I Love my Country, Indonesia

Written by Mega Ai

It’s been a long time I didn’t write anything. There are too many things that I have to do. But I am trying not to make it as an alibi. I realize that I just need to learn again about time management that I’ve ever learned before. I also realize that I actually have plenty of time to do all my activities and my responsibilities. It is just a matter of management once again. Huff…
Alright, I don’t know for sure why I always interested to write about my beloved country, Indonesia. But again, I am going write about it. My country, Indonesia, is a very rich country. I am sure about that. And the world knows that. But I will not deny the fact that poverty is everywhere. Just take a look in every single corner of the city, beggar is everywhere. Even though there is a new regulation about prohibition of giving money to the beggar, they are still there. After the regulation, all I can do is just looking at them while saying “Poor them,” always like that, again and again. I hate myself because what I can do is nothing at this moment. I want to do something. Really! But, I will not lie myself that it’s quite difficult to respect them. Wait, I do respect the people, but I cannot respect their way to look for the money. It’s very difficult for me. It’s like a dilemma. Oh, people, please stop begging like that.
It’s an experience, bad experiences exactly; it’s related to the beggar. When I was stopped in the intersection of the street, a beggar comes to me and shows me his bottle as a place to receive the money. In front of the traffic light of this intersection, I saw a sign about the prohibition to give money to the beggar, so it’s easy for me to say no. You know, there is not only one beggar here. But there around three or four beggars. So, what’s the function of prohibition sign for? That’s ironic, right?
Anyway, In Indonesia, there is a difference term between beggar and the street singer (in Bahasa Indonesia, it is called as pengamen). For me, the essence of those two is the same; there is no difference between the one who don’t bring the music instrument and the one who brings music instrument in my perspective. They are the same beggar for me.
However, I will obey the rule, so I will not give any money to the beggar. Moreover, looking at them has a big body, I become surer not to give them money. Come on! They are still young, they are strong, and they must able to work. They are just lazy in my opinion. So, how can we help them if they do not want to help themselves? How can we struggle to help them if they don’t even want to do some efforts? Arrived home, you know what happened? I saw a scratch in the body of the car. Huff. Now it’s happened to me after couple days before it happened to my friends. Okay, it is not a negative thinking, but I am sure about it. The beggar scratches the body of the car. It’s often happened. Previously, I’ve already known that it’s going to happen to me someday. And today it is happened. I am very disappointed toward this phenomenon. I am very disappointed toward them.
Even though, sometimes I feel very bad looking at the very old beggar or defect beggar. I sometimes really want to help by giving them some money. But again, I am facing a dilemma. I always convince myself that it is not the right thing to do. I will not help them even I am giving money. Because what they need is actually a long life fulfillment.
Remember again about the beggar with big and strong body, sometimes makes me think that what a bad country it is. But today, I am sure that I wrong.
This is my story today. When I was going to go to somewhere, I saw a kid ride the “Andong”. “Andong” is the name of one of traditional transportations in Indonesia. It’s using horse power; usually it’s using one horse to pull the “Andong”. “Andong” can bring six people, include the driver or we called it “Kusir”. Yeah, like I said before, the “Kusir” of this Andong is a kid, maybe he is just 12 years old. Oh my God, he is too young to work. And I am sure that he helps his parents to look for the money.
And when I was going to go home, after taking care of my business, I decided to buy “serabi”. It is a traditional food, like a cake which is made by pulverizes rice. It is a very nice traditional food. With a little bit chocolate in the middle of this cake, makes it yummier. You know who seller of this traditional cake? The seller is a very beautiful and very old lady. I am sure that her age is above is 60 years. But look, she is working for her life.
Not only that, let’s take a look in every single day we passes. We saw many Indonesian people are struggling very hard for their life. Look at the public city bus driver, he is still doing his job even it’s hard. Look at the milk seller; he is still coming to one house to another house to offer the milk even it’s very tiring. Look at that old lady, she still walking around to offer the rice and the dishes for the breakfast even she has no much left energy. They are still struggling. They are still holding on in a very hard condition that our country faced nowadays.
I am disappointed toward few people, but I am proud toward many people in this country’s land. However, I love my country, Indonesia.

This article was published in http://www.voa-islam.com

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Is This Called Independence for Indonesia?

