Indonesia's President Paid $800 to Keep a Limited-Edition Metallica Album

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  1. Explorer

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    http://time.com/5172101/indonesia-president-joko-widodo-metallica-master-of-puppets/?xid=homepage

    Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has proven his worth this week both as an advocate for transparency in government and a dedicated metalhead. The Indonesian President, also known by the nickname Jokowi, paid 11 million Indonesian rupiah (or about $808) out of pocket to reclaim a signed, limited-edition set of Metallica’s Master of Puppets album, the Jakarta Post reports. The gift was presented by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on a state visit last year, and was therefore initially declared a state asset to avoid conflicts of interest, according to a spokesperson from Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). “This is not about the money paid, but consistent awareness of corruption in even the smallest matter,” the KPK spokesperson said.

    The Danish gift of the double-vinyl box set wasn’t the first time visitors have recognized Jokowi’s well-known affinity for heavy metal music. In 2013, he received a guitar signed by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo when the band played a concert in Jakarta, but the gift was confiscated amid concerns it might have been intended as a bribe, The Guardian reported.
     
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    I just wonder what exactly Trujillo was bribing him to do??
     
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    Compared to politics over here this is downright adorable.
     
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    Haha, awesome.

    I am loving that ultra-conservative Indonesia seems to be taking to heavy metal. If a rock band wants to bribe the head of state by autographic his stuff or whatever...wait...2013? Didn't he take office in 2014?

    Yeah, so I just looked it up and he wasn't even in office when the alleged bribe occurred. How odd.
     
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    Not make jokes about Lars' hairline.
     
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