Monday, September 12, 2011

Disharmony in Ambon

Two groups of people clashed in the town of Ambon, Maluku Province, killing at least three people and injuring eighty nine others.

Beside that, two cars, four motorcycles and three houses were burned to the ground during said violence.

The Jakarta Globe quoted the spokesman of the National Police Anton Bahrul Alam as saying that the violence was sparked by a traffic accident that caused the death of an Ojek (Motorcycle Taxi) driver i.e Damin Saiman.

However, an sms sent by unknown people saying that Darmin was tortured to death by members of the other group. Word of mouth prompted a violent clash between the two group, one of which includes the family of Darmin.

The spokesman also said that the Police is now investigating who is responsible for the sms, but no arrest has been made so far. The over-all situation in Ambon is stable now.

The above violence show that the relationship among people in Ambon is still fragile whereby they can be provoked to do violence against each other very easily just by the circulation of  a mysterious sms.

As a first step, the laws should be enforced very strictly on anyone alleged to be responsible for the violence and must be processed in Court.

8 comments:

colson said...

Since the violence at the start of the millennium time after time we were told peace and harmony had been restored on the islands.

Apparently these reports were unrealistic. The problems haven't been resolved. The peat-moor fire of stereotyping and prejudices has been smouldering all the time. And it may turn into a blaze any moment.

H. Nizam said...

@Coldon,
Violence broke in the year 2,000++
because political parties have irresponsibly used religious sentiments to win the heart of voters.
The worst thing was that the law enforcement agencies hesitate to take necessary action.
Like you said actually the problem still exist. If law enforcement agencies do not take firm action it might 'explode' again.

cicitHJHASSANu said...

salam eidu fitri...

moga2 Ambon tidak bersedih lagi....

Insyallah ada sinar jika segala prasangka sesama insan dihapuskan dan muslim kembali kepada Al-Quran sepenuhnya,wallahualam.

Wisata Murah said...

saya turut prihatin. semoga ini kerusahan masal yang terakhir di ambon manise

Umihoney said...

Assalamualaikum Harry,

I agree fully with your reader cicitHJHASSANu. Maybe people should also engage more on the ground to foster goodwill and tolerance. NGOs should also support this effort.

Thank you for sharing.
Umi

Ria Tumimomor said...

it's a big wonder why they are so easy to be provoked :(

Meutia Halida Khairani said...

hi sir, it's been a long time since my last visit to this blog. i've been on my vacation to Aceh.
quote this : "The above violence show that the relationship among people in Ambon is still fragile whereby they can be provoked to do violence against each other very easily just by the circulation of a mysterious sms."
i agree.. it's just a simple matter but can cause the death of people :(

H. Nizam said...

@CicitHJHASANu,
Selamat Ied-Ul-Fitr.
Mudah-mudahan begitu jadinya.
Prasangka harus dihilangkan.

@Wisata Murah,
Mudah2an tidak akan kacau lagi.

@Umihoney,
Alaikum salam.
Yes NGOs should support the effort to foster goodwill and tolerance.

@Ria,
There should be very serious efforts to create harmony among people in the area.

@Meuthia,
I am glad to see you back.
People in Ambon can learn how to live side by side in harmony from Aceh.