February is the shortest month of the year. However, the special month has ended with many incidents to be remembered. The month started with an incident in a small church near Yogyakarta, causing outrage throughout the country over radicalism. Then a tearful story came to light about the family of a deceased migrant worker, Adelina Sau, who had been sent outside the home of her employer to sleep with the dog. The image left us trembling and reminded us to always uphold human dignity, mutual respect and most importantly to be kind to others, especially the needy.
February also marked the start of the Year of the Dog on the Chinese calendar. The peaceful celebration coincided with the Catholic Church welcoming Lent.
Indonesia will host the Asian Games in August. Venue preparations are being sped up. The Games invitational tournament held in February allowed the preparation committee to assess the country’s readiness to welcome athletes for the second-largest multisport event after the Olympics.
Indonesians also welcomed the return of top Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan from Singapore following 10 months of medical treatment after falling victim to an acid attack. The antigraft agency, meanwhile, continues to handle cases implicating public officials.
In summary, February showed us that there is a lot of work ahead of us as a growing nation. Hopefully we can welcome tomorrow with an open heart and a new hope. [yan]