact that young Indonesians in Java and other provinces still speak their traditional languages proudly. And when Malaysia “insulted” us by claiming that batik and rasa sayange were theirs we stood together bravely and proudly as one nation. Now it’s good news that batik is a trend among women both young and old. So, I believe love is still there.

Second, it’s such a relief to say that we are the best in Southeast Asia when it comes to freedom of speech. Since the ’98 tragedy we Indonesians have been having this privilege that no other people in Southeast Asia can enjoy. We can say anything about anything without being afraid that the government will arrest us. We can easily criticize our government on the newspapers, magazines, or TV shows.

The fact is Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world. Our system of democracy may not be perfect but everyone should agree that creating a good democratic system takes time. The United States needed more than 200 years to be able to have the kind of democratic system that they have right now. We’re still learning and I think we’re learning quite well.

We have the love and we communicate, what we don’t have is trust. We don’t trust our government, we don’t trust our parliament members, we don’t trust our police, we don’t trust our judges and prosecutors, we don’t even trust other people, and we just don’t trust the whole system.

We believe all government officials are corrupt. When we see a big house owned by a pejabat without a hesitation we’ll say, “No wonder you have a nice house.”

What our officials should understand is that without trust we don’t contribute. Without trust we don’t act effectively as part of the society in this country. How could the government expect us to be good citizens when at the same time we don’t believe that they do good things to us?

How could the government expect us not to corrupt when at the same time we believe they all corrupt and use people’s money for their own pleasure?

It’s unquestionable that gaining the public trust should be the number one priority for the current government and other politicians who want to win people’s hearts in 2009 election: Because we are tired of promises without realization.

Gaining the public trust is so crucial because there’s a limit for everything. If our officials still don’t have a clue in how to make us believe, I fear, the love will be gone and we don’t want to talk anymore. Let’s avoid that from happening.

Picture is taken from here.

12 Responses to "The One Thing We Don’t Have"

wow, gua pertamax. hahahaha..

“We believe all government officials are corrupt. When we see a big house owned by a pejabat without a hesitation we’ll say, “No wonder you have a nice house.”

Hal di atas ialah salah satu dari sekian banyak “praduga bersalah” yang kerap kita lontarkan di keseharian kita apabila kita melihat pejabat negara, termasuk ke dalamnya petinggi-petinggi perusahaan-perusahaan BUMN yang selalu dikait-kaitkan dengan korupsi. Fakta itu memang sangat sulit untuk ditinggalkan karena di dalamnya ada sedikit bumbu-bumbu iri hati yang cenderung menutup mata banyak orang untuk melihat sesuatu secara objektif. Kasian juga kan kalo pejabat yang emang dianugerahkan Tuhan sekian banyak kekayaan dan segalanya didapat dengan halal namun dicap seperti demikian hanya karena jabatannya.

Anyway, talking about public trusts, it’s weird why incumbents rarely win their next elections. It’s even surveyed by The Jakarta Post.

So, where is the trust? (in the tone of Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love song.)

Damn, gagal pertamax lagi….

“I’m proud, for example, of my origin which combines four different cultures: Java, Sunda, West Sumatera, and Riau.”

Ooooohhhh ngomong dong dari kemaren. Gue terlanjur sepakat ma Tiwi kalo elo ini barangkali blasteran, Indo, orang Amerika asli, mungkin ada sedikit Jawanya, atau gak ada unsur Jawanya sama sekali. Emang Barley itu marga daerah mana ya? Oooh bule kali. Jadi gue ma Tiwi sepakat elu tuh bule. Tapi laen halnya pas ngobrol ma Anggie, gue nyangkain elo Cina-Indonesia, sementara Anggie gak peduli elo dari mana. Hahaha.

Sepertinya nama elo bisa jadi bahan obrolan yang menarik, bahkan kita2 rada lucu ma nama depan elo karena banyak yang salah pronounciation jadi Tasya. Padahal udah dibilangin, koordinator DC itu namanya Ta-Sa, tapi dibacanya Tasya kali ya?! Hahahaha.

*tas, besok-besok kalo abis mbikin artikel baru, sms gue yah, biar dapet pertamax😆

Back to topic….

Tasa wrote “We don’t trust our government, we don’t trust our parliament members, we don’t trust our police, we don’t trust our judges and prosecutors, we don’t even trust other people, and we just don’t trust the whole system.”We believe all government officials are corrupt. When we see a big house owned by a pejabat without a hesitation we’ll say, “No wonder you have a nice house.”

