A small kiosk selling everything, to bottled gasoline (using old Coca-Cola bottles).
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.
Next week, the government and several NGOs will start raiding offices, malls and other public places for smokers. This is a renewed enforcement of the bylaw passed that prohibits smoking in designated public places.Hey, they’re going to smoke out the smokers!