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Jakarta Post

Second historian denies knowledge of Monas events approval team

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 8, 2018   /   02:44 pm
Second historian denies knowledge of Monas events approval team The National Monument (Monas) stands above the participants of the 212 reunion rally held on Dec. 2, 2017. (Antara/Zarqoni Maksum)

A second historian has said that he was not part of a special team tasked with reviewing and approving events to be held at National Monument (Monas) Park in Central Jakarta, which has an operational budget of Rp 461 million (US$32,000).

Historian JJ Rizal said he was not involved with the team, although he was on its roster, and that he had never received an official letter on his appointment or an invitation to join the team.

“I was never even told that the team was being put together and what it was for. That’s why I’m confused that my name is on the list [of team members],” said Rizal on Wednesday, as quoted by

In May, historian Anhar Gonggong also said that he was not notified about the team. 

Anhar was also listed as a private sector representative alongside JJ Rizal and Asro Kamal Rokan under the relevant decree.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued Gubernatorial Decree No. 276/2018 on establishing the special team soon after he opened Monas Park for public events.

Under the decree, the team is tasked with checking the event requirements and reviewing requests to hold activities in the vicinity of Monas. The team is also responsible for determining whether the event fulfilled all requirements and then submit a suggestion to the governor.

The decree also states that Anies, his deputy Sandiaga Uno and the governor's undersecretary for culture and tourism will supervise the team, which is to serve an eight-month term.

The team is to be headed by the city secretary and the economy and finance deputy assistant, while the Jakarta Tourism Agency head is the team secretary.

The team is to comprise representatives from the city's Assets Management Body, Tax and Levies Board, Capital and One-Stop Integrated Service Agency, Cipta Karya Planning and Land Agency, Monas management, the city secretariat’s economic bureau, the State Secretariat, the Jakarta Police and the Jakarta Military Command. (ami)