Hell is paved with good intentions, so goes the old saying. When it comes to environmental issues the lines blur. For some time has the Finnish government funding so-called climate change actions in Indonesia.
The Finnish NGO Siemenpuu, a preferred partner for the Government of Finland, and its foreign “coordinators” claim to engage in climate change projects. But examining the public record shows phrases like, “the last battleground on the planet”, and similar language that suggests a subversive, guerrilla-counter revolutionary movement than science, development or support to communities.
In the heated debate over the ORMAS laws in Jakarta and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia it is notable the foreign NGOs so far have escaped the attention by otherwise alert Indonesian security services. In other countries like New Zealand, Canada and the United States criminal charges were brought successfully against radical NGOs.
Greenpeace currently is battling the “mafia law” in U.S. federal court and was found guilty in Ohio for criminal trespassing. In a plea bargain Greenpeace activists escaped jail time. Unfortunately, a war veteran, committed suicide over the possibility of facing jail time.
Whereas we quickly ignore the relationship between Greenpeace in the U.S. and Indonesia, a lot closer examination of the money flows and transnational character of these networks is long overdue.
Like HTI, Greenpeace and some NGOs are calling for a system collapse. Many NGOs hold the view a near catastrophic collapse of our life support system is immediate. Sound science has given way to well funded hysteria. Many political observers view the environmental movement revolutionary ambitions are disguised in the NGO mantle of deception. Examining the NGO propaganda machine the argument has some validity.
This battle in Indonesia is not without victims. In July 2011 a blue-collar worker, father of small children was murdered by a faction with the objective to terrorize the government. Two were arrested and serving 16 years for premeditated murder of the forestry worker. 13 suspects remain at large. Six years on, many ask when will the murder victim get his justice?
Celebrated by the Finnish funded group, Jikalahari the convicted offender is portrayed as a hero shows the perverse twist NGO politics are taken. The victim was shot multiple times and set on fire. A second victim was able to escape who alerted the police. Celebrating the killing with parading the killer by an NGO funded by a European Union country is absurd, even grotesque.
The funding of Siemenpuu has swept a new generation of Indonesian revolutionary, Marxists to the forefront posing as environmentalists. The local NGO called Jikalahari, funded by WWF, Siemenpuu, the TFCA, a USAID program, and a few other foreign funders are unable to decipher what is genuine environmental protection and what is good old revolutionary aspiration.
Whereas immediately the reaction of the public is in disbelief that the WWF, the US and EU governments are funding extremism, the current Deputy coordinator of the Finnish funded NGO Made Ali, seen below (frontrow, seated center) as part of a Marxist inspired off-spring called the People’s Democratic Party is running for taking over the financial affairs of the NGO and access to EU funding to pursue his political Marxist aspiration.
Members of the civil society community, who demanded to speak only on anonymity, out of fear for reprisals by extremist activists, said, “Jikalahari is not exclusive, it is undemocratic, and wants to separate from Indonesia, it is revolutionary. It has done little for the people on the ground other than poisoning the relationships in the community”.
Diplomats have little control over the funding once money is send out. Foreign activists are seldom inspected or checked and the detection of radical ideology is even lesser applied by pro-NGO funding agencies with many turning a blind eye on the extremist NGOs in Indonesia.
The questions to pose are NGOs are compliant with the principles of Pancasila and preserve the unity of the Indonesian state or are they just revolutionaries in disguise?