Atchafalaya Swamp

Friday, January 4, 2008

Bad things come in threes . . .

A pall has descended over Yani.

Yani is the rig I work on and is owned by Ariffin Pinogoro, who appears as # 9 on the latest Forbes list of “40 Richest Indonesians” with a net worth close to 1 Billion gawd-almighty US dollars. This time around, even Liem Soei Liong of the Salim Group had to contend with 10th place.

The offshore rigs are named after his sons and daughters. Yani’s other “siblings” include Raissa, Raissis, Maera, Raniworo and with the latest one, a super-premium jack-up called Soehannah –sons and daughters of a true blue US dollar billionaire.

Anyway this isn’t the point of the story. My previous post told of an accident that happened on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. At that point the denizens of Yani were still optimistic of the New Year’s rig party. Apparently, a down payment of a million rupiahs was already handed to the ‘electone singing group’. I was mistaken. There were to be four women, not just one; an organ player with the other three singing / dancing and were originally scheduled to be smuggled in on New Years Eve.

Sorry to disappoint you but there was no new New Year’s Party. In fact, I slept through twelve midnight while revelers in Malaysia were gathered watching taxpayers money dissipate via fireworks. The party was canceled on the morning of the December 31st, and this time everybody was in unanimous agreement.

At 3.OO a.m. on that fateful morning (I was asleep and oblivious to the violence that unfolded) an altercation broke out with a roustabout and his leader, whom we call “headman” (mandor in boleh-speak). The roustabout did the unthinkable: he pulled a knife and chased the poor headman before being restrained by fellow roustabouts. The Major (rig liason officer) had to be called in and within fifteen minutes the marine police had come aboard brandishing side-arms and machine guns.

Pak D---, the perp, was the quiet sort. Even after two years being on the Yani we hardly exchanged words. But he was always glad to accept my occasional gifts of Sampoerna Mild kretek cigarettes though. But I never thought him as someone dangerous. Another myth broken; goes to show Mat Salo’s not such a good judge of character after all. . .

Anyway that violent interlude was the final nail in the coffin and put paid to our New Year’s bash for good. Bosses from town had to descend by slow-boat (choppers weren’t running on the 31st) to do their damage control. With the police and management folks swarming around you can forget about the party. They’re pissed-off already since this has spoiled their New Year’s holiday…

But again this isn’t the point of the story. The point is our colleague Agus Untung was called to the lord, at 3.00 a.m. this morning in the bosom of his family. He was on his days off. He was 38 years old, married with two children, and with no known ailments. He doesn’t even drink coffee or smoke.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 5th, would have been his crew change day when we were supposed to trade banter again.

But it was not to be, Pak Agus yah?

So now you know why there’s a pall hanging over Yani like a leaden cloud…

Agus Untung 1969 - 2008

© Matsalo Images 2007 - Photo taken in September 2007.

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cakapaje said...

Salam bro,

News of disasters and deaths are always sad to hear; May Allah bless Bapak Agus Untung's soul. Alfatihah.

Mat Salo said...

Thanks bro' Shah.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Its always sad to hear of someone passing away but He decides, not us.

Anyway, I am sure you know that before a Fighting Cock is released for a fight, it would be kept off the females for a long time to give it that frustration that would be explosive with only a slight provocation. I guess that was what happened to your friend there. You people are cooped up for a long time so, as they say, sampai meleleh keluaq kot lubang telinga, only a slight provocation could trigger a dangerous fight.
You all should learn from the disHonourable CSL, but don't be silly thats all.

What do you think should be the best epitaph for his tombstone.

"Here lies a man denied greatness by 3 fucking CCTVs and a horny dick".

IBU said...

Dear Mat,
Sorry to hear about Pak Agus. Inalillah, semuga Allah mencucuri rahmat. 38, no know ailments, o coffee or smoke? Ahh.. there must be another point from another angle somewhere. Reminds me of the KIV episode of my entry on 'eid adha & beyond'.

Abt the party, apo nak dikato? Man proposes and God disposes. I am smiling cruelly here ... heheh.. ntah2 doa from your wifey kot? ahahaha.... jgn mare bro. saja dengki, i mean gurau. ( ya ampun!!) Let's hope there'll be some other events to celebrate soon.

Take care!

PrincessJournals said...

Innalillah. such young age. takziah to his family.

Mat Salo said...

Chegu KTN: You got a point there Chegu and I concur.. a bit unnatural for us married males to be kept off women.. and accidents or acts of violence always occurs after two or more weeks off being away from them. Which isn't in anyway suggesting that I'm a fighting cock.. ha-ha that dubious honor would go to Soil Ek. Even with plenty of women around him he just can't take his hands off 'em can he? I suppose a guy like that can never work on the rig.. he'll be salivating in the corners of his mouth in no time..

A suitable epitaph on his tombstone indeed.. ha-ha.

Ibu: Hope so.. I don't know when the gloom will lift. Perhaps it's just as well. Yesterday on the rig after Friday prayers we performed 'sholat ghaib' --remote sholat jenazah.

Yo lah, mudah-mudahan diberkati lah tompek kojo kami. Makasih 'Bu..

