I need to learn about Preman in Indonesia.
Preman are the local thugs that you pay protection money to.
Indonesia's police have been more or less worthless, so it sort of sense that a locality's security is somewhat privatised. Even though you are paying money to some kind of local mafia.
In any case, vice president (and presidential candidate) Kalla has said Indonesia needs a Preman to run the country not a bureaucrat. Maybe something gets lost in translation.
As I said, I need to learn more about this.