Nununesia

In Indonesia, there’s this disease called Nununesia. It’s a selected memory loss which occurs conveniently when you’re called by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) due to your alleged involvement in a high-profile bribery base involving several legislators.

I first wrote about Ms. Nunun Nurbaeti in my blog here, ending with a bet for how long can she be on the run with the Interpol wanted list on her back. Turns out, I was way out of my initial bet of 10 days which turned out to be 6 months.

Tempo reported that she was on the loose for so long because she had some help from an international security firm based in Bangkok (the last place where she was captured). The whole protection (or rather, escape) scheme ran like an intelligence operation, led by a former US Marine, Mr. Philip B. Christensen. When asked about further information on Philip, Mr. Troy Pederson, the Press Attache of the US Embassy in Jakarta replied, “Sorry, our laws forbid it”.

Now that she’s back for questioning by the KPK, the whole story about her recurring memory loss is amusing:

Doctors at the National Police hospital, where Nunun was treated, recently confirmed claims voiced by her family that she was suffering from dementia, a condition where a person experiences a declining ability to memorize and think.

Funny, her disease didn’t seem to stop her socialite lifestyle and the ability to mix and match with the latest bags from Hermes and Birkin, and oh, those LV scarves. I’m guessing she didn’t seem to forget where to shop for those goods during her escapades in Singapore, Laos and Bangkok.

Nunun on her way to Jakarta after her capture in Bangkok, Thailand. Photography: TEMPO

Where in the world is Nunun Sandiego?

Nunun Nurbaeti is a suspect regarding Miranda Goeltom’s bribery case surrounding her voting as the Senior Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia in 2004, following the testimony that Nunun distributed Rp 22 billion in bribes to dozens of government officials and lawmakers. She suffered from “memory loss” and thus undergoes treatment in Singapore, but then she fled to Thailand and later it was found out that she’s in Cambodia.

Nunun Nurbaeti is a suspect regarding Miranda Goeltom’s bribery case surrounding her voting as the Senior Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia in 2004, following the testimony that Nunun distributed Rp 22 billion in bribes to dozens of government officials and lawmakers. She suffered from “memory loss” and thus undergoes treatment in Singapore, but then she fled to Thailand and later it was found out that she’s in Cambodia.

I remember during my youth I played an edutainment game named “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” which teaches us geography. We are supposed to chase the villain, Carmen Sandiego, across various places around the globe as she leaves a trail of hints to go to the next place where she’s heading before the time runs out. You would also need a warrant and make an arrest, thus if you obtain the wrong warrant or arrest the wrong guy, the villain will escape – you lose points and miss your chance to get promoted up the rank.

Where in the world in Nunun Sandiego?

I wouldn’t be surprised if suddenly Indonesian game developers make the similar Carmen Sandiego game but based on Nunun Nurbaeti’s efforts to run away from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the police.

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UPDATE – 9 June 2011

Turns out the Indonesian police applied for an Interpol red notice to arrest Nunun. Seems like our very own Carmen Sandiego is indeed in the making.

On a lighter note, I read in the newspaper today that she’s off to Viet Nam. Now I’m taking bets to find out when KPK (or Interpol) will finally catch Nunun. My friend bets for 2 weeks, I’m betting for 10 days. But if the Interpol indeed issued the red notice, perhaps 5 days.

Take your guess. Winner gets bragging rights in my blog.