Ironic Survival

by Papuan Voices [Merauke] October 16, 2014

Alex Mahuze is a Malind tribesman and a sago farmer in Merauke. His clan has for generations lived in harmony with nature. The arrival of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) program has forced him to earn money through other means, which ironically harms the environment. He lost his lands and his culture is threatened, but Alex fights on.

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Duration 05:46
Producer Papuan Voices [Meraauke]
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Year produced 2011/09/14 00:00:00 GMT+10
Distributor Papuan Voices [Meraauke}
Julia says:
April 20, 2012

was true. it did happen to our (or mine aprhpes LOL) beloved country. however there are several points i would like to deliver:1. what made me proud as an indonesian: the food definitely the best in the world. i work in export-import business and i have met lots of foreigners. all of them love love love indonesian food. nothing can compare. cheap, and heavenly the spirit of the people. people of indonesia are friendly, aprhpes the friendliest in the world too. if you go abroad, try to ask for direction to the local people. they would look at you with this look as if you have just stolen their priceless time with rubbish talk, even the shopkeepers who are supposed to be friendly to customers do the same thing when they are asked where can i find this item?'. here, if you simply get lost and stop by anywhere, ask anybody, they would be willing to help with their heart. another: even in the hardest and most difficult times, indonesian people can still smile. some pessimists may think that it is due to their foolishness. they do not understand fully what just happened to them, but i prefer to look from the positive side and think that it's just in their blood, the smile. they smile to everything! strangers easily feel like home in indonesia. i think it's a pity if we, the true indonesians do not feel the same. 2. when i thought about soccer, indonesian soccer, what i thought would be chaos' because we had heard so much before about how matches in indonesian league turned into war between supporters' because they could not accept defeat. last night at the final of AFF, we won the match, we lost the cup and no chaos. i think it was a victory already. malaysia may win the cup. we win the fair play. we had been cheated, but we did not respond. we show that we prefer to lose with respect rather than win with dirty ways. certainly, that shows something, something we can be proud of.3. i recently learned about tax bookkeeping in indonesia. i usually consulted with a professional tax consultant. he said, yes our government is corrupted. all governments in the world are. power tends to corrupt. it's just that in some countries they prefer to hush it up by pressuring the media, so the fact is never released to public. nevertheless, though there are still flaws here and there, like gayus escaped, a child of former president released, etc. etc. but we are on the right path for a more honest and transparent government. some honest people already put in top positions in government's tax department offices all over indonesia. there are still malpractices of course, but not as many as before. when you make a false tax report, you face the law, you do not make deal with the people and pay off your mistake with money anymore. so basically i think we are improving. we just need more people who are proud to call themselves indonesian, who love indonesia, and would be willing to serve their country in honesty and hard-work for a better future for us all. although we might not be able to see the great indonesia, but we can help making it, right?! have some faith ..

Ajay says:
April 23, 2012

! So, if there’s anything that I’m ssliouery grateful for, is that we didn’t have those horrible trios during my childhood. Damn I can’t stop when it comes to complaining!You see now what this tortured country has been going through for the last painful years, don’t you? With all (and plenty more that I can’t remember) punches in the nose, I personally find it extremely difficult to say out loud that “I am proud to be Indonesian!” I even feel guilty to say it, because I have an unexplainable fear that if I say it, then nothing will move forward. I might not be the only one who feels this, but then again, perhaps I’m the only person who takes this moment of glorified euphoria to rethink what I feel as a citizen of a country called “Indonesia.”My point is, the performance of our soccer team was amazing. And we all earned it, fair and square, with hard work, persistence and support from Sabang to Merauke. As an Indonesian, I am proud of it. I am proud of the team’s hard work and spirit, and also very proud of the support that came from all parts of this country.However, when it comes to the sad and humiliating facts that I’ve mentioned above, I have to admit that we have better alternatives to be used as role models. Not everything Indonesian is bad, it’s just not good yet Give it time.In short, we still have plenty of work to do, and the Garuda Soccer Team has started its. Now it’s time for us to start ours!!