Former TNI Commander: Don’t brand West Papuan resistance OPM ‘terrorist’, say ex-general, critics

General Gatot Nurmantyo, a former commander in the Indonesian National Armed Forces, giving his television interview – in Bahasa Indonesian. Video: TV-One Indonesia

Asia Pacific Report correspondent

A former Indonesian military commander has condemned the formal labelling of the West Papuan resistance TPN/OPN as “terrorists”, saying that the Papuan problem was complex and could not be solved by armed force alone.

Among other critics of the tagging are the Papua provincial Governor, Lukas Enembe and a Papuan legal researcher.

General Gatot Nurmantyo, former commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI), said during a live interview on TV-One Indonesia that it was wrong to label the TPN/OPM (National Liberation Army/Free Papua Movement) as a terrorist group.

He said that Jakarta had tried to use a military solution since the former Dutch colony of Irian Jaya was “integrated” into Indonesia in 1969 without bringing about any change.

“Papua cannot be solved by military operations,” he said.

General Nurmantyo said military operations would not solve the root cause of the conflict in Papua.

He regretted the decision made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration on May 5.

“I am saddened to hear that troops are leaving for Papua to fight. It’s a picture that I think makes me sad,” said the general.

Sad for two reasons

He said he felt sad for two reasons:

First, Papua was one of the Indonesian provinces and the youngest province of the Unitary State of the Republic.
Second, based on Government Regulation in Lieu of Acts (PERPU) 59 of 1959, Papua was still under civilian rule. So, the military actions should be mainly territorial, which supported by intelligence and prepared combat operations.
The retired general said that Papuans “are our own people”, so the burden could not be imposed only on the military and police. Executive government and other government agencies should comprehend the real background of the movements and be involved to resolve the prolonged problem in Papua.

“Territorial operations are operations to win the hearts and minds of the people, because what we face is our own people. Do not expect to solve a condition in Papua only with military operations,” said General Nurmantyo.

“I remind you, it will not work, no matter how great it will be. Because the problem is not just that small,” he said.

General Nurmantyo, who has been a former military district commander in Jayapura and Merauke said that Indonesia already had experience in Aceh where the conflict had not been resolved by military operations.

As the PERPU 59 of 1959 was still valid, the governor was the single highest authority. The military was not allowed to carry out operations without coordinating with the local government.

Communication with government

General Nurmantyo said communication with the local government was carried out and measured operations launched.

“Lest the people become victims! How come, in a situation like this we are waging an open war? Seriously!

“Meanwhile, the situation is still very civil. The leader is the governor or local government.

“This is a state regulation. This is different from when Papua would be designated as a military operation,” said General Nurmantyo.

According to a media release received by Asia Pacific Report. Papua Governor Lukas Enembe and the provincial government also objected to the terrorist label given to the KKB (“armed criminal group”), as the Indonesian state refers to the TPNPB (West Papua National Liberation Army).

Key points
Two of the seven points made in the media release said:

“Terrorism is a concept that has always been debated in legal and political spheres, thus the designation of the KKB as a terrorist group needs to be reviewed carefully and ensure the objectivity of the state in granting this status, and
“The Papua provincial government pleaded with the central government and the Indonesian Parliament to conduct a re-assessment of the observation of the labeling of KKB as terrorist. We are of the opinion that the assessment must be comprehensive by taking into account the social, economic and legal impacts on Papuans in general.”
A West Papuan legal researcher, who declined to be named, said that the Indonesian government misused the term “terrorism” to undermine the basic human rights of indigenous West Papuans.

So far, the term terrorism had no precise definition and so has no legal definition, said the researcher.

Many of the United Nations member states did not support UN resolution 3034 (XXVII) because it contained a certain degree of disconnection to other international instruments, particularly human rights laws.

Disagreements among the states remained regarding the use of terrorism, especially the exclusion of different categories of terrorism.

Right to self-determination

In particular the exception of the liberation movement groups. Particularly contentious which was the affirmation in 1972 of “the inalienable right to self-determination and independence of all peoples under colonial and racist regimes and other forms of alien domination”.

“The legitimacy of their struggle, in particular, the struggle of national liberation movements by the principles and purposes is represented in the UN charter. Therefore, designating West Papua Liberation Army as a terrorist group by the Indonesian government considered outside the category of the terrorist act,” said the researcher.

“Any definition of terrorism must also, accommodate reasonable claims to political implications, particularly against repressive regimes such as Indonesia towards West Papuans.

