Indonesian has been the nation of coolies, “en natie van coolies”. In the past, Indonesian was the collies of the imperialistic colonial Dutch and currently, become the coolies of the rich conglomerates, the coolies of political parties and in short become a mere commodity. The poverty and other plagues besieged our nation has become the commodities to be exploited by the elites.
In the period of 1999 to 2004, we can witness how our political elites and parliamentarians elected chosen to unite and fight for the interest of their parties. Today, it is not much better. The parliamentarians are busy fighting for their personal agenda and sidelined major issues which required their attention. Take for example the cases of Exxon Mobil in Cepu, Freeport in Papua and Newmont in Sulawesi.
There are motions by some political parties like PDI-P and PAN to start motions against granting them the right to exploration and the parliamentarians initially sound critical as well. Few weeks later, the motions just evaporated as if there is no motion at all. The parliamentarians are too busy with their personal gains and could not care much about the affairs of the state.
Another development worth our attention is the gathering of 148 mayors from various municipals that are elected under the banner of PDI-P with Ms Megawati delivering the message. I don’t really know what Ms Megawati told them but as a common citizen, I saw this as an attempt to coordinate, align the directions of the mayors to that of the party.
The question is then whether they intend to carry the mandate of the people or help Ms Megawati to secure Presidency in the coming election. I strongly feel that parliamentarians and mayors elected should not see themselves more of party members but rather the representative of their electorates.
The people have suffered enough of injustice both socially and politically. They become poor because of the ignorance of their welfare by those who they elect. It is the most unfortunate for them. As a nation, we have long been oppressed. As a nation, we have revolted against many institutions to bring ourselves the rights, justice and equality. But as a nation, we always see ourselves trapped in the wheel of greed, bad governance and other maltreatment. The sacrifices of our brothers seemed to seem to be fruitless.