Not so long ago I watch in the news an incident of Cocoa that involved an old lady who was put on one-and-a-half months of sentence for the charge of stealing three raw cocoa.
The cocoa, already fell to the ground, was picked by the 5O-years-old granny for seedling. The company which own the plantation accuse the poor woman for stealing the cocoa and take her to court. The poor lady, naive and innocent as it is, apologize over the trial and ask forgiveness. But our country’ unfair-and company sided-aggrarian-law, manage to put her with all the blame. Ironically, the judge, who’ assigned to give the sentence, brought into tears while reading her the verdict.
The trial resulted for the old woman to be free without having to spent her time behind bars, unless there are other verdict that said otherwise in the future. Whilst she was already being a city prisoner during the trial process. And she face all the process alone, without a lawyer. Of course, she couldn’t afford one, and why would the government provide her? She’ just a poor old lady. Insignificant, as they might pressume.
And another case follow. This time about family-of-five, a single mother with four children, accuse of stealing cotton.
As a cotton-picker, she only get pay for 5000 rupiahs a day. Less than a dollar a day. With that, she has to feed her self and her four dependent children. She said in an interview, “After my husband died, I have never able to eat well”. No wonder, with only 5000 rupiahs a day, she can only gets a litre of bad-quality-rice (3000-3500 rupiahs), cooking oil for 1000-1500 rupiahs, and a very little materials to be put in the pan. Even a quarter dozen of egg’ cost nearly 4000 rupiahs today.
And so, learning for years that there’s a tradition in her region that the leftover cotton from the harvesting may be taken for free, she and her children take an amount of cotton equals to 6000 rupiahs. But maybe, someone didn’t like what she did. Of all the cotton picker who enjoy the leftover, she’s the only one who got arrested.
The plantation owner accuse her and her children of thievery. She manage to avoid the sentence, but one of her children was put behind bars. And what make it more irritating was the ‘authorities’ said that she can free her son if she paid one-and-a-half-millions rupiah as bail, otherwise, her son will be beaten in prison. How things can be more unfair than this?
Affraid of her son’ safety, she manage to borrowed the money from POLRI advisor. She can safe her son’ life, but still they wont release him. And the advisor can only said to her that he will try somehow to help her son to be set free. And that’ not a guarantee, nor a promise.
I’d like to swear. I’d like to swear over the hypocrit-bureaucrats in this fuckin’ louwsy country. I’d like to swear to those honorable council members who travels with state-funded-fancy-car, who sits in an air-con room while nearly half of the population in Indonesia has to deal with sunburn and mosquito bites and sleeping under the night stars. I’d like to swear to those morron who drafted those capitalism-sided-law that has manage to give those greedy company bigger change to sucking the blood of our beloved Indonesia. I’d like to swear to the corrupted law-enforcer, to the ass-licking officials, to the dumbass bureaucrats, I’d like to say…BURN TO HELL!