In indonesia, term preman refer to bad guy or criminal.
Many people tell me that term “preman” is come from word “freeman”. That’s mean preman is man that don’t want be bound by any kind of rule. They chose to live free, just do what they like.
Explanation above is theoretically correct. But in practical, preman is just bad person that collect money that doesn’t belong to them. They operate at many places, such as traditional market, terminal, even in our neighborhood. Well, the money that is given to preman is called “uang keamanan” (security money).
The terrible things if we don’t give amount money to preman, they will do vandalism. So , this is about business of fear.
Well, I worry about this condition.
I hope someday justice will be done!