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Jakarta Post

Jakarta serves as hub for ASEAN despite lack of facilities

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 28, 2017   /  08:15 am
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Marching in: People take part in the ASEAN 50 Parade on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Sunday. The parade displayed national and traditional cultures from ASEAN member countries.(JP/Ibrahim Irsyad)

While it is easy to rant about Jakarta for its manifold problems, ranging from hellish traffic jams to annual floods, the capital continues to grow in prominence in the region. Owing to history and the country’s growing influence in Southeast Asia, the city is developing as the diplomatic hub of ASEAN. Lee Yoong Yoong, the director of community affairs at ASEAN, said many things were still lovable about Jakarta. The Singaporean, who has lived in the city for six years, feels comfortable living here despite the huge gap in public facilities between Jakarta and his home country. “Bahasa Indonesia is one of the easiest languages to learn. Driving in Jakarta is similar to the way things are done in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia,” Lee said on Friday. He is also happy that delicious food is always just a short walk away as he can eat his favorite sate pada...