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Unfinished Journey (episode 3)
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/5102263-unfinished-journey-episode-3
By: Muhammad Jusuf*

January 3, 1973, my uncles, nephew, grandmother, and other relatives, about 100 peoples, relatives from my mother sides, and also relatives from my father side were stand in the waiting hall in Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan. Today was a historic days for my entire families, because our family went to move to Jakarta. My father had to move on his duties to Jakarta. That was why my relatives, my grandmother and others relatives had to cheers to say “good by’’ to my family.

Event my father an infantry sergeant soldier, but we had flight to Jakarta by private airlines company of Bouraq. The Airplane was a Dakota’s with two propellers on his two wings. The airplane capacity only for 40 passengers, and the airplane was not empty yet, because they have one pilot, one co-pilot, and four cabin crew, and 10 of my families, father, mother, and 8 of my brothers and sisters, four sisters and four brothers. Of course the airline chairs was not comfortable like the current airline sofa, because the Airplane chairs was made from simple thin leather.

Event this travel was the travel moving for our entire family, but this travel was not the first time to me to visit to Jakarta, because in 1970, two years earlier, I accompanied my father who went to Jakarta to check and to hospitalized in Cikini Hospitals in Central Jakarta. My father was hospitalized in Cikini Hospital around 3 months to recover for his long stomach disorder. Thanks to God Almighty, because my father recover from his long sickness, and because in my father hospital room, there were four peoples whose were also the same sickness type, but only my father survived, because tree other patients were passing a way cause by not discipline on their diet. As soldiers, my father, name Agusno, was a discipline person. The first months in the Hospitals, my father only drink milk, and the second months he was only eat and drank milk mix with corn mush. And the third months he had only eat rice mush mix with vegetables, especially amaranth. Tree other peoples in the same room in Cikini Hospital were passing a way, because event the medical doctor was advice them to eat the ingredients like my father was eats, but they had eats everything, from chicken to steak and to smoked in the room when the doctor was not on duty in the room.

We were flight to Jakarta around 09.00 local times, and we arrived two hours later in Kemayoran Airport Jakarta. Major Dumyati, my father colleagues and his wife and his only one son has already stand by in the Kemayoran Airport. He was rent a box car to bring my hall family. Mr Dumyati himself was drove his FIAT compact small car.

Mr Dumyati brought us to small motel in Jatinegara, East Jakarta. Our family stays in motel around tree months, before we went to move to Infantry dormitories or small military houses complex like a small dormitory in Cililitan areas, East Jakarta. The military complex has only has one room, so my father should build another one small room in the second floor in order to secure his 10 peoples in two rooms.

A few days later, my father registered my to Junior High School, namely SMP Negeri XIV (Government own State Junior High School Number 15) in Jatinegara areas, East Jakarta. 1970’s, the density of Jakarta only have a 4 millions peoples where the pedicab (tricycle) were dominant mode transportations beside the public bus and small taxi car.

One of the most historic to my hall life was when I had attended a second year at Junior High School, because on 15 January 1974, a riot broke out in Jakarta after a mass student protest turned violent. That was my teacher give an announcement to the students that they had to return their home earlier than the school time program to avoid any violent or any riots victims.

