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Anies needs time to read Ombudsman recommendations on Tanah Abang closure

  • Winda A. Charmila

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 27, 2018   /   07:15 pm
Anies needs time to read Ombudsman recommendations on Tanah Abang closure "Angkot" (public minivan) drivers block a section of Jl. Jatibaru Raya in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, on Jan. 29. The drivers demanded that the Jakarta administration reopen the road, which has been closed since December to accommodate street vendors. (Tempo/Caesar Akbar )

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he would read the Ombudsman recommendations related to the closing of Jl. Jatibaru Raya in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, before taking any further action.

“We appreciate it; hence, we will read it first as the report is long,” Anies said Tuesday.

Asked whether he would open the road, which is one of the Ombudsman recommendations, Anies said he would read the report as well as the recommendations thoughtfully.

“As a form of respect, we need to read them all. It is not correct to respond before we read them carefully. Ombudsman is an honorable institution to protect the people’s interests,” Anies added.

Earlier, the Ombudsman team said the governor and the Jakarta Small and Medium Enterprises Agency was found to be incompetent and unlawful in their policy to close Jl. Jatibaru Raya to accommodate street vendors.

The closing has been in effect since December last year and prevented vehicles, including public transportation, from passing, except for Transjakarta buses. Only when angkot (public minivans) staged several rallies demanding the opening of the road did the administration allow them to pass through the road from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.