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Monday, September 19, 2005


Max Havelaar, Where Idealism Defeated by Lust ...

I just watched the Max Havelaar movie last Saturday in Erasmus Huis. It is the Nederland week, thus they also have a film festival, dutch films to be precised.

The movie is 130 minutes long, and with dutch's systematic, we also have a 'pauze' in between, a break you may say.

Max Havelaar is a story about a guy with his dreams and desires, also passion for Indonesia. He was an 'asistent regent' for Manado at first, but then he got promoted to be an asistent regent for Lebak, West Java.

Max Havelaar was known as a good dutch man. He would've fight against the colonialism, and the injustice that happens in the Indonesian. The thing is, there was a law, that dutch people should maintain the culture and also Indonesian people. Indonesian people should be fed well (supposed to, i believe) and shouldn't be forced to do too much work. They should produce something out of their cultivation, either rice fields, or coffees, or other things.

He has a great character and attitude. He has a vision to be a governor-generaal (sort of like 'gurbernur' in Indonesia, the one who leads the province).

So, he went to Lebak, West Java. While his wife thought of poverty in Lebak, Max thought of an opportunity to develop the place, which is known as the poorest place in Indonesia (at the time).

What he faced there was beyond his believe. The previous asistent regent, named Mr. Slotering (or something like that), was poisoned by the Bupati, which is an Indonesian. Mr. Slotering also known as an idealism guy, that would fight the injustice in Lebak. Mr. Slotering said to the Bupati, that he didn't agree about those buffalo's that Bupati had taken from the native people. But then, while he fought for the natives, he ended up poisoned.

While Max Havelaar reading Slotering's report, he found out about the corruptions of the Bupati. He fought against it, and expecting that Indonesian people will get the courage to tell him what they really felt about Bupati's actions. But then, ... no one dare to speak out. So, Max ended up in confusion. What can he do, while people didn't want to give a testimony against the Bupati ? Thus, the corruptions go on ...

And the most terrible thing is, the Regent himself was a very close friend with the Bupati. The Regent (dutch) usually get a girl for his lust, that was sent by the Bupati.

Not only that, but also the right hand of Governor Generaal was trying to move Max Havelaar to another place. The Governor Generaal himself was also a man with his vision for the wealth of Indonesian, but he had to retired sometime after Max Havelaar became the asistent regent of Lebak.

At the end of the story, Max Havelaar was promoted to be the Regent of Ngawi, which then he dropped it, and he came back to the Netherlands.

He wrote a story, and ask one of his friends, to publish it. It was a story that was created by ... Multatuli, or Edward Douwesdekker.

I have learned something about corruption, and i found it interesting. Max Havelaar thought that the reason why Bupati took all buffalos from the native people, is because Bupati didn't get that much salaries. Thus, Max gave him a loan, a soft loan, expecting that by giving him the loan, the Bupati will stop to take the buffalos that belongs to the native people. But then again, his prediction was wrong. The Bupati kept on taking the buffalos of the natives people, thus making them suffered even more.

I came up to the conclusion of understanding, why do you think that corruptions is all over Indonesia ? From the top to the bottom ? It seems, they felt that they were in lack of money in the first place, thus they did what they shouldn't. Once they paid all of the debt they had to pay, the tradition of corruption is rooted already in their lifestyle, thus it's became a habit for them. And now ... to all of us ...

It's all because lack of paid ...

It's tragic, but it's the reality ... a pathetic reality ...

ime' ...

2 Comments:

Blogger Lif Rahayu said...

Ime.....it is hard, Me.It happens everywhere....
Mulailah berlaku baik dari diri sendiri dulu....

3:49 PM  
Blogger ime' said...

Hehehehe ... that, i do agree. tapi yang sebenarnya paling parah adalah, saat seseorang mencoba untuk main bersih, ada dua kemungkinan, pertama gagal, dan yang kedua, orang akan memandang kita aneh. it's like they were wondering, whether we're still alive or not, an allien probably, they thought. heheheh ... ini yang namanya paradigma, mind set. dan kehidupan bangsa kita, mind set nya udah begini. am trying to be good though, or maybe ... not ?

11:14 AM  

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