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PBB relief: A lifeline for retail, hotel and restaurant workers

  • Wendy Haryanto

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 8, 2020   /  05:10 pm
PBB relief: A lifeline for retail, hotel and restaurant workers Top of the world: A housing complex lies on the roof of the Thamrin City shopping center in Jakarta. The property industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Carrying out social distancing, as mandated by the government, is no doubt our most basic civic duty during the C0VID-19 pandemic. Protecting public health trumps business. Property operators are now resigned to inescapable eventualities. “Zero” mall visitors; “zero” hotel occupancy; “zero” exhibitions. A heartbreaking number of staff have been made redundant. A meltdown is imminent. During this grave time, we have a responsibility to secure staff employment as much as we can. We need to maintain their income, livelihoods and dignity. In light of this, we kindly implore the Jakarta government to consider granting property operators relief on property tax (PBB). Such a move can avoid more bankruptcies. The relieved funds will lift pressure off tenants, pay staff salaries and stop mass unemployment. Commercial properties such as hotels, exhib...

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