“Fear-Factor” Politics by Indonesia Across Melanesian Peoples

Indonesia in reality is not that strong as it may appear to many Melanesians, particularly Papuans in Papua New Guinea. Militarily it is big in number. However, they are very unskilled. They do not know how to stay just one night without water. Their do not have any fighting spirit. They would rather go home and enjoy life with their families.

In addition, all Indonesian soldiers are very poorly paid. They have many burdens on their shoulders. Indonesia is very poor, many military and police forces are underpaid.

Indonesian soldiers are assigned to West Papua but they always pray everyday to go back to their homeland, because they do know, that West Papua is an occupied land, not their homeland.

Politicians however, always appear on tables and discussions, display as if they very strong military power in South East Asia. If this is true, then I can prove by saying, “they have been unable to completely wipe out all West Papuan fighters in the jungles of New Guinea”. How come this unskilled and unprofessional military forces pose fear to our Papuan peoples on the other side of our New Guinea Island?

Politics means telling lies, that is what Indonesians have taught us. And that is exactly what they are doing. They are telling us all stories contrary to the reality in the field. They told us Indonesia is a rich country, right? No, the reality is that 100% of beggars, prostitutes and beggars in Indonesia are from Java and Sumatera, the owners of the so-called Indonesia nation-state.How come they claim they are rich to us in Melanesia but they are the ones selling their bodies for money, day and night here in West Papua, in Sumatera, Sulawesi, Jawa, Bali? Just come and proof by yourself.

Politics means manipulating the reality. Indonesia politicians also manipulate the reality of ill-equipped, unskilled, unwilling Indonesian soldiers as if they are professional, well-equipped, dangerous soldiers on earth.

Just read various statements made by Papua New Guinea citizens and politicians, read them word by word. You will find out clearly that there is “fear” in the words, sentences that Papuans in PNG say. Even politicians like Michael Somare also said it is time to talk about West Papua today than before when he was the PNG PM for so long time. He was fearful that Indonesia will attack PNG at that time, they will kill him at that time, they will ambush Vanimo, and so on.

Indonesia is the expert in manipulating the truth and telling lies. They will appear as well-educated, civilized, very polite human beings on earth. Javanese culture does colour the Indonesian culture, they look polite and tidy, but they are actually stubborn and uncivilized in their mindset. They will appear very polite to you, and after they go home, they will demonstrate what they have done to you and how you reacted, and then they will laugh at your ignorance and stupidity.

They are using their manipulation tactic to terrorize all of us Melanesians. They want us Melanesians to realise that we cannot fight against Indonesia. They want us to see them like a lion hungry of Melanesian meats. They want us to think they are superpowers in the South Pacific Region. They want us to see them as the dangerous and determinant power in the region. They hide the reality that they are actually ill-equipped, unskilled, under-paid, and many of their people are unwilling to fight for West Papua, a far away Island from them.

Fear Factor is always used by colonial powers across the globe, along the history of colonialism in the world.

If we Papuans, and we Melanesians are scared of them, feel powerless before them, then we must be assured that we are suffering a colonial disease called “slave mentality.”

Human beings with “slave mentality” have no choice, have no power in mind even though physically powerful. Slave mentality always paranoid in making any right decisions. Slave mentality always use “security” and “safety” as the title to get away from facing the reality that undermines his/ her humanity.

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