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Jakarta Post

Residents in temper tantrum over road neglect

  • Multa Fidrus

    The Jakarta Post

TANGERANG   /   Sat, May 23 2009   /  01:08 pm

In protest of the long-ignored, damaged roads in Tangerang Regency, hundreds of residents from Balaraja and Kresek districts turned one of large potholes on Jl. Rasa Kresek Kilometer 33 in Sukamulya village into a pond. They decorated it with a bamboo and plywood signed, marked with the words  “Sumur Bupati” (regent’s well) and “Kolam Belut Boga Ismet” (Ismet’s eel pond), an alleged reference to Tangerang Regent Ismet Iskandar, and planted some banana trees on the other part of the road.
Some oil drums, logs, bamboo, tires and stones were also placed along the road, which caused a 1-kilometer-long traffic gridlock.
However, passing motorists did not seemed bothered by the congestion as they found the protest to be an exciting spectacle.
“It’s [the traffic jam caused by the protest] not a problem,” Ujang Sumir, a truck driver, to...