A Case of Mass Support on Unlawful Conduct? The Repeal of Legitimate “Goj*k” Ban

Unlawful
Not conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules:
“the use of unlawful violence”
“they claimed the ban was unlawful”

oxforddictionaries.com

 

In light of the media coverage regarding the drama surrounding a minister’s decision to ban online order style “ojek” (consider it as a kind of taxi, but with motorcycle instead of car), I am interested to speak out (or write out) my opinion on that matter. First of all, rather than promoting the banal inquiry of whether online ojek is good or bad for the people as the only central point in the discussion, I deemed that it is a lot more necessary to point the discussion to cover a more diverse aspects relating to the topic; aspects that might include the enactment of the ban itself.

Legal Basis of the Ban

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The letter of the ban. (source: nusantaraeconomics.com)

You can check the aforementioned documents of law and you will find that the reason of the ban is sound; these online ojek providers are generating profit by providing transport service without complying to existing rule regarding public transport provider. You might argue that the law is outdated and lagged behind current technological advancement, but such argument points out that the object of scrutiny are the sources (UU and PP), while the ban itself is a rightful derivative.

The Manner of the Repeal

And suddenly outrage occurred. To say it was a public outrage might be inaccurate; only online ojek-s and users of such sophisticated service were affected, which means the complaints came mainly from big cities and people with access to social media, which I believe did not represent the public. What an ignoble display of ignorance! They ignored the fact that, at that moment, those providers were violating the law, notwithstanding the absence of immediate victim. They lashed out because their convenience was bothered, even at the expense of everyone else. Instead of choosing the more rightful, though more onerous, path of revising the legal basis, they sued for the lifting of the ban; a lazy shortcut providing fast fix without curing anything. Eventually, the ban was repealed.

Am I overblowing this matter? I do not think I am. This phenomenon is a symptom of something worse; it is jeopardizing the integrity of rule of law. The few but loud are capable to influence the enforcement of law, with dubious ground and dubious means. It might be virtually victimless in this case, but when such pattern continues to emerge in other cases, larger consequences might follow.

And about the providers? Remember Q*ntas airline case in 2011? Beware! When this kind of service grabbed a bigger slice of our national economy, they might turn into our Q*ntas; forcing the government to comply with their terms with impunity. This case may serve as a presage for such future.

Will this post helps in doing justice to Mr. Jonan’s decision? Fat chance the answer is no. It is nothing but an opinion of an individual with minuscule influence. Nevertheless, for what it’s worth, it will be a note that this individual will not blindly adhere to the voice of the multitude, especially when that voice is in discord with his voice. The ban is lawfully enacted, and the manner it was forced to be repealed is perverse.

Vox populi, vox dei…but which populi; which people? which God?

P.S totally didn’t have time to check the grammar and structure. Life has been really hectic lately. Please help check it and report it through comment. Thank you!

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An Afternoon Rambling: A Retrospect of a Failure

a kind of scary photo I took which doesn't relate to the topic in this post

It’s 6 AM in the morning and I’m still in my house. I know I’m going to miss the train and I’m going to be late to work, but I just can’t give much care about it. I don’t want to work today. I had no trouble sleeping last night, but my desire for more sleep is still not satisfied.

February 11th, 2016, my superior asked for me. I was not surprised. I knew the time had come for evaluation. But little did I know that it will ruin my day. He didn’t reprimand me, he simply broke the news; I failed and considered unfit to be in my position. He said that I was deemed unqualified as a Management Trainee; though I delivered well in every presentations, I always took more time than my peers in finishing my projects. I was stunned. I didn’t remember things he said afterwards; probably some kind of mollification. I couldn’t concentrate. I was still struggling to grasp that the situation was a new reality I have to live with.

That news was saddening. Maddening. “It’s unfair!” “How could they support my friends, but not me?” “I don’t deserve this”. I was angry. I blamed the organization. I couldn’t take it well. But those feelings subsided. Worse thoughts were coming, which for me were a lot more painful. When you blame someone else, you direct your negative feelings on them, but when you blame yourself, they are directed at you; in a way, it goes like stabbing yourself. “I am inadequate” “I am a loser” “I am not deserving the job like my peers” “I am inferior; the second class among my friends” “Have they been laughing behind my back all this time?”. I was stricken with shame. In comparison to the risk of being unemployed, it felt a lot more painful to be hit by such self-damaging chagrin; awareness that I have been overestimating myself and found to be wanting.

It was not easy, but gradually I could accept my failure and the reality that followed. As Jonah Malloy said: “That’s that with that”. I tried to imagine what would have happened in case they let me pass; I might not be able to live up to the task and it would turned up to be worse than this. Swift promotion, as MT program promised, might prove to be my doom; larger responsibility, a lot more job pressure, and longer work hour, I might not be able to stand those difficulties at that stage. In fact, it might have been the reason of my failure. I grew comfortable with my working condition and, I must admit, slacked off indecorously, which might bring great ruination to me in case I occupied a higher position. My dismissal from the MT program then, as ignominious as it was, might as well be a deserved denouement, and, in a certain degree, can be reckoned as a thoughtful decision to help. If God works in a mysterious way, then this one might be one of the cases.

