What’s Worse? Jakarta Bike Ban Or Jakarta Post Bad English!

The Jakarta administration and city police are decided on barring motorcycles from entering the city’s main thoroughfares – Jl. Sudirman, Jl. Gatot Subroto and Jl. Rasuna Said…


Bad Jakarta bikers- I’m not fussed if they get banned from main roads, but I would be delighted if they were banned from sidewalks!


….in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion in the capital.

One assumes the Jakarta Post hack means they have decided to bar the bikes. The clumsy English gets no better.

A meeting between city officials on June 7 concluded about the need to ban motorcycles from the three main streets..

Does this poor scribbler mean they concluded there is a need?

And on it goes…

“…We are going to hold another meeting to discuss further about it,” Budiyanto said on Monday, declining provide details on the plan.


Even my slothful teen students, back when I was an English teacher at one of Jakarta’s many language schools knew that you don’t discuss about things.



You can talk about things, think about things, but you don’t discuss about things. The preposition is redundant, incorrect! The Jakarta Post editorial staff should call a meeting of their hacks to discuss the problem –

NB –  NOT discuss ABOUT it.