“The act of self-determination by Papuans cannot be considered terrorism at all.”

The international community should condemn any regime that is repressive and terrorist acts by colonial, racist and alien regimes in denying peoples their legitimate right to self-determination, independence, and other human rights.

A coherent legal definition of terrorism might help “confine the unilateral misuse” of the term by the national government such as Indonesia against TPNPB/OPM, said the researcher.

The other side of the story was war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, oppression, torture and intimidation by the state.

These elements were present in West Papua and they qualified as the act of terrorists and were therefore universally recognised as crimes against humanity and criminals, the researcher said.

The researcher added: “The West Papua army or TPN/OPM are not terrorist groups. They are the victims of terrorism”

This report and the translations have been compiled by an Asia Pacific Report correspondent.


𝗞𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗸 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂 𝗧𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗸 𝗨𝗟𝗠𝗪𝗣, 𝗜𝗻𝗶 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘆𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝗶𝗸𝗮𝗽 “𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗽𝘂𝗮 𝗔𝗿𝗺𝘆” 𝗞𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼 𝗧𝗣𝗡/𝗢𝗣𝗠 (𝗧𝗣𝗡.𝗣𝗕)

𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓 𝐍𝐔𝐌𝐁𝐀𝐘, –– Pasca Keputusan Sidang III Komite Legislatif, diumumkannya Undang-Undang Dasar Sementara pada tanggal 20 Oktober 2020 di Camwolker – Port Numbay (Jayapura) – West Papua dan diputuskannya tentang Pemerintah Sementara West Papua (Provisional Government) oleh United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) yang diumumkan pada tanggal dan 1 Desember 2020 setelah ditetapkan melalui Koferensi Tingkat Tinggi (KTT) Luar Biasa, telah muncul sikap penolakan dari beberapa individu kelompok meskipun mayoritas bangsa Papua telah menyatakan mendukung.

Sikap penolakan beberapa individu kelompok tersebut diantaranya sebut saja Sebby Sambom, Terianus Sato dan Jeffry Pagawak yang mengatasnamakan TPN-PB/OPM dan juga dari KNPB oleh Warius Wetipo (Warpo), serta Octovianus Mote mantan wakil ketua ULMWP yang diwawancarai IndoProgress.

Menyikapi sikap individu kelompok yang mengatasnamakan TPNPB/OPM tersebut, “West Papua Army” dari Komando TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) menyatakan bahwa “kelompok tersebut hanya mengatasnamakan organisasi militer TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) tanpa mengkonfirmasi kepada komando di hutan, termasuk tanpa mengetahui Panglima Tinggi TPN/OPM, Gen. Goliath Tabuni”.

Dalam keterangan lisan yang diterima redaksi, Gen. Goliath Tabuni sangat marah terhadap Sebby Sambom yang selalu mengatasnamakan TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) merusak nama baik organisasi militer. Dalam bahasa kiasan nya, Gen. Goliath menyebut Sebby Sambom diibaratkan seperti benalu yang merusak nama organisasi militer TPN/OPM (TPN.PB).

Hal tersebut diketahui setelah Kepala Departemen Pertahanan dan Keamanan ULMWP, Qebe Tabuni melakukan konfirmasi langsung kepada komando di hutan, termasuk Gen. Goliath Tabuni. Pernyataan sikap resmi TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) tertanggal 7 Desember 2020 diterima, Senin (8/12/2020).

Pada prinsipnya, West Papua Army dari Komando TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) menyatakan mendukung Ketetapan yang diputuskan pada Sidang dan Konferensi United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) belum lama ini, dan sikap yang dibuat oleh Sebby Sambom tersebut hanyalah sikap pribadi Sebby Sambom, bukan sikap TPN/OPM (TPN.PB).

Berikut ini adalah pernyataan sikap resmi TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) terhadap diumumkannya Pemerintah Sementara West Papua atau Provisional Governtment of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua oleh Presiden Sementara, Benny Wenda pada tanggal 1 Desember 2020.

