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  • ross1948 07:50 on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Alexis Harus Ditutup? Terus Gimana Hotel2 Bintang Lima? 

    The Alexis must be shut down? So how about Jakarta’s various 5-star hotels?

    That’s my response to the news last month that hit the headlines here, concerning a famous place in the north of the city which is said to be…



    …and I quote The Jakarta Globe’s quoted descripton –

    ‘A Dreamland for Men!’  – http://jakartaglobe.id/news/jakarta-administration-shuts-infamous-alexis-hotel/

    But I’ll stick with the Jakarta Post for the most part, on our brand new Governor,  Anies Baswedan’s refusal to extend the operation permit of Alexis Hotel in North Jakarta, an establishment he explicitly mentioned during his gubernatorial campaign, claiming that he had collected sufficient evidence that it hosts prostitution services.

    “We are firm. We don’t want Jakarta to become a city that allows prostitution to take place.”

    That’s interesting.

    Whatever the Alexis’ faults – and I’ve never been there – they are surely not unique. ANYONE who has been out for an evening in some of our international-standard five-star hotels ( I won’t say all of them, because I haven’t been to all of them!) must be fully aware that it’s not at all unusual to bump into the occasional kupu2 malam.


    Kupu2 malam = Night butterflies!


    I met up with a former colleague a couple of weeks ago in one such splendiferous – and expensive – edifice and we had barely ordered a couple of ‘happy hour’ beers before a delightful lady approached us with an amiable but acquisitive gleam in her eye.


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    I responded with my habitual courtesy but promptly assured her that we were retired teachers, not the affluent tourists or foreign businessmen who constituted much of the clientele.

    She, with equal courtesy, and promptitude, took her leave of us and went off in search of more acceptable prey.



    I’m sure she advised her colleagues/rivals because although there were quite a few similarly sultry sorts on the prowl, they none of them showed interest in us thereafter.

    I can think of at least three of four other grand hotels in the city where I’ve encountered these kinds of slightly avaricious but ever-charming slinkies, operating openly and regularly.

    I won’t name them, because I do not wish to be sued –  certain types of business persons here are as litigious as certain types of Americans! – but any male expat who goes out at night will surely confirm my veracity.

    Hence my headlined question – how about the 5-stars?

    Maybe Governor Anies Baswedan has never entered their bars after dark? Is he truly unaware of what goes on?

    Does he plan to refuse to extend their operating permits?


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    If some residents or some media tell him, will he seek to shut them down too?

    But that leads me to the rest of his statement, as reported in the JP.

    We have received reports and complaints from residents as well as media reports [about such a practice]…” Anies, however, refused to elaborate on what kind of evidence he had obtained.


    So another question – does Anies have any REAL evidence, like police reports, or is he set to order the Alexis’ closure purely on the basis of just some fretty residents and the ‘media?

    How come he won’t say?

    And that brings us to another question!

    Has HE ever been there, in the Dreamland of Men?



    Has HE taken the trouble to use his gubernatorial limousine to travel up to Ancol and have a look, one evening, at the denizens of the Alexis?

    Surely that’s the very least that fair play demands, since ‘the Alexis Hotel has not violated any regulations,  according to its legal representative…


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    …and please note – the refusal to extend the hotel’s operation permit came after media stories regarding banned activities at the hotel, such as the hotel offering massage services.   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/31/alexis-hotel-wants-solution-to-keep-operating.html


    If there’s nothing else on the charge sheet, could there yet be a happy ending?

    Oh, but let’s not forget that closing Alexis was one of newly-elected Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s campaign promises during the gubernatorial election earlier this year.

    SO if he goes ahead, and demonstrates consistency by treating Jakarta’s celebrated international hotels with the same zeal, he will be keeping his word to those who supported him.


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    Anies Baswedan wins a smile from FPI ‘grand imam,’ Habib Rizieq


    And let’s ALSO not forget some of those supporters, like the white-shirt vigilante gang, the self-styled Islam Defenders Front – the FPI!

    THEY will be beside themselves with glee.

    Even more so if the national parliament presses on with their prohibition law.


    Let’s wait and see!

    Before we start packing.

    • JazPen 08:52 on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      All very true and anybody who says its not is telling lies..
      You cant walk into one five star bar in town after 9pm without seeing dozens of working girls all working hard to get to know you.. ,


      • Fadri 09:18 on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Of course Anies has never been there to Alexis I bet.
        But I am sure he has been to the five-star hotels for conference and things like that,.
        Did he never even peek through the bar door? If he did he must see the butterfly girls.
        So much hypocrites here in Jakarta political world..


