Indonesian Hero: Mamat Gayo


If you ever thought the world was against you, or you don’t have the advantages that other people have, you should think about Pak Gayo.  He’s got more spirit than you and me and then some. 

I’ve taken the liberty of having the essay attached to the youtube clip translated because I like this story and there isn’t much information available about him yet.  I’m posting a paragraph in Indonesian and its translation followed by another Indonesian paragraph and so on to help you learn some words if you’re interested in that:

Sosoknya tidak lagi muda. Pun fisiknya tidak seperti orang kebanyakan yang memiliki kedua kaki dan tangan yang sempurna. Pria kelahiran Aceh 68 tahun silam ini kesehariannya berada di pertigaan Jalan Suci, tepatnya Jalan Raya Bogor KM.24 persis di samping Pool Bus Mayasari Bakti. Sekilas saya tidak menyadari keberadaannya, tetapi apa yang dilakukannya membuat saya simpati dan angkat topi. Dengan kondisi fisiknya yang kurang sempurna, ternyata bapak itu bertugas mengatur arus kendaraan di jalan tersebut yang tergolong cukup padat. Hal ini mendorong saya ingin lebih jauh mengenalnya.

He’s not young, nor does he have perfect arms and legs like most people.  This man was born in Aceh 68 years ago.  He usually spends his mornings and afternoons at the corner of Jalan Suci and Jalan Raya Bogor, at the 24km mark, to be precise.  It’s close to the Mayasari Bhakti bus depot.  I didn’t notice him at first.  But seeing what he does fills me with sympathy and admiration.  Despite his serious disabilities he is able to control the traffic at a busy intersection.  Knowing this made me want to learn more about the man.

 
Mamat Gayo. Begitu nama yang tersemat dekat kantong sebelah kanan baju kepolisiannya. Sudah lebih dari 20 tahun bapak Mamat Gayo menjadi Pembantu Polisi (Banpol). Awalnya pak Mamat adalah Polisi Cepek namun atas kerja kerasnya dan simpati dari kepolisian, akhirnya pak Mamat diangkat menjadi Banpol. Saat ini Pak Mamat menjabat Komandan Banpol dengan empat orang anak buah. Dengan keberadaannya, arus kendaraan menjadi lebih tertib dan dapat membantu oranglain yang kesulitan menyeberang.

 ‘Mamat Gayo’ is the name on the tag attached to his police uniform.  He has been a member of Banpol for 20 years (Pembantu Polisi – civilian police force, trained to assist the police in problems within their neighbourhood).  At first, Mamat Gayo was a ‘Polisi Cepek’ (cepek = 100 rupiah), these are people who take it upon themselves to help the flow of traffic by assisting drivers to make turns, merge etc. in exchange for a tip.  In the old days the tip was 100rp, but thanks to inflation they now expect 1,000rp.  Anyhow, the local police department noticed his diligence and appointed him despite his disabilities.  He is now the commander of his neighbourhood Banpol and has four subordinates.  The local police commandant acknowledges his skills in managing traffic and helping people who have difficulties in crossing the busy street.

 
Menurut penuturan anak buahnya, pak Mamat adalah seorang pekerja keras dan peduli lingkungan sekitar. Dalam hal kreatifitas pak Mamat mampu membetulkan beberapa barang elektronik dan membuat beberapa perlengkapan isi rumah kontrakkannya dari kayu. Kaditlantas Ciracas yang juga atasannya berpendapat bahwa pak Mamat adalah orang yang jujur dan bertanggung jawab atas pekerjaannya. Dalam kehidupan bermasyarakat, pak Mamat cukup dihormati. Dengan keadaannya, pak Mamat tidak ingin menggantungkan hidupnya kepada orang lain, justru pak Mamat mampu menghidupi seorang istri dan menempatkan anaknya di perguruan tinggi, walau pada akhirnya kekurangan biaya dan harus merelakan anaknya putus dari bangku kuliah. Pak Mamat bertugas pada pagi dan sore hari yaitu pada pukul 07.30 sampai 08.30 dan pukul 15.30 sampai 16.30 WIB.

