Given Decent Flats, Kampung Pulo Residents Should've Been Grateful

LB Ciputri Hutabarat    •    20 Agustus 2015 14:42 WIB
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Given Decent Flats, Kampung Pulo Residents Should've Been Grateful
A child plays in front of West Jatinegara Flats, East Jakarta, which is provided for the relocation of Kampung Pulo residents. (Photo: Antara Foto / Hafidz Mubarak A), Jakarta: Citizens of Kampung Pulo, Jatinegara, East Jakarta, was urged to be grateful as they have been compensated with decent residential housings. The request was delivered by Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama.

Ahok said, aside from being grateful they have received the flats, the people have got lot of bonuses for living on the government's land without being disturbed for dozens of years.
"They say they have been living there for 40 years. Well, be grateful that you have been living there for 40 years without paying rents," said Ahok at the Gedung Nyi Ageng Serang, Jalan HR Rasuna Said, Kuningan, South Jakarta, Thursday (8/20/2015).
 "They don't need to pay rent, only the maintenance of Rp5,000 to Rp10,000 per day. You don't need to paint the walls, repair doors or pipes, we did all that. 80 percent have been subsidized. Are we not being kind? What else?" He stated.

The eviction in Kampung Pulo, Jatinegara, East Jakarta, was faced with rejection from local residents. The condition turned chaotic when officials and resident started to push each other.

As many as 2,100 joint personnel from the military, police and public security were deployed to secure the eviction. Several residents conducted a demonstration to reject the eviction.

Hundreds of residents were seen carrying banners and Indonesian flag to voice their rejection.

"Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!," shouted the residents at the eviction location.

One of the locals openly asked for allowance money before they're evicted. "We ask to be paid, then we move," said an anonymous resident when negotiating with the police.

The negotiation had caused a traffic jam from Otista Raya Street to Jatinegara Barat. The cause was that the rejection act was witnessed by dozens of passer by, causing the traffic police to have their hands on managing the traffic.