Polisi Tidur: BUMPS AND HUMPS
By N Mark Castro
There is really no need to investigate the etymological origins of the word “Speed Bump” as most everyone in the world knows what it is for and what it is about. So while crossing the street yesterday, I commented to my assistant Rachel to watch out for the “bumps” or “humps,” to which she replied:
“Oh, is that what you call them?”
What else would anyone call them? It’s that thing on the street with black and yellow stripes. It bumps and it humps, probably more times that I got lucky.
But it was then that I was intrigued by what literary turn this simple phrase had taken in the Asian world. Rachel’s answer floored me. I cannot imagine nor invent anything something so hilarious even if I tried.
I told you: real life stories are funnier and dramatic than Korean telenovelas.
The Indonesian term for “Speed Bumps” is … tada!
Ah, what a time to be alive!
So in other words, this unsuspecting bump …
can easily become this …
Far be it for me to ridicule and insult the well-respected police force of Republic of Indonesia, I know that they are doing their best to keep up with the changes in the society … especially at a time when recent news report stated that:
Overweight Indonesian police have been ordered to exercise and lose weight so they can run faster and catch criminals more easily.
Twice a week nearly 300 officers in the capital Jakarta exchange their uniforms for sweatshirts and trainers as they take part in aerobics and do press-ups.
The growing numbers of fat Indonesian police are unable to provide public protection, according to Jakarta police spokesman Colonel Rikwanto.
Stress, inactive lifestyles and junk food are the main causes for the surge in police weight, he explained.
No-one is punished for not losing weight or skipping sessions but officers over 100kg are encouraged to exercise at least two times a week.
A similar programme was started by police in Tangerang, a city on the outskirts of Jakarta with 1,470 police officers.
So my admiration for the tenacity of the Indonesian police force in attacking the problem that beset the organization, like, overeating, is such that I truly wish them well in fighting this forceful crime.
Because when they are at work — or at least some of them — they are given the attention that they so deserve in their pursuit of protecting and serving the public, such as the recognition given unto them by The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) in this Jakarta Post report, which stated:
Komnas HAM chairman Otto Nur Abdullah said on Tuesday that the commission had received 5,442 reports on human rights violations between January and November, with 1,635 of them said to have been committed by police officers.
A staggering 893 reports filed dealt with discrimination and abuse during police investigations, while the remaining 134 reports complained about the procedure of arrest.
“Komnas HAM urges the National Police to restrain themselves from violence, to use a persuasive approach and to improve their ability to detect social conflicts,” Otto said during a press conference at Komnas HAM headquarters in Jakarta.
Because when they’re not sleeping …
So I’d rather they do this
And this …