Lover: I told him that it would be bet­ter not to make plans

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Au­lia was un­able to con­tain her grief. She re­called the prom­ises of her lover, Bripda Ridho Se­ti­awan, 21, who was sup­posed to have picked her up from work and bring her to the angkringan (side­walk stalls).

Detiknews re­ported that they man­aged to com­mu­ni­cate with each other, and that he had sug­gested pay­ing a visit to the stalls.

“He said ‘to­mor­row you are work­ing, I’m on hol­i­day. Then when you are on hol­i­day, I’m work­ing. I will pick you up and we will go to the angkringan’.

“I told him that it would be bet­ter not to make plans, as it may not work out. He said ‘let what has been planned, hap­pen’.

“Then I said, there is no point talk­ing about it now,” she said at the fu­neral home at the Dasana In­dah hous­ing area in Tangerang yes­ter­day.

Ridho was one of three po­lice of­fi­cers killed in a sui­cide bomb at­tack in Jakarta on Wed­nes­day. He had man­aged to con­tact Au­lia while on duty.

Detiknews re­ported that at the time of the in­ci­dent, Ridho was on es­cort duty for a torch re­lay ahead of Ra­madan.

Later, Au­lia be­came wor­ried be­cause she could not get in touch with Ridho. She man­aged to check the con­ver­sa­tion thread in a What­sApp group to get news on Ridho.

The por­tal also re­ported that Au­lia got to know Ridha while school­ing at SMK Pener­ban­gan Dir­gan­tara in Cu­rug, Ban­ten.

While Ridho’s fam­ily wanted him to con­tinue his stud­ies at the Col­lege of Avi­a­tion Sci­ence, he wanted to be a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Au­lia’s wor­ries were com­pounded around 3am when Ridho’s sis­ter, Richa, con­tacted her and told her that Ridho was killed.

“At 3am, Icha (Richa) said should Ridho be hit by the ex­plo­sion at Kam­pung Me­layu, let us hope that noth­ing hap­pens to him,” she said.

How­ever, the por­tal re­ported Au­lia only learned about Ridho’s death in the morn­ing. She rushed to the fu­neral home to see Ridho’s body.

A burial cer­e­mony was con­ducted for Ridho at the Al-Ji­had mosque, lo­cated near the fu­neral home. Af­ter that, the youngest of the three sib­lings was taken back to Lam­pung, his birth­place, to be buried there.

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