The Jakarta Post
Street food vendors serve lunch to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Jusuf Kalla, ministers, staffers and journalists during the first plenary Cabinet meeting of 2017 at Bogor Palace in West Java. (presidenri.go.id/File)
A rare scene occurred during the first plenary Cabinet meeting of 2017 at Bogor Palace, West Java, as several street food vendors gathered in the palace backyard to serve lunch to those in attendance on Wednesday.
Fried rice, meatballs, taoge goreng (fried bean sprouts) and chicken satay vendors served lunch to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, ministers, staffers and journalists who attended the meeting.
“This was the lunch menu for the plenary Cabinet meeting,” said one of the palace’s household employees to Antara news agency.
One of the fried rice sellers, Nurhadi, revealed he was contacted by the palace on Tuesday to provide lunch. “They contacted me in the afternoon and said that I had to wear batik,” he said, adding that he usually parks his cart in DKT Bogor.
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On his official Facebook account, Jokowi stated that the street vendors made the plenary Cabinet meeting more special. “There was fried rice, meatballs, fried bean sprouts. It was delicious and affordable,” he said. “All members of the Working Cabinet (Kabinet Kerja), journalists and staffers enjoyed the delicious and simple food.”
During the meeting, Jokowi and his Cabinet discussed 2017 programs, which will focus on “reducing social and economic disparities”.
“Although we know that our Gini ratio [term that measures national inequality] is getting better, the number is still high,” said Jokowi. “Therefore, we have to work as hard as we can. Disparities should be cut down further, both between the wealthy and the poor and also between regions.” (wir/asw)
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