Let the Action! begin

Posted: June 3, 2011 in News

By : Marvel Sutantio | June 3rd, 2011

Pertama kali saya memulai blog ini, saya ingin membuat sebuah perubahan. Sekecil apapun itu, aku percaya, perubahan pasti bisa datang kalau kita terus berusaha. Itu juga yang saya pikirkan waktu memulai Action! karena memang sekarang waktunya mengambil tindakan, melakukan sebuah aksi, bukan hanya duduk diam saja. Aksi yang saya maksud dari awal bukan dalam konteks demonstrasi dll, melainkan untuk membawa kasus krisis film ini ke perhatian dunia internasional. Artikel Madame Dovile Daveluy di inaglobal.fr merupakan sebuah langkah pertama, namun itu saja tidak cukup. Sudah menjadi tujuan awal dan utama dari Action! untuk memberi tahu ahli pajak, bisnis, usaha atau hukum dari luar negeri untuk menyelidiki, serta menyelesaikan polemik film yang berkepanjangan ini.

Untuk itu, saya sudah mengirim email ke alamat-alamat di bawah ini mengenai krisis film. Tapi belum mendapatkan balasan dari mereka. Saya sendiri saja tidak bisa, tapi harus kita semua bersatu mengirim email ke mereka, to get their attention, untuk menyadarkan dan memberitahu mereka kalau masalah di Indonesia ini sudah berlarut-larut dan kita butuh bantuan mereka. Brothers & sisters, mari kita mulai mengirim email ke alamat-alamat berikut ini:

Yang pertama adalah MPA sendiri

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

ContactUs@mpaa.org

Motion Picture International

http://www.mpa-i.org/contactus_feedbackform.html

Untuk MPA, tujuan utamanya adalah untuk meminta konfirmasi dari mereka kalau mereka tidak melakukan pemboykotan film. Karena selama ini dirjen pajak, pemerintah, menteri pariwisata, menteri keuangan dll selalu melemparkan kesalahan ke mereka, seakan-akan pihak MPA sendiir yang berupaya memboykot. Padahal dari data-data, interview dll mereka sendiri menganggap interpretasi pajak yang baru itu membuat proses impor film ke Indonesia menjadi ribet dan terlalu merepotkan (dari segi pembayaran, proses, dll). Michael C. Ellis yang merupakan presdir MPA Asia Pasifik sendiri menekankan hal tersebut, berikut menyatakan kalau selama ini pihak Indonesia (distributor, pemerintah dll) sudah mengikuti ketentuan yang berlaku. Untuk selengkapnya bisa dibaca di http://indonesianmoviecrisis.org/2011/05/18/mpa-bantah-boikot-film-hollywood-ke-indonesia/

Berikut contoh email saya ke mereka:

Dear MPA of America,

My name is Marvel Sutantio. A copywriter for an multi national ad agency in Indonesia. Movie buff, blogger, fighter. Especially when it’s about tax problem that destroys whole industry and brings great loss to everyone.

I wrote this email to inquire about the Indonesian Movie Tax problem. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it since last January. From what I’ve heard and read in various sites, tabloids, news, etc is the MPA was unwilling to import movie to Indonesia due to the new interpretation of the tax regulation regarding movie royalty.

But there are also news about MPA boycotted movies to Indonesia due to the new tax, the MPA don’t want to deal with Indonesia’s distributors who had a million dollar debt to the government, etc.The point is, there are no clear, official statement from the MPA regarding the matter.

I run a blog about this Indonesian Movie Crisis. I want the public, both Indonesian, and the world to know about the truth. The tax officials in Indonesia, along with the government officials are covering up the truth and blaming the MPA, citing that the MPA are the ones denying Indonesia of imported movies. I just want to share the truth to everyone. Do you have any information about it? LIke an official statement from the MPA, A legal document, press release, anything that can clearly state that the MPA is not the source of this problem.

Btw, here’s my blog :Indonesianmoviecrisis.org

Here are the articles that covers about my blog and the movie crisis :

http://www.inaglobal.fr/en/cinema/article/uncertain-future-foreign-films-indonesia

&

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/commentary/why-the-blank-screens-indonesia/441443

Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for your understanding and attention.

