The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Administration's Forestry, Parks and Cemeteries Agency forbids residents from holding events at public cemeteries, the agency's head said, responding to a viral video showing a city graveyard being used as a party venue.
“There is the restriction in the Public Order Bylaw and the Public Cemetery Bylaw,” agency head Djafar Muchlisin said on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.
The bylaws, he said, restricted anyone from holding any entertainment gathering in the cemetery as well as from holding other events unrelated to burials in the graveyard areas.
Djafar said if residents wanted to hold a party, they could use child-friendly parks known as integrated child-friendly public spaces (RPTRA), instead of graveyards.
“They can hold the parties in our green spaces as long as they have acquired the permits,” he said, adding that the permit could be processed through city’s One-Stop Integrated Services (PTSP).
His comment came in light of a video depicting a dangdut stage, with a complete set up of speakers, singers and band, being erected in Pondok Kelapa public cemetery in East Jakarta on Saturday. The dangdut performance was part of entertainment provided by a family holding a party to celebrate their child’s circumcision, also held in the cemetery.
The video went viral on Twitter, having been retweeted more than 4,000 times and generating thousands of comments. It also showed that in space-constrained Jakarta, residents often encroach on public facilities to conduct their personal gatherings.