Written by Mega Ai

I actually confused when I confronted to write a new topic. But finally, I decide to write about my country again. It is especially about the independence of Indonesia that our heroes got since 1945. Why I decided to talk about this? It is just because this topic is really tickling my mind. In every single day I passed, my doubt toward the independence of my country is getting bigger and bigger. A big question comes up, has Indonesia really had the truly independence?
Take a look at the Oxford dictionary, the meaning of independence is the state of being independent. Firstly, independent means free from outside control; self governing; having or earning enough money to support yourself; not connected with someone or something else; separate. And based on Indonesian dictionary, the meaning of independence is free from colonialism; stand in own feet; not depending on someone or something. And in my personal opinion, independence is achieved when all the level of society as a whole feel the same freedom in every aspect. So, I strongly say that Indonesia is not yet achieve the truly independence. Why I said so? It’s because I’m still seeing a lot of phenomenon that clearly show that our nation is not independence yet. Many Indonesian people are living in the below of poverty line. Many children stop going school. Many teenagers like to have a western life style rather than their own style. It is not different from being controlled by other. The fact is obvious, if we go outside, we will see the way people dressing, the way people think, and so on is so not Indonesian. Is it showing the independence? Of course not! Indonesia is still being colonized by poverty, stupidity, western life style, and many others.
So, it will be wiser to firstly find some ways to achieve the truly independence itself before we are talking about the role of the young generation in fulfilling our independence. It’s quite ridiculous if we are busy trying to fulfill our country’s independence whereas our country is not yet achieved its independence. Am I right?
Alright, please let me bring the things inside my head here. It’s actually related with my pervious article about interviewing a senior lecturer in one of the private universities in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This interview more or less makes me embarrassed. And I should be embarrassed. Why? Because looking at the mirror from the young generation at the past time, in this case is university students, we are now is much less in almost everything. Our struggle is much less than theirs. Our spirit is much less than theirs. Our care to our nation is also much less than theirs. Whereas, with all the things are available and easy nowadays, we should be able to give more contribution to our nation. If I may conclude from our interview, the nationalism of university student nowadays is decreasing. I know I cannot generalize it, I know I cannot say that all the university students are the same. Because however, there are some who still care toward our beloved country.
There are so many things that we can do for our nation. Realize it or not, as the young generation -let’s choose the university student as one of the examples- they have a good position in the eye or in the perspective of the government and the society. However, in their eye, university student is an intellectual community that has influence in both parties, whether it is in the government side/party and also in the society side/party. I as university student feel proud when a lot of university students bravely speak up to the government about some unwise policies they made for the society. I feel proud toward the action they did, even though sometimes I feel so disappointed and ashamed when they did such anarchy demonstrations. And the fact is there are still few of our friends did the demonstrations and the anarchy as the end of action. We didn’t have to do that anarchy. Surely, we never need to do that. Anarchy done by university students is a big big mistake. When they did this kind of anarchy, there will be many disadvantages for at least for themselves. One of them is they created their bad image in the eye of the government and the society. Those parties will not believe the university students anymore. They will think how will the students solve or give a solution toward some problems faced by Indonesia, if they are creating new problems by doing such anarchy? That’s ridiculous.
There are many wise ways to help this country and to help this society to get the real independence. One of the most powerful ways is so simple. You know what is that? That’s STUDY HARD. I know it sounds classic, but in my opinion, these two words will never be spoiled. I realize that it’s hard to do, I will not deny it. I myself sometimes think so. But I also will not deny that through study hard, we can bring Indonesia to be better. Through study hard we can achieve our truly independence. I believe that with broad knowledge, we can help society to bring them into better condition, in education or economy for instance. Or maybe with a great responsibility, we can replace our government official’s position in the future.
This is one kind of our struggle or jihad as Muslim for our country. We already known that jihad it doesn’t always means going to war and fight the enemy. But jihad is also fighting to the poverty, to the stupidity, and so on. In Jihad Watch online, it is stated that “A Muslim is required to struggle against a variety of things: laziness in prayer, neglecting to give zakat (alms), etc. But is it also plain that a Muslim is commanded to struggle in physical combat against the infidel as well.
Finally, independence of our nation is in our hand. If the young generation is good, the future of our nation will be good too. So, at that time, our truly independence will be achieved.

This article was published in http://www.voa-islam.com

I love my country, Indonesia

It’s been a long time I didn’t write anything. University tasks and part time jobs make me extremely busy. I think I need to learn again about time management that I’ve ever learned before. Huff…
Well, my country, Indonesia, is a very rich country. I am sure about that. And the world knows that. But I will not deny the fact that poverty is everywhere. Just take a look in every single corner of the city, beggar is everywhere. Even though there is a new regulation about prohibition of giving money to the beggar, they are still there. After the regulation, all I can do is just looking at them while saying “Poor them,” always like that, again and again. I hate myself because what I can do is nothing at this moment. I want to do something. Really! But, I will not lie myself that I cannot appreciate them. Wait, I appreciate the people, but I cannot appreciate their way to look for the money. It’s difficult for me. It’s like a dilemma. Please stop begging like that. I sometimes think that what a bad country of mine is.
But after looking around again, after surfing the life of many people here, I change my opinion; my country is a very good country. There are many other poor people out there. But they are still struggling and holding on. Look at the bus driver, he is still doing his job even it’s hard. Look at the milk seller; he is still coming to one house to another house to offer the milk even it’s very tiring. Look at that old lady, she still walking around to offer the rice and the dishes for the breakfast even she has no much left energy. They are still struggling. They are still holding on in a very hard condition.
I am disappointed toward few people, but I am proud toward many people. However, I love my country, Indonesia.

(Mega Aisyah Nirmala)