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Jakarta Post

Artist reprimands Jakarta agency for towing car

  • Winda A. Charmila

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 9, 2018   /   09:28 pm
Artist reprimands Jakarta agency for towing car Popular Indonesian stage actress Ratna Sarumpaet (second from left) shouts at a security guard who escorted her in a rough manner at the end of a court session at the North Jakarta Court in March last year. (AFP/Kemal Jufri)

After her towed car was returned by officials from the Jakarta Transportation Agency, artist-turned-activist Ratna Sarumpaet has sent a legal notice to the agency demanding an explanation for the incident.

Ratna has demanded the explanation be published by media to prevent other people experiencing the same problems she did.

Last week, Ratna’s car was towed after it was parked on a roadside at Honda Tebet Park, South Jakarta. Ratna insisted that she did not violate any law and protested but the officials took the vehicle to the South Jakarta Transportation Agency office at Jl. MT Haryono.

The dispute became a public controversy after Ratna called Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to help her.

However, Anies did not take the call and she then contacted one of Anies’ staff who promised he would help, Ratna said.

Ratna claimed she did not ask the staff member to help return her car but only told him her situation, but he then called her back a moment later to inform that her car could be collected at the agency office. Ratna refused to do so because she insisted that she was not guilty. Ratna’s car was then returned by the agency officials a few hours later.

“Officials from the Transportation Agency kept towing my car even though I yelled from inside of the car not to do it. When I asked for an explanation, they said they just did what their boss told them,” Ranta said on Monday.

Ratna has demanded that the agency confirm she was innocent of any violation. (wit)