By the meaning, I think you want to say this (in short): We don’t trust the government, the parliament members, etc are good. But we believe them for being bad (had stolen people’s money)?

Sami mawon😆

Indonesia, lots of its people become ignorant and hate their country but I believe there are still more, lots of other Indonesian people who still love their country. Such a cliche?

What about this one? Of course, the government love Indonesia because it gives them chance to enrich themselves in every way, kind of “be my guest” way, help them to prosper their family and crony. Cynical ya?

Maybe this one is better. I hate the law enforcement in Indonesia, even some rules are unfair and damage people, but as Indonesian citizen, I comply with Indonesian law and try not to break the law. How can it be? Well, I prove my hatred to Indonesian law’s enforcement by being straight. I mean, if we hate something we don’t have to leave it behind. Yes, sometimes I’m ignorant and skeptic (especially approaching 2009 election), but if there is somebody good and deserve a chance, why not?! I don’t wanna shut my eyes and ears and ignore the real truth.

Just like love, sometimes hate is blind too!

Once more: wise words by Tasa. But let not the perception of gloom and doom become a negative self fullfilling prophecy.

Probably I just prove my ignorance here, but there is a major cleaning up project going on, isn’t it? Perhaps the law makers underestimated the range and effects of some of the measures they passed in Parliament at the time, but MP’s, prosecutors and judges, board members of banks, businessmen and – women(!) and even members of government are targeted. To a degree, the BBC-News this morning reported, that “Indonesian corruption drive breed fear”.

To quote myself:

“Yet, actually I think Indonesia is on it’s way: the introduction of KPK, the Constitutional Court, the independent Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan- all indicate that one may hope the government is kind of cleaning up and trying to put it’s act together. And, perhaps, such a hope can work out as a self fulfilling prophecy, who knows?”

hehehe…lucunya Mbak Yonna & Mike rebutan jd yg pertama comment..udah macam artis aja si Tasa ini..

dan ternyata sama seperti mereka berdua, gw tertarik pada kalimat yg sama..

“We don’t trust our government, we don’t trust our parliament members, we don’t trust our police, we don’t trust our judges and prosecutors, we don’t even trust other people, and we just don’t trust the whole system.”We believe all government officials are corrupt. When we see a big house owned by a pejabat without a hesitation we’ll say, “No wonder you have a nice house”

bener-bener “presumption of guilty” hehehe..padahal mah seharusnya “presumption of innocence”..but I’m very sure that most of us still use that way of thinking, and so did I. For me, it is normal that most of us still thinking like that, since we all are tired with the situation happened in our society. Although, the government has tried very hard to make all things better, but that still could not fulfill our demand as the citizen. In this case, sometimes I think we are not fair enough to the government. We expect to much to them, but on the other hand we did not believe that they could not do that. Then, after we felt not satisfied with the result of the government’s acts, all we can do just protested, without give any real solution.

Well, why don’t just we try to give any chance to the government?!And help them to make any changes or for short, we do a good cooperation with the government to create a better Indonesia.

Cause, I belive we all love this country..Right?!

Gatel berkomentar lagi ah..

@ Yonna
emang iya gitu kita pernah ngomongin kesukuannya Tasa?!hehehe..bener2 ga inget gw..mungkin karena gw emang ga terlalu peduli sama kesukuan orang kali ya..hehehe

tertarik sama kata2 Tasa yang ini:

“I believe that every relationship requires at least three elements in order to succeed. Those three elements are love, trust, and communication.

Imagine if one of those three is missing in a relationship, let’s say, of a husband and a wife. They may have love and trust but without enough communication their future will be in jeopardy since they can’t express their feelings to each other.

The existence of love and trust is even more crucial. Without love how would you be able to give out the best that you have to someone or something? And without trust, love will be useless and tasteless.”

bener siy, Tas..tapi cukup heart touching, euy! Pengalaman pribadi yah?! *wink-wink* bertanya dengan pandangan mata menyelidik dan sarat gosip..
Adow..apaan siy?!ga penting niy!!Udah ah ga usah dipikirin..

Ngaciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael: Yes brother, where’s the love?🙂 A very interesting question we need to address our government and probably ourselves. A very interesting point of view you brought up, of course it’s true not every official is corrupt. I believe there are so many good and honest officials out there who have been victimized by the condition where the people just don’t have trust. I wish everything was different.

