Indonesian Netizens Support ‘Dancing Cop’

First police brigadier Norman Kamaru, a young policeman in Gorontalo City in Indonesia is now an internet and media sensation after his dancing video generated more than a million hits on YouTube alone.

In the video, Norman was seen dancing and lip-syncing to the tune of an Indian song Chaiya Chaiya while on duty.

Police authorities who reviewed the video decided to give Norman a mild sanction since he recorded the act while on official duty. But netizens who were entertained by Norman's funny performance were quick to declare their support in blogs and other social media sites.

A discussion thread was created on Kaskus website asking readers if Norman deserves to be punished. The title of the thread is “Briptu Norman Kamaru pantasnya dihukum atau tidak?” (First Brigadier Norman Kamaru, does he deserve to be punished or not?).

Blogger Ikada links to various Facebook pages in support of Norman. For example: “1 juta dukungan buat oman kamaru untuk tidak ditindak” (One million support for Norman Kamaru for him not to be punished); “Melepas rasa jenuh bersama Briptu Norman” (Express support for Norman); and “Dukung Briptu Norman Kamaru: BERJOGET ADALAH HAK SETIAP WARGA NEGARA” (Support First Brigadier Norman Kamaru: DANCING IS THE RIGHT OF EVERY CITIZEN).

Norman has already received numerous invitations to appear on television. Despite the mild reprimand that the police will give to Norman, the Chief of the National Police gave Norman the permission to appear in a television show.

Here's an interesting statement from Baby D Library expressing support for the ‘dancing cop’ and urging the authorities to make Norman the ‘friendly police’ icon:

If you appreciate him but still give him sanction to him, it's still not nice. If I were you, I'd rather choose him to be a “friendly police” mascot. He can be the police who is respected and loved by society. He is not a comedian who will disgrace your institution. But Sir, if you are still persistent that police must be stern and disciplined like before, well go ahead. People will still fear you, not respect you.

Syaifuddin added:

Aksi Norman memberi bukti bahwa Polisi ternyata tak segarang seragam yang dikenakannya. Institusi Polri butuh citra lembut seperti itu, dan bila Polri pandai memaintain ini bisa dijadikan pencitraan yang baik bagi Polri.

Norman's action gave evidence that the police is not as fierce as the uniform they wear. The police institution needs gentle images like that, and if the police is smart, it can be used as a good imaging for the police.

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