The Jakarta Post
Police gave traffic control training to civilians, popularly called Pak Ogah, on Monday, as part of the effort to formally include them in traffic management.
Jakarta Police traffic division chief Sr. Comr. Halim Pagarra said the training for the voluntary traffic attendants was conducted simultaneously on Monday across the city. However, he did not know the number of participants.
Pak Ogahs are long-time enemies of city administration officials who often conduct raids against them for disrupting public order and accuse them of worsening traffic jams.
According to Halim, after the training, the Pak Ogahs, who usually direct traffic at U-turns or road intersections in return for tips, would be inaugurated and empowered to officially help traffic police in handling congestion.
“We will inaugurate them on Saturday. I don’t have the data but the participants do not reach a thousand,” Halim said.
Private enterprises around the congestion areas will contribute to paying them for the service, Halim added. (dra)