By Dayak Benuaq
Aug 5, 2007, 06:46
Bali and Australia suffer: Due in great part to the smog emanating from burning rainforest in Sumatra and Kalimantan, both Bali and Australia have been suffering environmentally. Bali's air quality is now so bad the Sanglah Public Hospital said 1,271 people were admitted to hospital because of respiratory diseases in the first half of this year. The province’s largest hospital has recorded three deaths from respiratory diseases in the last three months. “A polluted environment is of course to blame for such diseases,” the official said. While Australians need no reminder of the drought-flood condition of their own environment these days.
While environmental and human rights groups around the world protest as much as they can, Jakarta just carries on; fueled by greed and western political BS yet again. Of course Jakarta plays the same old “We are a responsible and caring government” game, signing treaties without real guarantees here and international accords there. But like everything Indonesia signs, look at the exclusions and what penalties they face if they break their word; none. It is the same game as they play with their human rights agreements, which they have never adjudicated a single complaint on; everything is “pending”. The destruction of Kalimantan is now in overdrive, just look around. Human Rights and Conservation Groups are currently petitioning the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to intervene on behalf of the Dayak people regarding a proposed 1.8 million hectares (4.4 million acres) land grab for the palm oil companies of Indonesia which will see the people we do not want to support get incredibly wealthy, the people who need our support become homeless.
Slowly but surely and to the tune of Washington’s biofuel fiddle, Kalimantan is being deforested, the non-Muslim Dayaks are being burnt out of existence, the local environment is being wiped out and the lungs of the world destroyed. There is no reasoning with Jakarta, they respond only to action. They do not have the foresight to understand that they are destroying their own heritage and the future of all our children, so we all need to send Bush’s “green” initiative and Indonesia’s greed a message by boycotting Indonesia, including Bali, and especially by boycotting Indonesian palm oil products. Please do not condone Jakarta’s illegal human rights abusing environment destroying acts, please boycott the hate state of Indonesia until they have a real government.