SEXY KILLERS: The Story of People Who Againts Massive Coal Business and Oligarchy in Indonesia

Sexy Killers. Source:

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Coal. It is an object in the form of a stone that can ignite or issue a fire. In the industrial world it is like black gold which is available in abundance in the bowels of the earth. Stay dredged, transported, and become fuel for giant businesses such as power plants. The cost of production is also cheap when compared with other sources such as petroleum, wind energy to solar energy. Therefore, the coal business in our homeland is considered to be one of the "killer" businesses, aka lucrative for many, as well as deadly for those who are badly affected.

On April 13, exactly 4 days before the 2019 General Election (Pemilu), Wathdoc Image released a documentary film titled "Sexy Killers" which became a trending topic. When I made this article, this documentary film in the Indonesia Biru series made by Dandhy Dwi Laksono and the Ucok Suparta was watched almost 20 million times. Imagine, only a week had been watched more than 20 million times. This is only on Youtube. The amount also added by the public who watching together plus discussion in various locations throughout the country. What a remarkable achievement for a documentary, right?

Well, it turns out that one of the factors that makes this film selling well in the market is because its contents are very flirting with political figures as well as entrepreneurs related to the giant coal business. Even coal is also a central issue in the development ambitions of a number of Coald-Fired Power Plants (PLTU) in Java and Bali islands which are of course made from coal.

The film that aroused public awareness was opened by the activity of a couple who were on a honeymoon, where in their activities there were a number of equipments using electricity such as television, laptop, hair dryer, lights, refrigerator, air conditioner, and cellphone. So, in an overnight honeymoon activity, a couple uses a number of equipment with a total power of 1,246 watts. And imagine how many watts need for all of Indonesia for household needs, public services and industry? Of course it is very large and requires an energy supply that is realu huge. And one of the biggest sources of cheap energy, although it is also called dirty energy, is coal. A number of regions in Indonesia are even rich in areas thanks to coal.
Some regions in Indonesia that ver rich thank to coal business

Based on the infographics, a number of regions in East Kalimantan province are coal barns that contributed to the 2019 State Budget (APBN) from profit sharing funds (DBH) in the mineral and coal mining sector worth IDR. 19.97 trillion. Until now, coal is used nationally by power plants and the industrial sector, and others are processed into synthetic materials for household, industrial and commercial needs.
The flow of coal (source:Dewan Energi Nasional)

In order to meet national energy needs, up to 2015 coal contributed 26% below petroleum consumption by 46% and slightly above natural gas consumption by 23%. Meanwhile to boost energy demand by 2025, the role of coal is increased by 30% and its role has only been reduced to 25% by 2050, where in 2050 Indonesia is projected to use 31% of new and renewable energy to suppress the use of coal-based energy sources and petroleum which is not environmentally friendly.
Source:  Dewan Energi Nasional

The 1.5-hour documentary is actually telling the other side of coal mining in the context of meeting national energy needs where coal-based energy use is in transition from 26% to 30% to boost the fulfillment of national electricity and energy needs, aside from petroleum sources and natural gas. And in the 2015-2025 period, nationally Indonesia has not been able to utilize new and renewable energy above 25%. So sad, but challenging...

What is the article? Because the operational financing of renewable energy such as wind or solar energy is far more expensive than coal energy. The data mentioned in this film states that only IDR. 600 to produce 1 kwh of electricity using coal, and IDR. 2,600 to produce 1 kwh of electricity from solar energy. Although in the long term solar energy is promising, production costs are still less competitive with coal.

                                                                    Enjoy the film...

The film then tells the impact of both social and environmental issues arising from the ambitions of coal businessman who are related to the money from government programs in meeting coal-based energy needs, such as the construction of a number of power plants in a number of areas in Java, Bali and Palu. These impacts were told directly by the community where the mine site or PLTU was located, starting from children who lost their lives in the mine pit, villages that were lost due to being used as mine sites, gardens and rice fields that were no longer productive since the establishment of the PLTU , until the death of a wife of a man who works as a driver carrying PLTU waste.

