On Being A Watchdog : Open Call to Omni Hospitals

3 Jun

Just recently, another thing happened which gave me yet another reason of why it is not fun to live in this supposedly-lawful country. On May 13, 2009, Prita Mulyasari was detained in jail following a defamation suit by a hospital chain in this country, Omni Hospitals. This was done following Ms. Mulyasari’s open letter to several media about the hospital’s allegedly mistreatment of her in August 2008.

Firstly, as stated by this blog, her rights to state her opinion were secured in Law No. 8, Year 1999 on Consumer Rights. This is crucial to understand that whatever complaints and grievances a consumer might have against a business, he / she should be free to express them. Similarly, a proper channel for the said business to respond, will need to take the form of an open response via acceptable media.

Secondly, the role of media in watchdog journalism has long been recognized in civilization. When I mention media, this includes whatever content it might have. And yes, that includes a published complaint of a reader too. The press, – together with the citizen, should perform as the watchdog here. For a country without a watchdog to watch its public personalities and institutions will be tyrannical or even chaotic. I shudder at the thought of such society. Even the self-righteous US ex-president, George W. Bush understands this when Dan Rather did an investigative segment which cast Bush’s military record in an unfavorable light.

Based on those things I mentioned, here’s my open call to Omni Hospitals in Indonesia :

I openly am calling you a dangerous party to human right. You inflicted, – and keep on inflicting, a grievous and perfidious injury to human character and dignity by pursuing your shameless and base defamation suit against Prita Mulyani. If you consider this a defamation too, – as you showed in your treatment of your dissatisfied customers -, then so be it. I am consciously raising the stakes too. You are what you are, and I am calling you a villainous institution to your face. You will continue to be this as long as you insist on proceeding with your suit against her. I openly also daring you to pursue this against me, along with the necessary physical detainment that you seem to favor.

Friends, you are a witness to this. Whatever they did, said, – or will do and say are brought out in the open. And like we did in Depdiknas issue back then, I will continue to raise hell until this insanity is finished and safely sealed in a box.

( Pic was taken from this site )

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26 Responses to “On Being A Watchdog : Open Call to Omni Hospitals”

  1. Gambit Fauri June 3, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    I admire you!

    BUT…

    Shouldn’t we do something with the law instead of ‘aiming it’ to OMNI?

    Well, if you are actually going to that direction with this movement, I am with you all the way.

    Read me right?

    ALL THE WAY!!

  2. Gambit Fauri June 3, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    I admire you!

    BUT…

    Shouldn’t we do something with the law instead of ‘aiming it’ to OMNI?

    Well, if you are actually going to that direction with this movement, I am with you all the way.

    Read me right?

    ALL THE WAY!!

  3. galeshka June 3, 2009 at 3:10 am #

    The most logical and the strongest position I’ve met so far.
    To add a little notes, I also would like to point that it’s the UU ITE as the main issue here. The law simply gotta be revised, otherwise, we’re going to see another Omni International and another Prita Mulyasari in the future.

  4. galeshka June 3, 2009 at 3:10 am #

    The most logical and the strongest position I’ve met so far.
    To add a little notes, I also would like to point that it’s the UU ITE as the main issue here. The law simply gotta be revised, otherwise, we’re going to see another Omni International and another Prita Mulyasari in the future.

  5. bdwiagus June 3, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    Love it…..
    I might be enjoying staying with you at the cell, if that is the case… hehehehehhee

  6. bdwiagus June 3, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    Love it…..
    I might be enjoying staying with you at the cell, if that is the case… hehehehehhee

  7. unquote June 3, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    @Gambit

    Thanks, I am nothing but the common sense that anyone else have if they want to stop and think for a while.

    I understand that the underlying failure of all this is the law. However, it is my stand that anyone with even small measure of sanity, and who appreciates human spirit and character, – will not take advantage of such a loophole in the law. There will always be such loopholes and weakness in whatever law there is, – it is up to us then as human being to uphold the thing that the law stands for : justice. Then, – and only then, we deserve to call ourselves human being.

