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Jakarta Post

Ahok, Djarot to recruit “Red Troops” to renovate houses, mosques

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 17, 2017   /   06:58 pm
Ahok, Djarot to recruit “Red Troops” to renovate houses, mosques All ready: Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri (left) accompanies incumbent Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, at a press conference at the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU) office on Sept. 21, 2016. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, are set to recruit and deploy city workers called “Red Troops” to renovate houses of poor residents and mosques once their campaign period is finished.

“We will recruit workers who will get training from roof and steel companies because we want to renovate the places for wudhu [ablutions] at mosques and mushola [prayer rooms],” Ahok said at an event on Jl. Talang, Central Jakarta, on Friday.

The governor further said the workers would also renovate toilets in several mosques, which did not yet have ceramic tiles.

Separately, Djarot said the number of residents the Jakarta administration would recruit as “Red Troops” would reach 20 in each sub-district. All of the workers would get payments based on the provincial regional minimum wage (UMR) and health insurance. Their children would also receive education assistance from the administration, he further said.

Djarot said the Red Troops would be divided into two groups, in which the first group would be assigned to renovate the mosques while the other group would replace broken roof tiles of houses of poor residents.

Currently, the Jakarta administration has three troop groups, which support its public service delivery. There are orange troops, who are assigned to collect garbage in neighborhoods, blue troops, who are responsible for cleaning rivers across Jakarta, and purple troops, who are social workers who take care of neglected people in the city. (ebf)