The Jakarta Post
Four Pak Ogah (voluntary parking attendants) have been arrested for asking for parking fees in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.
The Jakarta Police’s mobile detective unit chief Adj. Comr. Mugia Yarry Junanda said on Monday that the suspects often forced motorists “to pay for between Rp 2,000 [13 US cents] and Rp 5,000 for parking in Tanah Abang.”
“Residents have also felt troubled by their presence,” Mugia said as quoted by kompas.com.
The police found the Pak Ogah were carrying Rp 244,000 in cash, which they seized as evidence on Saturday. Pak Ogah is a nickname for voluntary traffic attendants who usually operate in areas where police personnel are absent.
If convicted, they could be sentenced to a maximum of nine years imprisonment under Article 368 of the Criminal Code on extortion, Mugia said. (srz)