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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Just another year, Foke!

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 25 2011   /  08:00 am

Traffic gives everyone in the city a headache, including Governor Fauzi Bowo. Foke, as he is popularly known, is facing mounting pressure from the public, particularly road users, who are frequently trapped on the city’s congested roads during peak hours in the morning and evening.

The results of a survey revealed Tuesday confirmed people’s frustration, as 76.61 percent of respondents thought Foke and his deputy Prijanto have done a terrible job reducing Jakarta’s traffic, while 73.2 percent thought the pair was doing a poor job handling problems related to annual flooding.

But, we do not need a survey to know people’s opinion of the city’s traffic. Thousands of road users – frustrated by daily gridlock – obviously give the pair, whose term will end next year, a thumbs-down.

Yes, Governor Fauzi only has one more year to prove he is capable of solving Ja...