According to one of his subordinates, Pak Mamat is hard working and cares for his neighbourhood.  He is also good at fixing electronic appliances and he also made most of his own wooden furniture for his house.  His commanding officer, the Kadilantas (Kepala Directorat Lalu-lintas = Director in Chief of Traffic) for the region of Ciracas (a suburb of Bogor, near Jakarta) commends him as honest, responsible and loyal.  Despite his disabilities, Pak Mamat doesn’t rely on other people.  Through his work and odd jobs, he finances his household (he has a wife) and was even able to send his son to college, although the son had to drop out eventually as the cost was too much.  Pak Mamat is on duty at his post in the morning (7:30am to 8:30am) and the afternoon (3:30pm to 4:30pm) WIB (Waktu Indonesia bagian Barat = West Indonesian time zone).

Dalam menjalankan tugasnya sebagai Banpol, pak Mamat mengalami suka dan duka, banyak dari perilaku pengemudi yang bertindak seenaknya dalam berkendaraan. Pak Mamat selalu menanamkan kedisiplinan dan kesopanan dalam bekerja. Alasannya menjadi Banpol selain untuk menghidupi keluarganya pak Mamat juga merasa senang membantu masyarakat yang berkendaraan. Tidaklah besar pendapat sebagai seorang Banpol tetapi menjadi orang yang dapat membantu dan dibutuhkan menjadi kepuasan tersendiri baginya.

Pak Mamat has had good and bad experiences in doing his Banpol duties.  Many drivers and motorcycle riders are careless.  He tries to promote discipline and respect.  Money isn’t the only reason why he does his job.  Pak Mamat is proud to be able to do a civil duty.  He doesn’t get paid much, the real reward is being someone who can help others and this gives him a feeling of being needed by society.

Pak Mamat cukup bangga menjadi pembantu kepolisian. Harapannya agar jasa para Banpol dapat dihargai. Setidaknya ucapan terima kasih atau isyarat tangan cukup membuat pak Mamat senang. Pertemuan saya dengan pak Mamat membuat saya sadar, atas perilaku berkendaraan pengemudi bermotor dan peranan polisi lalu lintas. Selama ini banyak masyarakat merasa takut dengan kehadiran polisi. Padahal jika kita savety riding tentunya tidak ada alasan untuk merasa takut. Gaji mereka tidaklah besar tetapi beban kerja dan tanggung jawabnya begitu besar.

Pak Mamat is proud to be able to help the police.  He wishes people would give more respect to the Banpols.  Just for someone to say thanks or wave a hand while passing means a lot to him and brightens his day.  Talking with Pak Mamat has opened my eyes to the many problems with traffic and why people are usually afraid of the police.  But if we adopt safe driving practices, we really have nothing to worry about from the police.  Police and banpol have low salaries, but the burden of their responsibilities is huge, greatly in excess of their pay.

Polisi dan masyarakat ibarat dua sisi keping mata uang yang tidak dapat dipisahkan. Sepatutnya kita sebagai masyarakat turut menjaga keamanan dan ketertiban di Jakarta. Sebagai contoh, keberhasilan polisi dalam memberantas terorisme sangatlah memerlukan partisipasi aktif dari masyarakat. Mari jadikan Jakarta lebih baik, aman, dan nyaman. Dan jangan biarkan pak Mamat bekerja sendiri..

Police and people are two sides of a coin.  They cannot be separated, each must work with the other to achieve public order and safety in Jakarta.  An example is terrorism.  The police can only capture and destroy the terrorist gangs because of help from ordinary people.  So let’s make Jakarta become a better, safer city and a more comfortable place to live.  Don’t let people like Pak Mamat work alone.

I don’t know for sure what caused his disability.  It’s possibly a hereditary disease or may have been caused by poor nutrition when his mother was carrying him.

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: