update 6.22pm - Two Indonesian plantation workers have been arrested for allegedly killing at least 20 endangered orang utans and proboscis monkeys as a means of 'pest control'. So, I was right about it. They killed their own orang utans and put the blame on Malaysians, all because they lost the football game to us. What a shame!
Gosh! I thought they have stopped but they didn't, and perhaps they will go on battering us. Their failure to grab the 'mother of all gold medals' at the Sea Games are taking its toll on our diplomatic relation.
This is one of thousands 'more-or-less' similar comments posted by Indonesians on their local media. It also appears on Tweeter.
"Those malaysian people are really something else, aren't they? First, they've successfully tried to annex Sipadan and Ligatan and then Ambalat, been claiming that reog, batik, cendol, pendet dance and rendang are their own, then they've paid hush money to the referee assistant to raise his freaking flag to indicate Ferdinand was in an offside position in the Sea Games grand finale and now they think they have to decimate orang utans as well? What next? They'll claim Koteka too?"
A Jakarta Post pic of the demo in front of our embassy in Jakarta
On the day they lost in the soccer final to Malaysia, a group protested in front of our embassy in Jakarta, accusing us of killing their orang utans.
Members of the Center for Orangutan Protection also protested in front the Presidential Palace in Jakarta demanding that the President support the legal protection of orangutans following widespread news of the torture and killing of the animal in East Kalimantan.
“Orangutans have never been given serious attention. The proof is in front of our eyes. In Kalimantan a lot of orangutans have been found tortured, injured and killed,” said Daniek Hendarto of the Center for Orangutans.
He added that on Nov.3 an adult orangutan was found battered in a farming district in East Kalimantan, belonging to a Malaysian firm.
“We suspect the orangutan was tortured and suffered from broken bones,” he said
I personally don't think Malaysians killed any of the orang utans. Yes, there are Malaysian companies doing business there but they also employ thousands of locals. They could have killed the orang utans and blamed it on a few Malaysians there.
What else should we do to repair such a damage? The Games was supposed to be free of politics but the Indonesians are venting their anger and frustration in a wrong way.
The reason is the jingoism expressed by the Indonesian government, media and even members of the public. Jingoism, in its colloquial sense, is a demonstration of excessive nationalism and patriotism.
This attitude has gripped Indonesia over the past few years, and has been displayed in various ways, including calling Malaysia 'Malingsia' (maling means thief), to the “New7Wonders” debate, where some people say they don’t care if the contest is legitimate or not, as long as Indonesia can expect good news and always win!
So, what's next?