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 …


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 13, 2012, in General, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Heya! I know this is sort of off-topic but I needed to ask.

    Does managing a well-established blog such as yours take a large amount of work?
    I’m completely new to operating a blog however I do write in my diary everyday. I’d like to
    start a blog so I can share my personal experience and thoughts online.

    Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions
    or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

  2. You seem to be doing well with yours my friend. As in anything in life, discipline requires you to do the thing you love best. It’s the same as writing in your diary everyday so you’ll just be posting it online and you’ll be surprised how many others in the world appreciate your thoughts although they may not often agree with yours.

    Just keep writing. You may or may not have a talent for it, you may or may not be able to harness it, but at the end of the day, you’ve been able to do what not many can … which is expressing your feelings.

    Good luck and thank you for visiting!

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