The indignation grows…

Different people, different views.But the story of Manohara Odelia Pinot has fast become a media circus.

You get a pretty girl. An exotic foreign beauty at that. Throw in bits of a fairytale with a marriage to royalty. Then allegations from said girl’s mother that she’s denied entry to Malaysia to visit her daughter.

Allegations of drugs, violence and even rape. From this report, the allegation from Manohara covers physical and statutory rape, considering she was 16 at the time. Proper little soap opera don’t you think, but wait…the plot thickens.

A friend of the estranged husband has spoken out against her allegations, demanding proof, but I don’t think this will be forthcoming now, signalling a court battle may be looming in the not-so-distant horizon.

Another twist takes place. The Kelantan palace distanced itself from the media statements of Mohd Soberi, saying that that those statements were made in his personal capacity.

The palace comptroller says the family’s position is that this is a personal matter between husband and wife, to be resolved according to the law.

But the Indonesians are not letting Malaysia off easy. “Don’t think that I don’t care”, says Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhyono, adding that this has become a public issue affecting his citizen. Outraged Indons are protesting, adding Manohara’s case to other complaints of theirs against Malaysia.

Back home, the Women’s Centre for Change, Penang (WCC) says violence ain’t a personal matter. I agree. It is an issue for our whole society, provided of course what Manohara said all this while is true and could be corroborated.

Otherwise it’s just he-says-she-says, and it would be a crying shame that two neighbours with longstanding ties have a diplomatic spat over a love story gone awry.

Still, the public interest in this story is understandable. No one in his/her right mind could help feeling outrage over this violence against women. Which makes me wonder what’s wrong with the public in this story.

On another note, the Indonesian embassy folks Singapore have taken exception to the Manohara family allegation that she wasn’t given help, and instead they had assistance by the Singapore police and the US embassy there.

Embassy hand Achmad Djatmiko details the participation of the Indonesian Embassy down south in the ‘liberation’ of Manohara. If you can understand bahasa Indonesia, read this.

Now, it has been a couple of days and lots of media attention, but there is no sign that this girl has taken her allegations of abuse to the Indon authorities. I mean, I understand trauma and all, but in the logical order of things, a police report in this case should precede a press conference, don’t you think?

I mean, if you were drugged and all, drugs can metabolise in hours or maybe a day at most, and exit the body. Thought about evidence, Manohara?

Now doesn’t this give you pause, people?


6 thoughts on “The indignation grows…

  1. Certainly, there are a lot of loose ends in this story. Who is guilty, the accused, the accuser or both? On one hand, you have a prince who is quite the playboy and (supposedly) a sadist; on the other, a model whose mother is all too aware of her “market value” and gave consent for her underage daughter to marry a person of questionable nature(with a lot of money). What of the denial of entry to Malaysia? A unilateral move by the government to protect the prince, had the prince known about it and consented to the move, or did the mother made it up? Next, wouldn’t Manohara be showing off her wounds at the first opportunity if she was indeed abused, plus a corroborating medical report? Finally, why in Singapore? If indeed the prince intended to keep her in a cage and at the same time wanted to keep the mother away, wouldn’t he stayed in Malaysia instead of risking a trip to Singapore?

    On the subject of drugs, you can test the hair follicles of an individual for traces, actually. Provided that the individual had been exposed to it for a prolonged period of time.

    • Two obvious things to infer here. More like a cautionary tale actually. One is a rich kid coming across an exotic, sexy trophy. It’s a keeper. Sexy trophy and momma sees a money tree and thought she’s set for life. Discovers later that people have their kinks and this kink she can’t deal with. I mean, who in their right minds these days marry their kids off at 16?

      As to him risking the Singapore visit, hey, the Sultan was ill and it could be bad, and the family has to gather you see. Times like that, a family comes together.

      I do wonder about the evidence of abuse though. I’m also peeved that she goes to her media before getting the legal side sorted out. Bird brain.

  2. There was probably some kinky stuff going on, possibly bordering on abuse or abuse itself. No smoke without fire hey? However, I don’t think the woman’s side is interested in exacting vengeance according to the law. They’re more interested in the sort of vengeance that can buy them 20 years of sipping pina coladas in Hawaii.

  3. Manohara is not ready for a life as a member of the royalty . At such a young age of 17, she misses the world, she cannot fit into a world of protocol etc etc.

    She being an ex model, misses all the glamour and fun filled life, the bright lights of the nighclubs etc etc.

    In short , she is an unsuitable candidate for life as a royalty.

    The Tengku Temenggong should have followed his brother’s example and find someone more suitable to his state of life and background.

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