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  • ross1948 02:45 on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: air safety, , , Islamist party, , Merpati, , , ,   

    Ngada? Astaga! Tantrum Regent’s Goons Fined 38 CENTS for Runway Blockade! 

    It does become ever harder to explain Indonesian concepts of justice to its many detractors, and the news from Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara Province sure as sugar doesn’t help.





    Prosecutors in eastern Indonesia have decried as lenient the suspended sentence and token fine handed down against 23 public order officers for blocking an airport runway in December 2013.

    The prosecution had asked for two-year prison terms and multi-million rupiah fines, but instead, the moronic militia got suspended sentences with a Rp.5000 fine – that works out at THIRTYEIGHT CENTS – less than you pay for a can of Coke here!

    Nice to know what value the court puts on passengers’ safety.

    This case has been dragging on and on and on…despite plentiful evidence against these low-level jerks, who were ordered into this utterly irresponsible action by a tantrum-driven regional leader named Marianus Sae.


    Marianus Sae. Tribunnews

    Spoilt Brat Sae


    Merpati – Spoilt Brat, Tantrum, Blocks Runway – No Arrests?! 

    I have more than once sought info from media sources to learn what’s going on, since Sae, the Regent of Ngada, staged his spoilt-brat act all those many months ago. 

    He ordered the blockade of the airport in Ngada because he was angry that he was unable to get a ticket for a flight home from Kupang, the provincial capital, on board a fully booked Merpati Nusantara Airlines flight.



    Runway Blockade – Minnows Named, Blow-Fish Next? 

    Like most Indonesians, I was shocked that he was not instantly suspended from his position of responsiblity, since responsibility is plainly a quality of which he was in short supply.  

    Local media have had little to say, except on rare occasions  –http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/12/23/no-sanctions-yet-regent-harming-flight.html  – and this turns out to be simply due to the foot-dragging of those preparing for the court case. There was no news to report – though surely any conscientious editors would have had their hacks down there door-steeping various sloths daily, demanding to know what was holding thngs up.

    There certainly ought to be a serious investigation NOW into  how long it took to go to trial, as the Jakarta Globe puts it.

    But much more importantly, what kind of court renders a guilty verdict for an extremely serious crime, blocking an airport runway where a plane-load of passengers was due to land, then makes that verdict a hollow victory!




    What’s all the more shameful is that the Indonesian Government hasn’t lifted a finger to intervene –

    – The Home Affairs Ministry, which is required to suspend a regional head if they are charged with a criminal offense, has failed to act against Marianus for more than a year and a half now. –

    Jakarta Ministers may argue that, ludicrously, Sae has only been named a suspect, not charged (and that’s bloody bizarre in itself )

    But there must be powers to intervene if there are indications of instability, which ordering hired goons to take dangerous action, merely to soothe one’s fretty little ego, must indicate. And there should have been constant pressure from Jakarta on the foot-dragging court.

    If the Government chooses to demonstrate such sublime indifference, it makes you wonder about flying anywhere in the archipelago. There may be more than  one tantrum-prone twit holding office in Indonesia! 

    People who use air passenger transport services deserve to be reassured that such brainless behaviour is prevented, and the best way to remove the threat of tantrums is surely to remove the culprit from the equation.




    Meanwhile,  the local DA has agreed with most thinking people, and plans to immediately file an appeal against the sentencing, on the grounds that it was not commensurate with the seriousness of the offense, which put passenger safety at risk. http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/court-hands-suspended-sentences-runway-blockade-case/

    The only consolation is that Merpati Airlines, whose boss disgracefully had a cosy little chat with Sae….

    –  Merpati’s president director had personally contacted Marianus…the two had agreed to close the case.. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/12/23/no-sanctions-yet-regent-harming-flight.html

    …went on to hit serious commercial problems. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/end-in-sight-for-merpati-as-govt-suspends-permit/

    Now we must wait to see if courts down in East Nusantara Tenggara Province get their act together and ensure that there will soon be serious LEGAL problems for you-know-who!

    But don’t hold your breath – there’s a powerful Islamist party which has sworn to support him. 

    Tempo.com reported way back in December 2013 that the National Mandate Party (PAN)’s Deputy Secretary General,Teguh Juwarno, ‘regretted’ Sae’s ‘unworthy’ action but ‘appreciated’ his apology.




    Although Teguh  is also a law-maker, and recognised that Sae had broken the law, he made it very clear that PAN ‘would still defend him.’‘   http://www.tempo.co/read/news/2013/12/24/058539787/Tutup-Bandara-PAN-Hanya-Akan-Tegur-Bupati-Ngada

    If any of Teguh’s loved ones had been on that Merpati flight, would he still have ‘appreciated’ that apology?

    Makes you want to vomit!

