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Tuesday, December 06, 2005
KENANGAN MASA LALU


Children & their sexual faculties
A deal for the success of military's operation?

 Sweeping villages in for GAM sympathizers.  NGOs claim that it is self-evident that the terror perpetrated by the state; with tens of thousands of well-equipped men under arms is vastly more lethal and enduring than the acts of terrorism committed by factional groups.

 
   

east Acheh, JAN 30, 2002 (AT) —— The conflict in Acheh, Indonesia’s remote northwestern province has been raging for the last almost thirty years. But it seems there is a new face of the conflict in Acheh—the children. In a remote corner of East Acheh, one of the most conflict-wracked in the province, I met with these three of these new actors in the conflict.

 Pole, a Buddhist state that flourished about AD 500 in northern Sumatra, was visited by Arab, Indian, and Chinese merchants and pilgrims. In the 13th century, Acheh became the first Muslim stronghold in the Indonesian archipelago and was later visited by English explorers (in 1591) and by the Dutch.

Its power reached its height in the time of Sultan Iskandar Muda (1607-36). In that period there were frequent wars with the Portuguese at Malacca, and the Portuguese fleet was defeated at Bintan in 1614. The Dutch (1599) and the English (1602) tried unsuccessfully to establish trading settlements in Acheh. After a short-lived alliance (1641) with the Dutch, the sultanate of Acheh declined in influence.". (Britannica Encyclopedia)

 Muhammad Nazar in a jail; it's of a broken low.

The BBC's Richard Galpin in Jakarta; "They want independence for AchehAcheh."  real Video

Death toll rises before Acheh rally; The BBC's Richard Galpin "The police have confirmed 14 deaths"  real Video

   

Achenese who are in   struggle for freedom have lost another great & charismatic leader

..., but it does not mean we will stop our struggle for independence

The death of the charismatic Syafii, 54, his wife Fatimah alias Aisyah and five bodyguards were killed in the head and chest on Tuesday during fierce battle. Indonesia accused of treachery over Syafii's killing.

With the killing of Teungku Abdullah Syafie, the Indonesian security forces have struck at the heart of the ASNLF military command.. 

   

 ( real Video)

From Allah we came and to Allah we return

 The remains of great and charismatic Abdullah Syafei (L), 54, his wife Fatimah alias Aisyah (R) were taken to their house after verification of identities by his brother Zakaria at Sigli hospital on 24 January 2002. Abdullah Syafei was the Free Acheh Movement (GAM)' s War Commander who was killed by Indonesian troops on 22 January. GAM has accused Indonesian military of treachery over Syafii's killing.

 Family members and relatives of killed Abdullah Syafii, the Free Acheh Movement (GAM) commander, pray at his grave at Blang Sukon Village, Acheh 24 January 2002. The grave of the charismatic Syafii, 54, his wife Fatimah alias Aisyah and five bodyguards; they were killed on Tuesday.

   


SPECIAL COVERAGE

Teungku Sofyan Dawod reports from GAM-secrete-based.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun (We came from Allah and to Him we return)

In the name of the Supreme leadership of ASNLF/GAM, the Military Spokesman of ASNLF/GAM does hereby announce the following matters:

Have passed away in martyrdom the Commander of AGAM, Teungku Abdullah Syafi'ië, his wife and 5 of his personal guards during an attack by the colonial forces on the village of Sarah Panyang, in the Sub-District of Jiem-Jiem, Pidie, on Tuesday 22nd January 2002 at 14H.30 Acheh Time. Confirmation was received on January 23rd 2002.

The AGAM Command Warrant is now passed to the Deputy Commander, Muzakkir Manaf, until further notice.

To all soldiers of AGAM it is hereby urged to remain in place and in full alert while awaiting for further instruction from their immediate commanders, and to always maintain their high morale.

To the people of Acheh it is hereby called to observed a 1 (one) week (7 days) national mourning covering the entire nation. During this period of mourning the Achenese people is requested to perform a ghaib prayer and to pray for the souls of the late Teungku Abdullah Syafi'ië, his wife Asiah, his personal guards and the other martyrs. It is requested to the imams of meunasahs (village prayer houses) and mosques to conduct tahlilan/samadiah ceremonies during the 7 day mourning period.

It is hereby revealed also that the attacks that were launched by the TNI (Indonesian National Army) againts the AGAM Commander's base were well coordinated with the cooperation of the Indonesian Governor in Acheh, Abdullah Puteh. This fact was revealed by one of the late Teungku Abdullah Syafi'ië's guards who survived the attack. He managed to save some important documents belonging to his Commander, one of which being a letter of invitation from the said Governor. After being scrutinized by our intelligence officers, a device that looks like a microchip was found pasted in the corner of the thick envelop. It is probable that the chip is a location tracking device. It is quite clear that the invitation from Abdullah Puteh was a sort of a bait to carry out the murder.

In his life time, Commander Abdullah Syafi'ië was known as a very amicable and soft-spoken person. He had always told his men repeatedly to try their best never to offend the feelings of others, not only of human beings but of animals as well. About a month ago, he told his guests, other ASNLF officers who visited him at his base: "If one day you should hear of my death, do not be sad or despair. Because I have always pray to Allah to make me a martyr when the independence of our nation is imminent, for I don't want to hold any position when Acheh is free."

