Jun 19

Stay away from drugs - Hide Drug - Jauhi Narkoba, Lost in TranslationDrug Use or Possession are serious offences in Indonesia and Bali as well. There are usually harsh penalties handed down to those involved in drug cases with Marihuana, Heroin or Cocaine, as Schapelle Corby (4.2 kg of Marihuana were found in her luggage), the Bali Nine, model Michelle Leslie and others experienced in the last couple of years.

On the other hand more common drugs like alcohol, kretek cigarettes or even magic mushrooms are widely available and freely and openly advertised.

The youngest drug cases involve 3 men from Italy, Austria and Belgium, who were tipped of and arrested at a private Villa party in Kerobokan; while British chef Gordon Ramsay’s younger brother went on trial for Heroin possession (100 mg) last week. He could face a maximum of 10 years of jail.

Drug Traffickers are routinely sentenced to death in Indonesia, lately 2 Europeans and 2 Indonesians, who were running the biggest Ecstasy factory in Asia with an output of 300.000 pills a week, which was closed down near Jakarta in 2005.

Of the 134 people on death row in Indonesia end of 2006, 37 were foreigners and 97 Indonesians, most of them for drug-related crimes.

So, no wonder that Indonesia is running plenty of campaigns against drugs and drug related crimes. Sometimes things get lost in translation though, as this sign in Buleleng near Singaraya in northern Bali shows: “Hide Drugs!” is surely not what the Police intended, the indonesian motto ‘Jauhi Narkoba’ means actually “Stay away from drugs”. Obviously the interpreter wasn’t fluent enough in english or had other things in mind. ;-)

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11 Responses to “Lost in Translation: Hide your drugs!”

  1. MikeNo Gravatar VIET NAM Says:

    I heard rumors Schapelle Corby has been seen at local bars in Kuta. Any truth in this?

  2. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Really? Wow! I would say with the Indonesian Legal System nothing is impossible. I heard that prisoners can buy themselves a day at the beach for plenty of Rupiah, heavily guarded of course. But a night at a bar? Why not though. It all depends on the amount of money I guess. ;-)

  3. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

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  5. The DinoNo Gravatar UNITED KINGDOM Says:

    Nice translation it is like they used somwhere Check Flag instead Czech Flag to welcome our president… I think it was Pakistan… I heard about those 2 girls when I was in Australia almost everyday in news. I hope they are back at home…

  6. Andi VickyNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Hey I have heard that stuntman not only exist in film production but also in Indonesia Jail too :D

  7. 21winNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    ‘Jauhi Narkoba’ means actually “Stay away from drugs”.
    or, in simple words mean “no drugs!”

    There are some rumors about Kerobokan Jail (Bali). Its always meaning “may be yes may be no”

  8. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Haha! That’s a good one. You can interpret all kinds of things into it. Even more after the recent rumours and investigations, that the guards and even the director are running a Drug Dealing Ring to supply the inmates with all kinds of illegal substances…..

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  10. MayaNo Gravatar CROATIA Says:

    :-? Is this really truth?

  11. LindaNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Why….?? Hide Drug!!!
    Hope all my friends quit and stay away from drug ….
    I think better to have a lot of guys friends, you’ll feel so happy with them..
    But for only one boyfriend for the future …. :))

    “Is the balance between feeling and logic in this life, surely you will feel relaxed to live life” =D>

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