Police decline luxury phones, pens
- Published: 26/03/2013 at 02:43 PM
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Indonesian police reportedly showed little interest when two attractive young ladies set up a counter displaying bespoke luxury mobile phones and fountain pens for sale at the country’s National Police headquarters.
Customised Vertu phones can cost as much as half a million baht - but if Indonesian police were interested in buying one they weren't showing it Monday.
The staff from a shop at the Plaza Senayan mall set up a mobile sales counter Monday in the main meeting room of the National Police headquarters in Jakarta.
They were selling designer Vertu phones at up to 184m rupiah (555,394 baht) each, along with personalised Mont Blanc pens.
“This is just an introductory event,” one of the staff told the Jakarta Globe newspaper, when asked about the unusual setting for a sales campaign.
“What is this about?” asked Comr Gen Oegroseno, the National Police’s head of security, when he stopped briefly to look at the items.
“Are these bootleg items? Chinese knockoffs?”
One of the sales reps assured him the goods were genuine, and handed him the store’s business card.
Asked why he didn’t stop to ask the price, Comr Gen Oegroseno replied: “Whose money [would I buy it with]?”
“If I bought it, that’d be the same as asking the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] to investigate me for [taking money] from Djoko Susilo.”
Mr Djoko, former head of the police’s traffic division, is being held on charges of taking a bribe over the award of a contract to procure driving simulators.
KPK investigators have seized more than 100 billion rupiah (301m baht) of real estate and vehicles from Mr Djoko.
High-ranking Indonesian police officers can expect to earn a monthly salary of up to 30 million rupiah (90,464 baht), according to the Jakarta Globe.