I wonder what have made me dragged myself to the station. Sense of responsibility? Routine? In any case, I’m at the station already. I take out my fancied rail card to get to the platform. The cheerful smile of these three girls shown on my card served as an instant amusement whenever I looked at it. And somehow, I remember an event not too distant in the past when a manager thanked me for my project in the past which helped him in getting a better audit score. I give a little smirk as I step into the train.

The other thing that came into my mind was the way I managed to finish my projects so far and delivered good presentations; I received helps. My working pattern was pretty much like this: I learn the basics by asking others, come out with a bad plan or progress update, ask others for advice, take action based on those advice and fix here and there, repeat the process of asking others for advice and fix things until I think it’s good enough, submit latest presentation and product. So, basically, I have always received help from others, and if in any way I was held in high regard, it’s all thanks to these great people who God has gathered around me. That realization comforted me. I’m really grateful for this experience which I have not earned by my own endeavor. And, in some way, a little flattered (self-inflicted flattery though), that I have a quality of a good king, according to Tywin Lannister; I listened and heeded advice.

Alas, even with consolation from such self-contemplation, the day was still seemed bleak. I couldn’t recover quickly from the negative emotions within me. But I knew that I will recover. It will take time, but I’ll pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.

Why is the sky so clear this day? I prefer it pouring. At least it will set an aligned mood. I still can’t forget the day he told me that I failed. I can still feel the hit. But the pain is receding, a little bit, but it is receding. I guess I will write about my experience. It might help.

P.S. please do correct me for grammatical mistakes or other mistakes you spotted.

News Report Subbing Experience

Greetings, visitor of Anton World!

This is another post about my story in subbing videos, and yes, it’s related to Negicco. This time it’s quite different from the previous posts and there’s an interesting story in the subbing process.

Do you realize the difference? It is not an MV. This is the first time for me to sub a News Report. What? You think there’s no difference? Well, why don’t you try it yourself? It has different challenges, especially since there’s no melody and the talk is generally faster. Expect growth of non-MV subs being posted in Anton World!

In this project, I was fully helped by Tomomi-san. I posted the short video on the Negicco fans group and asked if anyone want to help with the translation. She took up the challenge and thus we communicated through FB messenger. She then sent me the translation, complete with annotations for Japanese terms that require understanding of Japanese customs or popular references, and I subbed it into the video. And… it’s done! A video subbing done entirely by members of the same fanclub.

Anyway, did I mention that I acquired a special Negicco items recently? It’s a Negicco Commuter Line Card Special: Attouteki no Style version. The only one in the whole world, I believe. Well, it’s actually a customized KMT (Multi Trip Card) for riding the local train in Jakarta.

 

Negi-card!
Negi-card!

My Chinese New Year Journey

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Those are pictures I took on the ship which was taking me back to Jakarta. I wanted to take more pictures, but I realized the result were, at best, inadequate in comparison to what I perceived at that moment. Maybe it’s because my phone was incapable to capture the moment; it’s not a DSLR; but maybe it’s because of something else. The scent of the ocean, the movement of the clouds and sea, the motion of the ship, the wind, the whole experience; pictures can’t emulate such thing. So, I guess I decided to stop taking more photos and just dwelled at that moment.

As an extra, I would also like to share some story about my vacation on that island. Perhaps calling it a vacation is inaccurate. It took hours to get there. The main program in the itinerary was visiting relatives, which involved hours of conversation I don’t really fancy to participate in. A high level of precipitation. And that’s it. Oh, did I mention the blackout? I experience multiple blackouts on my stay there.

Did I enjoy my “vacation”?

I don’t like the notion of breaking the illusion that I’m an optimistic kind of guy, so I will say: yes (with a forced smile)

Oh, did I not tell you what are those pictures above? It’s Bakaheuni Port, Southern Sumatra. I went to Lampung.

 

I don't really know what it is. It's like a kind of rice cracker, but it's soft, sweet with a little bit taste of lime. Check it out!
I don’t really know what it is. It’s like a kind of rice cracker, but it’s soft, sweet with a little bit taste of lime. You can get it at Chandra, a local supermarket chain in Lampung. Check it out!

BABYMETAL is not Just an Ordinary Idol

For those people who never heard of BABYMETAL before, they are an idol-metal trio from Japan, which combines metal music with idol cuteness, turning it into something new and possibly foreign. I wrote about them before, you can check it out here. Now, apparently, when you inform others that you like BABYMETAL, you don’t get a positive respond. Or maybe it’s just me. I told some people about BABYMETAL and how I like them, showing their MV-s and playing their music. and I rarely got positive respond; most of them asked me what’s wrong with me. They remarked about the members were underage and I might be categorized as pedo, and their songs were weird and their MV-s weirder. And I always got shunned whenever I bring BABYMETAL up in conversation to those people I have told about them before.

source: gigwise.com
source: gigwise.com

So, I want to write a post that, in a way, “justify” my fondness for them. They are an awesome musical group, no less than any other artist that you can freely and openly tell others. Let me start!

