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Jakarta Post

Where have all the good Jakartans gone?

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 3 2008   /  09:48 am

Jakarta has almost everything. From wonderful cuisines of various regions and continents to people of various backgrounds and ethnicities. They all melt in the big crowded polluted pot, once known as Batavia. When one is looking for a lucky break, he or she can find it in Jakarta. That is why many go to Jakarta to seek jobs -- they want there share of luck, people say. Indeed, there are many beggars in Jakarta, but the city also hosts many conglomerates. The crowded city, however, leaves little space for tolerance and compassion. I doubt there are any good people in Jakarta. At first, I wasn't too cynical or paranoid about city people. I always held the dear principle that if we're good to people, they will be good to us too. My best friend from Surabaya is very much afraid to go to Jakarta. It's not that she is afraid of flying, she actually fears Jakartans...