What a bad luck for William Hendry Scott Bloxam (pilot), Vera Scott Bloxam (co pilot), Hubert Hofer, Karen Burke and Ket Rowald Mortimer (passengers). According to the news, those people violate flight approval, security clearence and immigration. I believe that we must respect national law and international law for public safety and our own safety. The case of flight approval is very serious because it relates to the safety of people and flight traffict, so it should not happen again in the future, a hard punishment can be applied in accordance to the violation. Usually the law on this kind of violation will be related to a very large amount of fine and several years ban of flying licence.
As for the security clearance, it should not touch the very basic of human rights that people are free to move from one area to another. However, the law should also be respected. I personally disagree with the mechanism of hard security clearance, beacuse it only applied in a conflict are like Gaza in Palestine or Iraq during the war. Papua is a peaceful land and the level of conflict is very low, so there is no reason for applying security clearance in a hard way. Security clearance can be applied normally as part of public safety, for example we can not bring any hazardous material or weapons in public transportation, especially aeroplane. We can not also bring anything than can harm public safety, for example we can not bring bombs by aeroplane to Australia, right? I have no information whether the people from Australia bring any dangerous things to Papua.
I don’t understand why some Australian challenge the integrity of Papua province as part of Indonesia, this is very provocative and will lead to mistrust relation between Indonesia and Australia. Under the rules of international law Papua is legally recognized as part of Indonesia, so the national law of Indonesia applied. Indonesia should not be affraid of Western spies in West Papua because as a democratic country Indonesia is a Western allies in a sense. There are many common understanding among democratic states, please correct me if I am wrong.
I agree that we need to know the truth about what is happening in West Papua, but I don’t see any reason why Indonesia should be scared of Western powers, because Indonesia is a friend to Western power like United Sates. Europe and even Australia. As neighbouring countries, Indonesia and Australia sign many treaties for both sides need.
Australians do not need any spying mission on Indonesia because Australian security institution are closely working together with Indonesian security aparatus in many areas. For example the security cooperation between Australian Federal Police and Indonesian National Police, I think Indonesia should learn also from Australia about how to build a good community policing.
Finally, if there is no hard evidence of public safety violation by the Australians, the legal process should be taken carefully. I don,t believe that the 5 Australians are on spying mission because they are too stupid for the famous Australian intelligence that we can learn from the Pacific War against Japan. We should not see the case as a political problem, but more to technical matters of flight approval and immigration. Hopefully, Indonesian government will see the case in clarity that we must applied fairness principles in law. As for my many friends in Australia, please ask Australian government to investigate how could the incident of flying without flight approval happened. It is extremely very dangerous for the safety of people. For my Indonesian colleagues, please do your best to applied a fair retrial by further careful investigation.
I feel so sad when listened to the court decision to sentence the pilot Scott-Bloxam for three years in jail with a 50 million rupiah ($6800) fine. The fine is too small and the imprisonment is unbelieavable. The ultimate goal of the law is to make order in public and punishment should be in line with the goal. Imprisonment is related to crime and not procedure violation, so the pilot doesn’t deserve imprisonment for the violation. I think we should urge the court to review their decision.