Too Young?

source: babymetal.net
source: babymetal.net

Let’s answer the first question. No, they are not too young. I’m not saying supporting underage idol is not good or that underage artists are of less quality. I’m simply contradicting prevalent view with this fact: the youngest member of BABYMETAL, namely Kikuchi Moa, was born on 1999 (on July 4th, coinciding with USA Independece Day), which means she’s 16 in 2015, in comparison, Justin Bieber released his debut album (2009) when he was 15 and no one complained that he was too young. So, no, they are not too young in this business.

Not The Kind of Idol You Conventionally Encounter

No metal band has made quite the same impression as Babymetal in living memory. Forming as teenage schoolgirls, the Japanese trio were introduced to the world of hard rock, mixing it with Japanese idol culture to add a menacing, unsettling edge to an otherwise sickly sweet and manufactured world.

Andrew Trendell, 2014; Gigwise.com

 

source: tokyogirlsupdate.com
source: tokyogirlsupdate.com

BABYMETAL does not rely on their cuteness alone, or the fact that their concept is so bizarre that it will garner heavy publicity. No, not just those. They can dance; their choreography is creatively complex and energetic, requiring not only experience but also utmost diligence in undergoing hours of rigorous and arduous hours of training. They also can sing, especially Ms.Nakamoto, an alumnus of both Actors School Hiroshima and Sakura Gakuin, her trained strong vocal conquers the air, going high and low and hard and soft in accordance to tricky BABYMETAL song’s arrangement.

Furthermore, they don’t have that “goofy” aura that contemporary idols radiate (again, not implying that having “goofy” aura is of less quality, just stating the absence of it in BABYMETAL). As far as I know, they don’t do variety shows or games that “disrespect” them, but you can see their cute and youthful personalities in interviews and talk shows. Such arrangement is purposefully made; the premise is BABYMETAL members are chosen by “fox god” to lead a resistance, they might be polite, but they may not be humiliated. Watch their live concerts and you will realize, they are majestic on stage. Serious performers doing their business. Pulling people by acknowledgement of their performance rather than their personality.

Awards, That’s Award with an S

But how do you know that all that I’m saying above is not just a delusion of a fan? Look at the recognition and accolades they received (courtesy of wikipedia):

2014

BABYMETAL

  • 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards — Wild Card for Best Japanese Act [Pre-nominated]
  • NEO Awards 2014 – Best Musical Act

2015

BABYMETAL (album)

  • 7th CD Shop Awards — Grand Prix

BABYMETAL

  • Loudwire 4th Annual Music Awards — Best New Artist of the Year Award
  • Kerrang! Awards 2015 — Spirit of Independence Award
  • Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2015 — Breakthrough Award
  • 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards — Best Japanese Act [Nominated]
  • 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Japan — Best Metal Artist
  • GQ Men of the Year 2015 Award, Special Prize “Discovery of the year”
  • Vogue Japan Women of the Year 2015
  • NEO Awards 2015 – Best Musical Act
  • Loudwire 5th Annual Music Awards — Most Devoted Fans of 2015
  • Loudwire 5th Annual Music Awards — Best Live Act of 2015

Road of Resistance

  • Loudwire 5th Annual Music Awards — Best Metal Song of 2015
"BABYMETAL – The First Japanese Artist Who Receive KERRANG! AWARDS 2015" -babymetalfanclub.com
“BABYMETAL – The First Japanese Artist Who Receive KERRANG! AWARDS 2015”
-babymetalfanclub.com

You can check out all the award grantor and find that all of them are respectable establishments. I bet metal magazines won’t grant award wantonly, and Vogue won’t give “women of the year” to ordinary artists. These awards resonate objective commendation for BABYMETAL.

Their Fans

source: metalinjection.net
source: metalinjection.net

It is also worth noting that BABYMETAL has garnered international popularity, which resulted in worldwide fanbase. BABYMETAL has held their concerts outside Japan, in 2015 alone, at England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, USA, and Mexico, and their concerts were packed with foreign fans. Furthermore, their fanbase are growing bigger and bigger by day. It is not improbable that soon having penchant for BABYMETAL is as common as liking cats (ok, that’s a hyperbole). It’s an encouragement for every BABYMETAL fan out there considered as an outcast by society; you are not alone, your allies might not be near you, but they are all around the globe, and they are many, and they are Metal fans.

And that concludes this post that I have been writing for like two weeks with a lot of writing, deleting, and rewriting.

source: babymetalfanclub.com
source: babymetalfanclub.com

Join the resistance!

or at least be decent and treat us (me) like a normal artist fan.