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Gen. WPRA Amunggut Tabi: WPA Fokus Satu Arah, Satu Bidikan: NKRI

Menanggapi berbagai kritikan atas langkah ULMWP mensahkan Undang-Undang Dasar Sementara (UUDS) Negara Republik West Papua (NRWP), di mana para perwira yang ada di rimba New Guinea memberikan ancaman dan teguran kepada ULMWP dan gerilyawan yang bersatu dengan ULMWP dalam West Papua Army (WPA), Gen. Tabi menanggapi dan mengatakan,

Kita ini orang Kristen. Ayah dan ibu kita orang Kristen. Kita dikandung dan dilahirkan dengan doa-doa Kristen. Kita dibesarkan dan menjadi pemimpin dengan bimbingan Panglima Mahatinggi Komando Revolusi semesta alam sepanjang masa bernama Yesus Kristus, Tuhan, Raja, Hakim Mahaagung dan Raja Damai”.

Agama Kristen tidak mengajarkan semua yang dipertanyakan. Semua ancaman, semua benci-membenci, semua teror, itu ajaran terorisme ada dalam agama apa? Ada dalam budaya siapa? Ada dalam realitas kehidupan bangsa mana?

Melanesia tidak! West Papua tidak! orang Kristen tidak!

Jadi, kami di Markas Pertahanan Tentara West Papua, bersama Panglima Komando WPA saat ini tidak mempermasalahkan dan tidak pernah menyalahkan siapa-siapapun, anak-anak Papua itu aset bangsa jadi kami tidak perlu menyalahkan apalagi mengancam mereka. Itu akan menghibur penjajah dan mereka akan bersujud-sembah melihat kita saling memarahi, apalagi memusuhi.

Ajaran agama Kristen, kita sebagai orang Kristen diajarkan (1) “Kasih” kepada Allah, dan (3) kasih kepada sesama manusia seperti (2) kasih kepada diri sendiri. Itu rumus matematika absolute, tidak dapat diganggu-gugat. Jadi, kalau ada yang menebarkan kebencian dan kata-kata yang memecah-belah, maka kita doakan dan kita ampuni, kita doakan agar Roh Kudus menjamah hati mereka, pikiran mereka, roh mereka.

Geenral Amunggut Tabi melanjutkan bahwa bilamana ada suara-suara kebenciran, serangan-serangan kepada pribadi kita atau kepada organisasi orang Papua, maka itu harus dilihat dalam satu kerangka, yaitu kerangka perjuangan Papua Merdeka. Dalam kerangka itu, maka yang tidak senang dan yang memusuhi perjuangan itu juga hanya satu pihak, yaitu NKRI, dan satu orang yaitu orang Indonesia.

Tidak ada satupun orang Papua yang sepenuhnya dan sesungguhnya mencintai NKRI. Dasar cintanya apa?

Gen. Tabi melanjutkan bahwa kita mencitai semua orang di dunia, termasuk orang Papua dan orang Indonesia, akan tetapi kita menentang NKRI, karena NKRI itu kerajaan iblis yang nyata hari ini.

Negara Kesatuan Republik Iblis (NKRI) adalah negara modern milik pribadi ibilis yang berasaskan ketamakan oleh keakuan dan ketakutan, kebencian oleh karena keakuan yang penuh nafsu dan kekerasan yang dipicu oleh ketakutan, lantaran tida percaya kepada diri sendiri dan kepada sesama.

NKRI identik dusta, NKRI identik dengen pecah-belah. NKRI identik dengan kebencian. NKRI identik dengan teror dan intimidasi, pembunuhan orang Papua, yang adalah manusia ciptaan Allah menurut rupa dan gambar Allah. Siapa yang mengancam, meneror dan merusak gambar Allah, ia akan dirusak oleh Allah sebagai pemilik rupa dan gambar itu sendiri.

Yang harus dilakukan ULMWP dan WPA ialah menabur kasih, membesarkan kasih dan menebar kasih dengan kepada semua orang, baik orang Papua maupun orang Indonesia. Orang Indonesia harus diselamatkan kepada Yesus Kristus, dan orang Kristen Papua bertanggung-jawab untuk itu. Caranya ialah pertama-tama melepaskan West Papua dari cengkeraman NKRI, lalu orang Papua akan bebas bergerak menyebarkan sayap penginjilan dibiayai dengan uang negara untuk menginjili dan meng-Kristen-kan seluruh wilayah Negara Kesatuan Republik Iblis, menjadi Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia, mulai dari Sumatera sampai Bali.

Penjajah, Peneror dan Pembunuh OAP HANYA 1: Indonesia atas nama NKRI

Dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan West Papua Army (WPA)

Ancaman terhadap para petinggi politik ULMWP dan petinggi militer khususnya dari TRWP pernah dikeluarkan oleh oknum yang tidak diketahui sumbernya, akan tetapi diperkirakan ada orang-orang di dalam ULMWP sendiri yang bermain di air keruh, ada juga orang-orang dari luar ULMWP.

