70,000 Virgins and Aceng Fikri

By N Mark Castro


Most everyone know by now the embarrassing national coverage that Garut Regent Aceng Fikri FM had achieved for divorcing his 17 year old wife, 4-day marriage, via SMS because of his Sherlock Holmes’ skills of deducing that she’s not a virgin.

You read it right.

In a report from The Jakarta Globe:

The protestors gathered outside the Garut Legislative Council (DPRD) office and unfurled a banner demanding that 40-year-old Aceng Fikri step down from his post. The district chief inspired a wave of public outcry after he divorced 17-year-old Fani Oktora four days after their July wedding via text message.

When a reporter from Detik.com ask Aceng why he divorced his teenage bride, the district chief explained that she didn’t bleed after they consummated their marriage.

“On the first night, I felt that she was not virgin because no blood came out,” he said. “I wanted to marry a woman who beautiful on the outside and the inside.”

Aceng then lamented to a reporter from MajalahDetik.com that he only slept with Fani once after spending Rp 250 million ($26,000) on their wedding.

“Even sleeping with an artist doesn’t cost that much,” he complained. “After I bought her, I found out that she was ‘not as advertised,’ so I returned her.”

Isn’t this the most beautiful, most patriotic thing you’ve ever heard? Politics, sex, scandal, technology. I know someone who got dumped via a Blackberry Messenger, but that’s another story.

But to add serious insult to the wound, Garut Regent Aceng Fikri FM decided to file charges against his teenage ex-wife for extortion and defamation. This from the same person who promised Fani to pay for her to go to college and take her on an umroh (minor Islamic pilgrimage) to Mecca.

To this day, Garut Regent Aceng Fikri FM is baffled at all the fuss generated by his actions. While polygamy is allowed in Islamic religion, it is not encouraged nor highly practiced in moderate Indonesia. Public servants, in particular, are forbidden to practice polygamy.

And therein lies the rub.

Garut Regent Aceng Fikri FM, a public servant, is completely ignorant not only of the laws but of his moral obligations to a young girl whose future he has now all but destroyed.


The Golkar Party, which nominated Aceng, declined to take any action. Remember come election time, this is the same political party headed by the most powerful non-elected politician in the land, Aburizal Bakrie.

Clueless as to the depths of their ignorance and social responsibility, Golkar Party hasn’t budged in castigating its own party member.

“That’s a personal matter,” Tantowi Yahya, a senior member of the party told Detik.com. “The party has no regulations on it.”

Tantowi Yayha is a famous TV emcee and local music singer. He thinks he’s a cowboy living in one of the largest archipelagos in the world.

Which is the exact problem of most Indonesian politicians …

They just don’t know …


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on December 5, 2012, in General, Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. It’s sexist to require a virgin wife. Why not give the wife the same privilege to require a virgin husband? What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander. Especially because of the modern plague called AIDS.

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