Akibat 271T: Kasus Bunuh diri di Belitung meningkat! [Because of 271T: Suicide Cases in Belitung on the Rise!]

Foto diambil oleh Joko Gunawan [Copyright reserved] – The English translation can be seen below after the Indonesian version.

Akibat dari kasus korupsi 271T kemarin, hidup masyarakat di Pulau Belitung semakin tidak karuan. Krisis ekonomi sudah mulai menggrogoti setiap kepala keluarga. Mulai dari pinjam meminjam sana-sini sampai ikutan pinjaman online (pinjol) atau judi online. Perlu diketahui, sudah ada 3 kasus bunuh diri di Pulau Belitung semenjak Desember 2023 sampai Juni 2024 karena hal ini.

Tidak tahu juga apakah kasus korupsi ini masih berjalan apa tidak solusi hukumnya. Sepertinya adem ayem aja.

Tidak bisa juga dipungkiri keluarga saya sendiri pun kena dampaknya karena pasar sepi. Semua aset pun banyak terjual. Pembelajaran bahwa hidup memang kadang diatas dan dibawah; tidak akan selalu diatas terus.

Sebagian besar hidup masyarakat di Belitung dan Belitung timur bergantung pada timah. Sekarang harga timah murah dan untuk jualnya pun ntah kemana. Akibatnya beberapa kali muncul kasus kemalingan dan perampokan baru-baru ini.

Sayangnya aku bukan pemerintah yang bisa memberikan solusi nyata pada rakyatnya. Pemerintah hanya janji-janji manis saat pilkada. Hello… sekarang rakyat menjerit, nanti dululah panggil artis buat konser sana-sini. Rakyat butuh kerjaan! Tega sekali bayar artis mahal sementara rakyat menangis. Itu hanya salah satu contoh saja. Memang ada yang senang ada artis datang karna kondisi ekonominya masih aman. Namun hanya beberapa persen saja.

Banyak juga yang tiba-tiba kontak saya. Dikira tempat peminjaman uang, dak tanggung pula minjamnya. Hello… salah orang kali. Saya ini akademisi dalam bahasa senyuboknya “academician” bukan “pebisnis”. Dari mana saya dapat uang banyak dari baca paper dan ngerjain penelitian dan sesekali mengajar. Sejak kapan akademisi menjadi milyarder? Kalau mau minjam uang, ya cari pebisnis, bukan akademisi. Macam-macam! Tanya saya tentang penelitian, bukan tanya duit dan gaji saya berapa. Haha dak nyambung benar.

“Pinjam uang, nanti minggu depan dikembalikan”. Haha… lagu lama bahasanya. Sampai 5 tahun menghilang. Itu pun pura-pura gak tahu sampai kiamat. Urusan pinjam dulu seratus ini memang perkara gampang buat memutus persaudaran.

Ya begitulah curhatan hari ini. Pinggang sakit, minus mata bertambah, stress banyak mendengar keluhan.

Curhatan ini ditulis bersama Mr. DokDek di ujung Bangkok. Semoga ekonomi warga masyarakat Belitung kembali pulih. Itu harapannya, bukan angan-angan.

Salam,

English version

Because of 271T: Suicide Cases in Belitung on the Rise!

Because of that corruption case yesterday, life in Belitung Island is getting really messed up. The economic crisis is hitting every family hard. People are borrowing left and right and even getting into online loan or gambling. And get this—there have been 3 suicides on the island since December 2023 because of all this crap.

I don’t even know if they’re doing anything about that corruption case or if there’s any real legal solution in sight. It all seems pretty chill on their end.

Can’t deny my own family’s feeling it too; business is slow, and we’ve had to sell off a bunch of assets. Guess it’s a reminder that life’s full of ups and downs—can’t always be smooth sailing.

Much of the livelihoods of the people in Belitung and East Belitung depend on tin mining. Now, tin prices are low and it’s unclear where to sell it. As a result, cases of theft and robbery have surfaced recently.

Unfortunately, I’m not the government who can provide real solutions to its people. The government only makes sweet promises during elections. Hello… now the people are screaming; later on, they will call artists for concerts here and there. The people need jobs! It’s so heartless to pay expensive fees to artists while the people are crying. That’s just one example. Indeed, some are happy when artists come, as their economic situation remains stable. However, it’s only a few percent.

Then I get all these random messages, like people think I’m some loan shark or something. They’re asking me for money, not research advice. Like, seriously? I’m an academic, not a bank. Where do they think I suddenly got all this cash? I make money from reading papers and doing research, not from some secret fortune. When did academics become billionaires, huh? If you need a loan, find a businessman, not me. Ridiculous! Ask me about my research, not my bank account. Haha, doesn’t even make sense.

“Can I borrow some money? I’ll pay you back next week.” Haha, same old song. Some disappear for years, acting like they forgot forever. Borrowing a few bucks can wreck friendships real quick.

So that’s today’s rant. Back pain, worsening eyesight, and lots of stress from hearing complaints. This rant was written together with Mr. DokDek at the edge of Bangkok. Hopefully, the economy of the people of Belitung will recover. That’s the hope, not just a daydream.

Regards,

About Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *