My boyfriend used to joke of how Indonesians don’t have a good sense of humor. Oh, Indonesians joke and laugh but more often on stuff that are actually not funny. TV producers use slapstick comedy and shallow riddles in their comedy shows and get high ratings for that to the frustration of media workers working for them. Very rarely do we use irony.
Myself, I have given up hope to be funny. Every time I try to crack a joke, I failed. Usually people laugh at me (for being clumsy or being too gullible). I don’t have lots of recollections of people laughing with me on a joke that I made.
So, I was amused when I read the news yesterday about a neighborhood in Cipondoh, Tangerang, holding a “Catch the terrorist” game for kids during Independence Day celebration or 17-an. I think the game was actually funny.
Children were divided into groups of five and were given group names such as Detachement 88 (the antiterror squad) and Special Forces (Kopassus). Their mission was to catch the “terrorists”, which were ducks with pictures of terrort suspect Noordin M Top and Saeful Jaelani.
I guess, after the July bombings at Mega Kuningan and the recent terrorist raid in Bekasi and Temanggung, which killed the florist believed to be the mastermind of Mega Kuningan hotels bombings. People need to detach themselves from the situation. Especially with Top still elusive as ever.
When I first read about the game, I stopped and thought, “Is this appropriate? Should we be joking about catching terrorists? Should people laugh on this matter?” Also, as people held the game during Independence Day celebration, was this to humor themselves because up to now, Top has yet to be captured?
Whatever it is, I think the game was funny. And as people now have to be constantly vigilant and be cautious for any suspicious thing in the neighborhood, it’s good that people can relax from the terror for a couple of hours.