The Only Destiny That Matters: West Papua

West Papua. An island populated by an indigenous community. Vast mineral wealth, incredible bounty of the Earth on a single piece of land. Beautiful forests, matched with an incredible and ancient eco-system. Occupied West Papua. Colonised and battered. This nation is under a brutal occupation, the iron fist of Indonesia grasping and choking the life within. Self-determination is non-existent. Papuans are not Indonesians, they never wanted to be a part of slavery or to be subjugated. Rightfully so, no community should ever tolerate imperialism or…

In an island, waiting for any signs of the tsunami

No devastating Tsunami waves at this moment, near Pulau Indah. Low possibility it will happen. But everyone knows, natural disasters are unpredictable and does not succumb to mankind’s prediction. My friends have been reporting a slight increase to the height of the waves in the northern states of Malaysia; some of us are concerned about another epidemic of panic. Uncertainty has gripped many. The sea seems soothing, with a touch of humidity, tonight; I am monitoring for possible aftershocks in this small forgotten island. There…

Earthquake, Tsunami and Panic Watch in Malaysia

It was Moui who warned me of the earthquake. She sent me a message, about the 8.6-magnitude quake off Indonesia, we discussed it and I set my plans in motion. Informing my other networks was simple, but staggered under the weight of their many questions and concerns. Naturally I was worried for many who lived in the coastal areas of Malaysia, where Sumatra was just opposite, a boat ride away. Despite the low possibilities of devastating waves in Malaysia, memories of the 2004 tsunami in…

Maids from Myanmar, Employers from Hell

The Malaysian government is considering bringing domestic workers from Myanmar to overcome severe shortage of foreign maids following a 2-year freeze imposed by Indonesia. Indonesia had her reasons on the freeze, mainly on increasing issues of abuse and poor working conditions in Malaysia. Such is life in this country! I am extremely concerned about the outrageous mentality of some Malaysian employers and their attitudes towards foreign maids, camouflaged-slavery and abuse (many have said that they are merely “disciplining” their maids, Oh bloody hell RUBBISH!). There…

West Papua: Resistance & Revolution against a brutal colonist

The police chief who is responsible for atrocities in occupied West Papua, Adj. Sr. Comr. Imam Setiawan, said that he would ‘finish’ those who support subversion. “Whoever supports separatism or subversion activity, I will do the same as yesterday [forcefully dissolve the 3rd Papua People’s Congress]. I’ll finish [them],” he said. ZashnainAn avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can…

The Cocktail of West Papua

Indonesia’s alleged focus on the welfare of West Papuans is a sweet cocktail of irony, deceit and hypocrisy, served cold. The Indonesian Government dodges away skillfully from the much-needed Independence of West Papua and the Administration’ s violation of human rights of the indigenous Melanesian-majority population.  The systematic, genocidal attacks on the West Papuans has been on-going for many decades, while the international and regional communities collaborate in sustaining the illusion of Indonesia’s rightful occupation of the land. There is very little the Melanesian people can…

Obama’s Troops in West Papua

The US has declared its support and backing for economical improvements, aid and further exploration of relations. Indonesia is truly fortunate to have the backing of the US. It seems that the US is pleased with Indonesia’s leadership within the region, and in ASEAN. Some say Indonesia may continue with such mandate, in line with the encroachment of China into ASEAN’s ocean and territory. Naturally everyone knows this. However I am disgusted with the US’ obvious blindness towards Indonesia’s suppression of West Papua. To add…