It’s been a long time Indonesian history was constructed to see communist as a bad thing. Reds, killers, rebels, vandals, etc. 1998, reformation spirit succesfully forced Soeharto stepped down. Everthing suddenly changed, like the past was the worst thing happened. But, something in your mind which is implanted for years couldn’t be seen as a simple thing. People couldn’t easily forget PKI as bad thing constructed by Soeharto’s era. It is ideological heritage. In fact today, some people still think that Communism is indentic with reds, killers, vandals. Some others just do not know what Communism is. So sad.
I’m not trying to say that Communism is good. I’m not saying that. I concern about how people see Communism. A lot of people was discriminated because they were reds. A part of film Sang Penari (The Dancer) told us that most of them are victims. Poor and leterless. Visum at repertum the killed Generals were secret. The saddest thing is nowadays some people don’t try to understand what Communism is and what happened on September 30, 1965. Most are scared to talk about it. This is Soeharto’s heritage on people’s mind.
I have to say that nowadays Communism is not popular. In Indonesia, mostly youth knew it only as a part of Indonesia’s dark history. As people said, 30S-PKI was a fairy tale for youth, they won’t know the truth. The choice is to believe or not, and whom to believe to. School doesn’t give a space for students to know the idea of Communism. Based on my experience in school, my teacher told me that Communism is about equality. “Sama rasa, sama rata,” he said. I’m understand it’s the point of misunderstanding. Reproduce misunderstanding.
All I can conclude that is something in (y)our mind were ideologically implanted. For sure, it needs so long time to be changed.