This file photo shows a wedding expo in Palembang, South Sumatera, in 2016. (Antara Photo/Feny Selly)

Jakarta Policeman Demoted for Hosting Massive Wedding Party During Pandemic


APRIL 02, 2020

Jakarta. The Jakarta Police on Thursday demoted a sub-district police chief in the capital to desk duty for insisting on holding his wedding party at one of the capital's most luxurious hotels, defying the government's call to cancel all public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Kembangan sub-district police chief, Comr. Fahrul Sudiana, and his wife, social media star Rica Andriani, held their wedding party at Hotel Mulia in South Jakarta on March 21.


A week earlier, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had pleaded to Indonesians to observe social distancing by staying at home as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country started to spike

On March 19, National Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis issued a police notice announcing that people risk committing a crime by going out to parties or other social events. 

"The notice applies not only to the public, but also to members of the police force and their families," Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Yusri Yunus said on Thursday. 

"People who don't follow it should be prepared for the consequences," Yusri said. 

He said the Jakarta Police interrogated Fahrul on Thursday after a photo of his wedding party went viral on Indonesian social media.

Fahrul was found guilty of indiscipline and disregarding a notice from the national police chief, Yusri said.

"As of today, he has been transferred to a desk job at the Jakarta Police headquarters as a policy analyst," he said. 

Watchdog Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) lauded the police's swift action against Fahrul. 

"The decisive action was necessary to tell people the police notice is not to be disregarded, especially by young police officers," IPW chairman Neta S. Pane said on Thursday.