Tag Archive | politics

Water-No-Ways

In a somewhat signature act of far-flung vision with terrible planning, the outgoing governor, Sutiyoso, launched the city water taxis in June 2007, spending Rp 200 billion on the facilities with a pilot project serving a 1.7 km route with two 28-person boats. So where is it now?The first few trips failed when, among others, garbage got stuck in the boat’s rotors. This, and not to mention that apparently not all of Ciliwung River can be dredged to serve such a water transport service.So Rp 200 billion and ambition = nothing happening.

Smelly Declaration

To declare their alliance for the upcoming presidential elections, the Megawati-Prabowo election team has selected the Bantar Gebang dumpsite for the location, for some sort of PR effect – I think they want to be seen as ‘close to the people’.Yet I guess their definition of ‘leave the dumpsite as it has always been’ means setting up a huge stage and tent, placing down a walkway made of placing blocks, and so on, and is actually a few hundred meters from the actual dumpsite.The only thing they did not try to get rid of was the smell – hopefully the smell is enough for the campaign team to not just make this into a PR event, but something to act on.

Open Letter To Political Party Candidates

Dear political parties and representative candidates,We here at Plis Deh Jakarta want to tell you some of our thoughts on a few points.Things that will not get you elected:

  • driving around in your VW Caravelle to visit poor areas for PR shots
  • using facilities from taxpayer’s money to run your campaign (i.e. government car)
  • being a virtual nobody. If people don’t know you, most likely they won’t vote for you, either. Placing a million posters of your face on every street won’t change that.

Things that has no relevance to you getting elected:

  • getting a lot of people to ride cars, buses or motorcycles wearing the same t-shirt
  • getting those people to ride around the city waving flags and creating traffic jams
  • spending billions to gather those people in the city centre for speeches. Chances are the people there have already made up their mind on who to vote for, so the speeches are moot
  • claiming family ties to a certain famous person, on the poster
  • wearing a pici/kopiah on your campaign posters. 

Things that might get you elected:

  • look good on those posters. No, forget about the picture with the lion, or the James Bond impersonation. Just look good.
  • try to say what your mission is or what you represent on those posters. Putting on ‘Mohon Doa dan Dukungannya’ doesn’t really say anything.
  • Go out door-to-door if need be. Who knows, it might even be more effective than spending billions on a 1-day political rally
  • Make sure you have a clear, simple campaign message. Right know, we can’t tell the difference between the multitude of political parties

Things you really should think about rather than only about getting elected:

  • clean, transparent governance
  • equal rights and better welfare
  • conserving the environment
  • better public transportation systems
  • cheaper internet!!

Sincerely,Plis Deh Jakarta

Let’s Have David Hasselhoff Over Instead

The new US secretary-of-state and arguably one of the most powerful women in the world, Hillary Clinton, will be visiting Jakarta this February. I can imagine the anti-US protest marches already, blaming the US for anything from high gasoline prices, the world economic collapse to a really bad Indiana Jones sequel. People will be denouncing SBY for meeting with the representative from the so-called Zionist supporter state and some may call for an edict stating Hillary Clinton is haram.Hey, I’m no big fan of the US either but they did bless us with the likes of Baywatch and American Idol. Let’s just keep it real man. Those angry masses usually used for large-scale demonstrations would do wonders to the city if they were simply told to clean up litter in all of Jakarta’s streets (and rivers). All that anti-US rethoric is really getting old.

Stop Violence In Gaza… And Vote For Me

Several PKS (Prosperous Justice Party) were named suspects in an alleged illegal politicl campaign rally. The event said to be a disguised campaign move was the long-march of PKS sympathizers from Bunderan HI to the US Embassy, numbering to around 200.000 people, protesting the attack of Israel on Gaza (which is still continuing today).The party head reacted to this saying that the rally was a humanitarian rally to support Palestine, and is no way a political campaign.Yes, and all those PKS flags and banners brought by the crowd just happened to be there.For the record: Plis Deh Jakarta condemns the humanitarian atrocities occuring right now in Gaza, but also condemns random rocket attacks on innocent civilians.