We are taught from a young age to honour our parents. However, it seems respect goes out the window when a Toyota Fortuner is involved.
52-year-old Dewi Firdaus was shocked when her son decided to sue her over the ownership of said car.
Dewi is a state civil servant (ASN) who stays in Kota Salatiga, Indonesia. She was married to Dr. Agus Sunaryo who is the former Director of the Salatiga Regional Hospital. However, they divorced in September 2019.
According to Dewi, the car was purchased in 2013 at the Toyota Kaligawe Semarang. “At that time, I had just sold a Toyota Waris and it hadn’t changed names yet. So I took my child’s name because I trusted him,” she explained.
Alfian Prabowo, 25, sent a lawsuit letter in October 2020 stating that she was only renting the car. He requested that she either return the car or pay the monthly rental which has gone up to 200 million rupees (RM57,447). If she does not pay the rent, Dewi’s house will be confiscated as collateral.
“He’s supposed to be my protector, not add to my suffering,” she lamented. “If my house is confiscated, where will I live? How can my only son do this to me?” She did not request for a lawyer as she believes “Allah will accompany mothers who raise their children sincerely.”
According to Caesar Fortunus Wauran who is representing her son, the lawsuit is not entirely over the car. It was meant to be a warning to his parents. Apparently, Alfian is tired of seeing his parents fight and hopes this matter will push his parents to either reconcile or separate. Ceasar revealed that the defendants in the case were actually Dewi and Dr Agus.
A member of the DPR RI, Dedi Mulyadi, stepped in to help the hapless mother. He has provided a legal attorney for her but hopes to resolve the case by deliberation. Although he wants the case to be resolved in a friendly manner, he admits that the lawsuit is heavy as it is a material lawsuit.
Dewi stresses that the car was bought with her own money from her work as a civil servant. Although she did not think her son would ever do this to her, she is trying to be forgiving. “Until whenever he is my son, whom I gave birth to in pain and still make an impression today,” said Dewi.
We hope the family will be able to reconcile the matter soon.