Jakarta: In Need of Improvements
Worldpress.org contributing editor
July 26, 2007
Today, high-rises dot the skyline, hundreds of thousands of vehicles
fumes on congested traffic arteries and super-malls have become the
cultural centers of gravity in Jakarta , the fourth largest city in the
world. In between towering super-structures, humble kampongs house the
majority of the city dwellers, who often have no access to basic
sanitation, running water or waste management.
While almost all major capitals in the Southeast Asian region are
investing heavily in public transportation, parks, playgrounds,
sidewalks and cultural institutions like museums, concert halls and
convention centers, Jakarta remains brutally and determinately
‘pro-market’ profit-driven and openly indifferent to the plight of a
majority of its citizens who are poor.
in Jakarta , there is a fee for everything. Many green spaces have
been converted to golf courses for the exclusive use of the rich. The
approximately one square kilometer of Monas seems to be the only real
public area in a city of more than 10 million. Despite being a
maritime city, Jakarta has been separated from the sea, with the only
focal point being Ancol, with a tiny, mostly decrepit walkway along
the dirty beach dotted with private businesses. Even to take a walk in Ancol, a family of four has to spend
approximately $4.50 (40,000 Indonesian Rupiahs) in entrance fees,
something unthinkable anywhere else in the world. The few tiny public
parks which survived privatization are in desperate condition and
mostly unsafe to use.
It seems that Jakarta has no city planners, only private developers
that have no respect for the majority of its inhabitants who are poor
(the great majority, no matter what the understated and manipulated
government statistics say). The city abandoned itself to the private
sector, which now controls almost everything, from residential housing
to what were once public areas.
Considering that it is in the league with some of the poorest capitals
of the world, Jakarta is not cheap. According to the Mercer Human
Resource Consulting 2006 Survey, Jakarta ranked as the 48th most
expensive city in the world for expatriate employees, well,,above
Berlin (72nd), Melbourne (74th) and Washington D.C. (83rd). And if it
is expensive for expatriates, how is it for local people with a GDP
per capita below $1,000?
—- Sungguh ungkapan yang jujur dari seorang pengamat. Andre betul betul menggambarkan kekecewaannya terhadap jakarta. Hahaha..(Gw jadi malu sebagai orang yang besar dan tinggal di Jakarta) —-