Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Alanda Kariza Story

Alanda Kariza, right, with her mother. The teenaged  activist who published her first book at the age of 14 has launched an emotional online plea after prosecutors recommended a 10-year-jail term for her mother, a former senior Bank Century employee. (Photo source: Alandakariza.com)
Alanda Kariza (Right) and her mother (Left)

Alanda Kariza (19) is an Indonesian writer who published her first novel at the age of 14, and has been appointed as our country's representative in international youth activities.

Recently, Alanda wrote an emotional plea : "Mother, 10 years in Jail, Rp 10 Billion" on her blog after the Prosecutors at the Central Jakarta District Court demanded a 10-years Jail term and 10 Billion Rupiah Fine for her mother, Arga Tirta Kirana, former Head of Legal Division of Bank Century, on 25 January.

Here are some parts of her writing that I quoted from The Jakarta Globe :

“ Mother is alleged to have been involved in the disbursement of a number of problematic credits, dubbed command credits’ because the funds were withdrawn without the required procedures. A number of credits were withdrawn without mother’s signature as the head of the legal corporate division. It doesn’t make sense.”

She said that the 'command credit' was based on the order Robert Tantular, the bank's majority shareholder and Hermanus Hasan Muslim, the bank's former President Director..
She said that her mother did not deserve to be jailed longer than Tantular who is serving a nine-year sentence for bank fraud, Hermanus only six years, and the infamous former tax man Gayus Tambunan, sentenced to just seven years in jail.

What surprised me was that although she was charged with a crime that carries a 10 years jail term, however she was not arrested. Usually the Police and Prosecutors arrest suspects of crimes that carries a minimum of 5-years jail term based on the Criminal Procedural Law. Besides, she implied that her mother has been preparing a Defense Statement to counter the Prosecutor's demand.

In order to know more, I visited the blog of lawyer Anggara and read the post Belajar dari Tulisan Alanda Kariza (Learning from Alanda Kariza's Writing) which mentioned that Alanda's mother has been defended by a team of lawyers that includes the famous Humphrey Djemat.
Later on, I read on Primair Online Humphrey Djemat helped Arga Tirta Kirana in the court case on Pro Bono basis, because they both studied Law together at the University of Indonesia. 

Alanda's above mentioned writing has drawn people's sympathy to her mother, which can be seen from the comments in Twitter, Facebook, TV, and the appearance of many supporters during the trial last Thursday. At that day Arga presented her Defence Statement to the Court explaining among others that she start working with Bank Century in 2005, about things which happened not according to procedure such as credits withdrawn from the bank, or appointment of her assistants, but were based on instructions from Robert Tantular and Hermanus Hasan Muslim.

Alanda's writing has received contradictory reactions from public, some alleged that her mother has been victimized by others who were far more responsible for the controversial Bank Century Bail out case, others said that she was really responsible. Many others said that the letter and its effect are just part of a scenario to distract public opinion from people who are supposed to be more responsible from this vase.

In this case I think it would be better if we just wait and see how the Court proceedings will end.

Photo :  Courtesy of alandakariza.com

32 comments:

roy said...

i liked that

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

seandainya saya yg menulisnya apakah akan disorot banyak orang juga ga ya?

colson said...

A ( famous) author teenager publicly defending her well-to-do mother who has been sentenced to jail and fine, is moving and sympathetic. Yet not very convincing ...

So I join you: let's wait and see.

Berpikir Positif said...

apalagi yang bia kita bilang , aktor utamanya saja hukumannya lebih rendah , (Robert Tantular)

H. Nizam said...

@Roy,
I am glad that you like the post.

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Saya juga mengajukan pertanyaan yang sama.

@Colson,
Yes, let's wait and see how the result of trial will be.

@Berpikir Positif,
Semoga pengadilan terhadap kasus ini akan mengungkap apa yang sebenarnya yang terjadi dan siapa saja yang terlibat dalam kasus Bank Century.

Edwin's blog said...

Her writing might be more powerful as she came up into a big case with a big magnitude..

H. Nizam said...

Hi Edwin,
I agree with you.
If she is just an ordinary writer she would not get such kind of attention.

dee said...

setiap orang bebas untuk mengeluarkan uneg-uneg dan curhat;)

waktu pertama kali baca curhatan si alanda ini aku emang berasa sympathy, tapi lebih kasian lagi nasabah bank yang keilangan uang, ada yg sampe bunuh diri karna ga punya apa apa lagi, ada yang nabung susah susah buat sekolah anaknya tapi hilang begitu aja tanpa ada penyelesaian kasusnya sampai sekarang [kasian semua, jadi bingung]

Thanks Harry Nizam!