Tujuannya untuk mengaburkan perjuangan dan menekan para pimpinan ULMWP agar tidak mengambil langkah-langkah berani, tegas dan cepat dalam rangka menyelamatkan nasib bangsa Papua dari penjajahan NKRI.

Menurut pengamatan kami, kalau sebuah tuduhan menyebutkan nama-nama pribadi orang Papua, maka yang membuat teror itu jelas-jelas orang Indonesia. Karena satu-satunya pembunuh orang Papua, peneror dan yang mengancam orang Papua selama ini HANYA NKRI dan antek-anteknya.

Perbedaan sangat biasa, apapun dan di manapun ada perbedaan. Perbedaan bukan untuk dijadikan sebagai dasar untuk saling mengancam, memusuhi, apalagi meneror untuk dibunuh.

Sekali lagi, PEMBUNUH BANGSA PAPUA ialah NKRI, dan orang Indonesia, dan oleh karena itu atas nama apapun, dengan alasan apapun, siapa saja-pun, kalau ia berbicara dan bertindak menghabisi nyawa manusia Papua, berarti DIA ITU ADALAH NKRI, atau dia itu antek-antek dan kaki-tangan penjajah yang menyamar seolah-olah berbicara untuk Papua Merdeka.

Oleh karena itu ada tiga hal yang harus kita lakukan sebagai sebuah bangsa beradab dan sebuah masyarakat yang baru saja memiliki Undang-Undang Dasar Negara, yaitu

  1. Mari kita berdoa dengan sungguh-sunggu kepada Tuhan pencipta dan sumber separatisme sedunia, agar Tuhan mengampuni semua salah dan dosa yang dilakukan NKRI dan orang Indonesia terhadap orang Papua ras Melanesia. Kami sebagai umat beragama yang telah menyelesaikan perjuangan ini tidak berhak menahan pemberian maaf dan pengampunan kami terhadap sesama manusia, yang tidak tahu apa yang mereka perbuat.
  2. Mari kita melupakan masa lalu dan memandang ke masa depan, dan mendoakan semua orang Papua, di manapun kita berada. Hentikan mengeluarkan emosi negatif apapun, dengan alasan apapun, kepada sesama orang Papua, karena dampak daripada emosi dan energi negatif justru merugikan bangsa Papua. Tuhan Yesus mengampuni dosa kita dan karena itu Allah telah melupakan dosa kita, dan kita telah didamaikan dengan Allah, hanya karena kasih.
  3. Perbesar dan kembang-biakkan ‘cinta-kasih” dan mari kita bagikan kepada semua orang, di manapun mereka berada, apapun bangsanya, apapun negaranya, terutama sesama orang Papua dan kepada orang Indonesia.

Mata kita tertuju kepada tujuan, hati kita tertuju kepada harapan hidup kekal di saat Hakim Mahaagung datang menghakimi dan Raja di atas segala raja memerintah semesta alam sepanjang masa.

Dalam nama Allah Bapa, Allah Anak dan Allah Roh Kudus, hamba-Mu berdoa kepada Allah Bapa di sorga. Nama saya AmungguT Tabi, General WPRA, datang kepada-Mu sebagai Panglima Mahatinggi Komando Revolusi semesta alam sepanjang masa, untuk mengajar saya dan semua saudara sebangsa dan setanah air saya, untuk mengikuri Rumus Enam Balok kartu politik Papua Merdeka, yaitu Rumus Kasih.

Aku tahu persis, bahwa adalah kasih yang telah mengalahkan Ibilis. Karena kasih Engkau bertahan menderita sebagai manusia, disalibkan, mati dan dikuburkan. Dan karena kasih pula Engkau memberikan Roh Kudus untuk menjadi kekuatan untuk mengalahkan roh-roh kegelapan duniawi yang selalu meneror dan menakut-nakuti hati dan nurani.

Aku tahu persis, ya, Yesus bahwa adalah kasih yang memelihara kami bangsa Papua sampai hari ini

Adalah kasih yang memungkinan sebuah Undang-Undang Dasar sebuah negara bernama Republik West Papua telah disahkan baru-baru ini.

