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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Where's the concierge?

So we all read about Probosutedjo, a business tycoon and the half-brother of former president Soeharto. About his court case and now about his new address in East Jakarta:
The Cipinang penitentiary [1].

Well, we are not going to comment about law, or politics, or corruption or anything like that. It's just kind of a bit passé at this point.

We just thought, what a bummer it must be for a billionaire like him to give up a luxury palace and move to a, well, not so luxurious residence.

What do you think went on his mind when he found out he would be sent there? Do you think he would google the word 'LP Cipinang' to find out what kind of place it is?

Well, we did. And apparently it is not much of a bummer after all. Good for Mr. Probo. Here is why:

With a little bit of money, you can pretty much have a good life doing your time. You can choose your room, and depending on your budget you can get a simple room for Rp.100.000 to a VIP room for Rp. 2 million. Apparently, you can also equip your room with a stereo, tv, refrigerator and air conditioning [2].

If you are hungry and do not feel like eating the buffet provided there, you can ask one of the warden to buy you a nice meal from outside[3]. At a fee, of course, but hey. Think of it as tipping your concierge. While at it, the warden can also buy you prepaid cards for your cellphone, in case you have been chatting all night with your loved ones (or business partners) and running out of units. Cellphone? You get to keep a cellphone? You bet.

So you have your nice room, nice meal, and your loved ones are just a phone call away.
Oh, and one last thing: If you are having one of those sleepless nights, you feel kind of lonely and need a companion, just holler.
Escort service is available too [4].

Just ask your concierge.

[1] Jakarta Post - Probosutedjo sent to Cipinang penitentiary
[2] Detik - Biarkan Uang yang Bicara
[3] Detik - LP Bobrok, Penjahat pun Kabur
[4] Detik - Pelacur Keluar Masuk LP Cipinang?

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