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Jakarta Post

The essence of police reform

  • Pierre Marthinus

Istanbul   /   Sun, August 1 2010   /  10:24 am

Herman, 23-year-old student activist, died after receiving a shot to the head from a police revolver
in Garut, West Java (The Jakarta Post, July 23). Regardless of negligence or vile intentions, police
reform is doing us shame in the international world and we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.Throughout the archipelago, the public sentiment remains the same. Indonesians are abashed, ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated by our police institution whose brown uniform, unrefined manners, corrupted ethics and lack of professionalism mislead us to think that they belong somewhere with the junta in Myanmar.The majority of Indonesians make “rent-seeking” jokes, often silently cursing, at the sight of police
offi cers as we drive by them. The more timid Indonesians readily check themselves for helmets, seat
belts, driving licenses, or ID cards just to make sure they do not hav...