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When I began my day this morning my thoughts were drawn to my beloved homeland, Bolehsia. I was wondering what my two boys will be doing today, aside from hogging the PS2 and PC - while testing the patience of my eternally suffering wife - because today, May the 1st , is a public holiday.
And the boys will be at home.
Because it's Labors' Day holiday in Bolehsia.
And I'm on a swamp barge rig, on the eastern edge of swampy Borneo - and it's business as usual, of course.
But Indonesia doesn't recognize any form of Workers' Day, and so my thoughts were then drawn to a brave young woman called Marsinah, now dearly departed, who once walked the earth in a place called Sidoarjo in East Java.
Sidoarjo came into the news recently because of the huge ecological disaster allegedly caused by irresponsible drillng practices by a company called PT Lapindo Brantas, in pursuit of the Holy Black Gold. Overflowing hot mud caused 15,000 families to be displaced; some killed, flooded 600 hectares of land and submerged whole villages.
I'd like to think that the disaster was God's Wrath - a retribution for Marsinah.
Lagu Aku Untuk Marsinah (Dan Jua Sebuah Al-Fatihah)
In case you don't know who Marsinah was, here's an excerpt gleaned from an Amnesty International Report:
In '98, Ratna Sarumpaet, the famed Indonesian playwright, was thrown in jail in for daring to stage a play on Marsinah.
To this day, the ban on the play is still in effect.
While I leave you to enjoy Labors' Day holiday with your loved ones, O' my Bolehsian readers, spare a thought with this translated monologue from the play by Ratna - Marsinah Accuses.
during every torture that followed,