Farina: Appreciate your kind words. To a lot of people Agung might be just a roustabout, considered 'low' in the hierarchy of rig workers. But to me he was a good employee and someone who touched all our lives here. He deserves more. For someone who's on the other side of the world who can think of Agung, albeit fleetingly, I think I've done my job. Thanks, you're proof of it.

jaflam said...

Sorry to hear about the mishaps and demised of Pak Agus. I could imagine the low cloud hanging over Yani and feeling of loss by the crews.

I hope the sun will come back quickly to brighten the days of crew onboard. On one of my last ship from Singapore to Australia I faced similar incident where one of crew threatened to kill the Captain with a knife. He just has enough of the Capt picking on him and decides to take the law in his own hand. Luckily I was able to calm him down but he said he will go away now but come back at night for the Capt. I took over the ship from the Capt and it was a few days of sleepless nights until we arrived Sydney where he was taken ashore by the police.

Zawi said...

Mat Salo,
Sorry to hear about the demise of Pak Agus.
Quite a bad start for 2008 on your rig. Hopefully things will turn for the better from now onwards. May take sometimes though.
Have a good day bro.

Zakhir's Zoo said...

Dear Ahmad F Salo,

I am utterly sorry to read about the passing of your mate, Agus Untung.

It remind the rest of us mortals that our numbers shall be up, anytime soon.

May Allah bless his soul and may he be placed with the rest of the sollehins.

Z Mohamed

Zabs said...

Salam MS,
Al Fatehah untuk roh arwah Pak Agus. Semoga keluarganya juga tabah menghadapi kedukaan ini. Muda atau tua tidak berbeza dalam menemui ajal, bila sampai masanya,tibalah dia. Ini memerlukan kita setiasa bersedia.
Semoga anda dan semua warga kerja disana dapat terima kehilangan Pak Agus dan teruskan kehidupan. Wallahua'lam.

Mior Azhar said...

Al Fatehah to Pak Agus. And our time will come soon.

elviza said...

Bro, I was about to write something along the lines of what Zakhir/BD said.

So, there you go, I echo him. Its beautifully written by BD.

I am so sorry to hear this sad news...

Take care, or more importantly, STAY SAFE

nisha said...

thanks for the comment on my post on, baby alisha.. so nice to know our daughters names match!!:)

Its really sad to know what a disaster the 31st bought in.. also about the passing away of your colleague.may his soul rest in peace..

for you, i hope the new year will bring you many happy and loving moments!

have a nice day!

Mat Salo said...

Bang Jaff: Must have been harrowing having to calm a tense situation like that. It's not easy, I know. Looks like you have have plenty of tales at sea too as I'm sure many a seaman has. We'd love to hear them bang..

Pak Zawi / Pak Zabs / Zakhir / Mior: Thanks for kind words and reminders of our mortality. To HIM we are sure to return, it's a question of WHEN.

Elviza: The rig is actually an inhospitable and dangerous place, no matter WHAT I try to portray in my stories. Yes, staying safe is the ONE thing on our minds so we can get to the bosoms of our wives --I mean families, in one piece. I have plenty of these accident stories but I just don't want to be reminded by writing about it. Many of my colleagues go around with missing fingers... okay, let'e not go there..

Nisha: Thanks for visiting. Yes, it is my wish too that 2008 heralds better things, God Willing. Being a great father to Alesha is one of them. Hmmm, just a thought, did you consider the same spelling as mine? Because I did thought of the 'i'. Which is good, at least it's unique. BTW, how old is she?

Raden Galoh said...

Dear Bro MS...

It sad to hear the news but we are all belong to Him and when our time is up, we'll go and meet Him... Alfatihah to arwah Agus. may Allah accept him amongst the solihin...

This piece is indeed a reminder for me and us...Thank you for sharing.

Take care.

tokasid said...

Salam Pak MS:

Innalillahi wa inna ilahi roji'un.
Takziah to Pak Agus Untng's family and friends esp those on Yani.

Semoga rohnya di Rahmati ALLAH dan di ampuni segala kesilapan dan kesalahan beliau dan kita yang masih bernafas,ameen Ya Rabb.

On another note, Pak Ariffin Pinogoro sure is a wealthy person.And few several rigs to boot with.I do hope PAk Ariffin will help out Allahyarham Pak Agus's family.

Ppl in confinement like rigs,prisons(and PLKN) are bound to be violence. I'm sure the headman and the roustabout(Pak D__)have had some differences btwn them for quite sometime, and the last straw was that night.It could be becoz 'air naik ke kepala' or someone had more kretek than the other or someone must have said he slept with the other's wife or mother.Or someone must have dran lots of Anker.

I'm sure one party will be transfered to another rig or gets the boot.

Just a question: any one of that 2 guys from Madura?

You take care bro.

nisha said...

Hi dear.. I think both Alesha and Alisha are cool names:) being a muslim i selected the name, for it means "protected by god".. i guess the pronunciation must be the same.. only the spelling differs:)

My Alisha turned 1yr on the 18th of oct, so you can know her age now:) i havent updated about her since then but will be doing it soon:)

Why dont you put up posts about Alesha.. i would love to read about her too:)

lupus education said...

Turut berduka cita atas meninggalnya Sdr.Agus Untung (Eks Roustabout YANI RIG 104)

semoga arwahnya diterima disisiNYA dan keluarga yang ditinggalkan diberi ketabahan, amin


Ex Roughneck YANI RIG 104