The Jakarta Post
A female Go-Jek driver who received abuse and threats from a local ojek driver on Friday has shared her version of the story.
According to Istiqomah, 38, the incident happened after she dropped off a passenger in front of the South Jakarta Immigration Office on Friday. Out of the blue, an ojek driver named Bambang punched her head (she was wearing a helmet at the time) and repeatedly pointed his finger at her with angry gestures.
"He told me to go away and not to take passengers there anymore,' said Istiqomah as quoted by tempo.co.
She added that Bambang accused her of taking passengers near the pangkalan ojek (motorcycle taxi station), which is where he hung out, while in fact she was dropping her passenger off and, as a Go-Jek (a mobile application for motorcycle taxi service) driver, she only took patrons who had booked the service via the app.
After being hit and cursed, Istiqomah said that she remained calm and didn't respond. She then reported the incident to the Pancoran police station in South Jakarta. A special task force established by Go-Jek also encouraged Istiqomah to report the assault.
"By reporting the incident, hopefully they will realize that such assault is unlawful and should not happen to anyone. I believe that we all will have our own sustenance without having to fight each other,' she said.
Istiqomah has only been a Go-Jek driver for three weeks to fill in her spare time after she drops off her son to school. She was interested to apply for the job in the first place because of the attractive income that she could earn from it.
On Tuesday, Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama acknowledged the matter and said that he would meet with Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian on Wednesday to solve the issue. (nov/kes)(++++)
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