    • euis 11:21 on June 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It is shaming to all Indonesia. Like a tiny child, needing a slapping.


  • ross1948 22:28 on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Merpati,   

    Plane Horror – President Intervenes! Now How About Ngada? 

    The dreadful Air Asia tragedy in Indonesian waters remains an on-going horror story for all concerned, and the authorities here have been taking speedy steps in response. 

    Not always without controversy!   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/01/10/11-officials-suspended-flight-permit-violation-case.html




    Most people however will applaud President Jokowi’s latest intervention, demanding that Air Asia pay compensation of nearly $USD 100,000 per passenger.

    But this prompt reaction contrasts starkly with the slow, downright sluggish, response of Indonesian law enforcement to the bizarre behaviour of Marianus  Sae, Regent of Ngada, a case which has not even gone to trial yet, despite TWELVE MONTHS having elapsed, surely ample time for prosecutors to get their act together.


    • marianust-bupati-ngada Marianus Sae


    The whole sorry saga can be found on our previous posts… 

    Merpati – Spoilt Brat, Tantrum, Blocks Runway – No Arrests?! 

    Runway Blockade – Minnows Named, Blow-Fish Next? 

    … and the JP too –http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/12/23/no-sanctions-yet-regent-harming-flight.html  – note that link says ‘no sanctions yet‘ and that was December…2013!

    Briefly, the Regent ( a position that ranks between Governor and Mayor) threw a tantrum because he couldn’t get on the flight he wanted. Instead of making responsible complaints, he apparently ordered his local militia goons to blockade the runway, forcing a Merpati passenger plane to turn back from its designated flightpath. 



    We keep raising this, in hopes that some justice will be done, but after our last query on the subject..

     Ngada Revisited – No Trial for Reckless Regent? 

    … it seems there’s no date yet set to bring this man to court.

    Rightly, speed is of the essence in the Surabaya situation, people fired (whether fairly or not, I’m not sure) and seemingly vigorous investigation…


    …but then those dismissed workers are not luminaries of a powerful political party, which declared from the outset of Sae’s moronic stunt that it would spring to its cadre’s defence.

    Tempo.com reported way back (23/12/13) that the National Mandate Party (PAN) Deputy Secretary General of the PAN, Teguh Juwarno, ‘regretted’ Sae’s ‘unworthy’ action but ‘appreciated’ his apology.




    Teguh  is also a legislator, and recognised that Sae had broken the law, but made it very clear that PAN ‘would still defend him.’‘   http://www.tempo.co/read/news/2013/12/24/058539787/Tutup-Bandara-PAN-Hanya-Akan-Tegur-Bupati-Ngada

    If Sae were a five-year-old and acted up in such a spoilt-brat manner, he’d merit a slap and to bed without supper. As he holds a position of great responsibility, more serious action is called for.

    So will President Jokowi order his legal team to shift gear and get a trial under way?


  • ross1948 12:45 on November 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blockading airport, , , , Merpati,   

    Ngada Revisited – No Trial for Reckless Regent? 

    Looking back over the year on RRA, I keep finding issues which suddenly seem to die a news-death, none more so than the disgraceful antics of that arrogant and irresponsible klutz who rules the roost in Ngada…


    Merpati – Spoilt Brat, Tantrum, Blocks Runway – No Arrests?! 

    …a serious risk to crew and passengers on a major Indonesian company’s aircaft,  I’ve waited a long time for the English-language media here to bring us up to date with what’s going on.

    And waited.

    And waited.

    I’d have thought numerous journos would be chasing this story, anxious to ensure the culprits are brought to justice.

    So being merely a blogger, I’ll report what I can!


    Marianus Sae. Tribunnews Spoilt Brat Sae


    It’s thanks to TRIBUNNEWS.COM that we learn Marianus Sae, Regent of Bupati, is not off the hook.  

    But it seems a lot of time has been spent shuffling the case between civil aviation authorities and the police.

    Readers will recall the fit of pique that led to the runway  being blockaded by the local Regent’s goon-squad. It seems the spoilt old brat couldn’t get a seat on a flight so guess what?

    Marianus said he ordered the blocking of the runway because he was disappointed with Merpati.  
     “Merpati mistreated me,” Marianus said as quoted by tribunnews.com

    And that’s the most recent JP report I could find.


    End of extract

    And that was MONTHS ago.

    Searching once more, I can only find a report dated September…  http://kupang.tribunnews.com/2014/09/08/bap-marianus-sae-dilimpahkan-ke-kejati   …which again confirmed that no trial has taken place. – or even begun.

    Or am I wrong – are the media here ignoring the case?

    Maybe President Jokowi could invite his Minister of Justice to move things along? 

    Anyone with info on when this outrageous oaf will face justice, please comment.

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