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Moeldoko says his luxury watch is a knockoff

  • Yuliasri Perdani

Posted: Thu, April 24 2014 | 09:34 am

Genuine or fake?: Indonesian Military Commander Gen. Moeldoko shows a luxury watch '€” which he claimed was a fake '€” to reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday, following media reports that he collects expensive watches. JP/Don

Indonesian Military ( TNI ) Commander Gen. Moeldoko rebuffed Singaporean media reports on his lavish watch collection and claimed that he only purchased knockoff watches to satisfy his curiosity about watch technology.

'€œIn the market, this watch could fetch for more than Rp 1 billion [US$85,984], but I bought it for only Rp 5 million,'€ Moeldoko said after a meeting with the Philippines'€™ armed forces chief, Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Moeldoko was responding to foreign media reports about his penchant for collecting expensive watches. One of the watches was a limited edition Richard Mille he wore during an interview with a Singaporean news channel.

Moeldoko later went on to explain the philosophical value of his passion for luxury watches.

'€œA country can move forward if it is innovative. Every time I look at this watch, it reminds me of innovation. So, I don'€™t mean to show off,'€ he said while displaying his Richard Mille watch to reporters.

The first report about Moeldoko'€™s luxury watch appeared on Singapore-based lifestyle website themillenary.com. In a photo that accompanies the article, the army general was seen wearing a Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph '€œBlack Kite'€ during his recent interview with the Singapore-based Channel News Asia.

The 30-piece limited edition watch for North and South American retailers, fetches at around $100,000.

Another website, mothership.sg, has posted photographs of Moeldoko wearing four expensive watches on separate occasions.

When asked whether his watch was an original, Moeldoko allowed scores of journalists to take a closer look at the watch and said: '€œDo you think this is an original?'€

One of the reporters said, '€œBut, this looks heavy, sir'€. To the question, Moeldoko responded by throwing the watch on the floor.

As his aide picked up the watch, which apparently remained intact, Meoldoko left the building with a chuckle.

Moeldoko, a former Army chief of staff, was sworn in as TNI chief in August last year. Prior to that promotion, Moeldoko had total combined wealth of Rp 32 billion and $450,000, including ten plots of land and a cattle farm.

Moeldoko is in the spotlight following a Channel News Asia report on the naming of a warship after two Indonesian marines who bombed the MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965.

The report states that Moeldoko issued an apology for naming the warship, Usman-Harun, which was named after Usman bin Haji Muhammad Ali and Harun bin Said, the two Indonesian marines who were executed in 1968 for the deadly bombing, during Indonesia'€™s confrontation with the Federation of Malaysia '€” of which Singapore was a part of.

Moeldoko clarified his statement, saying that during the interview, he was expressing his regret that the name was final and would not be changed.

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