The Persecution Continues…

Jakarta is seemingly trying to transform itself into more of a non-smoking city, and thus somewhat persecuting the millions of smokers to smoke in designated areas. It has never been clear where the designated smoking areas are, since there have never been any signs put up to indicate as such.  Even if the bylaw – brought into law in 2005 – and widely known to cover public buildings and areas, government offices and such; apparently 3 years is not enough time to put up these signs. The people who were raided in the recent smokers raid were not entirely at fault – partly through ignorance, and partly by the fault of the property administrators failing to put up no-smoking signs, got them caught.Officials were caught smoking in government buildings, as the surveyor of these buildings often met with resistance to his surveys. The surveyor was even threatened when he took a picture of a government official smoking freely indoors. Seriously. You’d expect a more mature reaction from a government official – oh, well maybe not.These recent actions might be perceived as discriminative persecution for the tobacco-loving, but the point is the smoke – and the health risk – is indiscriminative. Then again, I guess all the carbon monoxide from the buses and trucks would kill us first.

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Failed Musician, Reformed Gadget Freak and Eating Extraordinaire.

One response to “The Persecution Continues…”

  1. Hildra says :

    Jakarta… non-smoking city?? Mana bisa?? Menurut riset 60% Indonesian men merokok.. coba liat cafe2, restoran, pubs, clubs, malls, hampir selalu dibombardir asep rokok walaupun sudah ada area khusus untuk merokok.. terkadang area ini dibuat sekedar formalitas i.e non-smoking area nempel (tanpa pembatas) dg smoking area di Cafe Anomali, Senopati. "The people who were raided in the recent smokers raid were not entirely at fault ??? partly through ignorance, and partly by the fault of the property administrators failing to put up no-smoking signs, got them caught."FYI gue pernah liat bapak2 bentak seorang satpam karena si satpam menegur si bapak untuk mematikan rokok di area indoor. Susye mental Melayu maunya jadi raja walaupun jelas salah…

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