The Jakarta Post
Sky high: The Sarinah shopping center as seen from a pedestrian bridge on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, on Sunday.(JP/Iqbal Yuwansyah)When Jakarta’s first retail center Sarinah was inaugurated by Indonesia’s founding father and first president,
Sukarno, in 1967, it made headlines for being the first high-rise building in Jakarta.
Standing 74 meters high with 15 stories in Menteng, in the heart of Jakarta, the state-run high rise was expected to serve as a stimulator of economic growth and means for the distribution of goods to the public to advance the interests of society’s lower class amid the country’s then-abysmal macroeconomic condition.
Named after Sukarno’s nanny, who came from a modest socio-economic background, Sarinah symbolizes support for the poor.
In its opening days, the store provided various kinds of household needs as well as enter...