Has passed on a great Commander with a noble heart. One day we too will follow him. Let's emulate his soft heart, his leadership, his charisma, and his greatness. Let's pray to Allah for him, his wife and other martyrs to be given proper places in heaven. 

There is no reason for the people of Acheh, especially the soldiers of AGAM, to lose heart. Because there are still many others behind Teungku Abdullah Syafi'ië to replace him after his passing. 

May we live as equal or die together wrapped in a single sheet and buried in a single grave.

Central Military Command,  Teungku Sofyan Dawod/ASNLF Military Spokesman. Email
:
sofyan_dawod@yahoo.com

 Admiral Tjut Putroe Keumala Hayati
Glimpse on a prominent Achenese woman

 
   


jan 25, 2002 (AT) —— The strategic position of Acheh at the northern tip of Sumatra is one of the reasons why Acheh has become so important to the conflicting world powers throughout history. Foreigners have played a very important role in the development of Acheh, its politics, culture, economy, even the very varied physical looks of its people. A joke has it that the name Acheh was derived from the mixture of the bloods of the main races of the world running in their veins: A(rab), Ch(inese), E(uropean), H(indi).

he Portuguese were the first Western foreigners to make contact with Acheh. It occurred in the earlier part of the 16th century. The capture by the Portuguese in 1511 of the Malay Sultanate of Malacca, an important ally of Acheh, set this Western then top superpower in direct conflict with Acheh, itself then already a regional super power controlling the maritime passage in the Straits of Malacca and the coastal line of the Indian Ocean. During this long conflict there were many armed clashes on land and especially at sea.

The Kingdom of Acheh had been known to have sent several expeditions to try to oust the Portuguese from Malacca, now a State within the Federation of Malaysia. In one of these expeditions, the Achenese fleet on the way to fight the Portuguese in Malacca changed course half-way in order to invade the Sultanate of Pahang, when it received intelligence reports that the Sultan was trying to forge an alliance with the Portuguese. Having defeated it, the Sultan fell in love with its princess and married her, returned the throne to her father and left about one thousand soldiers to help prevent the Portuguese from invading it. These soldiers never returned to Acheh but remained and built a new life in Pahang whose descendants now formed a significant part of the population of this largest State in the Peninsular Malaysia. Her uncle was rewarded to be the ruler of Jambi, one of Achenese territories in South Sumatra. The Princess became so influential in Acheh that her legacy became the foundation of Achenese "kanun" (etiquette) that she set during her reign as the queen of Acheh.

During this century too lived another legendary woman in Acheh, Tjut Putroe (Princess) Keumala Hayati. She held the position of admiral of the fleet during the reign of Sultan ‘Ala al-Din R’ayat Syah, (1589-1604), known also as Sultan Al Mukammil. Before becoming Fleet Admiral, she commanded the women’s wing of the Achenese Navy.

Keumala Hayati was a descendant of the first Sultan of Acheh, Sultan Ibrahim Ali Mughayat Syah (1513-1530), founder of the Kingdom of Acheh Darussalam

 It was a powerful sultanate and a center of Islamic learning; Acheh was attacked in the 1870's by the Dutch and currently Acheh is a victim of a totalitarian regime, Indonesia, and are suffering thousands of casualties. The ferocity of Achenese warriors—women included—was legendary. The wives of two Achenese sultans led men into battle, and a female admiral once set sail with 500 warships and 40,000 men under her command.

 

 

Keumala Hayati must have developed the love of the sea and gained naval knowledge from her grandfather, Admiral Muhammad Said Syah, grandson of Sultan Ibrahim Ali. She in fact initiated the formation of the women’s naval unit mentioned above. She gained her experience in this unit consisting of widows whose husbands, including her own, have died in battle against the Portuguese. The establishment of this unit was in fact Keumala’s own idea with the intention of avenging the death of her beloved husband. The unit was called Armada Inong Balee (The Widows’ Fleet) and were based at a fort called Kuta Inong Balee (Widows’ Fort-see picture) located on the beach at the mouth of the Krueng Raya river near the harbour now bearing her name.

 Remnants of a string of forts called Benteng Inong Balee, built by Admiral Keumala Hayati along the beach of Kutaraja, at the mouth of the river Krueng Raya.

 
 

John Davies, an Englishman captain of a Dutch ship that visited Acheh during that time reported that Acheh had an extensive fleet consisting of 100 galleys, some of them with a capacity of 400-500 men. One of the commanders was Admiral Keumala Hayati. Keumala Hayati’s fleet was not just for show. It was involved in many sea battles in the Straits of Malacca. One of these skirmishes involved the borading of two Dutch ships, de Leeuw and de Leeuwin on June 21 1599. Two brothers, Cornelis Houtman, who was killed and Frederick Houtman, who was captured and thrown in jail, captained these ships. There were a few other clashes with the Dutch resulting in the capture or sinking of the Dutch ships by Keumala Hayati. Keumala Hayati was however much remembered for the sinking of a Portuguese Flotilla consisting of 6 galleys in the Straits of Malacca. The English chose to make friends with Acheh and there were a few diplomatic encounters in 1602 between Keumala Hayati, as protector of the gate of the kingdom, and James Lancaster, a naval officer who brought a letter from Queen Elizabeth I for Sultan Al-Mukammil.


Posted at 07:12 pm by Achehpasee

 

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