Dancing Fountains in Jakarta? Wet T-Shirt Contests Daily?


I was all set to applaud the latest Jakarta improvement plans announced by Governor Ahok, but it seems I misconstrued the essential outline of one of the key plans that he envisages.

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Central Jakarta to have dancing fountain, wider sidewalks

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Skip the wider sidewalks – walking along Sudirman last night, the crackpot bikers were still zooming along areas clearly designed for pedestrians, as they have been doing for years…

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Not only on Sudirman, but in Kota too..

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….so without guarantees on effective policing of these new wide sidewalks, I reserve judgement!

Moreover…

Unlike my optimistic interpretation of a ‘dancing fountain’  – impressive jets of water spraying to and fro, in which dancing girls might frolic, in t-shirts and or bikinis...

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… it turns out the Guv’s version of ‘dancing fountains’ is less invigorating.

To revitalize the area, the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle (Bundaran HI) in Central Jakarta will soon encircle a dancing water fountain, which will stand within view of a park that will be built on the grounds of the former British Embassy.  http://www.thejakartapost.com/travel/2016/10/18/central-jakarta-to-have-dancing-fountain-wider-sidewalks.html

Aaah, never mind.

Whatever, the Governor’s plan will undoubtedly prettify the city. And after all, I should have remembered that puritanical streak which mars Ahok’s otherwise sensible approach to things. 

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On the other hand, maybe he’ll reconsider.

A frolic fountain of the sort I’d imagined would at least have the merit of upsetting kill-joys, the fun-haters, of the sort we read about, bleating in the distant, intolerant climes of Aceh…

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Aceh’s Mad Mullah – ‘Dancing is EVIL – It Involves Body Movements!’ 

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…where such bizarre assertions as ‘dancing is evil’ hold sway.