Best Regards,

Marvel

Aksi Selanjutnya adalah mengirim email ke tax, business, trades atau law expert yang bisa membantu Indonesia dalam menyelesaikan masalah perubahan dan penerapan pajak yang “ngasal” seperti yang terjadi dalam kasus undang-undang perpajakan tentang royalti film. Email-emailnya sejauh ini yang saya kirim adalah ke :

Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (United Nation’s)

http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/tax/

taxffdoffice@un.org

 

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC

http://www.internationaltaxreview.com/

http://www.internationaltaxreview.com/Contact-Us.html

rcunningham@euromoneyplc.com

mgilleard@euromoneyplc.com

sshaheen@euromoneyplc.com

ekelechava@euromoneyny.com

 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

http://www.oecd.org/

http://www.oecdobserver.org/

observer@oecd.org

 

Ini email saya ke Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters :

Dear Michael Lennard,

My name is Marvel Sutantio. A copywriter for an multi national ad agency in Indonesia. Movie buff, blogger, fighter. Especially when it’s about tax problem that destroys whole industry and brings great loss to everyone.

Maybe you’ve heard about the Indonesian Movie Crisis? Long story short, the custom officials here claimed that there’s an old regulation that’s been applied since 2006 (and also 2009) regarding tax on movie royalties. But it was never socialized, never educated or even enforced all these years. Suddenly, after the passing of Mr. Sudwikatmono, the owner of 21 Cineplex, the customs started pressing said Cinema about this regulation. First the customs accused the Cinema for not abiding the regulation, then they audited 21 Cineplex, using the new interpretation of the tax regulation, and thus “creating” an absurd amount of debt (314 billion rupiahs) for the 3 importers of 21 Cineplex (Amero Mitra, Camila Internusa and Satrya Perkasa).

Why those 3 distributors? Because they’re the big three that imported all the big movies to Indonesia. Especially Camila Internusa & Satrya Perkasa who are official MPA sanctioned distributors (in other words, the biggest money makers.)

The distributors, as well as 21 Cineplex have always followed the old regulations (No 10/1995). But there was a new one that replaced it (No 17/2006). The Directorate General of Customs and Excise have also added a new “variation” in 2009 (PER 33/2009). I have all the pdf files of those regulations if you would like to see it. I can translate it for you’d like it too

The MPA themselves found the regulations restrictive, unreasonable and strange since it’s only applied in Indonesia. No other country in the world applies that kind of tax regulations

You can read all about the whole story through my blog : Indonesianmoviecrisis.org

or through the article where me & my blog was involved :

http://www.inaglobal.fr/en/cinema/article/uncertain-future-foreign-films-indonesia

&

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/commentary/why-the-blank-screens-indonesia/441443

Is it possible for the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters to look into this matter? There has been quite a stir among the public since this problem hasn’t been solved yet since February. The government once claimed they’ll solve it by March. But until now, there’s still no clear date or resolutions from them. Movements such as Gerakan 1 Juta (a movement of a million people) & Action! has been surfacing in FB & twitter. (@Gerakan1Juta & @imcaction) hundreds and thousands of people are unsatisfied and needs a solution.

We have been denied of our rights for entertainment and movies for months. We would be very honored and grateful if you can help look into the matter. Please help us out.

Sincerely,

Marvel Sutantio

 

Ini email saya ke Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC :

 

Dear Ralph Cunningham,

My name is Marvel Sutantio. A copywriter for an multi national ad agency, movie buff, blogger, fighter. Especially when it’s about tax problem that destroys whole industry and brings great loss to everyone.

Maybe you’ve heard about the Indonesian Movie Crisis? Long story short, the custom officials claimed that there’s an old regulation that’s been applied since 2006 (and also 2009) regarding tax on movie royalties. But it was never socialized, never educated or even enforced all these years. Suddenly, after the passing of the Sudwikatmono, the owner of 21 Cineplex, the customs started pressing said Cinema about this regulation. They audit them using the new interpretation of the tax regulation, and thus “creating” an absurd amount of debt (314 billion rupiahs) for the importers.

