A comment from Chris on my previous article about Benny Wenda’s lies to British people is very important for all Papuan to realise that honesty is always the best policy. In one side, we should not denied the positive development after the 1998 Indonesian reform, and we could not denied the improvement of special autonomy since 2001. On the other side, we should stand together with our brothers from Mollucas, Sulawesi, NTT, Java, Kalimantan, Bali, and Sumatera to stop any violence from both sides the OPM (Free Papua Organization) and military. We should keep our dream alive, to create the prosperous peaceful land of Papua.
My main argument is never ignoring the fact that there are some serious human rights problems in Papua and West Papua provinces. Why am I accusing Benny Wenda telling lies to British people is simply based on fact that he keep saying the worst thing that rarely occur in West Papua and Papua provinces. I am happy that Chris did indeed visit Papua and he said that Papua is fairly safe.
Benny Wenda and his followers in UK (including some members of British Parliament) are keep trying to maintain tense situation in Papua by telling British people about the killing/torture/rape and even genocide by Indonesian military. My question is where are the supporting data for Benny to create such lies? Yes there is a case by case human rights violations in Papua, but we should respond to it objectivelly. To Papuan people, Benny made a big claim about his success in UK, but what is the reality in UK..we do not know. Do the clever society in UK could easily believe in Benny Wenda’s speech? I doubt that.
British people and members of British Parliamentary can help the improvement in Papua and West Papua provinces by helping the strengthening process of democracy in Indonesia, not by supporting conflict based on lies.
Reconciliation, dialog among Papuan, among Indonesian citizens who live in Papua and between Federal government of Indonesia and local Papuan government are some answers.
I believe that Benny Wenda’s status is no longer Wanted by the democractic Indonesian government. However, the way Benny Wenda’s telling lies to the British people is hurting ordinary West Papuan interest because Benny is simply maintain conflict in Papua. As for the hardliner Indonesian military, they are happy with every step that Benny took in UK to legalize big military budget and presence in Papua. Who is teling lies then?
I am just an ordinary person who doesn’t want to be killed by the OPM (Free Papua Organization) or Indonesian military by saying what I have to say. I have seen the majority people who live in Papua are simply wanting peace and prosperity. I have seen many lies inside the Free Papua Movement. Day by day….month by month, year by year…most elites in the Free Papua Movement are only thinking about their own future. They are very similar to the leaders of corrupt local government in Papua and West Papua provinces.
Once again, honesty is always the best policy.