    • Andy 10:02 on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It is just like you say, Ross but your hero Ahok when he was governor was almost as obsessive about the terrible menace of the ‘ladies of the night.’
      In fact they don’t bother guys unless the guy wants to be bothered so I ask myself why doesn’t Anies give this ‘problem’ a low priority and give shutting down Islamist gangs a high priority?
      The answer is there in that big photograph!


    • Jim in Jakarta 11:33 on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nobody who knows Jakarta will dispute what you say about some of those very expensive hotels, Ross.
      The only difference between the girls who offer their company to lonely foreigners in the ‘high-class’ bars and the girls in some well-known dives in Blok M is the going rate!


    • Arifin S 07:51 on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I do not like how you think about many things but it is true that Anies should be fair
      If he must order the Alexis Hotel to close he must also close the Jakarta hotels used by rich foreign people if the prostitute work there too.
      It is so with alcohol also.
      The goverment will tell many place to stop selling strong drinks but will never stop it in five star hotel places because the rich tourist will never come back.
      There is no moral in how this is done, it is all about money.


    • Jessica 15:13 on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Just reading about this.
      They want to open shariah hotels in Jakarta but what is a shariah hotel.?
      I would never go near one but do you have any idea what goes on, besides constant praying and stuff?


  • ross1948 08:46 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Five-Star Hotel Hooker Horror – Jakarta Post Grammar Probe? 



    Prostitution has been there since my childhood but we have hypocrite and posed not to know about it,” kompas.com quoted him as saying here on Monday.

    That’s allegedly Jakarta’s Governor Ahok speaking, about a ‘high-class pimp’ story hitting headlines here.

    He also said he did not know the number of ublic officials using sex workers’ service but many have abused their power to pay the high tariff.

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    • He admitted he had difficulties to eliminate prostitution, including the online one, in the capital city.


    I am content to grant that the word ‘ublic’ is just a misprint for ‘public.’ Thanks be it was not misprinted as ‘pubic!’

    But the abominable standard of English must surely make the newspaper a laughing-stock, not least among those who, like myself, have in the past described it as part of the ‘English-language media.’ 


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    • Ahok of course did not use those words attributed to him – he would have spoken in Indonesian and the bizarre rendering of his quote is entirely down to whichever English-language ‘expert’ translated it and the ‘editorial’ staffer who approved it.

    Perhaps some of my former students who spent most of class-time playing with their hand-phones?

    It’s early morning here and I’ll check out other media later, hoping to uncover the interesting parts of the story – e.g. the name of the posh hotel, never mind the celebrity slapper – carefully concealed.

    But I remain convinced nothing will be quite as shocking as that grotesque grammar!


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    Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 

    I’m reading the ‘online one,’ of course, not the paper edition, so don’t yet know if that shares the short-comings.

    If so, will Gramedia, who own the JP, recall all today’s copies and subject them to the book-burning process for which they are notorious?

    • JazPen 09:42 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You hit the nale on the hed,Ross. They’re grammer is worse than mine.
      A trooly terribel noozpaper.


    • Santi 10:03 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe the other media has her name because I am looking now at who is the selebrity AA.
      But she said she is not in the hotel.
      Maybe my grammar is not so bad as Jakarta Post editors. Can I maybe get new job?


    • Irfan 10:27 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My English too is not very well but I see how bad is this Jakarta Post. Very funny.


    • Julie English 11:38 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It was I think Prince Philip who memorably called the Daily Express ‘a bloody awful newspaper.’
      What he would have made of the Jakarta Post, I hate to think.

      Their bias is an editorial prerogative but why so slipshod in production.


    • Graeme M 12:10 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      So instead of telling you that it’s beneath the Jakarta Post to approach you because you were once an English teacher, that comment a few months ago should have been urging them to find as many English teachers as they could to improve their inadequate employees..
      I’m an English teacher here and was going to rely to that person’s insult to the profession at the time but didn’t get around to it.
      So now I have.


    • Elwyn 14:31 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Question – why does the Jakarta Globe have far fewer grammar errors than the Jakarta Post?
      Possible Answer- – if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys?.
      True or not?
      I know the Globe is owned by one of the richest people in Indonesia.
      Gramedia, on the other hand, may be less wealthy.
      But you are right, Gramedia’s book-burning stinks.


    • Andy H 11:29 on May 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      If they had principles, their grammar wouldn’t bother me.
      I remember they kept very low key and therefore kept publishing during Suharto’s dictatorship.
      Now they bow and scrape to the Jihadists.
      Principles? Or would their subeditors spell it Principals?


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