Wisata Murah said...

memang sangat memprihatinkan bila mendengar kasus perkasus dari bank tersebut.dan semua orang merasa tidak puas. tapi yang perlu kita soroti penipuan jenis apapun/atau baca kelalaian jabatan,tidak bisa ditolerir, karena terbukti sudah menelantarkan orang banyak.dan hukuman itupun rakyak indonesia melihat juga masih kurang berat,dibanding dampak yang sudah memporak porandakan bangsa dan mencoreng nama beberapa pejabat penting negeri ini. selayaknya dia di hukum mati. iya di hukum mati

H. Nizam said...

@Deasy,
Kasus ini masih banyak yang tidak jelas dan pada akhirnya nasabah yang menderita,

@Wisata Murah,
Mudah2an pemerintah dan penegak hukum akan lebih serius dalam menangani kasus yang sudah terlalu lama berlarut larut tanpa kejelasan ini.

internet marketing said...

nice posting

H. Nizam said...

Internet Marketing,
Thank you. I am glad you like this post.

pututik said...

kasus demi kasus perbankan kita memang seperti dibuat tidak jelas, hingga tulisan sang anak ini bisa ngebom. nasabah seperti saya sering khawatir

H. Nizam said...

Pututik,
Banyak yang menganggap bahwa ini hanya merupakan upaya untuk menutupi biang keladinya agar tidak kena jeratan hukum.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

She defends her mother to the best of her ability - but her mother is crooked?

BeBek said...

Antara kasian sama keluarga yang ngerasa sedih ditinggal sang Ibu, tapi di lain sisi ada juga beberapa keluarga nasabah yang menangis akibat kasus ini...
hhuufff,..
Semoga bisa diambil hikmahnya aja :)

the dream catcher said...

i am not so sure all of these attentions will do any good...
But my heart goes out for her and the others that have been going through the same things

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

ini jua karena faktor "lucky" juga nih

H. Nizam said...

@Peter/Kiwi,
Our criminal procedural law adopt the concept presumption of innocence i.e a person is innocent until there is a fixed court verdict that say he/she is guilty.

@Bebek,
Semoga kasus bank century segera diadili secara menyeluruh.

@Ria/The Dream Catcher,
It seems that the girl has been quite successful in gaining sympathy for her mother.

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Luck merupakan salah satu faktor yang memungkinkan disamping kemampuan gadis tsb dan tentunya scenario dari team pengacaranya.

Rubiyanto Sutrisno said...

Kunjungan pagi, dan izin follow balik ....

immigration said...

nice post :)

cucuharis said...

Salam persohiblogan
Maaf baru posting dan blogwalking lagi nih

Saya malah sampai sekarang belum bisa nulis dengan baik :)

sawali tuhusetya said...

Alanda Kariza, sosok penulis muda bertalenta yang, saya yakin, akan memberi banyak warna dalam trend dunia kepenulisan fiksi, mas harry.

H. Nizam said...

@Rubiyanto,
Terima kasih anda telah follow balik.

@Immigration,
Thank you for the compiment.

@Cucuharis,
Terima kasih anda telah menyemoatkan berkunjung ditengah kesibukan anda.

@Sawali,
Tepat sekali, mas. Gadis ini memang penulis yang berbakat dan dapat memberikan warna tersendiri bagi dunia penulisan fiksi di negara kita.

r10 said...

saya paham kenapa Alanda merasa tidak adil, karena Robert Tantular dituntut hukuman lebih ringan dari ibunya

karena teorinya atasan seharusnya dituntut hukuman lebih berat

H. Nizam said...

R10,
Seharusnya demikian, tapi denegeri kita sering kali terbalik.

Bankruptcy said...

Alanda Kariza is a good writer, I have been just reading through your post it’s very well crafted ;) keep posting

H. Nizam said...

Bankruptcy,
I am very glad that you enjoyed reading my post. Thank you.

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H. Nizam said...

Watch Archer,
I am very glad that you enjoyed reading my blog. Thanks.

Debt Relief said...

nice articel about Alanda Kariza Story :)

Multibrand said...

Debt Relief,
Thank you for the kind words.