Making Jakarta Even Duller – Here We Go Again!


Jakarta is a resilient city, or at least its people are.

I was out among them again yesterday, a vital shopping trip (as all such shopping trips are meant to be these days!) on the TransJakarta Busway, changing at Harmoni…

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A fave old photo of Jakarta’s Harmoni junction, decades ago!

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…then all the way to Mangga Besar.

I suppose it’s the same buzz we all get, as good as it gets in this hideous ‘New Abnormal,’ a morale-boost just from being among other human beings, albeit you can’t shake a guy’s hand or hug a girl.

But then I came home…

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…my bag full of necessities, including a supply of my hard-to-get favourite cigarette brand, and tuned into the news.

And there we go again!

This weekend is Idul Adha, when Muslims slaughter loads of animals, mostly goats …

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and not a few cows too!

…and since it’s perfectly legal to do so, I have no intention of offering adverse comment thereon.

Certainly not of interfering in their activities!

But WHY must the City Government of Jakarta interfere with mine, or other non-participants?

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The Jakarta Post link below provides a long list of shut-down fun…

…..entertainment establishments, such as saunas, nightclubs, massage parlors, discotheques, spas, karaoke bars, pubs, pool halls and other tourist attractions…

…which must be closed one day prior to and on the day of Idul Adha.

The Jakarta Tourism Agency spokesman, a Mr. Cucu (pronounced choo-choo, not cuckoo) is quoted as saying that discos in fancy hotels (four-starred [or above) are ‘exempt from this policy…’

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/07/28/jakarta-administration-tells-entertainment-establishments-to-close-on-idul-adha.html

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…..which prompts my perennial question why the richer folk are allowed to enjoy themselves, but the poorer folk aren’t.

But really, it’s the sheer irrationality of such sectarian banning that needs to be examined.

Why should those of us who are not into killing animals not be free to dance or play pool.

Not that much of that harmless fun is available anyway at the moment in Jakarta, thanks to the Chinese Virus!

But EVERYBODY knows that dancing…

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…other such harmless pastimes do not disturb those outside the dance-hall or pool-hall – unless they desperately want to be disturbed.

I don’t expect an answer. I have been asking for yesrs and never had one.

Except high-handed retorts about ‘respect.’

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Obedience to coercive rules does not equate to respect.

In fact, coercion has a tendency to diminish respect.

The agency will enforce strict punishments on business owners caught violating the regulations during the Idul Adha celebrations, he added.