Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dialectic: Erwin Arnada and FPI; Who’s On The Truth??

Erwin Arnada and FPI; Who’s On The Truth??

Muhammad Abdul Mannan

On October 9, Erwin Arnada which known as Ex-Chief Editor of Indonesia’s Playboy Magazine, surrendered into domestic prosecution of South Jakarta. He was verdict as a suspect of anti-pornography and porn-action (APP) rules violation, which proposed in Indonesia since 2002 under Megawati Soekarnoputri’s Government.  We can guess any tendencies upon this proposal, but indeed it influenced by moral degradation in Indonesian society, moreover for the young generation. In here, Erwin also became the ‘victim’.

Erwin’s case being published widely by some international media, which it media-judged as a repression into journalist freedom (Playboy still acclaimed as a text-media which uploaded by journalist, although picture content is dominating the whole part of magazine). On the other hand, FPI or Forum-Pembela-Islam as the plaintiff also being judged by Associated Press as an extremely-hard-organization, responsibly for many abuses upon adult-public facilities.

Analyzing process on the whole case should be saw from 2 different elements: the violation of journalist rights and the actual position of FPI. On the first point, there is a complaint from Erwin’s side on why this case should be brought into criminal article, not simply into journalist rule. If we would like to talk in the law-sphere, journalist rules is merely arranging the standard-operating-procedure of journalist on their work, so it will be punished on technical foul. In Indonesia’s context, playboy discourse had been complained since it not published well from many parties, and it backed-up by APP rules which included into criminal sphere. On the other hand, although Indonesia’s Playboy claimed had been articulated into Indonesian behavior (also claimed that many other magazines are more ‘porn’ regarding to Playboy Indonesia’s Version), the stigma of Playboy as a popular-adultery-magazine-for-men is enough. The adultery-magazine should containing the attractive contents for adult, and it will be sold as-simple-as sweets in the shop. For an addition, if the major purpose of APP rules is saving the moral values of youth, this product should be banned in the first hand.

Secondly, about FPI’s judgment. As one of the biggest democratic country (at least in the 3rd, based on total people number after USA and India), people voice rights are uphold as the essence of democracy. FPI being one of active-fully-pressure group, move on the name of Islam as the majority. Representing point here is debatable, I do agree with that (Islam is majority, but almost will not supporting violence as the option). However, if we agree that social movement likes FPI is the product of democratic system, and the minority voices will be uphold as well as majority, FPI status cannot be sued, as long this organization is coordinated-well with national security staffs.

So how long Erwin will stays in the jail?

*Note: sorry for miss-terms-used in this article, I am not an expert in this sphere. Only try on sharing more about the sensitive issue in this lovely country

Friday, October 15, 2010

Brain's Kidd: Is it clear???

 Is it clear???

Prof: It may be hard for foreign student coz it delivered in Portuguese..What is your name? Your first name?? (pointing one of us)

Stud A: Ph*c.. (also spelling it, although it is short)

Prof: P-H-*-C (write down on d board),, and you??

Stud B: Li*n.. (keep spelling d name)

Prof: L-I-*-N (write it also),, you???

Me: Muhammad.. (no spell at all)

Professor: (only smile, with d whole class)

Me: ??? (is it clear?)

Dialectic: Debating The True Values; Is The 2010 Peace Nobel Judgment Bias??

Debating The True Values; Is The 2010 Peace Nobel Judgment Bias??*

Muhammad Abdul Mannan

Nobel prizes in this year have not much surprise. Almost all of the candidates are being agreed by world public as the proper-persons. But it not happens also to Liu Xiaobo, a freedom-right-activist from China, which awarded Peace Nobel for 2010. The massive contra comes from China’s Government, indeed, as the protest object from Liu Xiaobo and his compatriots since Tiananmen’s incident on 1989. For some observer, although it is protested by China’s Government, it seems showing the Nobel award is back to the nature; goes on the most “proper” person; after awarded to Barrack Obama and assessed as “immature award”.

It may not be Nobel if the status is not debatable. People may think that the proper one is A, based on the universal values, but some others may think no for A because sometimes the true values are bias. We still remember upon one of the most popular awarded-people in Peace Nobel, Nelson Mandela, which chosen after proved delivered South Africa better in the terms of society (kept the majority rights on the top, also impacting to the societal welfare). It seems like approved by everyone. How about Liu Xiaobo case? If we ensured that China now is much better rather than several decades ago (simply if the purpose of democracy is making people “happy”, it still needed to uphold this system when another way of politic make people “happier”?), and Tiananmen protest case being the old story of China, is Liu Xiaobo still proper enough to receive the Nobel prize?   

*Note: However, political tendency nowadays always influencing the policies. Sometimes right or wrong is depends on that.