JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian businessman will throw 100 million rupiah ($10,740) from an airplane on Sunday as part of a marketing ploy for his second book, organizers said.
Tung Desem Waringin, author and motivational speaker whose first book was a bestseller, is known for his unorthodox marketing methods.
A spokesman for the organizers, Diki Sidik, said Jakarta police had refused to issue a permit for the event but Tung would go ahead with the plan outside the capital.
“Rather than spend a lot of money for unsuccessful marketing, better give the money to the people,” Sidik said.
Millions of Indonesians live on less than 2 dollars a day and the event comes at a time when the poor are still smarting from rising food and fuel prices.
In 2005 Tung rode a horse along Jakarta’s main streets, dressed as one of the country’s most celebrated war heroes, to launch his first book.
Reporting by Ahmad Pathoni; Editing by Sugita Katyal and Sanjeev Miglani