Adakah karena kasih yang mendasari penghakiman terakhir, yang akan memberikan hadiah kepada hamba-Mu ini sesuai perbuatanku di dunia ini, dan akan menghukum bagi orang-orang berdosa, penumpah darah, pencuri, perampok, peneror, pembunuh dan pendosa-pendosa lainnya.

Adalah kasih yang harus saya gunakan untuk menyelesaikan perjuangan ini Ya Tuhan, saya tahu persis, BUKAN DENDAM, BUKAN BENCI, BUKAN NASIONALISME MEMBABI-BUTA, bukan saling menyiku dan meneror, bukan saling membunuh, tetapi dengan kasih,

Di dalam nama Yesus saya tolak kuasa kegelapan yang menghantui pemikiran dan perasaan orang Papua.

Di dalam nama Yesus saya tolak roh egosime pribadi dan egoisme kelompok yang membelenggu bangsa ku.

Di dalam nama Yesus saya tolak roh pecah-belah dan saling menceritakan, yang telah lama berakar-urat di tengah-tengah bangsa Papua.

Di dalam nama Yesus, saya tolah roh ketakutan karena teror dan intimidasi, yang ditebarkan ibilis dan pengikut-pengikutnya.

Di dalam nama Yesus, saya kleim kemenangan di dalam Yesus Kristus atas dasar KASIH ALLAH

Di dalam nama yesus saya kleim kesatuan dan persatuan bangsa Papua sebagai satu nenek-moyang, satu bangsa, satu nasib, dan satu cita-cita serta satu pengharapan di dalam Yesus Kristus.

Di dalam Nama Allah Bapa, Allah Anak dan Allah Roh Kudus,

Di hadapan segenap komunitas makhluk, benda alam, bentang alam, roh, tubuhan, hewan, arwah para pahlawan yang telah gugur di medan perjuangan bangsa Papua, dan arwah anak-cucu yang akan lahir.

Amin! Amin! Amin.

Gen. A. Tabi: Sebenarnya WPRA Tidak Termasuk Mendirikan ULMWP, Justru TPN PB OPM Yang Mendirikannya

  • Lalu apa yang terjadi selanjutnya pada tahun ini?
  • Mengapa TPN PB OPM pimpinan Sebby Sambom dan Jeffry Pagawak justru menolak ULMWP dan meneror pada petinggi ULMWP?

General WPRA Amunggut Tabi menyatakan pembentukan Undang-Undang Dasar Sementara (UUDS) untuk Negara Republik West Papua (NRWP), yang sementara ini digiring oleh United Liberation Movement for West papua (ULMWP) ialah sesuatu yang menarik dan harus disambut baik oleh semua pihak yang bercita-cita mendirikan NRWP yang merdeka dan berdaulat penuh.

Gen. Tabi mengatakan sebenarnya dari awal WPRA atau TRWP tidak termasuk dalam pembentukan ULMWP. Yang membentuk ULMWP itu ialah sayap politik dari komando TPN PB OPM (Seby Sambom dan Jeffry Pagawak), DM TPN/OPM (Jonah Wenda dan WPNCL) dan TNPB dari NRFPB. Free West Papua Campaign di bawah komando WPRA oleh Hon. Benny Wenda tidak terlibat dalam proses Saralana Declaration.

Gen. Tabi meneruskan,

“Kami di luar proses itu. Kami tidak terlibat. Alasannya karena kami tidak diundang, dan juga karena ada oknum yang kami curigai yang termasuk dalam proses ini sehingga kami memilih untuk tidak melibatkan diri.

Saat ditanyakan “Siapa oknum dimaksud?”, maka Tabi menjawab, oknum dimaksud bukan karena hal negatif, tetapi karena WPRA tahu bahwa kehadiran oknum dimaksud sudah dapat mewakili aspirasi WPRA.

Saat ditanya apakah pernah merencanakan untuk menolak ULMWP, Gen. Tabi mengatakan

“Kami sudah buat Surat Penolakan ULMWP, dan juga sudah disiapkan langkah politik untuk menggagalkan ULMWP.

Akan tetapi, lanjut Tabi, “atas perintah dari Mathias Wenda, Chief Genera WPRA, maka langkah itu dihentikan untuk ‘wait-and-see’, dan akhirnya kami memaksakan diri bergabung dengan ULMWP”

Melanesia.News menanyakan mengapa ada kata “memaksakan diri bergabung dengan ULMWP?”, Gen. Tabi menjawab,

Karena kami tidak diundang dan yang lebih penting karena kami bertindak sebagai penyeimbang, sambil menunggu proses lanjutan. Tetapi setelah kami membaca Konstitusi ULMWP, maka kami temukan ada hal-hal yang bisa dicapai dengan konstitusi itu, oleh karena itu kami diperintahkan Panglima Komando Revolusi untuk menindak-lanjuti dan mencari peluang untuk kami terlibat di dalamnya.