Yonna: Hahaha. Bukannya gue udah bilang dari dulu? Payah nich. Serius nich minta di-sms kalau gue ngeluarin artikel? Haha. So, who would you vote for in 2009 election?

Colson: Yes you’re very right. And it’s something so appealing for me as a young Indonesian. I do have a big hope that all the movement towards a “clean” Indonesia could somehow regain the reputation of the government and the whole system. It’s so exciting that Indonesia will be part of those countries where the people do have trust.

noanggie: Waduh payah nih semua, jelas-jelas gue Indonesia 100%. So, you have the same feeling towards our officials heh? Well, you’re not the only one. But of course, like you said it, that shouldn’t be an excuse for us to stop having a big hope for our beloved country. And just like Colson mentioned, our country is actually moving into a new path where more and more corruptors are being caught.

On your 2nd comment, pengalaman pribadi? Whahaha. Detektif nih ceritanya?

@Anggie
hehe iya cuma sekilas, gak heran jadi lupa😛

yah semoga ntar kalo ketemu Tasa gak berebut minta tanda tangan dan foto bareng. secara liat kenyataannya, kalo pertamax aja rebutan apalagi ma orangnya😆

@Tasa
mannna smsnya? buktinya gue gagal pertamax lagi. hahaha, kagak lah, becanda😛

gue nanti milih caleg dan capres yang menurut gue bisa membawa perubahan baik buat bangsa ini, tapi gue gak berharap pilihan gue bakal menang atau kalopun menang lantas bener2 memperbaiki keadaan negara kita. seperti contoh, gue dulu milih SBY tapi sekarang nyatanya begini, tapi waktu itu gue menganggap SBY lebih pantas daripada Megawati. Trus pas milh Gubernur DKI, gue milih Adang, eh kalah.

soal korupsi, wah Tas kalo elu liat langsung efek pemberantasan korupsi yang dinilai banyak orang membabi buta dan gak pake tedeng aling2 maen tangkep, pasti elu setuju kalo pelaksanaan pemberantasan korupsi melenceng dari peraturan2 yang sudah ada. karena dengan hebohnya pemberantasan korupsi membuat beberapa proyek infrastruktur tersendat (harga BBM dan harga baja dunia naek udah bikin pusing, eh ditambah ginian!?). Gue setuju banget kalo semua pihak yang merugikan rakyat dan negara dengan cara korupsi harus dihukum seadil2nya, cuma kalo cara nangkepnya kalap gitu kan gak bagus yah? tentunya, sedikit banyak efeknya menimpa gue……..anu…..bayaran legal fee jadi tersendat gituh.

hehe gak lah, legal fee tetep lancar-car-caaaarr😛

you wrote:

“Even my Chinese Indonesian friends are proud of how much Indonesian they are.”

why ‘even’?

Yonna: Yah kata orang sich emang agak melenceng yah. Mungkin karena KPK bener-bener lagi semangat ’45. Hehe. Yah itu urusan lo deh yang ahli hukum untuk menjelaskannya🙂

Tirta: Yeah finally someone noticed it. I knew it! The word “even” was a bit itchy and I was a bit confused whether or not I should use it. The word “even” is used because there’s a belief in the society (or at least that’s the notion I have) that Chinese Indonesians don’t share the same proudness of being part of Indonesia; my friends prove that wrong. As simple as that.

GBM: jujur..gw selalu punya harapan sama pemerintahan kita..dan gw berharap mereka bisa memenuhi harapan gw..walau gw tau mereka juga punya keterbatasan..seenggaknya gw menghargai usaha mereka untuk merealisasikan janji2 & program2 kerjanya..masalah gagal atau berhasil, udah hal yg laen..bwt gw lebih baik klo kita mau turut berpartisipasi dgn tindakan nyata, drpda cuma protes mulu..

ga ko, Tas..bukan detektif..cuma bertanya..hahahahha..namanya teman kan harus peduli sama temannya..*usaha gigih untuk memancing*

Yonna: mungkin KPK mau berusaha memperbaiki raport buruk Indonesia soal keadaan korupsi..bagus siy ga tebang pilih..tapi ga lucu juga klo maen hajar bleh..heheheh..
gw paling kocak soal baju untuk koruptor?!So what’s the important point?biar beda & malu?!ga penting ah..malah buang2 duit..

@Anggie
baju koruptor kayanya bagus juga sih. cuma gue lebih setuju kalo di dahi para koruptor itu dikasih tato “SAYA KORUPTOR”. dan jangan lupa, itu tato kudu permanen:mrgreen:

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