The losses on the side of society are increasingly dramatic when there is a small, pebble-like resistance-story that narrows in the shoes of the giant coal business. For example about a coconut farmer in Buleleng, Bali who refuses to move or sell his coconut plantation to the PLTU, and chooses to survive even though the coconut harvest from his plantation has dropped dramatically since the operation of the PLTU. Or the story of a fisherman on the Karimunjawa archipelago who has more difficulty getting fish catches since the operation of coal barges from Kalimantan to several regions in northern Java, where the presence of these barges damaged the coral reefs where the fish lives in the ocean. The film was closed by the funeral of the driver of the coal waste transportation wife after struggling to undergo treatment at a hospital in Jakarta.

The film became booming and became the subject of discussion everywhere because it was released 4 days before the General Election, where the national political conditions were heated due to the fight of those who wanted to win the election. During this time we are preoccupied with the unhealthy battle of supporters of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates from two camps called "cebong" and "kampret". Things about the fierce war in the real world and in cyberspace made national political conditions burn like a seven-level bonfire with coal fuel.

Amid the fury of the masses and netizens in supporting their champions and weakening their opponents, the film slapped all parties who had hailed their champions as nationalists, patriots, defenders of the country, anti-foreign, even the choice of scholars who were free from fatal mistakes. In fact, all candidates (namely Joko Widodo, Ma'ruf Amin, Prabowo Subianto, and Sandiaga Salahudin Uno) were not that holy people (i mean related to coal business). All of them and their success teams, both generals and businessmen, have links with the giant coal business. As a result, the filmmaker was blasphemed for taking the public's sympathy in a wrong way, namely pushing the public to abstain from voting, and by analysts as a non-elegant way of weakening the way of democracy in Indonesia.
Map of people in coal business and politic. Source: Sexy Killer film

The film also explains the relationship between all presidential and vice-presidential candidates, as well as their support team with the coal business in the country. In fact, two of President Jokowi's sons, Gibran Rakabuming Raka and Kaesang Pangarep, who have been known as simple figures because they are far from the oligarchic system, are important people in the Jokowi family owned company, which is owned by one of Luhut Panjaitan's companies in the coal sector. Furthermore, the companies that own by Luhut Panjaitan are have links with a number of other companies engaged in coal energy belonging to Sandiaga Uno and other political figures such as Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Prabowo, Ma'ruf Amin, Jusuf Kalla to Ferry Mursyidan Baldan.
The Presidential candidates that also related to coal business. Source: timnesindonesia

The information in this film explains to us how complicated it is to understand the marriage of interests between businessman and politicians, and how we should not look at the figure of a politician in the blind eyes. Power requires money, aka power requires funding, where there are no hot chairs in the government and political parties without money. In fact, we inevitably have to admit that whoever rules the political figure, will always have a stake in coal entrepreneurs who are indeed the team behind their rise to the highest stage of power in this country.

This film, blatantly shows us that political figures who we often regard as rubbish or vice versa as patriots of the nation, actually cannot be separated from structural sins in the life of the nation and state. So that we cannot absolutely state that certain figures are in power because they get the blessing of God through the voice of the people who choose it. There is no black and white in politics. Because basically politics is the art of influencing public opinion to support certain groups in power.

After watching this film, I realized that the most important of the life of the nation and state is not about fighting each other in the climate of elections. But how to keep all the wealth of this nation both its nature, humanity and culture in the best way. This film awakens us that the shaking of ordinary people to defend or insult those who actually have their own war on the stage of power will only harm the little people, whose lives are only to squeeze sweat to earn small money.

Election is over. Our task now is to guard the results. As well as ensuring that they, the politicians we choose to run the wheels of government really struggle to bring our nation to the promise of independence, namely a sovereign, just and prosperous life.

Come on, just stop that unimportant fighting over each other.
It's no use for your wallet, because it's not your war.
Especially about the key to heaven or your hell.
It's about the elite and politician war between them

Jakarta, 3 May, 2019

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