Your Jihad Became A Barbaric Terrorist Attack

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Lima tahun yang lalu, saya menulis seperti ini; “Thus, if a Muslim decides to blow himself up and take innocent people’s lives with him, we cannot deem that such an act represents Islam,” Radicalism was born from individuals’ misinterpretations of religious teachings. Ini menyikapi peledekan Bom di Bali oleh Amrozi Cs. Sebelumnya saya juga menulis dalam status FB saya; “Extremists in any religion or culture are very frightened confused people”

Minggu lalu, saya menerima email dari seorang scholar Australia, dia menulis email kepada saya seperti ini “Yes, the events in Paris, and other parts of France, were very horrifying. One main problem is that too many people believe Islam is to blame whereas Islam is a religion that preaches peace and harmony among people. There are fanatics in all religions. For example, America has a similar problem with crazy Christians who murder others in the name of Jesus Christ.

Kini terulang lagi, beberapa orang muslim radicals, melalukan serangan brutal kepada para kartunist media Charlie Hebdo di Paris, yang sangat memilukan. Akhirnya saya merenung, kalaulah pelajaran yang saya ajarkan bisa di sebar-luaskan, maka barangkali bisa mengurangi kejadian yg hina itu. In my teaching on Cross Culture, one of the most important topic is “do and don’t”. The end of this topic is people then understand what to do and what they don’t.

Prime Minister Harper, on behalf of all Canadians, offered his heartfelt condolences to President Holland and the people of France following the barbaric terrorist attack in the offices of the Parisian news magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and the events that have transpired since.  Pernyataan dengan nada yang sama, juga datang dari berbagai pemimpin dunia.

Ini expressi dari semua saksi yang menjadi kekejaman kelompok terrorist yang ditulis pada lima tahun yang lalu, karena kekagumuan saya’ sbb:

Ketika seluruh Pendeta Hindu di Bali berkumpul, dalam rangka perenungan setelah Bom Bali meledak, disaksikan oleh para kepala negara asing waktu itu, dan disiarkan keseluruh pelosok dunia, Pendeta tertinggi Bali itu dalam mengawali do’anya, Ia berkata seperti ini; “Alam Bali sudah kotor, marilah kita bersihkan kembali oleh kita semua, dengan masing-masing membersihkan diri”. Kemudian salah seorang keluarga korban Bom JW Mariot, dalam mengantar mendiang Mokodompis keliang lahatnya, beliau berkata; “jangan membalas kekerasan dengan kekerasan, marilah kita balas dengan kebaikan”.

Belajar Kejujuran Dari Seorang Yakuza

Suatu hari saya harus menunda keberangkatan saya ke Canberra, karena di telephone Boss saya dari Tokyo, kalau saya harus ke Bali, mengurus pekerjaan pemotretan. Tanpa banyak bertanya, siapa yang akan datang ke Bali, lalu saya berangkat ke Bali, dan seperti biasa, saya bekerja mempersiapakan semua dari A hingga ke Z.

Ada 6 orang, yang saja jemput di airport Ngurahrai, Bali. Seperti biasa, saya jemput mereka di depan pintu keluar pesawat, pekerjaan seperti ini tidak dapat dilakukan oleh setiap orang, dan kemudian saya membawa mereka keluar melewati meja pemeriksaan imigrasi tanpa di periksa, sementara saya membawa passport mereka untuk di stampel di ruang khusus, memasuki wilayah Indonesia di Bali.

Entah apa, sempat ada pertanyaan, kepada salah seorang tamu saya itu, tetapi dapat saya urus, sehingga semua tamu saya itu bisa lolos cepat keluar dari Airport.

Pesan sebelum saya berangkat ke Bali, kalau tamu saya itu meminta, hotel yg luxurious dan sangat privasi, mobil yg saya siapkan juga bekas KTT di Bogor, milik hotelnya Pak Harto di Bali dan walau hanya untuk enam orang saya menyiapkan Bus 24 seater. Yang saya heran, justru tamu istimewa saya itu naik Bus, bersama pacarnya seorang Philipine dan body guardnya 2 orang, sedangkan saya menggunakan Benz bekas KTT tersebut, sementara staf lain menggunakan Van L-300.

Singkat cerita, ketika memperisiapkan property untuk pemotretan, di salah satu puri di Peliatan Ubud, saya harus membeli kopi yang terbaik dan termahal di Bali. Saya bingung, padahal kopi untuk property, apa saja asal hitam kan tidak apa-apa, menurut benar pikiran saya. Tetapi tidak untuk talent saya itu. Dia meminta, dengan detil, dan asli.

Saya terkagum-kagum, disamping dia orangnya yang tampan mbak artist Jepang, juga kaya raya dan kejujurannya luar biasa!. Secangkir kopi, yang saya siapkan dengan cangkir yang indah, kopi ternama di Bali, gula kotak yang cantik, bukan sekedar properties hanya untuk pemotretan, tetapi harus asli begitu adanya,

Dua bulan, kemudian, setelah saya dikirimi Calendar Photo-photo dirinya di Bali itu, ternyata, orang yang saya urus adalah :

G.O. chief arrested over fraud

Group allegedly bilked investors out of 100 million yen

  • SEP 11, 2002

Police on Tuesday arrested the 39-year-old head of G.O. group, a Tokyo-based group of investment firms, on suspicion of defrauding individuals out of more than 100 million yen through bogus investment scams.

An arrest warrant was served on Genta Ogami, founder and honorary chairman of G.O. group, at the Bar Association Building in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. Six other group officials were also arrested over the same allegations.

Metropolitan Police Department investigators said they suspect the group collected more than 30 billion yen from some 30,000 people across Japan — mostly housewives and elderly people — under the pretext of investment and swindled them of out of most of this money.

Investigators said that Ogami and other senior group officials had promised potential investors high dividends if they put their money in the G.O. group.

From around 1996, the group persuaded individuals to fund the advertising of its mail-order catalog service in newspapers and on television. It also collected funds to purchase a bank in the Philippines.

The group explained that investors would receive dividends in proportion to the mail-order sales, according to police. The group also maintained that the money invested would increase by 20 percent over six months, and issued bonds to raise money for the bank purchase. The group said the bonds would have annual returns of between 13 percent and 19 percent.

It bought Unitrust Development Bank in the Philippines for about 1.3 billion yen last September.

It then called on people to deposit money in the bank, promising interest returns of at least 8 percent.

The firm has generated no profits in any sector, however, including its mail-order sales operations.

Most of the money collected is believed to have been spent by Ogami on luxury items such as designer clothes and a luxurious condominium.

On March 6, police searched the firm’s offices on suspicion of collecting deposits without a license. Investigators questioned Ogami over the case.

In April, the Tokyo District Court declared Ogami and five major companies in the group to be bankrupt.

Prior to his arrest, Ogami denied that he had collected the money to defraud people.

He maintained that if his business had continued, he would have been able to repay those who financed the operations.

Ogami also explained that while he had established the investment system, he left the actual operations in the hands of other senior officials. “I feel I have responsibility as management,” he said.

“While I admit to having violated the law regulating capital subscriptions, the fraud allegation is bogus, and I will protest my innocence.”