Moluccan people Indonesia

Mar 2012
The Moluccas are an island groups in Eastern Indonesia. They were the most loyal indigenous people to serve the Dutch.

Also, my teacher once said that Moluccan people were among the best Indonesian warriors, which explains why they were largely incorporated into the KNIL (Dutch Indonesian Army).

My Indonesian friend told me that they were quite notorious in Indonesia in modern times for being gangsters.

In Holland they are pretty notorious for having participated in anti-Indonesian acts, and are still notorious for their warrior spirit. Many Moluccans became importang bike gang members, hooligans, etc.

Does anyone have any more info on them?
Sep 2015
Sri Lanka
People in wilderness!

The Moluccas are an island groups in Eastern Indonesia. They were the most loyal indigenous people to serve the Dutch.
Also, my teacher once said that Moluccan people were among the best Indonesian warriors, which explains why they were largely incorporated into the KNIL (Dutch Indonesian Army)..
Does anyone have any more info on them?
Moluccas are people of a long history of trade and seafaring resulted in a high degree of mixed ancestry of Austronesian peoples added to the native Melanesian population around 2000 BCE. Later added to this Austronesian-Melanesian mix were Indian, Arab, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch descent. These islands were famous for very rare Spices and for the sea Route!
They are Living in the Islands of Moluccas in the archipelago within Indonesia in South at Asia!...... Where Tamil Chola and Pallava Empires were ruling over the sea and land Routes before the advent of Islam ---That is the History I know however I stand to be corrected :)

Arabic merchants/traders began to arrive in the 14th century, bringing Islam with them . Peaceful conversion to Islam occurred in many islands, especially in the centres of trade,
After the Portuguese annexed Malacca in August 1511, Muslims The most significant lasting effects of the Portuguese presence was the disruption and reorganization of the Southeast Asian trade, and in eastern Indonesia—including Molucca islands—the introduction of Christianity.Following Portuguese missionary work, there had been large Christian communities in eastern Indonesia through to contemporary times, which has contributed to a sense of shared interest with Europeans, particularly among the Ambonese. By the 1560AD there were around10,000 Catholics in the area, mostly on Ambon, and by the 1590s there were around 60,000. The central and southern parts of Maluku are populated majority by Christians, living in harmony with their Muslim brothers and sisters
The Portuguese first landed in Ambon in 1513, but it only became the new centre for their activities in Molukas following the expulsion from Ternate. European power in the region was weak and Ternate became an expanding, fiercely Islamic and anti-European state under the rule of Sultan Baab Ullah (. 1570–1583) and his son Sultan Said

The Dutch arrived in 1599 and competed with the Portuguese in the area for Spice trade. The Dutch East India Company was a mercantile corporation gradually gained complete control of the islands,
Malocca Islands formed a single province since Indonesian independence until 1999, when it was split into two provinces A new province, North Maluku, incorporates the , with the remaining within the existing Maluku Province. North Maluku is predominantly Muslim, and its capital is Sofifi on Halmahera island.
South Malocca province has a larger Christian population, and its capital is Ambon.Maluku is one of the first provinces of Indonesia, proclaimed in 1945 until 1999, when the Maluku Utara and Halmahera Tengah Regencies were split off as a separate new province of North Maluku. Its capital is Ternate, .
The capital of the remaining part of Maluku province remains at Ambon

After the declaration of a single" Republic of Indonesia "in 1950 to replace the Federal state, a Republic of South Maluku (, RMS) with Christian majority was declared and attempted to secede from newly found Republic of Indonesia . and supported by the Moluccan troops.who were memers of KNIL [Dutch Indonesian Army] However This movement was defeated by the Indonesian army
But by Special agreement the Holland Government agreed to give "temporary residency" in Holland for the Moluccans and that the first shiploads of Moluccans of 12.500 landed in the Netherlands, mostly soldiers with their families who had fought along the Dutch and against the new independent Indonesia. The Dutch told them they were in Holland only for a short while and would soon go home with pride and dignity. But that was only a dream that never come true for the last 60 years! .
Most of the Moluccans were Christians, part of the Dutch-speaking colonial elite. They'd fought on the losing side. Their islands had been absorbed into a greater, predominantly Muslim Indonesia and the world they had known was disappearing forever. But for fifty years they continued to dream of an independent Molucca! It was not until the 1970s, at a time of student protests all over Europe and America, that the Moluccans hit the news media for the first time. A group of militants hijacked a Dutch train and killed two passengers. In a second hijack the Dutch took no chances and killed seven Moluccan hijackers !
It's a period some Moluccans prefer to forget - but they have no doubt it put them and their cause on the map. The Dutch Government started to listen, to reflect on the injustices the Moluccans suffered. They were compensated for their abrupt dismissal from the army and efforts were made to recognise their cultural needs with improved, housing, a museum and direct access to a Government Ministers for rehabilitatin and housing.Etc

And now once again Moluccan militants have been threatening to resort to violence. This time their Protest is Not over their treatment in Holland but an appeal for help for their countrymen back home in the Moluccas. The Christians, who once were the majority there, have in recent years been greatly outnumbered by Muslim settlers from other parts of Indonesia.Thousands of civilians, women and children, both Muslim and Christian have been killed in a brutal civil war
Apparently soldiers to the islands who have attacked Christian villages, converted the residents at gunpoint and circumcised the men by force.!
Thousands of civilians, both Muslim and Christian, have been killed in what has now become a brutal civil war with ethnic cleansing carried out by both sides.When the papers write of Moluccan terrorism today , with regular with bomb hoaxes and they lose public support and sympathy This kind of negative news has alarmed many in the Moluccan community in Holland
However. But the Government says it's trying to put the plight of the Moluccans on the international agenda. !.
Religious conflict erupted across the islands in January 1999. The subsequent 18 months were characterized by fighting between largely local groups of Muslims and Christians, the destruction of thousands of houses, the displacement of approximately 500,000 people, the loss of thousands of lives, and the segregation of Muslims and Christians Between 1999 and 2002, conflict between Muslims and Christians killed thousands and displaced half a million people.

Although independence is still their ultimate goal, their present President of the "Moluccan Government-in-exile," now says it is no longer its absolute priority and he would be satisfied with a form of autonomy similar to that introduced in Aceh within Republic of Indonesia!