JAKARTA, Oct 5: Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes has walked straight into a controversy while visiting Indonesia after she was reportedly offered an exorbitant sum from a West Java Police group for her attendance at an event.
Lopes (pic), who is visiting to crown the
new Miss Indonesia on Friday evening, is expected to be a VIP guest at a
charity night held by the West Java branch of Bhayangkari, the
Association of the Wives of Policemen, next Tuesday.
reported that the West Java Bhayangkari had raised Rp 750 million
($84,000), including from contributions levied from police officers, to
enable the Angolan beauty to attend the event.
Bambang Widodo Umar urged National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo to
summon West Java Police Chief Insp. Gen. Putut Bayusenot over the
“The National Police Chief or the chairwoman of
Bhayangkari should correct the West Java Police chief or his wife and
show them how best to celebrate an anniversary,” said Bambang, a
lecturer at the National Police University and a former official at the
National Police Commission, a law enforcement watchdog.
be better to donate the money to orphans, to use it to help low-ranking
police officers or help children go to school. Sometimes they don’t
even have enough money to pay the rent on their house,” Bambang said.
said that it was inappropriate to invite a Miss Universe because she
was not a figure related to law enforcement. “If they want to invite a
public figure, they should invite a security figure than beauty figure.”
Neta S. Pane, chairman of Indonesian Police Watch,
said the source of Rp 750 million funding needed to be clarified. It is
also not clear how much money, if any, was paid to Ms Lopes.
is fine to invite Miss Universe to a Bhayangkari anniversary
celebration as long as the funding is coming from a sponsor,” Neta said.
“It can create a positive image for the National Police and she can learn about our Indonesian police, especially in West Java.”
if the funding is related to corruption or bribe allegations, then it
needs to be investigated by KPK,” he added, referring to the Corruption
Eradication Commission. It was ironic, Neta said, that police officers
would spend millions of rupiah on a celebration while low-ranking police
officers were so poorly paid.