Grass is Not Always Greener

A friend of my mom wrote, that she lived in Guangzhou, and she couldn’t join Facebook. Coz, Facebook had been already banned there.

I don’t know exactly what the banning is about, but I contemplate that I’ve never seen any Facebookers from China. More accurately, that ever since Friendster was still booming, I never saw any users from China. Doesn’t Chinese love social networks?

Then last week, I read that Google seem was gonna stop their site’s operation in China, since Chinese government has let its hackers hacking the Gmail accounts of Chinese citizens. Correlating to the lack of social network at China above, I can understand why Chinese never seems wandering around in Facebook. How can they have any Facebook account comfortably if someone hacks their e-mail account? What’s being good of having an e-mail account if someone can split it up? I never allow my parents opening my e-mail, how can I let anyone called “government” read my private mails?

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This issue has been so last-year, I’m not competent enough to read about emasculating of this kinda sophisticated technology. But an e-mail woke me up this morning and astonished me.

I wrote about the conflict between my country and Malaysia a few months ago in my old blog. It’s been so long and I almost forgot that I wrote it. But this morning a Malaysian from Ipoh sent me his comment and I got an interesting point from his reaction.

It’s true, Malaysia’s government has stolen Ambalat Block from Indonesia and claimed it, but it’s never been exposed in Malaysian mass media coz Malaysia’s press is demanded not to write about things which insults its governance. In fact, there are a lotta issues in Malaysia which mustn’t be written by its own media, such as for example a Mongolian girl named Altantuya Shariibuu which murdered cruelly coz she’s became a Malaysian high officer’s concubine, and also the mystery about sodomy to Anwar Ibrahim. Their government’s been hiding it for so long, made people knew nothing about it. Malaysian citizen don’t seem to know that their access to know information about their country’s politic crisis have been limited.

Both of those countries make me feel pity coz citizens’ human right to express their opinion seem locked tight there. I thank that I was born as a citizen of Indonesia, where I don’t need to hide to have any Gmail account and I’m allowed to notice that sometimes government can make mistake. It’s true that there’s a few ulcers in some spots, such as there’s still banning on a few books which seem abusing government, but at least there’s no banning on vocal newspapers or tapping to e-mail accounts.

China may rise with its rocket which has flown to outer space. Malaysia may be rich coz they can buy oil in any prices that they want to. But if to be like them then citizen mustn’t express their critical polite opinion comfortably, I think those welfare and those greatness doesn’t mean a thing.

Indonesian says, “rumput tetangga selalu lebih hijau”, neighbour’s grass is always greener. It means, other people always own better stuffs. But what a heck if the grass is green but the root is rotten. Trust me, the grass is not always greener over there.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Codet
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 20:56:12

    Hi there,

    I always believe that basically, it’s not about where you were at, but how you enjoy surrounding. And one more thing, great people is who being proud to be in themselves, including their history either homeland, in other word, to be proud of their-own grass. However, those people shall be opened enough to learn from better neighbors, if any.



  2. sang cerpenis
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 22:25:14

    hmm..tuh orang malaysia hebat juga bisa nulis gitu. dia mengakui kebobrokan negaranya. jujur sekali. sungguh2 gentleman.

    tapi memang benar, keliatannya mereka oke padahal siapa tau dalamnya. spt buah yang ranum tampak luar, di dalamnya berulat dan busuk.


  3. Codet
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 23:07:39

    Hahaha right, I think Malaysian shall read your comment. Okay, let us be proud being Indonesian. At least, as you’d said, we’re relatively free to speak, an invaluable condition 🙂


  4. Hendriawanz
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 23:48:03

    “…I never allow my parents opening my e-mail, how can I let anyone called “government” read my private mails?”

    Basically, there’s no 100% secret data in the internet. We just do our best to keep our data from being accessed by unwanted persons. I still have a general view that “internet” means “share your data”. Keep your favourite actor’s name (just as an example) by yourself, don’t write it on any media. Remember the name in your head, so that only you know it. That’s 100% secret data.
    If you’re the owner of a populer website such as Google, and millions of people join your site, you give them accounts after filling the registration form that contains personal questions, then you’ll know their data. And also, their subsequent activity data such as opinion, schedule, poem, etc. How you have authority to use the data depends on words you pick when you design agreement as part of the registration form. It reminds me a tutor in one course of internet information system. He talked us about his friend, “Hey, why don’t you create your email account here? We have domain, bandwith, and all you need to support your activities. But his friend said, “Nope, you work there. You’re the admin. And you’re the person in charge in maintaining the infrastructure. So, if I create an account there, you’ll read my emails, my hobbies, my schedule…etc :p”


    • Vicky Laurentina
      Jan 25, 2010 @ 12:10:27

      What a good thought, Iwan. Sometimes I think I don’t keep myself as a secret, but I let Mark Zuckenberg knows me much, coz he owns Facebook. That drags me to a question, how far we can trust a site to keep the privacy of our personal data.


  5. Bang Aswi
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 10:33:40

    Setuju banged! Bahkan, saya pun punya teman di Malaysia yang sangat kagum dengan perkembangan kreativitas orang2 Indonesia, terutama di bidang musik dan kepenulisan. Dan yang lebih parah, mereka pun sudah kehilangan identitas bahasa karena bahasa sehari-hari mereka adalah Inggris, bukan Melayu, karena itulah mereka salut dengan kita.


    • Vicky Laurentina
      Jan 25, 2010 @ 12:00:25

      Kalau seperti itu caranya, saya pikir bangsa mereka layak dikasihani karena kreativitas mereka dikekang. Tidak heran kalau banyak dari karya mereka yang banyak berbau meniru karya bangsa lain.

      Saya juga mengerti kalau mereka terpaksa menggunakan bahasa Inggris sebagai bahasa persatuan. Agak sulit memilih salah satu antara bahasa Melayu, bahasa Cina, atau bahasa Tamil, untuk menjadikannya bahasa persatuan, jika melihat bagaimana urusan kesenjangan antarumat beragama bisa berujung pada kerusuhan di negara itu. Seperti kemarahan umat Islam Malaysia pada umat Kristen yang menggunakan nama Allah untuk Tuhannya dua minggu lalu.


  6. vany
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 21:28:49

    so, i’m so happy because i’m living in indonesia, mbak….


  7. anny
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 09:03:40

    sometime grass will be brown 😀


  8. tukangpoto
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 18:36:25

    I just proud to be an Indonesian citizen,and thank you for your enlightment. Salam jepret!


  9. avartara
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 14:38:55

    Nah, mari kita tetap lestarikan nilai2 budaya kita bangsa Indonesia, karena masih banyak yg dapat kita banggakan dari negeri ini, walaupun elit2 negeri saling rebutan kekuasaan, namun kehidupan berbangsa tetap jalan seperti sediakala.


  10. NURA
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 21:49:09

    salam sobat
    lucu gambar kartunnya mba,,
    saluut banget dengan orang Malaysia,,jujur dan mengakui ya,,mengenai negaranya…
    trims sharingnya


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