Ditanyakan siapa yang dimaksudkan dengan “kami” di sini? Maka dijawab “Kami dari Free West Papua Campaign“, pendiri dan ketuanya Hon. Benny Wenda sebagai Sekretaris-Jenderal dari Dewan Musyawarah Masyarakat Adat Koteka (DeMMAK)..

Tabi melanjutkan,

Siapapun orang Papua, baik yang hadir ataupun tidak hadir dalam pendirian ULMWP, baik yang masuk maupun tidak masuk dalam ULMWP, semua OAP hanya menginginkan satu hal, dan sepanjang siapapun yang dapat mewujudkan satu hal itu, maka orang Papua hanya berterimakasih dan beryukur kepada Allah.

Mau bendera berapa bintang, mau organisasi berjuang berapa lama, mau tokohnya siapa, orang Papua tidak memperdulikan. Orang Papua terdesak untuk harus keluar dari belenggu iblis yang mematikan nyawa orang Papua satu per satu, dan akhirnya memusnahkan ras Melanesia.

Melanesia.News menceritakan tentang ancaman yang ditebar oleh TPN PB OPM lewat media-media online dan media sosial, Gen. Tabi menjawab,

Itu tidak benar, itu bukan orang Papua yang buat begitu. Orang Papua punya sejarah perang suku di masa lalu. Tetapi selama 50 tahun terakhir orang Papua telah bersatu-padu secara roh dan emosi. Semua orang Papua hanya berdoa supaya NKRI keluar dari Tanah Papua. Tidak ada kebencian dan tidak ada teror di antara orang Papua. Cerita saling mencelakakan yang pernah terjadi pada generasi lampau itu disebabkan karena orang tua kami tidak paham permainan intelijen Indonesia. Sekarang kita sudah paham, kita sudah tamat dari situ.

Jadi, ancam-mengancam antara orang Papua sama sekali tidak ada saat ini. Semua orang Papua sangat menghargai satu sama lain dan semua orang Papua adalah orang Kristen yang tunduk kepada Hukum Kasih: yaitu kasih kepada Tuhan Allah dan Kasih kepada Sesama Manusia seperti kasih kepada diri sendiri.

Rumusnya jelas, jangan kacaukan rumus itu. Perampok dan pembunuh bangsa Papua hanya satu piha, dari satu arah: NKRI, orang Indonesia. Jangan tuduh adik-adik dan anak-anak Papua sebagai penebar teror

Three Poisons in Free West Papua Campaigns (2)

General WPRA Amunggut Tabi stated in one of the briefings to his troops at the Central Headquarters of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) at Yako Village, Papua New Guinea that there are three poisons that have destroyed our campaigns to free West Papua, namely egoism, gossiping, and fear.

We have discussed the first poison in previous article. Now we look into the second poison called “Nabok-Kabok”, which literally means, talking about you and at the same time talking about me. This is the first social poison, stems from the first personal poison: ego.

The second Poison is called “Nabok-Kabok” and “Nebi-Kebi”

In Lani language of West Papua we call “nabok-kabok” telling bad stories about other people.’meaning “gossiping”, talking about fellow human, and talking about others without any clear basis and facts, we just gossip around, baseless talk about other human beings. We spread hatred, suspicion and create tensions by spreading wrong or baseless information about other people and about what they are doing.

The Lani concept of “gossip” literally means I spread gossips about you and you also spread gossips about me. There is reciprocal dynamic, cause and effect, give and receive, natural act of balancing occurring automatically.

There is hatred in gossip and there is lie in gossip, both caused by “an-an”, the previous poison that we already discussed. Gossip is groundless, baseless information about something against someone. The purpose of gossiping is to undermine someone that were are gossiping about, and demean whatever they do and even whoever they are.

In addition to lie and hatred in gossiping, there is also an element of slander in gossiping, i.e, spreading false information about someone else or something. Most gossip contain slander, but there are also gossip that contain truth. The problem here is the purpose of gossiping, not on whether or not the information is true or false.

