Bali Nine duo ‘love Indonesia’

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 22 Februari 2015 | 23.08

'Love and respect' ... The brothers of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have addressed the media on behalf of their brothers. Source: News Corp Australia

AS THEY wait on death row, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have issued, through their families, a message of gratitude to all their supporters and to the Indonesian authorities and have again asked the Indonesian President to allow them to live.

Today, after visiting the Bali Nine duo in jail their brothers, Michael Chan and Chinthu Sukumaran, made a statement on behalf of the two men.

"Our brothers are very grateful for the support and kindness shown to them by so many people and we are amazed at the strength and resilience during this stressful time," Michael Chan said outside Kerobokan prison today.

"As they reflect on their past they are also thankful to the Indonesian Government, the prison officials and many volunteers that have allowed them to create a wholistic rehabilitation program that is now the envy of most prisons worldwide.

"We see and hear many prisoners doing courses go onto jobs and better lives. Our brothers' great wish is for the President to allow them to continue this help, to rebuild the lives of many more Indonesians for many more years to come," Mr Chan said.

Reflective ... Michael Chan and Chinthu Sukumaran gave a short statement today on behalf of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and thanked everyone for their support in Kerobokan Jail. Picture: Adam Taylor Source: News Corp Australia

And Chinthu Sukumaran told how the two young men have embraced and love Indonesia, the country where they have been jailed for almost a decade — for their role in a plot to smuggle 8.2 kilograms of heroin into Australia — and where they have turned Kerobokan jail into a learning institution.

"Myu and Andrew love Indonesia, they have a great respect for the Indonesian people and its culture and it was through the support of the Indonesian justice system that they were able to help set up many programs that have helped a lot of Indonesians and has also helped better themselves and they are very grateful for that", Mr Sukumaran said.

"And I just want to remind everyone to remain respectful at this time and thank you for all your support."

'Thank you for your support' ... Myuran Sukumaran's mother Raji attended the brief press conference. Source: News Corp Australia

Supporter ... Sydney pastor Mal Feebrey has visited the men since their arrest in 2005. Source: News Corp Australia

Also visiting yesterday was Sydney pastor Mal Feebrey, who first met Chan and Sukumaran after their arrest in 2005 and has been visiting ever since and struck up a relationship with the pair.

In Bali for the past few weeks, Mr Feebrey simply said to his friend Andrew Chan, as he left the jail yesterday: "See ya later."

Mr Feebrey, tears in his eyes, flew home to Sydney on Sunday night. But it was not "good bye", it was just see you soon. Saying goodbye is too final and he, like so many touched by their case, refuses to give up hope.

"I want to believe that there can be a favourable outcome for them," Mr Feebrey said.

Mr Feebrey, who works in drug and alcohol rehabilitation with a group called ONE80TC in Sydney says he would be proud to have Chan and Sukumaran work as anti-drugs campaigners. He is in awe of what they have achieved inside the jail.

He said that despite the trying personal nightmare they are now enduring, Chan has remained positive and yesterday had his visitors captivated yesterday by stories of his personal journey inside jail.

Condemned ... Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran inside the workshop at Kerobokan Jail. Source: Supplied

"He told 100 stories in there today. It was so captivating, it was very riveting," Mr Feebrey said.

Mr Feebrey was in the jail visiting last month when Chan learned the dreadful news that his clemency plea had been rejected by President Joko Widodo.

"It was a completely surreal moment, watching him get up and walk away. He said 'it's okay', I have to go and see someone in the clinic who is sick," Mr Feebrey recalls.

At one of his darkest hours, Chan was going to comfort and help a fellow Indonesian prisoner who was sick, having suffered a stroke and with a paralysed arm. His thoughts were with this man not himself, Mr Feebrey says. The moment says so much about Chan and Sukumaran and

their journey from drug traffickers to anti-drugs campaigners and educators inside the jail, he says.

"There's a saying: Instead of waiting for someone else to give you flowers, go out and plant a garden. That's exactly what he has done in jail."

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's delayed Indonesian execution has inspired two social media campaigns.


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