My ratings have gone through the roof this week and all because last June I sharply criticised
the Jakarta Social Blog which concerned itself with the goings on of a group of powder puff heads, of the dozens of girls within the society
(who) are dying to look gorgeous; if it takes awful pain to get there, they’ll take it. Yet, that is not the end of the quest, the circle goes; if they want to be respected, stick to the proper manner, if they want to be sought-after by the fashion people, wear the latest trend, if they always want to be invited, mingle with the right clique, if you want to be envied, spend like a madwoman, yet living it is much more torturing than just reading it.
And it is that last line of theirs which is proving true - literally.
One of their number, Manohara Pinot
has disappeared, seemingly 'kidnapped' by her husband, 31-year-old Muhammad Fakhry, the son of the ruler of the Malaysian state of Kelantan.
For the full story, or at least up to now, check the thread on JakChat
with links, which, the administrator tells me, is being viewed by up to 100 visitors at a time, mainly from Kelantan.
In brief, the girl is just 17. Reputedly she was the girlfriend of a Bakrie scion when, in December 2006, she, along with her sister Daisy, was invited to dinner by the then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Abdul Razak. This was where she met her future husband, who reputedly raped her a year later.
Presumably he took her virginity because they married in August last year. And he is seemingly a right shit because she fled back to Indonesia a couple of months later alleging domestic abuse - he slashed her breasts with a razor and treated her "as a statue" to be brought out at royal functions.
She was last seen in Saudi Arabia, where, last month, the family had gone to perform the umrah
(minor pilgrimage) in order to reconcile with the royal in-laws whose private jet took off leaving the girl's mother and sister behind.
What adds extra spice to this story, if any is needed, is that the mother has since been turned back by the Malaysian immigration authorities, presumably at the behest of the Kelantan royal household and possibly Najib Abdul Razak, who is now Malaysia's prime minister and on a state visit to Indonesia. Yesterday he met SBY and discussed mutual ties between the two countries.
Whether they discussed this case is unknown. Perhaps it is felt that lower echelons in the diplomatic corps should deal with it, but the Indonesian embassy has waited three weeks for a response from their counterparts.
This story will run and run, as will the seemingly irretrievable breakdown of relations between SBY and his VP, Jusuf Kalla, who also met Razak, his "old friend", for lunch yesterday. It would appear that my prediction
that we'd have five more years of the same is wrong as Kalla, by far the least popular choice to be the next president, is now cozying up to Megashopper, not that they would make a good team.
The biggest worry now is that SBY will be 'forced' to form a coalition with the Islamic group of parties, with their own agenda. We have yet to hear what they have to say about the kidnapping - which took place following a minor pilgrimage to Mecca.
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Rima adds her own inimitable viewpoint here.