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Truck driver receives commendation from Indonesian police for uploading video of officers asking for bribe

While the Indonesian police have promised many reforms to clean up their notoriously corrupt institution, many people remain afraid to openly accuse the police of misconduct for fear of reprisal. But when a video of police officers in South Kalimantan shamelessly asking for a bribe went viral recently, National Police Chief Tito Karnavian ordered the local police to investigate the incident and reward the uploader[1] if it turned out to be real.

The video was shot on Aug 8 and shows two officers of the South Labuan Amas Police in South Kalimantan extorting a bribe from a truck driver referred to as Cecep. The senior officer comes to the door, cigarette in mouth, and immediately asks the driver for money. The driver offers Rp 50,000 but the officer refuses. They start haggling and eventually the driver agrees to give Rp 100,000.

Seorang sopir truk yang mengaku bernama Cecep, merekam aksi oknum anggota Polisi nakal yang melakukan pungli. Sambil basa-basi tanya nama, oknum Polisi tersebut langsung menanyakan, “berapa ngasih, Cecep?. Cecep menawarkan, Rp 50 ribu, tapi ditolak mentah-mentah. . Sempat terjadi tawar-menawar, akhirnya sopir terpaksa memberikan uang Rp 100 ribu kepada oknum anggota Polisi tersebut. Namun, belum diketahui pasti, dimana kejadian pemalakan itu. Sejak di share di media sosial Facebook, video ini langsung viral. . Tim Saber Pungli harus bertindak tegas nih..😎 _______ Jika kamu punya informasi berupa foto atau video menarik, langsung saja DM atau mention ke kami yak.. Makasih..😊🤗 . Video: Facebook/Eris Riswandi . #infia #infiafact #viral #tukangpalak #pungutanliar #pungli #stoppungli #oknumpolisi #polisi #polri[2]

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After the video was shared by popular Instagram news account @infia_fact and went viral, Hulu Sungai Tengah Police Chief Mugi Sekar Jaya confirmed last week that the video was real and involved two of his officers[3], both of whom are currently under investigation by internal affairs. Mugi said he was sorry for the behavior of his officers that had tarnished the reputation of the police force.

In the past, some members of the public have been threatened with investigation and allegations of defamation for reporting on or recording dirty cops. Police Chief Tito said that if the recording turned out to be fake, the uploader could be charged with defamation under the Law on Electronic Transactions and Information (UU ITE), but if it was real the uploader should be rewarded.

After the video was verified, the driver in and uploader of the video, Ade Ridwan Syahroni, was given a certificate by South Kalimantan Police Chief Rachmat Mulyana. It says it recognizes the “bravery and concern” of a citizen that would record a police officer asking for a bribe.

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Hopefully, this will inspire more people to record police corruption, but it won’t do much if the police don’t also do something to protect Ade and those like him from certain parties who might be angered by the “bravery and concern” of such citizens.

References

  1. ^ National Police Chief Tito Karnavian ordered the local police to investigate the incident and reward the uploader (news.liputan6.com)
  2. ^ Seorang sopir truk yang mengaku bernama Cecep, merekam aksi oknum anggota Polisi nakal yang melakukan pungli. Sambil basa-basi tanya nama, oknum Polisi tersebut langsung menanyakan, “berapa ngasih, Cecep?. Cecep menawarkan, Rp 50 ribu, tapi ditolak mentah-mentah. . Sempat terjadi tawar-menawar, akhirnya sopir terpaksa memberikan uang Rp 100 ribu kepada oknum anggota Polisi tersebut. Namun, belum diketahui pasti, dimana kejadian pemalakan itu. Sejak di share di media sosial Facebook, video ini langsung viral. . Tim Saber Pungli harus bertindak tegas nih..😎 _______ Jika kamu punya informasi berupa foto atau video menarik, langsung saja DM atau mention ke kami yak.. Makasih..😊🤗 . Video: Facebook/Eris Riswandi . #infia #infiafact #viral #tukangpalak #pungutanliar #pungli #stoppungli #oknumpolisi #polisi #polri (www.instagram.com)
  3. ^ Hulu Sungai Tengah Police Chief Mugi Sekar Jaya confirmed last week that the video was real and involved two of his officers (kumparan.com)
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Lorry carrying incense paper catches fire along PIE

Singapore

Screengrab from a video showing a lorry on fire along the PIE.
21 Aug 2017 04:40PM(Updated: 21 Aug 2017 04:50PM)

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SINGAPORE: A lorry carrying incense paper caught fire along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Monday afternoon (Aug 21).

The accident took place near the CTE/AYE exit at Kallang, Channel NewsAsia understands.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the vehicle fire along the PIE towards Tuas at around 2.15pm and dispatched two fire engines and two fire bikes.

There were no reported injuries, and the fire was put out by SCDF with a hosereel and a compressed air foam backpack.

Witness Samuel Kwan told Channel NewsAsia that he was on his way to work when he saw the incident.

He said that traffic was backed up to the Paya Lebar exit, and added that the fire looked to be caused by an “engine (that) overheated below the lorry seat”. 

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Three cars force trucker off Dutch highway in attempted robbery

By Janene Pieters on August 21, 2017 – 10:00

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery

A 2008 BMW M3 E92 outfitted in Dutch police colors shown off in Noord-Brabant. file photo

A truck driver was forced off the road by three cars on the Maas en Waalweg (N322) near Beneden-Leeuwen on Monday morning in an attempted robbery. The trucker survived the incident unharmed and nothing was stolen, RTL Nieuws reports.

“It was an attempted robbery in which my driver was forced to stop by three cars”, the owner of Ünsal Transport in Roermond, which employs the trucker, said to Omroep Gelderland. The truck was transporting a cargo of clothes for Primark from Germany to the Netherlands, according to the broadcaster. The business owner added that shots were fired.

The police could only say that the trucker was threatened and that he was not hurt. During the robbery, the panicked truck driver sent a message to his contact at the delivery address, the Telegraaf reports. “Help, help, my wife and children”, the message read, according to the newspaper. 

The N322 was closed for a time while the police investigated. The highway was reopened just after 8:00 a.m. “We are working hard to clarify what happened”, a police spokesperson said to the Gelderlander. 

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