A Fate Deserved: Dismissal of Aceng Fikri

By N Mark Castro

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Finally, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia has approved the dismissal proceedings of Garut District Head Aceng Fikri, which was filed by the Garut Legislative Council late last year.

Garut district chief Aceng Fikri caused a national stir last year when he divorced his teenage wife via sms 4 days after their wedding as he claimed she was no longer a virgin. His former wife, Fani Oktora, who was 17 years old at the time, yielded to his advances as he promised to send her to Umroh (minor pilgrimage).

Talk about political and religious salvation.

The Garut Legislative Council filed the proposal against Aceng to be dismissed in December as he was eventually dropped from the Golkar Party.

According to the Jakarta Globe:

Ridwan Mansyur, SC spokesman, said the court decided to approve the proposal because a district head’s marriage life could not be separated from his public position.

The SC ruling will be submitted to the Home Affairs Ministry for enforcement, however, this is the same ministry that, to this day, has failed to dismiss Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto for continuing to defy the Supreme Court ruling of allowing the GKI Yasmin church to operate.

It will be interesting to note what happens next in Indonesia’s ongoing political sinetron (telenovela).

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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