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Jakarta Post

Middle class ‘mentally under-developed’

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 26 2011   /  08:30 am

BB madness: Two women are apparently overcome with emotion while waiting to buy BlackBerry Bellagio smartphones at Pacific Place mall in Jakarta on Friday. The smartphones were on offer at half price — Rp 2.3 million (US$253) — to the first 1,000 customers, attracting a crowd of thousands. JP/Ricky YudhistiraIt sometimes happens that poor people have to push and shove each other, and often they become victims of fatal stampedes just to get a small package of alms during religious holidays such as Idul Adha or Christmas.

But according to a sociologist, what happened on Friday — the need to indulge in luxury commodities — has apparently made the city’s middle class willing to use any necessary means, even at the cost of their own lives, just to fulfill some need for personal satisfaction.

The latest incident, in which dozens of the city’s middle class were injur...