Polisi Goes Hindustani

One hot, balmy day, Norman Kamaru, while on the job, records himself groovin’ while doing a lip-sync to a hit Hindi song. Somehow or the other, the video found its way to YouTube and somewhat unwittingly, he became an instant star.

The video went viral not just because Norman Kamaru is a member of Indonesian police’s paramilitary wing, the Mobile Brigade, but also because his style is somewhat cool in a ‘I-am-just-chillin’ kind of way.

Norman holds the rank of a first police brigadier in his Mobile Brigade in Gorontalo which is a province in Indonesia’s northern part of Sulawesi.

Fame on YouTube would have been a nice ending of it but a Gorontalo police spokesperson said Monday they were questioning Norman and investigating how the video went online.

Norman, claimed the spokesperson, had allegedly violated ethical codes because his ‘action’ was done while wearing a police uniform and while on the job.

This, plus other comments from senior Indonesian police officers, has stirred a heated debate with more than 7,000 comments on Yahoo! Indonesia’s site following fears that Norman could be punished.

The Hindi song which Norman sings is entitled Chaiyya Chaiyya and was originally sung by Bollywood singers Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi.

The song was introduced in the box-office hit movie Dil Se (1998) starring a young Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora.


I trust we should honour talent. So, for whatever reason, this man shouldn’t be punished. He is so talented..

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