An Indonesian Mayor has shown he gets a kick out of welcoming new staff to his team.
Mayor Ahyar Abduh of Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, was seen delivering an impressive roundhouse kick to the chests of new officials at the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP).
The Mayor is an expert in martial arts, and has displayed his skills at a number of public gatherings in the past, Coconuts reported.
A video from last year shows Mayor Ahyar kicking Satpol PP officials, who are police officers in Indonesia, in the chest as they stood in a straight line in front of crowds.
The officials were seen clenching as the Mayor, who is an expert in martial arts, delivered kick after kick
The men were seen clenching their muscles as they tried not to move from their standing positions.
While the practice may seem bizarre, Mataram Satpol PP Chief Bayu Pancapati said his men are happy to be kicked by the Mayor.
‘It’s not because the Mayor is angry, it’s normal, the Satpol PP officers are actually happy [they’re being kicked],’ he told Kompas.
‘Not only my subordinates, but even I was tested by the mayor. It’s normal for him to do that, to test our strengths.’
Chief Pancapati said the Mayor had individually tested his self-defence skills, as well as his physique.
But not everyone is as excited by the Mayor’s special skills as the Satpol PP Chief
Local journalist Muhammad Kasim said the official’s actions were ‘not appropriate’ for a public occasion.
One commenter on last year’s video said it was ‘a good thing [the Mayor’s] pants didn’t rip’, and said things may have gone differently if the Satpol PP officials were able to respond.