1st March 1973
Fitri Sumardjat is living in the government middle-rise complex in Tanah Abang. As a mother of seven children, she only witnesses three to grow into adulthood. Jonny was killed during Operation Cenderawasih, one that liberated Papua from the Australian occupation. Heru died in hospital because of the perpetual bombings by the British in their old home Tanjung Priok
. Siti was with Heru and died along as well. Bambang and Fahri were bled out during a construction site gone wrong. As only three left, Fitri Sumardjat must live a widow also as her husband, a Kolonel
, disappeared in Madagaskar
Fitri is now working on a textile industry on the new industrial complex near Kalideres
. Since ‘Inggris dilinggis’
, a common term of mockery to British defeat, the government has issued a new style of planning. Instead of having a large industrial complex on a single spot, they intended to spread out and create smaller, much nuclear industrial buildings. The same goes for residential buildings, although Fitri cannot find the similarities.
So, there are a few small bubbles of the workforce around Jakarta. Kalideres
is building a textile complex, a fishing industry in Cengkareng
, manufacturing complex in Pulo Gadung
, and electronics in Cakung
. She formerly worked as lead labour in Tanjung Priok
’s textile companies, now the company has moved to Kalideres
while the old spot was still largely in ruins.
As the economy went slow, so does production, and so does the money she receives. Last year she was forced to have a 20% cut on her original salary. Now, it was slashed another 20%. Luckily, the three children she has is productive and working. It is only her to afford a living.
Her oldest children, Sumarsono, is a young engineer working for the government. Because of the current central priorities, Sumarsono has been extremely busy on-field observations. He is a civil engineer, but he designs specifically on railroads. During the War, he joined the Navy and reached his peak as Letnan Satu. He was awarded Satyalencana Teladan
and other medals were given for his service as protector of Pelabuhan Ratu
, which was near to hostile Christmas Island then. After the war, he returned to university and pursuit civil engineering.
For Fitri, her oldest daughter Rina is the only politician in the family. Align with her mother’s ideology, Rina has become a stubborn activist for PPP
. Giving compassionate speeches and brilliant criticism against the current PNI-R
government. Most of her points are anti-US policy and pro-Non Aligned, which PNI-R
has continued to do the otherwise. Now at the age of twenty-five, a year younger than Sumarsono, Rina is campaigning to support her party. She doesn’t want to be disturbed by her campaign, and every time her mother asks for her, she always returns with this note.
‘Sorry, Mother. I am trying to make Jakarta yellow and the military is having their best in preventing it. Have another month and I will see you.’
The youngest living son of Fitro, Sudiro, is healthily working in the Tanah Abang
Toll Gate, near the newly build Jasamarga
HQ. Since, the war, the entire Jakarta Inner Ring Road has been build, along with building the Outer Ring Road. While the Inner Ring Road will be the virtual boundary for Ring 1, the Outer Ring Road will be Ring 2. In addition to it, the Outer Ring Road will be the connector of airport Halim and port Tanjung Priok, while the government is building a new airport near Fitri’s workplace in Cengkareng. No one knows how massive will the Airport be, but Sudiro has had the blueprints. It is already since 1956 that Kemajoran Airport is closed, and turned into a museum.
All of the living family members despised whites, as they killed more than half of the clan. As a result, so do some people living in Tanah Abang. The US Embassy has been a place for riot multiple times, that the current government pledge to move the Embassy further South, near Kebayoran. The only tolerable place for whites now in Jakarta is Kebayoran Baru. Many other European Embassies also moved to Kebayoran, along with their residence. As a result, Menteng is partly abandoned, and military officials move in. in the end, Menteng has become a green pool, while civilians are centred in Tanah Abang and Tanjung Tinggi.
When she eyed up in her five-story Rumah Susun
, a home now she lives in, she saw Sarinah, the government mall. For her, it was enormous, but in a few years, that fifteen-floor commercial centre will be dwarfed with the giants in Setiabudhi.
Nasution hates when he must see Suharto annoyed. Ever become his superior, Suharto is extremely dangerous when he is dancing with elephants. His Premiership would be gone, as the polls have displayed a certain 60% for the PPP-PSDM Coalition, even without the PKI. furthermore, the Fundamentalists has formed a new party, PUI, Partai Umat Islam, and establish a much more radical right for Indonesia. The PUI destabilize the PNI-R, although in the other perspective it strengthens the Nationalist and the Military.
‘We aren’t ready for this. Who knows what will the yellows do! We aren’t finished building what we need, and I bet the PPP will revise it!’ Suharto blared with anger.
‘No, Suharto. You are not seeing the bigger picture. The Constitution marks the President-Premier divide, and with these results, we would see a PPP Premier. However, we still can hold the Presidency. We are still popular in foreign policy, and with America being better friends we can survive in the government.’
Suharto just nods in indignation. He seeks to just be Premier for at least five years because he thinks that controlling the domestic issues effectively no one is better than him. Meanwhile, he also noticed the new Presidency in the West, a Shafer Presidency. It was the first in US history, that a split party manage to hold the Presidency.
Raymond Philip Shafer is a moderate Republican, a better candidate if United States-Indonesia relation wants to ease. In his inaugural address, he mainly proclaims for marijuana decriminalization and also further ties with Asian countries to prevent a Beijing-Delhi Axis. As a result, Indonesia’s embargo would be lifted, and this downturn would finally end.
‘When the sky brightens, we cramp ourselves at home. What a waste!’ Suharto remarks.
‘Promise me, Suharto. When you lose the Premiership, don’t do something stupid. Don’t worry, we may lose at DPR, but not the Presidency.’ Nasution adds.