I saw a white tiger laying on the street of Braga;
May be it’s just a dream;
He saw through my eyes, through the flesh;
Through my heart, through my soul.

I saw the tiger drank water from Cikapundung river;
May be it’s just a dream;
He chased over flying ducks with green-necks nearby;
Happily swimming, catching gurami, like a cat.

I saw the tiger traveled from Bypass to Dago;
May be it’s just a dream;
It took him less than forty five minutes long;
Like a wind he ran, arrived on time.

I saw the white tiger chilled on Tegallega Park;
May be it’s just a dream;
It shivered, probably because of the cold – who knows?
Or because of butterflies perched on his nose?

I saw the tiger playing hide and seek with Garuda;
May be it’s just a dream;
Not only great birds, crocodiles, whales, and sheeps;
They were looking for nice food here, it seems.

I saw the white tiger staying under bushes of Bougenville;
He crossed his legs and stayed there idly, looking at the mountain;
He began to close his bright blue eyes and slept soundly.
Then I know it is I who dream of him.

— Bandung, 2014
A little dream for Parahyangan

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Recently I read some people’s status messages, chats, thought, and also ideology from social message. quite a lot, since all I can do before semester starts is sitting in front of computer and lurk  It is fun to see what people are sharing, get to know that person – not only characteristics but also ideology. What they believe, what they hold as principle in life and so on and so on. Some of my friends in twitter were Chinese descent nationalist and devoted Christian. Two of them are high school teachers who longs for “guiding the newer generation to their correct path” and also “dare to speak up in the middle of seminary, to confront government irregular decision” although they know their decision won’t give big impact to society. Some of them are workers in multinational company, indifferent with anything but always return to our campus to see old friends, share job vacancy information and all. Quite a number of them are labmates across the world, mainly in Japan. They are happy to celebrate Moslem’s Ramadhan Feast Day – Eid Mubarak – in their country of study, and also attend Indonesia Independence Day celebration in Indonesian Embassy in their own respective countries. Some of them are my internet friends who often lurk around like me, discussing anime and Japanese modern culture. Many of them are indifferent about what had happened to the world, Morsi or Egypt or European recess, some of them are just going with the flow…. and some more living their live the fullest and become other nation’s citizen.

One night, I chatted with an internet friend and tried to help him doing his last assignment for bachelor degree. Seeing his writing and stories about his friends, I cannot help myself but laugh. A sinister laugh. May be some anger. Is it what you call “a PAPER”? I believe my scientific paper presented last October 2012 in Jogjakarta was far from what you call “actual international paper, but reading his stories made me want to cry. The realization and conclusion of his stories about what Indonesian students often do with their paper and works (yes, including plagiarism and the hell about the content and topic of research) successfully drove me writing lpdp essay deeper than it should be. When I read my writing for the essay, I see it is full of my ideology. About Indonesian’s lack of research culture. About our scientific papers. About scopus. About our rank compared with another ASEAN countries. It gives me determination to answer the call “IF I’m not the one who change this, who else will?” that I write, if I may bold the sentence, that “I want to be a researcher. I want to produce thousands of scientific papers published internationally. I want to teach and slap the newer generation the importance of moral and professional etiquette”. I want to… I want to change Indonesia. But it is all ideology and dream. To accomplish that, I have failed once – I didn’t get monbusho scholarship which mean I didn’t get to better education in master program – and added by the pessimistic view of my family, I dropped the dream and went back to my old campus and attend the master program there – good thing is I can still pursue my dream this way. I can still produce papers and teach juniors the meaning of hard work in laboratory. God knows what I will do after graduation.

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There are so many accidents involving structure failures and trespassing of engineering responsibility. Countless events and accidents have been recorded, some have been put in the court but some are left unsolved – and eventually forgotten. The last one happens in my home country. I made this just for knowledge for common people, who don’t even know how engineer works. Because this is my country’s matter, I’ll give the explanation in my native language.