In Lani language, it is called “nabok-kabok“, which means psychologically, that when I am telling stories about others, I am also telling stories about myself to others. In other words, by gossiping, I am showing to others who I am. If I am telling bad stories about others in my gossip, then I am as bad as the gossip. If I am a dog, I will bark, I will not whistle. Just as simple as that. If I have a problem, I will always talk about problems.

Nabok-Kabok in Free West Papua Campaign

There is no time to mention gossiping among West Papuan leaders, activists and organisations that has been happening along our independence struggle, but we want to focus on what is happening right now, per October 2020.

  1. There is gossip from the ULMWP that Octovianus Motte does not like and does not accept Benny Wenda as the chair of the ULMWP Executives, and therefore, he is creating and organising other groups against the ULMWP in general and Benny Wenda.
  2. There is gossip that Indonesia is using TPN PB OPM to destroy ULMWP and Free West Papua Campaign, and at the same time, TPN PB OPM also blame that ULMWP is an Indonesian sponsored organisation that aims at stopping West Papua from gaining independence.
  3. There is gossip that West Papua Army is an Indonesian sponsored military command, and at the same time all commanders who joined the West Papua Army blame the TPN PB OPM as fully funded by the Indonesian BIN and Kopassus.
  4. There is gossip that the “14-Stars Group” or NRFPB is already in full control of the ULMWP and that at the end of the day a free and independent West Papua will not be The Republic of West Papua but it will be The Republic of West Melanesia.
  5. There is also gossip that Buktar Tabuni and Lukas Enembe already signed agreement in order to accept dialogue to be conducted between Indonesia and Jakarta.
  6. There is gossip that Jeffry Bomanak is fully paid by Indonesia, he gets his salaries from Indonesian consulate in Vanimo and Port Moresby. Likewise there is also gossip that WPRA and WPA are fully paid by Indonesia through various business activities carried out in West Papua.
  7. There is gossip that Menase Tabuni dan Markus Haluk are paid by Indonesia inside the ULMWP in order to stop West Papua from gaining full independence.

The list can continue to hundreds and even thousands of gossips spreading around Melanesians in West Papua. We call all these “gossips”, and many of them contain slander or defamation

Defamation (also known as calumny, vilification, libel, slander or traducement) is the oral or written communication of a false statement about another that unjustly harms their reputation and usually constitutes a tort or crime.

“Nabok-Kabok” nen apuluk/ agaluk “Nebi-Kebi Endake”: Gossiping brings about Divisions

Free West Papua Campaign is full of slander, baseless and even false accusations that costed so many lives in the hands of fellow Melanesians. We have spent more time and energy spreading rumours and gossiping about each other than talking about Indonesia and what they are doing against our struggle.

Free West Papua Campaign without slander, rumours and gossiping will cost us less time, less energy, less money, and no lives.

Gossiping has divided us up. Gossiping has destroyed us personally and our groups. Gossiping has poisoned this holy and morally, democratically, legally and spiritually justifiable struggle.

Yes, the result of gossiping is division. And division is the goal of the Satan, Lucifer. As we recall the Biblical story, we see the Lucifer’s ambition to become the same as God has failed. His work to colonise human beings also failed because Jesus has died on the cross and has risen from the death, and has ascended to have, and have promised to come back to judge and throw him and his followers to hell, and take all believers to heaven.

Whenever there is gossiping, of course there is division. We recall the Biblical history. When Lucifer came to Eve, he started gossiping about God, by twisting some words from the Bible, which caused Eve to twist and then misinterpret the outcome of falling into the Devil’s trap. This gossiping aused deadliest separation between God and men. Human race fell into sin and became separated from God.

The Bible in Genesis 1:1-3 records the conversation between Eve and Lucifer as follows

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field that the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ ”
2 The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden,
3 but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of it or touch it, or you will die.’ ”…


The question from Lucifer added “any tree” even though God only said “only one tree” that human should never eat. In reply, Eve said, “…you must not eat of it or touch it, or you will die”. God never said anything about touching it, He spoke about eating it. There are additions to the truth. This brought about sin. This brought about division between God and human race.

Exactly the same pattern operates today in our lives, particularly in our campaigns to Free West Papua. When we add ingredients to our cooking, then the taste of the food changes from its original pure taste into new taste, from united, loving and kindness in Jesus Christ, as fellow human beings and fellow Melanesians into division hatred and even threat to each other.

What a game we are in!

