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The Merit of Indonesian Police Officer

Recently, I received an e-mail from a friend with fast cable access. He told me about this interesting video from YouTube. I certainly feel very ashamed. Not of my country or of those fat bastards but damn, why I didn’t think of that?!

The video is about two Canadian guys in Bali. They rode a rented motorcycle (one of the most convenient ride and most targeted by police, especially if the riders has blonde hair and pasty skin which screams ‘easy prey’ ). Suddenly, a police officer (nicknamed ‘Pak De’ by the youth) stopped them and asked for their driving license. Similar to millions other Indonesian who also had received this treatment, he gave them option. They can pay their fine in the court or here, for mere 50,000 rupiahs (around five bucks in local currency). They decided to take the easy way and pay, with a bonus of warm Indonesian-corrupted-police smirk.

I’ve been driving on and off for the past four years. I received my first ticket when I was seventeen. Since then and especially when I was in Jakarta, me and my friends had paid myriad faceless fat bastard. It seems that next to being a tourist, being a woman also screams ‘fine me’. A friend of mine even so good at it (read: being caught for ambiguous reason) that when a police officer stopped her car, she calmly take 50,000 rupiahs and shove it to the fat bastard’s hand and leave.

It is not something to be proud of since it also encourage more bribery and corruption in this already corrupt country but coming to the court also proved to be trivial as well as expensive. In the end, those YouTube police officer was arrested and well, perhaps that is the way to claim justice. In fact, that is the only way given that anyone can buy justice. For everything wrong in this country, the only institution capable of suing the wrong-doers is press (my father’s favorite threat for insurance or other evils, in fact, is “I’ll bring this to the paper” for which usually followed by, “Oh, no sir. Please!”). And YouTube, of course.

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