Metallica Guitar Given to Jakarta’s Governor Seized as Bribe

Jokowi and his signed bass guitar from Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

From OkeZone

KPK Confiscates Jokowi’s Bass Guitar Gift From Metallica

JAKARTA – A bass guitar gift from Metallica band member Robert Trujillo to the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), caused the latter to be called before the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for potential bribery of a public official.

Regarding this issue, Jokowi claims he has ordered his men to hand over the guitar to KPK. “This morning, I handed [the guitar] over to the KPK” said Jokowi at Jakarta City Hall, Monday (6/5/2013).

Furthermore, the former Mayor of Solo claimed that he would be perfectly fine if KPK decide to confiscate the signed bass guitar. “Oh well, at least I’ve held it,” he explained.

Jokowi's signed bass guitar from Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

“Giving back! To Jokowi. Keep playing that cool funky bass.”

However, Jakarta’s number one man still hopes his guitar gift won’t be classified as a form of bribery.

“I am happy that Trujillo gave me a guitar, and I don’t think it is a bribe but a keepsake. It is like giving a souvenir to someone from another country. However, I will comply with the law and I’ve handed it over,” he said.

The Deputy Governor of Jakarta, Basuki T. Purnama, who accompanied Jokowi, also spoke about it. “If the bass guitar is worth under Rp. 10 million, it is not considered a bribe”, said Ahok with a laugh.

Jokowi in his public official uniform.

Jokowi in his public official uniform.

Comments from OkeZone & Kaskus:

fansnya metallica

I’m sorry, KPK, please understand the difference between bribery and a souvenir given from a superstar to one of his fans like Mr. Jokowi. I also want that bass guitar so bad!

junkie smith

How can it be a bribe, KPK officers? It is normal for a fan to receive a souvenir from his idol.

kang putro mbarep

What’s wrong with giving a memento/keepsake? Is it also wrong to receive one? Does it become just suspect because it is free? TOO FUNNY!


I think the officer who expropriated that guitar also wants it. I’m sure he will take picture and make it his profile picture on his social media account or messenger when the item arrives in his office.


In the end, I’m sure KPK will give it back and hold a press conference. KPK only wishes to “borrow” the guitar to take pictures.


Mr. Jokowi, you can buy the replica.


Maybe KPK only wants to see what a bass guitar looks like.


Oh gosh, is that really regarded as bribery? It’s going to be dangerous if our law is too ambiguous. All public officers will not be allowed to receive ANYTHING!


Oh well, KPK kept on making excuses… Just admit that you just want to hold that bass guitar!


If that bass guitar is proven to be bribery, it should be given back to the state treasury. Unless KPK wants to form a new band named “KPK Band”.


Since KPK now has the bass guitar, just add 2 more guitars and a drum set and they can establish a new band called “MetalKPK”.


So weird! Maybe next time taking a dump should be reported to the KPK too.


Will Trujillo be called to appear before the KPK too?


If [Trujillo] wants to build a mall, do you think 1 guitar is enough to bribe an official?


This is so ridiculous. Keep [the bass guitar] safe!


It is hard to be a public official. They are not allowed to get any free stuff.

What do you think? Better safe than sorry or being overzealous?

Jokowi and an Indonesian rock band.

Jokowi and an Indonesian rock band.

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  • Tonsil

    Stupid KPK! This is a gift not a bribery, you dumbass. Why would Metallica bribe Jokowi with only an ugly guitar? As if Metallica will benefit out of this bribery.

    • Yoru


  • Raminess

    But… in order for there to be bribery, there has to be some kind of mutual benefit. What would Trujillo get out of the deal? He gave a guitar and got back… what, exactly? That hasn’t even been explained.

    • Anjing

      And never expect it to be. The old guard in Indonesian politics has taken it upon themselves to destroy Jokowi. Several parties want to impeach him for trying to introduce free basic healthcare for the poor of Jakarta. The KPK has dome a monumentally shithouse job dealing with corruption and probably know that if Jokowi runs for President, their sinecures, like a lot of guys in Jakarta, are over.

      • Raminess

        Well then let’s hope Jokowi both runs for President and wins.

  • Chris McKenna

    Seems a bit excessive.

  • mormo

    Seriously wtf is Metallica gonna do? I think somebody just wanted that guitar and use bribery as an excuse

  • Elf Queen

    First I clicked on the article without reading,he looked like Obama!

  • Happybubbly Sica Jessica

    Oh please..they are not a politician (metallica) and KPK Though their gift as a bribe?
    Pardon me but that just the most ridiculous thing i’ve ever heard in my life!

  • Gift Card

    Excellent translation job of the original story!

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Awww, there goes a potential family heirloom for his children! :P

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