REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, KUPANG -- People of West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara(NTT) asked Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot to immediately apologize to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono related to wiretapping case. The call was conveyed through West Timor Care Foundation (TPTB) as parts of Indonesia in western part of Timor Island, which is Australia's closest neighbor.
"This apology is not something that is difficult to be told, in order to maintain good relation between Indonesia and Australia. This is our expectation from West Timor to PM Tonny Abbot," Chairman of YPTB, Ferdi Tanoni said recently.
Former Immigration Agent in Australian Embassy said that public expectations of West Timor were not much different from expectations of majority public in Australia some time ago. Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard apologized to Indonesia when stopped to export cattle to Indonesia. Now, they want their new prime minister to apologize to Yudhoyono.
Australia did the wiretapping in 2009 when Australian Labor Party took the power. This illegal action was not under coalition party led by Abbot. Therefore, this apology will not reduce the political moral and values of Abbot as Australian Prime Minister.
"As Indonesian citizens in border region of Australia, we hope that Australia maintains its good relationship with Indonesia. Both countries can continue to uphold the dignity and honor each other," Tanoni said.