Yet, I found that Indonesian officials really don't see this as a matter of 'norms'. Instead, the saw the whole scandal as their 'blaming game'. The recent respond from Indonesian government shows such a typical, but expected deny and blame spirit:
The Indonesian government on Tuesday blamed a lack of legal parking spaces in New York City for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid packing tickets its diplomatic officials have racked up."This is not a new problem. It has been happening a long time," Triyono Wibowo, the deputy foreign minister, said on Tuesday.Of 35 embassy staff members in New York, only one was assigned a parking space, he said.And...
[Triyono] added that the city should provide sufficient parking for all Indonesian diplomats. Priyo Budy Santoso, the House deputy speaker from the Golkar Party, said there should be a special dispensation regarding parking for diplomats."It is customary that diplomats from closely related countries get special treatment," he saidI am not sure I understand this 'blaming' statements. So, Indonesian government think (and demand) that Indonesia delegations should get more priority and spaces? Why and what's the benefit for New York City? Why should they give such special treatment for Indonesia? Why not to other countries, like Egypt or Nigeria?
If and only if New York City provide more parking spaces for all diplomats from all countries, where about the New York City people can park their cars? If Indonesian diplomats consist of 38 members and each of them driving, why should New York City provide 38 parking spaces? Or, why they have to provide parking spaces for each of diplomats? My brain really not working well in this case.
I could not digest the statements (blaming) and it is really not make sense. And the only possible explanation is Indonesian government doesn't like to be the one who make mistakes. They think that they are innocent, thus they blame New York City for not providing all the privilege we (think) deserved. I could not think any other explanation, for sure.
The real irony is that this kind of 'government norms' not solely happened for Indonesian diplomats, but widely and frequently occurs in almost every single action and policies by the government within our homeland. Blaming others for any wrongdoings and claim that they should get all the things that they think they should get. I am curious, how long they will keep this kind of 'norms'?