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Jakarta Post

Corrupt police stigma still strong among Jakarta public

  • Andra Wisnu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 1 2009   /  12:14 pm

Agnes, who would not give her last name for safety reasons, had to pay the police nearly Rp 3 million (US$294) to get a report confirming her car had been stolen last January. "The money went in several phases of filing a police report," she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. "First, it was demanded by the police officer writing the report, saying I had to pay to get the Pulogadung Police chief to sign it so I could take the report home." Agnes did as told, saying the same thing happened over and again, all the way to the Jakarta Police's all-in-one administration office (Samsat). She knew she did not need to pay, but decided not to file a complaint. "I was just glad I could finally claim my insurance," she said. "I didn't care how much I had to pay. I just wished I didn't have to feel so scared because there was just no sense that I was being helped." It was...