Meruya Man! Have I Sat Chatting With A Bomber?


We read that several alleged accomplices of the Sarinah outrage have been arrested in Depok, West Java.
Depok has long been seen as a cesspool of ferocious fanaticism, from its city government downwards…  https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/depok-jadi-kota-pki-islamist-council-grabs-private-property-communist-style///
It’s only fair to add that many people there are normal and decent. Hundreds of thousands voted for a grand lady named Rieke in gubernatorial elections a year or so back.
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And where I used to live, for five years or more, in Meruya, West Jakarta, most people were nice enough too.
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But it turns out that police have raided a house there to detain a suspect in Thursday’s terrorist attack downtown!
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You never know what’s really going on behind your neighbour’s closed door.
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But even more rivetting, from my point of view, is the revelation that the detainee is, by profession, an angkot driver, and not just any angkot – it’s the B14, the one I’ve been using two or three times a week!
For years!
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It plies between Citraland and Puri Indah, and beyond.
I like to shop in both places, and apart from that, the route passes my barber, the splendid Rp.10,000 rupiah guy ( yeah, $1.00) I’ve maybe mentioned before.
Thing is, I always try to sit up front beside the driver, due to A – my long legs and B – the freedom to smoke.
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So the question on my mind tonight is – have I been sat beside a sectarian terrorist, maybe even chatted away to him, maybe more than a few times?
The suara.com report says the arrested chap always wore a camouflage jacket over his driver shirt, and that doesn’t ring a bell.
But since you’re facing forward, you don’t really take in what drivers wear…
..if only…
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….and heck, Jakarta angkot drivers are all guys, so why would I?
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