Malari incident was a mass student protest that turned into a riot wher

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  • 1. Unfinished Journey (episode 3) http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/5102263-unfinished-journey-episode-3 By: Muhammad Jusuf* January 3, 1973, my uncles, nephew, grandmother, and other relatives, about 100 peoples, relatives from my mother sides, and also relatives from my father side were stand in the waiting hall in Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan. Today was a historic days for my entire families, because our family went to move to Jakarta. My father had to move on his duties to Jakarta. That was why my relatives, my grandmother and others relatives had to cheers to say “good by’’ to my family. Event my father an infantry sergeant soldier, but we had flight to Jakarta by private airlines company of Bouraq. The Airplane was a Dakota’s with two propellers on his two wings. The airplane capacity only for 40 passengers, and the airplane was not empty yet, because they have one pilot, one co-pilot, and four cabin crew, and 10 of my families, father, mother, and 8 of my brothers and sisters, four sisters and four brothers. Of course the airline chairs was not comfortable like the current airline sofa, because the Airplane chairs was made from simple thin leather. Event this travel was the travel moving for our entire family, but this travel was not the first time to me to visit to Jakarta, because in 1970, two years earlier, I accompanied my father who went to Jakarta to check and to hospitalized in Cikini Hospitals in Central Jakarta. My father was hospitalized in Cikini Hospital around 3 months to recover for his long stomach disorder. Thanks to God Almighty, because my father recover from his long sickness, and because in my father hospital room, there were four peoples whose were also the same sickness type, but only my father survived, because tree other patients were passing a way cause by not discipline on their diet. As soldiers, my father, name Agusno, was a discipline person. The first months in the Hospitals, my father only drink milk, and the second months he was only eat and drank milk mix with corn mush. And the third months he had only eat rice mush mix with vegetables, especially amaranth. Tree other peoples in the same room in Cikini Hospital were passing a way, because event the medical doctor was advice them to eat the ingredients like my father was eats, but they had eats everything, from chicken to steak and to smoked in the room when the doctor was not on duty in the room.
  • 2. We were flight to Jakarta around 09.00 local times, and we arrived two hours later in Kemayoran Airport Jakarta. Major Dumyati, my father colleagues and his wife and his only one son has already stand by in the Kemayoran Airport. He was rent a box car to bring my hall family. Mr Dumyati himself was drove his FIAT compact small car. Mr Dumyati brought us to small motel in Jatinegara, East Jakarta. Our family stays in motel around tree months, before we went to move to Infantry dormitories or small military houses complex like a small dormitory in Cililitan areas, East Jakarta. The military complex has only has one room, so my father should build another one small room in the second floor in order to secure his 10 peoples in two rooms. A few days later, my father registered my to Junior High School, namely SMP Negeri XIV (Government own State Junior High School Number 15) in Jatinegara areas, East Jakarta. 1970’s, the density of Jakarta only have a 4 millions peoples where the pedicab (tricycle) were dominant mode transportations beside the public bus and small taxi car. One of the most historic to my hall life was when I had attended a second year at Junior High School, because on 15 January 1974, a riot broke out in Jakarta after a mass student protest turned violent. That was my teacher give an announcement to the students that they had to return their home earlier than the school time program to avoid any violent or any riots victims. Malari incident was a mass student protest that turned into a riot where thousands of rioters set fire to hundreds of vehicles and buildings in Jakarta. Malari is an acronym for Malapetaka Lima Belas Januari or the Fifteenth January Disaster, since the event happened on 15 January 1974. After Suharto was re-elected president in 1973, his popularity among the public was not as strong as it was in 1967. There was a growing displeasure among the masses, especially among the elites and the middle class. These included several top commanders within the armed forces itself who openly criticized Suharto and his regime. All were disgusted with the increasing corruption within his government, the amount of foreign investment in Indonesian economy, and the power held by Suharto’s personal counselors (asisten pribadi/Aspri). In 1973, students from various universities held a number of protests showing their strong disagreement with the government regarding foreign investment. They also sounded their
  • 3. opposition against foreign influence, poor economic condition and the spread of corruption within the government. By late 1973, General Soemitro, then head of Kopkamtib, Operational Command for the Restoration of Security and Order, began holding talks in campuses to ease the students. On 30 November, several prominent persons, including former Vice-President Hatta, plainly criticized the government’s policy in handling foreign investment in Indonesia. On 14 January 1974, Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka visited Jakarta. Japan was then Indonesia’s largest foreign investor, thus naturally making it the most hated country among those opposed to foreign investment. The arrival of Tanaka became the pretext for students to hold mass protests. At first, the students gathered at Halim Perdanakusuma, but failed to enter the airport complex since the security forces managed to secure the area. Suddenly, and without warning, the protest turned violent after some protesters began to burn and destroy Japanese-made vehicles and buildings throughout their march. The security forces tried to hold back the protesters but to no avail. In all, the Malari incident leaved 11 people dead, 300 injured and 775 arrested. Hundreds of cars and buildings were burned and destroyed. After the incident, Suharto took several critical steps to prevent further mass rebellion. He dissolved the president’s private counselor institution and took over the commandership of Kopkamtib himself. Thus, once and for all, putting an end the rivalry between Ali Murtopo and Soemitro, which have caused much damaged to his regime during the last few years. He also fired his chief intelligence, Soetopo Juwono, then head of Bakin, State Intelligence Coordination Agency, and replaced him with Yoga Sugama. A number of student leaders such as Syahrir and Hariman Siregar were brought to court. Most public meetings were suspended and several newspaper and magazines were banned. Senior High School or Senior Technical High School
  • 4. When I passed Junior High School, I was confused that I should register to General Senior Hight School or Vocational School of Technical High School. I had knew that My father could not have a purchasing power to pay my University tuitions fee, after I pass the Senior High School, because as a lower ranking sergeant with his ten kids were hard to him to feed and to pay our school cost in a higher school institutions. That was why my father registered me to enter a Vocational school of Senior Technical High School in Lapangan Banteng Street, Central Jakarta. But, with my personal saving, I registered my self to Senior High School in East Jakarta. So, in the Morning I was attended a Technical High School and in the evening I was also attended a Senior High School. Thanks to the change to the school time schedule from the December to June. The Education and Culture Minister Dr.Daoed Joesoef release his degree about the time of School holidays and schedule of student’s activities. In the last schedule, the end of semester was every December, but started in 1978, the end of semester was started in June. Luckily, the change were only valid for General School not for Vocational School, especially for Technical High School, because the Minister said, the jobs market were badly needs a workers whose had a Technical High School diploma. So, I took the state general examinations for Technical High School in December 1978, and I took an examinations for Senior High School in June, 1979, because all School, especially for non vocational school had an extended the length of time to study another six months. So, that was why I was successfully to pass School, Senior High School and Vocational School of Senior Technical High School. • Freelance Journalist and Journalistic Lecture at School of Economic Institute of Hidayatullah, Depok, Indonesia. •