According to a Turkish intellectual, in the 1980s, Hasan di Tiro once sent a letter to the Turkish state about Aceh Darussalam having ties to Ottoman Turks and the declaration of the NAS. But Turkey did not reply to the letter and rejected the meeting with HT. This is similar to the treatment of Acehnese historians living in the Netherlands, Dr Iskandar, never replying to the HT letter.
However, problems with Turkey escaped HT's invitation. He relied on the history of Aceh Darussalam with the Ottoman Turks, while the Turkish Parliamentary Republic tried to forget anything about the Ottoman Turks. When HT came to remind them of it, we can guess what happened. HT failed to lobby the Turkish State.
What about the peudeueng natural flag? This is a more funny story. When some people opposed the Star Bulan flags for Aceh because it was close to GAM, another proposal came up: to propose a peudeueng nature flag (Aceh: sword flag) instead of the reason that peudeueng nature had been used by the State of Aceh Darussalam Sultanate accepted throughout the region in Aceh as a unifying flag.
Nature peudeueng is a red cloth flag, with a crescent moon and a five-eyed star, Ottoman-style Ottoman before the XX century, plus a drawing of a sword called Zulfikar (Aceh: Zulfaka), the name of sword Saidina Ali ra.
As is known, the Ottoman Turkic superpower, since the sixteenth century has been wearing a flag called the Zulfikar flag. A red flag adorned with various Turkish styles with the greatest picture of a straight-edged straight-edged sword, just like the index finger and the middle opening in large size. In the twin-edged sword image there is calligraphy, its straight handle has a hand protector on the left and right side of the dragon.
Now let us note the news that Aceh has raised the peudeueng nature created in the time of Sultan Ali Mughayatsyah, the first Aceh Darussalam sultan in the early sixteenth century. It was a time with the flying of the twin-eyed Zulfikar sword flags flagged by the Ottoman Empire's warlords.
Then, after the caravan of Lada Sicupak, the envoy of Sultan Al-Kahar the Great came back from Istanbul in the mid-sixteenth century, in the 1560s, the red flag of Zulfikar sword plus the crescent moon and stars to be flown on every Aceh ship in the waters of the Strait of Melaka, that Aceh entered into a coalition of the world at that time led by Muslims, with its administrative center in Istanbul under the Ottoman Caliph.
Then, before the Dutch attack, at the end of the nineteenth century the sultan of Aceh Darussalam sent another envoy to Istanbul to reaffirm the relationship with the Ottoman Turks. But the effort failed because of the sabotage of the Netherlands and its allies through the media in Cairo and direct mission to Istanbul requesting that the Ottoman Turks no longer help Aceh. The Ottoman Empire faced a dilemma, they could not help Aceh in the South East at which time they themselves were wracked by a major war against Western Christian coalition.
When Aceh was still a major country called the Sultanate of Aceh Darussalam, the flag was important for Aceh. The Turkish flag flown on Aceh's warships patrolling the waters of the Strait of Melaka became one of the forces to make the Portuguese tremble because Ottoman Turks were their biggest enemy in the Mediterranean.
Now, although officially the Dutch as an attacker did not get letters of sovereignty over the sultanate of Aceh, but the State of Aceh Darussalam has become history. And, HT does not proclaim the State of the Sultanate of Aceh Darussalam, but the NAS which he calls the State connection of the Sultanate of Aceh Darussalam, for several political reasons. The importance of the flag for Aceh which is a province within the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia depends on the point of view of each person. Already we know that the flag that the DPRA insisted on proposing it for the Home Affairs approved now is the NAS flag created by HT based on the Ottoman-era Ottoman-era flag and the present Turkish Palementer Republic.
In this case, no one from Aceh appreciates its history properly, or does not value the services of others. No one from Aceh, other than HT, contacted Turkey for their flag that had been used for more than 400 years.
Indeed, the secular Parliamentary Republic of Turkey is not interested in taking care of and has no right over the Usmani Ottoman flag used in Aceh. Moreover HT has modified it when taken for NAS. But Turkey, sovereign and powerful, used its similar flag used in Aceh without having to modify it. Instead, there is an alignment of this flag by GAM's negotiators who are now all Indonesian citizens (WNI).
The Government of Indonesia should support whatever flags Aceh wants, because it will not affect anything in politics because the Helsinki MoU has made the NAS officially within the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. While the superpower in Southeast Asia, the Sultanate of Aceh Darussalam has disappeared after being attacked by the Dutch laknatillah and its allies.
Will the Home Affairs Minister approve the Aceh flag used by NAS for Aceh province or not and it is suggested that the flag be replaced by peudeueng nature? If nature peudeung which is the flag of the Sultanate of Aceh Darussalam officially flown again in Aceh, then the NKRI must be prepared to give up Aceh removed from the map.
From a historical perspective, the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia will remain intact when letting the Acehnese flag of HT's creation fly. It was because the peudeueng flag was the flag that the Dutch had requested in the ultimatum to the Sultan of Aceh Darusslam on March 26, 1873, not the Acehnese flag for the NAS created by HT.