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Jakarta Post

Even after you die you have to follow rules

  • The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

<P><LEADPARA>The city administration renovated more than 2000 graves in the Karet Bivak cemetery, Central Jakarta, and plans to renovate hundreds more in several other graveyards in the city. </LEADPARA>   /   Sat, September 5 2009   /  02:28 pm

Such projects were often met with protests from relatives of the deceased, as it involves dismantling tiled and decorated graves reportedly without prior notification. Sofyan, a caretaker in the Karet Bivak cemetery, grumbled as he wiped the dust off a tombstone, "I don't get these people, all they do is destroy these nice graves." The block in which he works houses a range of graves - some have magenta tombstones, some are equipped with custom seats for visitors, and some are ornately tiled around their edges. However, a few blocks away from the block he tends, a field of uniform tombstones and graves was seen. The uniform tombstones and graves were part of the city administration's makeover project. All the stones are gray and the graves are covered with tufts of grass, without any tiles. Sofyan said that some of his clients, whose relatives' graves underwent t...