Psychologically, the basis for gossiping is still the same, “the ego”. We are in service to our own ego

And the outcome of gossiping is also the same “we fall into sin”, we commit sin, we become sinners. It divides us up, it indicates that we are not trustworthy, it shows that we are murderer, we have wickedness in our hearts, we are full of hatred against others.

And the outcome of gossiping is we exhaust our energy, we waste our energy and finally we reach nothing but hatred, division and failure.

  • Egocentric person or leader will be happy and will make gossiping as the his/ hear staple food.
  • Egocentric person or leader will be happy to see his competitor get nothing, his/ her opponent is kicked out or disliked or hated by others.
  • Egocentric person or leader will start his discussions by pointing problems and mistakes committed by his opponents or his potential competitor.

“Ego” is the source of slander and gossip. Ego is the mother of gossiping. Spreading unsubstantiated and false information about others serves the ego of the person spreading it, talking about it, and enjoying it.

In other words, anybody or any leader who are not egocentric will never spread rumours and engaged in gossiping about other leaders, fellow Independence fighters.

“Nabok-Kabok” is a Social Decease, Stems from Personal Poison Called “Ego”

It was mentioned before that “gossiping” is a poison, but it is actually a disease. “a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location…” <;

The famous Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “A disease is a particular abnormal condition that negatively affects the structure or function of all or part of an organism, and that is not due to any immediate external injury.” <;

“Nabok-Kabok” is a social decease, stems from poison number 1: the “ego”. It is a personal poison, that produces a social poison called “nabok-kabok”.

The outcome of this disease creates a new poison called “slander, rumours and gossip”. So gossip become poison when the people who gossip become addicted to it, and then become used to gossiping, and finally they “enjoy gossiping”.

“Nabok-Kabok” Creates “Nabi-Kebi” as is the Deadliest Social Poison in a Struggle for Collective Cause

As stated above, Lucifer crated gossip about what God has said about fruits in the Garden. Even also said something in addition to what God really said. This turns and shifting from truth into gossip created division between God and human. The same formula applies to human lives. When we spread rumours, create slanders, start gossiping each other, we are creating a social disease called “division”.

The term “nebi-kebi” in Lani language means, I do not like you and you do not like me, I hate you and you hate me. This creates what Indonesians called “musuh dalam kelambu”, i.e., enemies in our own sleeping nets.

“Nebik-Kebi” comes from the Seed called “Ego”, through the root called “Fear”, into the Stem Called “Nabok-Kabok” that BRINGS ABOUT “DEath”

That is the “death” of human beings, the death of a struggle, death of the collective mission and efforts. Death to the mission, death to the vision, death to the collective struggle, and even death to the persons gossiping.

The cause and effect continues, “nebi-kebi” causes hatred and other destructive and deadly minds, rhetoric and actions. “Nebi-kebi” can cause killing each other among fellow independence fighters.

Now is YOUR JOB Readers

  1. Notice when Benny Wenda speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  2. Notice when Octovianus Motte speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  3. Notice when Chief Gen. WPRA Mathias Wenda speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  4. Notice when Jeffry Pagawak speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  5. Notice when Victor Yeimo speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  6. Notice when Sebby Sambom speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  7. Notice when Egianus Kogeya speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  8. Notice when Nggoliar Tabuni speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  9. Notice when Buktar Tabuni speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  10. Notice when any leader speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody

Pay close attention to their choice of words, their attention, their gestures or their logic. Look at what they say,

  • Are they really talking against Indonesia?
  • Are they really talking to free West Papua?
  • Are they doing something else other than the above two?

This to avoid in this kind of exercise are as follows:

  1. Kill your personal and group ego first. If not you will find it hard to accept what is written here. If you find it hard, you must pray to God to forgive and to forget.
  2. Pray for forgiveness, forgive the person who is talking and ask for forgiveness for yourself.
  3. Focus on whether or not the speaker is talking about
    1. “to free West Papua”? or
    2. to fight againt Indonesia”? or
    3. to fight each other among Melanesians ourselves?

Last Note

  • What should be done with the poison of egocentric leader?
  • What should be done with the poison of egocentric military command?
  • What is the third poison?
  • What is the Biblical references to gossip, slander and spreading rumours?
  • What should be done with gossips, rumours and divisions already existing withing Melanesians from West Papua in this struggle for independence from Indonesian neo-colonial rule?

[…to be continued….]

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