You all know what WTF means, don’t you. That’s why you’re here!
Nor am I referring to the World Trade Federation. If it ever existed, it’s probably now the World Trade Organisation which regularly attracts “WTF?!?” for its socially divisive policies. And there are more, lots more meanings of this acronym … 217 according to this page.
No, this is a partial round up of the WT-effs which, as a friend commented, are delivered on a daily basis, sometimes face-to-face, or more generally through the media. In the first few cases I’ve screen-grabbed a few from the Jakarta Globe on the 28th December.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said last week that 1.18 million folk were evacuated from their homes this year due to natural disasters, and “hundreds of Indonesians were killed.” The article later says that there were 240 fatalities, and that 64% of them (147) were killed by landslides.
Since when are landslides “natural” disasters? Building on the side of a hill from which trees have been taken and which is in an earthquake zone, is plain stupidity. Most of these fatalities were the result of actions by sentient beings, not Mother Nature. That the word ‘mitigation’ is in the BNPB title suggests a measure of prevention. It would seem that the work of the “National” body has not permeated to the regions. Would replacing ‘natural’ with ‘manmade’ (buatan manusia) in the board’s name change the nation’s mindset?
Probably not … read on.
Monday’s incident spotlights an old yet neglected issue plaguing Indonesian infrastructure, which is infamously known for poorly constructed roads filled with dangerous dents (eh?) that have caused far too many traffic accidents – many of them fatal.
A 35-year-old man with a presumed mental disorder was beaten to death by his neighbors in Bogor district on Friday night after he disturbed a religious celebration at the local mosque and threatened people with a machete.
Several people tried to interfere to halt the violence, but “the victim suffered serious injuries to the back of his head.He also had wounds on his cheek and temple, and a number of teeth were missing.”
Those injuries show that there are some Muslims with mental disorders in Bogor.
WTF 4 & 5
“What the …?” is generally a spontaneous verbal ejaculation which denotes an element of surprise. These two headlines only engender exasperation and loads of effing and blinding at the continued moral corruption at both ends of the social spectrum.
The government reluctantly agreed on the fee for foreign translators, which was four times higher than the local rate. When the Lontar Foundation signed contracts with translators for 30 books, the government refused to pay the agreed rate.
Lucya Andam Dewi, the president director of Bumi Aksara publishing group, said: “When we checked the translated books for the FBF, we found a number of books needed some corrections, while some others had to be translated again from the beginning.”
(My profile of John McGlynn + a book I edited)
WTF 7 – War against Marijuana
Note: no-one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana!
– December 4th: Budi Warseso, head of the Narcotics Agency, following the ‘confiscation’ of 2.1 tons (i.e. 21,000 kilogrammes) of marijuana: “This much marijuana can be used by 21 million people. So, we have saved 21 million lives.”
– December 29: Brig. Gen. Anjan Pramuka Putera, National Police narcotics director, claimed that following the ‘confiscation’ of marijuana worth $441,000, this “had saved the lives of 40,000 Indonesians who could have been potentially ruined.“
December 23: Attorney General M Prasetyo has stressed that a third round of drug convict executions will be carried out next year: “This should become our focus. Law enforcement should keep moving ahead.”
Question: How many will be executed to deflect the public’s perception of the elite’s shenanigans?
Headline 21 November: Mediocrity, controversy shroud Attorney General Prasetyo
Finally, although there are loads more Indonesian WT-effs including a prison surrounded by a croc-filled moat, rich kids wiping out pedestrians with their Ferraris and only paying a fine, the emasculation of KPK, the Corruption Eradication Commission, arch-villain Setya Novanto et al, this one is from today’s Guardian.
Go on, you know you want to google it.