It is not a strange thing if we see several places in Indonesia built by an ancestral statue. These statues are made to appreciate the services of the ancestors who have died for defending our country. But unfortunately, there is one area that does not apply this.
Located in the city of Serang, Banten, there is a statue of a national ancestor that was thrown away to the river’s edge. The statue is a figure of an ancestor named Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa. Quite sad indeed, but local council members urged the statue to be torn down for fear of being envious. In fact, if the statue is still standing, we will always remember the services of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa. So who is this Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa?
Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa is the son of a Banten Sultan named Sultan Abu al-Ma’ali. Well, after his father died, the Sultan who had the first name Abdul Fatah was appointed as the Young Sultan with the title Pangeran Dipati. However, when his father died, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa was still not allowed to become the Sultan of Banten because he was too young. So that his father’s position at that time was replaced by his grandfather named Sultan Abul Mufakhir Mahmud Abdul Qadir.
In 1651, the grandfather of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa died. So at that time also, Prince Dipati ascended to the throne as the 6th Sultan of Banten under the name Sultan Abul Fath Abdul Fattah or Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa. No matter his age was very young, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa was determined to become a Banten Sultan who was quite good in his leadership.
Well, during his reign, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa focused more on the development of Islam in his area. Therefore, reported from the biografiku.com page, he brought in many teachers to advance the development of the Islamic Religion there. Such as Religious Teachers from Arabic, Aceh and also other regions that are considered to have advantages in studying Islam.
Not only in the field of religion, under the leadership of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa a lot of progress was achieved. Sourced from merdeka.com, advances such as the agricultural system, the preparation of the fleet of war, trade and also shipping. Even with this development, Banten became one of the trade centers in Indonesia that is often visited by foreign countries such as Persia, Arabia, India, China and the Philippines.
But, behind the progress he created, there was a long conflict between the Sultanate of Banten and the Netherlands. The problem is due to the interference of the Dutch in the internal Sultanate of Banten who was doing a separation of government. The Dutch conducted a politics of fighting sheep to incite Sultan Haji (Abu Nasr Abdul Kahar) against Prince Arya Purbaya who was his own brother.
Sultan Haji thought that the division of governmental duties by Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa to him and his brother was an attempt to rid himself of the heir to the throne of the sultanate of Banten and give it to his younger brother, Prince Arya Purbaya. Sultan Haji who was supported by the Dutch VOC then tried to get rid of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa.
In the end, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa was arrested and then taken to Batavia and incarcerated there. Not long after, in 1692, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa finally died. He was later buried in the Kings Cemetery Complex in Banten Province.
That was a little story from Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa. It’s quite unfortunate to see the treatment of the residents who threw away the statue from the original ancestors in their area. Because of Sultan Ageng Tirtay Problems, Banten became advanced and could be known by neighboring countries. Yes, I hope this incident will not be repeated in other regions. These ancestral statues are one object to remind us of their figures and their services.