Indonesia adalah satu-satunya negara yang belum memiliki Undang-Undang Keinsinyuran sampai sekarang, dan sudah waktunya Indonesia menerapkan RUU tentang Keinsinyuran ini demi negara kita sendiri. Sebagai pengetahuan, tahun 2012 ini RUU Keinsinyuran telah disusun dan kemungkinan besar tahun 2013 akan sudah diterapkan sepenuhnya. Mengapa insinyur harus memiliki undang-undang? Bukankah mereka ‘hanya’ bekerja menurut apa yang di-S.O.P-kan saja? Secara teknik, analitis, dan sudah meruntut pada perhitungan eksak matematis?

Hal inilah yang belum disadari oleh bangsa kita selama ini. Dengan mudahnya seseorang bisa ‘ngeles’, “ah, itu kan cuma masalah teknis, perbaiki sedikit bisa kembali normal”. Benarkah “cuma”? Bagaimana kalau karena masalah teknis yang terlihat sepele dan kecil itu ternyata mengakibatkan kematian bagi banyak orang, apalagi di tengah krisis moral bangsa kita yang terlalu toleran  dan pelit sehingga “kalau bisa dikurangi, kenapa tidak?” Itulah yang terjadi pada Jembatan Kertanegara dan hal-hal kecil sekeliling kita.

Insinyur memerlukan sebuah dasar hukum yang tepat dan adil untuk, selain mengekang mereka supaya tidak menimbulkan kerugian dan korban, melindungi manusia. Keteknikan adalah bidang yang sangat vital dan kebanyakan orang awam menganggap remeh karena mereka tidak melihat apa yang akan terjadi bila alat/ struktur tersebut mengalami kegagalan. Faktor safety telah diperhitungkan matang-matang, apabila faktor ini dikurangi demi mendapatkan keuntungan bagi pengelola apa yang terjadi?

Tidak seperti dunia seni, dunia teknik adalah eksak dan menyangkut nyawa orang banyak. Contoh paling sederhana: kabel listrik rumah yang sudah mengelupas dibiarkan begitu saja sampai terjadi percikan api (short-circuit), meletakkan komputer dekat air minum, mencolokkan perangkat listrik ke steker tanpa alas kaki – dan ternyata stekernya berdebu sehingga kemungkinan besar terjadi lompatan bunga listrik ketika dicolokkan, pembuatan jalan yang tidak sesuai standar dan asal-asalan sehingga ketika hujan turun akan membuat lubang dan air menggenang… dan mungkin membunuh pengendara motor yang melintasinya. Atau keteknikan sekitar kita di mana faktor keamanan telah diperhitungkkan: kabel yang dibungkus isolator karet, aki mobil yang dilindungi dengan casing yang tebal, stopper dan shock-breaker, sabuk pengaman…

Mungkin bila insinyur yang membangun tidak memiliki kode etik, benda-benda berkecapatan tinggi seperti jet-coaster yang ada di Dunia Fantasy bisa melayang ke neraka karena salah digit desimal, atau terjadi kebakaran hebat karena insinyur lupa mematikan ‘keran’ (valve) pada sebuah kilang minyak. BILA ada yang lebih tidak punya kode etik, mereka bisa membangun bom nuklir, shockgun, penyemprot zat asam, zat biokimia, bahkan mengembangkan virus untuk membunuh banyak orang. Maka dari itulah kode etika dan hukum insinyur sangat diperlukan.

Sesuai dengan apa yang telah saya terima di kelas Etika Profesi dan Kerja Praktik Teknik Fisika, secara garis besar ada 6 poin hukum dasar, di mana di sini hanya dijabarkan sangat singkat:
1) K3L (utamakan keselamatan orang banyak)
2) Bekerja HANYA sesuai kompetensi (hanya INSINYUR yang bisa mengadili insinyur)
3) Pernyataan publik yang jujur dan objektif (tidak boleh melebih-lebihkan, apalagi berbohong tentang spesifikasi teknik)
4) Setia pada majikan / klien (sebagai insinyur profesional wajib menghormati klien, mengungkap konflik kepentingan, dan tidak menerima imbalan dalam bentuk apapun pada saat proyek berlangsung)
5) Menghindari penipuan (kualifikasi diri dan perihal suap-menyuap)
6) Wibawa, tanggungjawab, patuh hukum, dan menjaga kehormatan profesi