However, Timor Leste choose to escape.
People’s match Timor Leste reached its peak in 1999, given the opportunity for a referendum.
That history made Indonesia branded as a former colonizer of Timor Leste.
However, it seems that after leaving Indonesia and becoming its own country, Timor Leste has asked Indonesia for important assistance.
Launch Military-Medicine.com, on July 9 2015, the Ministry of Defense of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (RDTL) wrote a letter of invitation to the Medical Team of the Gatot Soebroto Central Army Hospital, Jakarta.
The letter was intended to seek medical help in Timor Leste.
The letter was then responded to by the Minister of Defense General (ret) Ryamizard Ryacudu to build a medical task force consisting of the Indonesian Navy, Navy, Air Force, Surgeons General Headquarters TNI and Mindef.
A plan was drawn up that the mission would be carried out with the KRI Dr. Soeharso 990, a level III hospital warship from Armur Indonesia.
The Task Force then made a frame of reference as a mission guideline, a Task Force Team Order from the three Task Force, conducted internal meetings and coordination with RDTL representatives in Jakarta.
An advance team was sent to Dili to see what RDTL really needed to help with, the spectrum of disease and also to assess the medical resources and health infrastructure that could be used.
Meanwhile, a hospital warship was prepared at the Main Naval Base in Surabaya, East Java.
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Medical services will be provided on land and on board in selected cases.
Two medical battalions from the Army and Marines were also scheduled to be on board and will provide ground medical services.
The patients came from RDTL veterans, the police and military on active duty and the people of Timor Leste.
At that time, it is expected that there will be around 2000 patients from 30 January to 1 February 2016 in Dili.
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As the head of the hospital is Commander A. Pudji Widodo MD from the East Fleet Medical Service.
The trip was the ship’s first overseas mission in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense.
For this mission, KRI SHS-990 carried a Bell 412 EP helicopter built by PTDI Bandung West Java in 2012 belonging to 400 Squadron Air Wing 1, Naval Aviation Center for air evacuation.
The Task Force consists of 426 personnel, consisting of 156 crew members and 51 specialist doctors and dentists gathered in Surabaya on January 24, 2016. The team was led by the Director General of Defense Strengthening, Rear Admiral Agus Purwoto.
After four days of unforgettable journey from Surabaya, the ship arrived at Dili port on 29 January 2016.
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The ship was warmly welcomed by the Indonesian Ambassador in Dili, Primanto Hendrasmoro, and from the RDTL Minister of Defense, Cirilo Cristovao, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Hernani Coelho and Minister of Health Maria do Ceu Pina as well as residents of Dili.
RDTL Defense Minister Mr Cirilo Cristovao stated that this mission embodies good relations between the two governments.
Health services were then officially opened by the Commander Forza Defeza, Major General Lere Anan Timor.
High-ranking officials then visited the ship’s facilities to be used in the mission.
On the first day 765 veterans and active duty personnel were treated including several VIPs being medically examined, and 13 surgeries.
On the second day there were 1955 patients with 113 operations performed.
On the third day as the last day there were 706 patients and 70 operations.
In total 3426 patients and 196 operations. This figure exceeds the expectation of 2000 patients. Surprisingly, the majority of these minor surgeries were 123 circumcised patients.
Xanana Gusmao, then the country’s Minister for Planning and Strategic Investment, visited the ship twice and hoped such activities could be expanded in the future.
He thanked a lot, obrigado barracks, in Tetun, for the medical assistance provided by Indonesia when he invited all the staff to have dinner at the Timor Plaza.
Xanana Gusmao said that this mission would improve relations between the Indonesian and Timor-Leste governments.
In the future, he hopes that this activity can be held in several other areas in Timor-Leste.
Apart from fulfilling the mission of increasing bilateral cooperation, for Indonesia itself, this medical assistance also provides benefits.
Bearing in mind that to improve the capacity of both formal and informal workers, training and field experience are needed, both nationally and internationally.
Such experiences can be achieved through civilian missions such as mass victim care or social work.
The TNI has many OOTW activities at home and abroad that are needed because of war, conflict or natural disasters.
The medical assistance for RDTL is one of the various programs initiated.
This article has been published on Intisari Online with the title “Being labeled as a former colonizer, Timor Leste apparently asked for this important assistance to Indonesia, the Indonesian military and special doctors were sent to Timor Leste”