Chaiyya Chaiyya, Policeman and Gorontalo might not have any relationship , but Norman Kamaru, a Policeman from Police Paramilitary Brigade (BRIMOB) stationed in Gorontalo, a city in Eastern part of Indonesia was showing his other talent to make them related. And believe me, it goes a wild viral here in Indonesia. Suddenly, he was summoned by the Chief of Police in Jakarta. All TV reporters chased him and various TV shows competes to invite him. In Youtube, the video has attracted over a million views at the point of writing. The video was first uploaded on March 29 and won honors including the “#10 – Most discussed (this week)” and “#54 Most Discussed (this month)”.

Let’s start with the location, Gorontalo, the veranda of Medina, a city which lies approximately 1800km east of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Gorontalo is the capital of a province with the same name on Sulawesi island, Eastern Indonesia. Gorontalo province lies on the northern Sulawesi arm, known as the Minahassa Peninsula. The province has an elongated shape area, stretching from west to east almost horizontally on a map, with total area of 12,215.44 km2. To the north and the south of the province are the Sulawesi Sea and the Gulf of Tomini, respectively. The capital, Gorontalo city, is one of the ancient cities in Sulawesi besides Makassar, Pare-Pare (both in South Sulawesi), and Manado (in North Sulawesi). Its population has grown from 840,000 in the 2000 census to 1,038,590 for the 2010 census, with nearly half the population residing in Gorontalo Regency or City (the capital of this province).

In 1525, with Portuguese assistance, three small rock forts were built overlooking the waters of Lake Limboto. Still in place today, the Fort Otonaha complex has commanding views. The Spanish also entered the area in limited numbers via the Philippines during the mid-16th century. They introduced corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, horses, and the afternoon siesta to Gorontalo, all of which are an integral part of life there today.  The Dutch under the aegis of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) worked to wrest control of the lucrative spice trade away from the Sultanate of Ternate and push out all other European competitors. Gradually, the Dutch gained political control and ended the power of the local kings.

The people of Gorontalo achieved independence from Dutch rule in 1942. This was partly through the efforts of the guerrilla/freedom fighter and local hero Nani Wartabone, who forced out the occupying Japanese during World War II. Since the city escaped Allied bombing during the war, a number of Dutch-era buildings are still standing. Although many are in poor condition, Gorontalo City has a distinctive colonial appearance. After Indonesia proclaimed its independence, Gorontalo became part of North Sulawesi province, and was seceded from North Sulawesi in 2000.

And what about BRIMOB?  BRIMOB is paramilitary brigade of Indonesian Police.

This the oldest special unit in the national police force. It was formed in late 1945. It was originally assigned the tasks of disarming remnants of the Japanese Imperial Army and protecting the chief of state and the capital city. It fought in the revolution, and its troops took part in the military confrontation with Malaysia in the early 1960s and in the conflict in East Timor in the mid-1970s. In 1981 the Mobile Brigade spawned a new unit called the Explosive Ordnance Devices Unit.

In 1992 the Mobile Brigade was essentially a paramilitary organization trained and organized following military lines. It had a strength of about 12,000. The brigade was used primarily as a special tactical unit, aiding in police operations that required more firepower or special attacking skill. The unit was employed in domestic security and defense operations and was issued special riot-control equipment. Elements of the force were also trained for sea and airborne operations.

But, wait, that’s not all. The first video shown in this entry confirmed that member of BRIMOB also has special talent in singing and dancing :-))

Below is the video of the original Chaiyya Chaiyya, sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi.

The song appeared on the film Dil Se (1998) starred by Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora. The music is arranged by a brilliant music director A R Rahman with his several film scores such as, “Jai Ho”, the Slumdog song that garnered Oscars, Grammys and a Golden Globe—as well as other international awards.

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