IMPERIUMDAILY.COM – MALANG- If asked which country often makes Indonesia angry? The answer is very clear, definitely Malaysia. These two allied countries are very sensitive and easily heat if offended. Taunting each other, insulting each other is very common practice by the people of the two countries.
Well, one of the moments that made some Indonesians furious was the recognition of Malaysia in 2007 which said that the art of Reog was native to Malaysia. However, in the land of Ringgit, Reog’s art is not called Reog, but Barongan’s art. The naming difference is suspected to be a Malaysian strategy to claim Seno Reog.
In Malaysia, a Reog Ponorogo dance that is danced in Malaysia is called Barongan Dance but has an Islamic element. This dance also uses a peacock mask, which is a tiger head mask on which there are peacock feathers. Descriptions and photos of this dance are displayed on the official website of the Ministry of Culture and Arts and Heritage of Malaysia.
The controversy arose because the peacock mask on the official site had the words ‘Malaysia’, and was recognized as a legacy of Javanese people who were found in Batu Pahat, Johor and Selangor, Malaysia. This triggered protests from various parties in Indonesia, including Reog artists from Ponorogo who stated that the copyright of Reog art was registered under 026377 dated 11 February 2004, and thus known by the Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia.
Information was also found that the peacock breast seen on the official site was made by the craftsman of Ponorogo. Thousands of Reog artists had a demonstration in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta. The Indonesian government stated that it would further investigate this matter.
Then in late November 2007, Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Zainal Abidin Muhammad Zain stated that the Malaysian Government had never claimed that Reog Ponorogo was the country’s original culture. Reog called Barongan in Malaysia can be found in Johor and Selangor, because it was brought by Javanese people who migrated to the country before the formation of the Indonesian state, making the migrant not included as an Indonesian citizen. (aka)