Banjir Uang! Jakarta’s Ahok Turning Off the Tap?

It has been raining all night – every few hours I’d wake up to the sounds of downpour, and it’s still raining. I guess my prospective visitor won’t make it today.





Still, reasons to be cheerful -the street is awash, but this part of Jakarta doesn’t (fingers crossed!) suffer the frightful flooding ( banjir)  that afflicts other areas.

Like North Kedoya, where the photo below was taken last year, near the Green Garden Busway Stop.


The authorities will be doing their best, I guess, but even our smart Governor Ahok hasn’t yet figured a way to turn off the rain.

Mind you, he seems to be making progress in the mammoth struggle to turn off at least some taps through which money ( uang) pours into the hands of criminals. 


ahok Ahok


Governor Ahok to use e-money
to defeat Jakarta’s hoodlums 

He’s introducing electronic parking payments, initially at selected locations, like Jalan Sabang.


sabang Sabang

Falatehan falatehan


…and good old Jalan Falatehan, where expats like to frolic in the bars till the wee small hours.

Ahok’s move is intended to curb the rapacious predator element which permeates the ‘parking’ industry here.

Better still, he’s hoping to use similar technology to go after the protection racketeers who prey on Jakarta’s street vendors.

“Prior to this system, vendors were often asked for additional fees from individuals who claim to be city officials. They paid more than Rp 600,000 a month. This new system will prevent illegal levies because vendors will know exactly how much to pay,” Ahok said…

Good on ya, Guv!

But it’s not just bogus ‘officials’ the poor vendors have to fear.

Nobody has yet asked the IslamoNazi FPI or the other gangster groups for their comments, but given the hatred they harbour for Ahok…


fpi-tolak-ahok-jadi-gubernur IslamoNazis rage against Ahok


… I’d expect they will have something to say on any progressive steps he takes.

Not least in the light of the comments made by prominent anti-crime campaigner Ratna Sarumpaet, which we covered a couple of years ago! 

Right On, Ratna! Activist’s All-Out Attack on IslamoNazis 

ratna sarumpaetRatna

Do read it carefully. She does her home-work!