21 Cineplex has always followed the old regulations (No 10/1995). But there was a new one that replaced it (No 17/2006). The Directorate General of Customs and Excise have also added a new “variation” in 2009 (PER 33/2009). I have all the pdf files of those regulations if you would like to see it.

You can read all about it through my blog :Indonesianmoviecrisis.org

or through the article where me & my blog was involved :

http://www.inaglobal.fr/en/cinema/article/uncertain-future-foreign-films-indonesia

&

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/commentary/why-the-blank-screens-indonesia/441443

Is it possible for the International Tax Review to look into this matter? There has been quite a stir among the public since this problem hasn’t been solved yet since February. The government once claimed they’ll solve it by March. But until now, there’s still no clear date or resolutions from them. Movements such as Gerakan 1 Juta (a movement of a million people) & Action! has been surfacing in FB & twitter. (@Gerakan1Juta & @imcaction) hundreds and thousands of people are unsatisfied and needs a solution.

We have been denied of our rights for entertainment and movies for months. We would be very honored and grateful if you can help look into the matter. Please help us out.

Sincerely,

Marvel Sutantio

 

Dan terakhir, email yang saya kirim ke OECD

 

Dear OECD,

My name is Marvel Sutantio. A copywriter for an multi national ad agency, movie buff, blogger, fighter. Especially when it’s about tax problem that destroys whole industry and brings great loss to everyone. 

Maybe you’ve heard about the Indonesian Movie Crisis? Long story short, the custom officials claimed that there’s an old regulation that’s been applied since 2006 (and also 2009) regarding tax on movie royalties. But it was never socialized, never educated or applied all these years. Suddenly, after the passing of the Sudwikatmono, the owner of 21 Cineplex, the customs started pressing said Cinema about this regulation. Movie importers linked to 21 Cineplex and the Directorate General of Customs & Excise have been debating about it ever since.

You can read all about it through my blog :
Indonesianmoviecrisis.org

or through the article where me & my blog was involved :
http://www.inaglobal.fr/en/cinema/article/uncertain-future-foreign-films-indonesia
&
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/commentary/why-the-blank-screens-indonesia/441443

Is it possible for the OECD to look into this matter. There has been quite a stir among the public since this problem hasn’t been solved yet since February. The government once claimed they’ll solve it by March. But until now, there’s still no clear date or resolutions from them. Movements such as Gerakan 1 Juta (a movement of a million people) & Action! has been surfacing in FB & twitter. (@Gerakan1Juta & @imcaction) hundreds and thousands of people are unsatisfied and needs a solution.

We have been denied of our rights for entertainment and movies for months. We would be very honored and grateful if you can help look into the matter. Please help us out.

Sincerely,
Marvel Sutantio

Demikian email-email yang saya kirim. Intinya saya cuma menjelaskan ke mereka perihal penetapan UU perpajakan atas royalti film. Bagaimana distributor 21 Cineplex & 21 Cineplex sendiri sudah mengikuti UU No. 10/1995 tapi dengan adanya perubahan di UU No. 17 / 2006 dan penambahan Peraturan Dirjen Pajak PER/33/2009, ada perubahan terhadap perhitungan royalti. Saya juga mengatakan kalau selama ini tidak pernah ada sosialisasi ataupun pemberitahuan apapun mengenai pajak tersebut. Tahu-tahu awal tahun ini, setelah Bapak Sudwikatmono meninggal, mereka menggalakan UU tersebut dan memaksa melakukan audit (tentu saja dengan undang-undang yang baru) sehingga “menciptakan” utang ke para distributor film tersebut.

Brothers & Sisters, mari kita mulai mengirim email ke mereka juga. Satu orang satu email, untuk menyuarakan pendapat kita ke dunia internasional mengenai hal ini. Please no spamming, tolong jangan gunakan kata-kata kasar. Kita menyampaikan vote kita, menyampaikan pendapat kita ke mereka, sekaligus meminta bantuan mereka untuk membantu kita, membantu Indonesia menyelesaikan krisis film ini.

Semoga aksi kita ini membuahkan hasil, let’s do our best!

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Comments
  1. Max says:

    Mantap, bro. Gw dukung usahamu. Gw pengen tau juga apa tanggapan balasan dari mereka.

  2. j says:

    Ikuuutan @@

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