Wed, 21 Oct 1998


On Oct. 16, my friend and I took an old friend for a drink. She was visiting Jakarta on family business. We preferred to go to a hotel, feeling it would be a safe place to go. So we decided to go to the bar at the Shangri-La Hotel. But two security guards stopped us. Why?

They gave so many reasons. One of them is that "because there are too many women inside". But while we were still standing there they let expatriate women in and any women who walked in with an expat man. Again we asked: "Why can't we go in?" Finally one of the security personnel said it was because my friend was wearing a "top" with no sleeves. On the other hand, they did not reject expat women who came in with expat men and disregarded what they wore.

We would like further explanation on this matter.