Wisdom is not measured by the length of age ….
B Josie Susilo Hardianto
Anton Sumer stunned in front of the television. Preaching about the death of former President Abdurrahman Wahid confiscated all his attention. “Ai, ouch. We, the people of Papua, proper sad. He is our father of the Papuans. He also is returning the name of Papua, “Anton said, holding his head.
Once, during the New Order, taboo if the Papuans identified themselves as Papuans. However, by Gus Dur walls were torn down fears. Formerly known as Papua New Guinea, as well as the population, people of Irian.
In the past, even though politically they were reluctant to call themselves by Papua for fear of identifying with the Free Papua Movement, deep in their hearts are Papuans. “Because Gus Dur, we are not afraid again call ourselves people of Papua, and we are proud of it,” said Ezekiel Belaw, a native youth Paniai.
Gus Dur also in 2000 as the President allow Congress held Papuans. In fact, give financial support to hold the Second Papuan People’s Congress’s. Permission is granted it is not only very valuable. For the people of Papua, the powerful impact of democracy, especially in relation to their identity.
In a meeting attended by more or less than 5000 participants from all parts of Papua, they openly speak of the need to complete the historical distortion of Papua. They also discussed the importance of completing the various cases of human rights abuses in Papua and the neglect of basic rights, especially in the economic, social, cultural and people of Papua.
They see that dialogue and negotiation is an important step to solve three problems. In a congress held in Jayapura were also established foundation Papua Presidium Council, chaired by Theys Hiyo Eluay.
Politically, Wahid’s desire before the New Year 2001, as expressed through the words, “I Want to Papua to see the sunrise from the east” had an incredible impact for the people of Papua.
Gus Dur also openly admitted that the Papuan people back as a nation. “He not only open and build democratic spaces, bringing a sense of security and comfort, but also recognizes the dignity of our people of Papua,” said Chairman of the Papua Customary Council Forkorus Yaboisembut.
Although the logic of constitutional recognition of the Morning Star flag and the song “O my land of Papua” as one of the symbols Forkorus Yaboisembut according kepapuaan very controversial, yet remains merestuinya Wahid.
Recognition of cultural expression, freedom of opinion, and political identity is not only important for the people of Papua, but also confirmed the presence of the Papuan people to be treated equally.
“With the courage of faith and intellect, he was freed from the restraints of society of Papua New Order period of authoritarian militaristic,” said Forkorus.
Unfortunately, according to researchers from the Institute of Community Study and Advocacy, Amiruddin Al Rahab, who had pioneered what Gus Dur is not forwarded. However, it does not reduce the significance of what has been initiated for Papua Wahid.
For the Chairman of School of Philosophy and Theology of the Eastern Dawn, Abepura, Neles Tebay, open and democratic attitude supported by the courage of faith and intellect is what puts Gus Dur as the peace. “Man of Peace,” said Neles Tebay.
Not surprisingly, the departure of Gus Dur becomes a big loss for the people of Papua. Moreover, they are currently preparing the establishment of a Papua commemoration and Wahid invited to attend.
According to Forkorus, Gus Dur has inspired them to fight in and for the sake of peace. Though his reign as president is very short, what he has done for the people of Papua is very important. “Although physically, Gus Dur is difficult to see, she had eyes that could see the heart far deeper than the physical eye,” said Anton Sumer.
In the silence greeted the New Year’s Mass at a small church in the border region in Keerom District, prayers for Gus Dur rising. “Thank you Gus,” muttered a race.
Source: Kompas, January 4, 2010 —— Translated by Google Translator