    Thank you for your support 🙂

  8. unquote June 3, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    @Gambit

    Thanks, I am nothing but the common sense that anyone else have if they want to stop and think for a while.

    I understand that the underlying failure of all this is the law. However, it is my stand that anyone with even small measure of sanity, and who appreciates human spirit and character, – will not take advantage of such a loophole in the law. There will always be such loopholes and weakness in whatever law there is, – it is up to us then as human being to uphold the thing that the law stands for : justice. Then, – and only then, we deserve to call ourselves human being.

    Thank you for your support 🙂

  9. unquote June 3, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    @galeshka

    My comment to Gambit above will also explain my position related to your thinking, yes ? 🙂

  10. unquote June 3, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    @galeshka

    My comment to Gambit above will also explain my position related to your thinking, yes ? 🙂

  11. Gambit Fauri June 3, 2009 at 3:18 am #

    Gotcha.. 😉

    Wonderfully put, my friend.

  12. Gambit Fauri June 3, 2009 at 3:18 am #

    Gotcha.. 😉

    Wonderfully put, my friend.

  13. unquote June 3, 2009 at 3:21 am #

    @bdwiagus Again, thanks. Prita needs more militant supporters like you. Careful what you wish for, though 🙂

  14. unquote June 3, 2009 at 3:21 am #

    @bdwiagus Again, thanks. Prita needs more militant supporters like you. Careful what you wish for, though 🙂

  15. karina palle June 3, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    I am with you 1000%. By putting prita in prison they only created a bigger problem for themselves. Have they given any statement to the media? I wonder what will they say… They really need a good PR and lawyer now. Prita should sue back!.

  16. karina palle June 3, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    I am with you 1000%. By putting prita in prison they only created a bigger problem for themselves. Have they given any statement to the media? I wonder what will they say… They really need a good PR and lawyer now. Prita should sue back!.

  17. Gambit Fauri June 3, 2009 at 3:38 am #

    @karina Palle

    Apparently they did. Although it might disgust you by reading this:

    http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=101259942848&h=UHIUa&u=nSbFm&ref=nf

  18. Gambit Fauri June 3, 2009 at 3:38 am #

    @karina Palle

    Apparently they did. Although it might disgust you by reading this:

    http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=101259942848&h=UHIUa&u=nSbFm&ref=nf

  19. rima fauzi June 3, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    not only are they evil, they’re stupid too. i mean, if they are willing to drop charges if the medical records are no longer requested, it clearly shows that they are afraid to publish those recordsand why be afraid if they aren’t wrong?
    some people can be sooooo stupid!

  20. rima fauzi June 3, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    not only are they evil, they’re stupid too. i mean, if they are willing to drop charges if the medical records are no longer requested, it clearly shows that they are afraid to publish those recordsand why be afraid if they aren’t wrong?
    some people can be sooooo stupid!

  21. galeshka June 3, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    What can i say other than fully agreed, sir.
    It’s going to be a long and hard journey for the people of this country, but as @gambit say, it was the true ALL THE WAY.
    Can’t help myself to admire the way you think though (worship)

  22. galeshka June 3, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    What can i say other than fully agreed, sir.
    It’s going to be a long and hard journey for the people of this country, but as @gambit say, it was the true ALL THE WAY.
    Can’t help myself to admire the way you think though (worship)

  23. Anindito June 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Arrogancy made them almost bankrupt now. The last time (about 2 days ago) I passed in front of them, it was so quiet. There was only a small number of cars. And I heard that they are in the process of selling themselves to Eka Hospital…

    Huh, could never stand arrogant b*st*rds who doesn’t have anything to show for compensation…

  24. Anindito June 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Arrogancy made them almost bankrupt now. The last time (about 2 days ago) I passed in front of them, it was so quiet. There was only a small number of cars. And I heard that they are in the process of selling themselves to Eka Hospital…

    Huh, could never stand arrogant b*st*rds who doesn’t have anything to show for compensation…

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