MILITARY bases in the Indonesian regions of West Java and Banten have been ordered to destroy tiger statues that do not resemble its official tiger logo, after a photo from a base in Cisewu drew widespread lampooning online.
Last week the #MacanCisewu hashtag, meaning Cisewu tiger, went viral as Indonesian netizens poked fun.
Siliwangi Military Command spokesman Colonel Desi Ariyanto told The Jakarta Post on Friday soldiers had been ordered to “care about the tiger statues” and “also about the environment and society.”
Macan Cisewu is basically me. pic.twitter.com/2VTA3UpUjL
— kusumandaru (@aan__) March 17, 2017
main filem pic.twitter.com/3vSOh1kBmz
— aji riyantani (@si_wel) March 13, 2017
— Saul Goodman (@ivankurn) March 18, 2017
After widespread ridicule on social media, the Cisewu tiger was destroyed by soldiers and replaced with another statue which more closely resembled the emblem on their uniform.
Netizens promptly lamented the ‘death’ of Macan Cisewu.
— Baro Indra (@Baroindra) March 15, 2017
RIP macan cisewu, now up there with Harambe and the other legends in heaven. pic.twitter.com/W2yQkZ8J87
— Evri Febrian (@evrithings) March 14, 2017
According to market research firm Global Web Index, Indonesians are the most enthusiastic users of Twitter in the world. It is also in the top ten countries for rates of usage across a range of social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Google+.
They are also very partial to a good meme.
Recent months have seen the “Om Telolet Om” sensation trend globally after a music festival in Jakarta, the hardline Islamic Defenders Front’s headquarters listed as “Fitsa Hats” on Google Maps after one of their members misspelt Pizza Hut on a legal document and Indonesia’s much-loved Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti win resounding praise for photos she posted smoking whilst on a paddleboard.
Macan Cisewu might be dead, but the joke goes on.
Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, posted a photo to his Instagram on Monday reminding followers, “don’t forget International Happiness Day today. Like the tiger of Cisewu, always smiling.”
It seems the Cisewu tiger has even spawned its own comic book strip.
Dendam Macan Cisewu (1) pic.twitter.com/GBLBQAITmC
— R (@rendicahya) March 21, 2017
Long live Indonesian Internet.