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Jakarta Post

Council balks at granting buses to transport firms

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 30 2012   /  09:39 am

The Jakarta City Council is opposing a plan by Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to grant 1,000 new minibuses to replace the infamous decade-old public minibuses Metromini and Kopaja.

Wanda Hamidah, a councilor from the National Mandate Party (PAN), said that councilors would not approve the governor’s plan to give free minibuses to PT Metro Mini and PT Koperasi Angkutan Jakarta (Kopaja).

“These companies are profit oriented. We are against the use of funds from the city budget to provide free vehicles to these businessmen,” Wanda said.

Jokowi, she said, has yet to give a satisfactory explanation of his plan. “Transportation Agency officials we met failed to provide clear details of his plan,” Wanda said.

The councilors, she said, demand that Jokowi present his plan as soon as possible.

Separately, Dwi Rio Sambodo of the Indonesian Democratic ...