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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Goodbye, people power

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, January 29 2010   /  10:35 am

Many say democracy is so costly that political leaders lose trust in it, give it no room to flourish or just kill it.Needless to say, the country’s hard-won democracy is too high a price to sacrifice. But the noise, traffic congestions and perhaps anxiety resulting from Thursday’s mass rallies to mark the first 100 days of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second term should give us a lot of cause for concern.Jakarta sans demonstrations is already tormenting for millions of people who have to waste hours commuting from home to work and back, because of the maddening traffic jams. One urban expert put the financial losses from the city’s traffic congestions at Rp 28 trillion (US$3 billion) a year or Rp 7.6 billion a day for the fuel and productive time wasted – potential revenue lost and health problems caused. This estimate does not include the budget for security arrangemen...