It's been 43 years since the first Konfrontasi which saw victory on our side after Indonesia accepted the formation of Malaysia. Now in 2009, claims of invading Boleh Land by land, sea and air on October 8 seems silly but must not be taken lightly. We are at war.
Apparently everyone is downplaying the invasion due to the silliness of the plan to invade Malaysia in such a short notice. This is further supported by the tactics used by the jihadist guerrilla group participating in the invasion (read Malaysia Today quote below to see why).
On the Malaysian side:
The Star: KJ downplays ‘invasion’ threat ‘
PETALING JAYA: The safety of Malaysian citizens in Indonesia is of more concern than the scheduled “invasion” of Malaysia on Oct 8.
On Friday, the Jakarta Globe published an article about Indonesian nationalist group Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat’s (Bendera) plans to invade Malaysia by “air, land and sea” next Thursday.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said they were monitoring developments with moderate concern and a tinge of amusement.
“We are confident the fringe group will not be able to carry out any of its ridiculous threats,” he said in response to the story about the supposed “invasion” that was posted on dailychilli.com yesterday.
On the non-participating Indonesian side:
Malaysia Today: Indonesia Embassy dismisses claims that BENDERA movement planning to ‘invade’ Malaysia
According to the counselor of information of the Indonesian Embassy, there are no such thing as vigilantes in Jakarta who are waging war on Malaysia come 8 October. Widyarka Ryananta, the counselor dismissed claims that BENDERA (Bentang Demokrasi Rakyat) is planning to invade Malaysia as reported in the Jakarta Globe.
In another publication, The Daily Chilli claims that BENDERA are ready to invade Malaysia as they have already collected bows, arrows, bamboo spears and samurai swords in preparation.
On the invaders' side:
Sekilas Indonesia: Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (Bendera) Latih 40 Relawan “Jihad” ke Malaysia
Sebanyak 40 orang telah mendaftarkan diri sebagai relawan perang melawan Malaysia di posko yang dibuka oleh aktivis Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (Bendera) di Jalan Diponegoro 58, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat.
Menurut keterangan Koordinator Bendera, Muchtar Bonaventura, pihaknya akan membuka posko relawan perang hingga Lebaran pada 21 Septermber mendatang. Hal ini dilakukan guna memberi kesempatan kepada relawan untuk pulang kampung bertemu keluarga mereka.
“Siapa tahu setelah perang tidak bisa pulang dalam keadaan hidup,” katanya kepada okezone di Jakarta.
Setelah direkrut, kata Muchtar, para relawan tersebut akan mendapatakan pelatihan khusus mengenai taktik dan strategi perang gerilya oleh anggota legiun veteran Indonesia.
Translation: Briefly, 40 volunteers have signed up to join BENDERA's campaign to invade Malaysia. They are being trained in all necessary skills needed. They are allowed to go back to their hometowns to see their parents for one last time before the October 8th invasion.
Get ready for war?