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Report on Tanah Abang road closure not Ombudsman recommendation: Commissioner

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 28, 2018   /   06:54 pm
Report on Tanah Abang road closure not Ombudsman recommendation: Commissioner Jakarta Police personnel direct motorcyclists during the closure of Jl. Jatibaru Raya in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta for street vendors on Dec. 22, 2017. (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

Indonesia Ombudsman commissioner Alvin Lie clarified on Wednesday that the Jakarta Ombudsman’s latest investigation report on the Jakarta administration’s controversial closure of Jl. Jatibaru Raya in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, has yet to reach a recommendation status.

“It was only a report [released by the Jakarta Ombudsman]. A recommendation can only be issued by the Indonesia Ombudsman and signed by head of the Indonesia Ombudsman,” he told tempo.co on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Jakarta Ombudsman team said Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and the Jakarta Small and Medium Enterprises Agency was found to be incompetent and unlawful in their policy to close Jl. Jatibaru Raya on Dec. 22 last year to accommodate street vendors.

The team has urged the administration to evaluate the spatial planning of Tanah Abang in connection with the policy while reopening Jl. Jatibaru Raya and relocating the street vendors along the road.

Anies said on Tuesday the Jakarta Ombudsman did not have the authority to give a recommendation over his action in closing the road. “I, however, appreciate the Jakarta Ombudsman’s initiative to examine one of policies that I had made,” he said.

Head of the Ombudsman's Jakarta office Dominikus Dalu, meanwhile, said there has yet to be any recommendation issued by the Indonesia Ombudsman. Such a recommendation should be deliberated through a plenary meeting held by the Indonesia Ombudsman.

“If [the city administration] takes no action regarding the [Jakarta Ombudsman] report, the Indonesia Ombudsman will deliberate and issue a recommendation,” he said, noting that the workflow had been conducted according to Law No. 37/2008 on Ombudsman.

A regional leader could face sanctions if he/she does not follow up the Ombudsman recommendations as stipulated in Government Regulation No.12/2017 on guidance and supervision of local administration. (vla)