“I have a good Indonesian friend in Warsaw, and he told me a lot about how messed up Indonesia is. I did this for him,” he tweeted.
“Yea don’t try to track him down from the foreign ministry because you won’t find anything. He is no longer recognized by Indonesia as a citizen because of the 1965 policy. Even though he is a very smart old man.”
What event in 1965 did he refer to?
According to the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) researcher Amin Mudzakkir, the purported incident is the G30S/PKI rebellion which triggered the “systematic destruction of leftist forces, particularly the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and nationalists in general.”
In an article titled “Living in Exile: The Indonesian Political Victims in the Netherlands,” Amin said the incident also had an impact on Indonesians who are currently living abroad, including in communist countries.
Citizens deemed to be involved with the PKI or who were openly anti-New Order had their passports revoked. As a result, their rights as citizens were suddenly taken away. They could not go back, separated from family and friends, and live in exile.
Amin estimated the number of New Order political victims to be in the thousands. They started a new life as immigrants or became European citizens.
Bjorka continued that his friend who had cared for him since childhood had passed away last year. One dream he has yet to achieve is to return to Indonesia and “do something with technology even though he knows how sad it is to be a Habibie.”