Fag-Horror in Jakarta!

No, I’m not talking about the gaystapo ululations here, which echo ever more stridently across the pages of the Jakarta Post. It’s a habit they seem unable to break, and has afflicted them for a long time.  

Grammar and ‘Gays!’ – Poor Old Jakarta Post! 



But that’s not today’s big issue!

What is almost as dismaying as ‘gay rights’ wittering is the news that the price of fags is reportedly rising astronomically, as I only just read  –

… a price of Rp 50 thousand per pack…a scourge for smokers.
As the Bangka Pos reporter confirms..

some cigarette brands previously had prices ranging from Rp 10 thousand to Rp 20 thousand…

There’s even a photo to confirm these grim tidings!




By chance I went out today to replenish my supply of spuds for the next few days’ meals. I met a local guy I knew and stopped politely to chat, whereupon he informed me that he’d just returned from a downtown mall and a pack of Marlboro there was priced at Rp.50K.

There have been rumours of such a vindictive new blow to a long persecuted minority, but I never imagined the government would be so short-sighted as to put so many jobs at risk in what is a major industry here.

For me, at least, there’s a sort of happy ending.


Only this past weekend, I went out trawling for my fave brand Bohem Hijau, purely because they’ve been hard to find and I want a lot for when I go out of Indonesia next month.

My luck was in and I came home with nearly three hundred.

Now THAT has proved to be a worthwhile investment indeed.