There’s been great hesitation to write this post.
I thought about letting it wash over but it’s a topic that hits too close to home. Literally.
I happened to be at the office the other day for a brief visit.
Being in sales, my primary aim is to be out on the road 90% of the time and to only drop by the office to pick up materials or attend meetings.
The other day, I realized why this was so good for me.
There’s no need to deal on a daily basis with people I would consider idiots.
Starting up an innocent conversation with a colleague about holidays, I tell her we’re planning an extra long one at the end of the year.
“Oh, I don’t know how you could possibly even think about supporting that country…”
Well, first of all, Bali is an island, I felt like saying.
Don’t state your opinion when your obvious ignorance is hindering you from getting the facts right.
Secondly, she’s obviously not a friend of mine on Facebook otherwise she would’ve seen this post.
So, consider her unfriended in real life.
From an Australian Indonesian’s point of view – who holds both countries with deep affection and allegiance, how does it make me feel when says something like:
“Gosh, why would you support that country?”
Because I have family there. I was born there. For a while, I was raised there.
And above all, my children have heritage there.
But we need to stick to the facts and not pile the problems into the “one country” pigeon hole.
No one’s country is perfect. Especially their government.
Not all Indonesians are cruel and heartless.
And for those who insist on boycotting Bali or vowing to never step foot in Indonesia, as far as I can see, that’s an attitude that only feeds the already existing anger.
For those who demand that we stop foreign aid to Indonesia, this is only going to harm those who need it most.
How is it going to stop Joko Widodo and his government from conducting further heinous acts and breaking basic human rights?
How can #istandformercy if I don’t stand compassion for the innocent and the poor?
The Indonesian/Australian relationship has held a long, complicated history, politically, socially, economically and culturally.
Two countries that are so close regionally but worlds apart culturally.
I ask that for those who are upset with what’s going on to take on the specific facts.
Get angry with the Indonesian government, not its people.
Get annoyed with how the Australian government who should’ve started lobbying 10 years ago when all of the Bali 9 were at high risk of being executed rather than only knee jerking when the death penalty becomes urgent and real.
One more thing I ask?
If you hear me saying I’m going to Indonesia, to my home, to comfort my family who have gone through their own tragedy and sadness these two years, just support my decision.
Wish me a safe trip. Wish my family well.
Joining Essentially Jess for #IBOT