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Jakarta Post

Firdaus Ali: What can't he do?

  • Alexandra Hansen


Jakarta   /   Tue, February 9 2010   /  11:56 am

JP/Alexandra HansenEnvironmental pioneer, youth anti-drugs campaigner, conduit of technology to Indonesia, and family man, is there anything lecturer Firdaus Ali can’t do?

He pulls out his mobile phone and points to a photograph of the rear of a red car on a busy highway.

“So I was driving along,” he says.

“And suddenly I see a water bottle and some rambutan skins flying out of the window of this car. I follow it, trying to make the driver pull over, to tell him off and let him know he should be careful with his rubbish. He shouldn’t just throw it out like that.”

So what did the driver say?

“He got very angry with me, I think. He told me to mind my own business. But I told him that when his rubbish litters our streets and our waterways, it is my business.”

And for Ali, it really is his business. Lecturer in environmental engineeri...