The Plantation Manager here is someone like Shylock in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice “.
The Indonesian judge must have read that Shakespeare’s play, as he spoke like Portia:
 
“The quality of Mercy is not strained
It droppeth as the gentle rain from Heaven…
……etc., etc…………………………..etc.,
 
But Mercy is above the sceptered sway
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings..
 
…………..etc., etc…………………..
 
When Mercy seasons Justice.”image001
 
When justice is tempered with mercy  
 
 
 
An Indonesian judge by the name of Marzuki was sitting in judgment of an old lady who pleaded guilty of stealing some tapioca from a plantation. In her defense, she pleaded to the judge that she has done the deed because she was poor and her son was sick while her grandchild was hungry. The plantation manager insisted that she be punished as a deterrent to others.
 
The judge going through the documents then look up and said to the old lady, “I’m sorry but I cannot make any exception to the law and you must be punished.” The old lady was fined Rp. 1 million (USD 100) and if she could not pay the fine then she will be jailed for 2 and a half years as demanded by the law. She wept as she could not pay the fine.
 
The judge then took off his hat and put in Rp. 1 million into the hat and said “In the name of justice, I fined all who are in the court Rp. 50 thousand (USD 5.50) as dwellers of this city for letting a child starve until her grandmother had to steal to feed her grandchild. The  registrar will now collect the fines from all the accused.”
 
The court managed to collect Rp 3.5 million (USD 350) whereby once the fine was paid off, the rest was given to the old lady … .including the fine collected from the plantation manager.
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