The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has refused to extend the operation permit of Alexis Hotel in North Jakarta, an establishment he explicitly mentioned during his gubernatorial campaign, claiming that he had collected sufficient evidence that it hosts prostitution services.
"We are firm. We don't want Jakarta to become a city that allows prostitution to take place. We have received reports and complaints from residents as well as media reports [about such a practice]," Anies told reporters at City Hall on Monday.
The hotel is widely rumored to have hosted high-class prostitution services. Anies, however, refused to elaborate on what kind of evidence he had obtained.
Closing down the hotel was one of his key campaign promises during the gubernatorial election.
A letter signed by One-Stop Integrated Service Agency head Edy Junaedi showed that the administration refused to extend the operation permit of the hotel. The hotel's management stated that it provides hotel and massage services.
A copy of the letter was obtained by The Jakarta Post on Monday.
Anies said the hotel's operations were illegal and he would deploy personnel to monitor the hotel to ensure that it ceased its activities.
"We will monitor, because they have to abide by the decision and we have law enforcement officers to uphold the law," Anies said, adding that he had yet to receive a response from the hotel's management.