The Jakarta Post
State-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) will evaluate cigarette advertisements, including billboards, at train stations nationwide, the company’s spokesperson said on Wednesday.
“We will evaluate the existing contracts with our partners,” KAI spokesperson Agus Komarudin said as quoted by Antara on Wednesday.
According to Agus, the company only allocated commercial space for its partners, which needed to obtain a permit from the local government before installing any advertisements. The permit needs to be included in a working contract, with the company allowing for the installation of ads only after all permits are secured.
“So far, cigarette ads are only found in the Yogyakarta and Surakarta stations. The one in Surakarta had already obtained a permit from the authorities, while the one in Yogyakarta hasn’t,” Agus said, adding that the ads at Yogyakarta Station would soon be taken down.
Previously, Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi criticized KAI for allowing cigarette ads to be displayed at several railway stations across the country. (dpk/swd)