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Kids.. The Walls, Doors and Exhibited Objects in the Museum Are Not Meant to be Vandalised!

1 Jan

Children, you're not supposed to write on the walls!

I enjoy photography as well as drawing. A couple of my friends and I went on a day trip to North Jakarta’s Kota Tua (Old City) for photography hunting. The first museum we went to was the Fatahillah Museum. The building was beautiful, I am a sucker for old colonial buildings! When we were there, a lot of school children were also there for a field trip. However, it didn’t seem like they know what they were doing there… They were taking pictures of themselves with their mobile phones, flirtingwith their girlfriends/boyfriends, gossiping.. But what irritated me the most were the children who vandalised the museum! They were writing on the walls, the doors, and even on the exhibited objects!

When I arrived in the museum, I already noticed writing on the walls, doors and the exhibited objects and I thought those were writings from people a long time ago, but – apparently not! They’re still doing it, and they were doing it in front of my eyes! I met this junior high school student who was busy writing on the door.. with a white-out! Now, how can I not be angry at the kid?? So I told him off politely. I said “Excuse me, but please don’t write on the door, this is a public space, and supposed to be protected and preserved.” His answer was stupid. He said “Don’t panic, it’ll disappear, it’s just for fun”. Oh… my… Goodness. WHAT have they been teaching you at school? Is this the reflection of the education system we have in Indonesia??

The whole museum looked like it wasn’t well looked after. The explanations of the exhibited objects weren’t even complete. Most of them were only printed explanations, laminated and stuck on the wall by double tape. It was pathetic and heartbreaking. It was actually understandable why children would write all over the place, because the museum looked unmaintained in the first place! Very different to the Wayang Museum we went to next. The place looked clean, well maintained, therefore children weren’t bold enough to vandalise the place.

Mr. Jero Wacik (our Minister of Culture and Tourism) .. or anyone who will become the Minister of Culture and Toursim in the future… PLEASE DO SOMETHING!