Porsche With Military Plates Riles Officials
A member of House Commission I called on Friday for the Indonesian military to confiscate a luxurious Porsche Cayenne Turbo allegedly owned by a member of the military.
“Please confiscate the [Porsch] using a military vehicle registration plate,” Fayakhun Andriadi told Antara. “Don’t let [the owner] go free, as this is tainting the image and dignity of the Indonesian military.”
A citizen took a photo of the Porsche Cayenne that was parked at Soekarno Hatta airport, and sent the photo to Detik.com. The amateur photographer, Pranistara, said he had just arrived from Yogyakarta when saw several parked military vehicles (identifiable by their license plates) — the Porsche was conspicuously among the other cars.
The price of Porsche Cayenne on the Indonesian market is around Rp 3.85 billion (almost $416,000) before taxes.
Fayakhun said that it was “not appropriate” for a military member to show off such a lavish vehicle amid average Indonesian’s who are “struggling for a living.”
“On behalf of Indonesian people, I’m upset with that show-off attitude — it really taints the image of military,” he said. “The owner needs to learn a lesson, and the car [should be] confiscated to the state.”
Indonesian Military spokesman Rear Adm. Iskandar Sitompul said that he would investigate the extravagant car.
“That kind of car could not fulfill any specification for a military [official],” Iskandar told detik.com. “If the car is [Toyota] Kijang or Avanza, it is normal to be used by members in carrying out duties — but we need to investigate if it is Porsche.”