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Jakarta Post

Jakarta Council sees decline in performance of 'orange troops' 

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 25, 2017   /   03:27 pm
Jakarta Council sees decline in performance of 'orange troops'  Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) workers, known as the “orange troops," clean a ditch along Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan in Central Jakarta on March 2, pulling out cable sleeves that clogged the waterway. (the jakarta post/Wienda Parwitasari)

Jakarta Council Speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi has noted the declining performance of the "orange troops," who were once praised for their ability to keep the city clean.

Prasetio said the laziness of  Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) workers had led to some areas in Jakarta being dirty. “I see PPSU workers in six areas in Jakarta who are getting lazier,” he said after a meeting at City Hall on Monday as quoted by

The orange troops earned praise for their performance during the leadership of then Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who paid them according to the minimum wage.

Prasetio, who monitored a number of areas in the city such as Tanah Tinggi, Johar Baru in Central Jakarta and Tebet in South Jakarta, said he sometimes could not find any workers cleaning a neighborhood.

“There are a lot of them who don’t work. I even saw a worker who just stayed in the operational car and did nothing,” he said.  

He went on to suggest that the city administration monitor PPSU workers and encourage them to do better work.

Meanwhile, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said the administration would evaluate the work of PPSU employees.

He said he had ordered subdistrict and district heads to monitor PPSU employees who worked in their areas.

However, Djarot said the administration would not fire lazy workers but only evaluate them to encourage them to do better work. (cal)