That man is not nice


This story from The Jakarta Post today at first seems like a fairly good story with none of the usual quirks of the Post. Short tempered Regent threatens annoying journalist.

Until you get to the last paragraph. Where the any notions of the story ringing true begin to dissipate.

“I just want the regent to apologize soon or I will report him to the police for bullying and committing an unpleasant deed,” Denny [the reporter] told The Jakarta Post.

An unpleasant deed is now a crime? Did something get lost in translation?

clipped from www.thejakartapost.com

Regent threatens to beat journalist


Multa Fidrus ,  The Jakarta Post ,  Tangerang   |  Tue, 07/01/2008 10:25 AM  |  City


Tangerang Regent Ismet Iskandar lost his temper and came close to punching journalist Denny Irawan when the latter asked about a payment of Rp 9.2 billion (US$978,723) from tap water operator Tirta Kerta Raharja.


Denny Irawan, a Tangerang-based journalist with Seputar Indonesia daily, first asked the regent to confirm his order for a Rp 9.9 billion payment from PDAM Tirta Kerta Raharja.


Ismet, who had just left the regency’s legislative council building in Tigaraksa for a break after attending a plenary session Monday, said he had allocated the money he borrowed from the company to the regency’s soccer team Persita.


“I just want the regent to apologize soon or I will report him to the police for bullying and committing an unpleasant deed,” Denny told The Jakarta Post.

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