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Jakarta Post

Welcome to Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, June 15 2019   /  01:21 am

Unlike his predecessors, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has opted to welcome newcomers who arrived in the capital city during the recent reverse exodus of Idul Fitri holidaymakers. “Everyone is welcome to Jakarta,” he said.Gone is “Operasi Yustisia”, a decades-old crackdown on newcomers that saw Jakarta’s public order and population agency officers raid bus terminals, train stations and densely populated neighborhoods. Those who did not carry Jakarta ID cards were at risk of being jailed for three months or fined Rp 5 million, according to a 2001 bylaw on population administration.The operation was conducted discriminately, with the city only targeting low-skilled workers and low-income people. Those who arrived at the airport were exempt from the operation even though, like other newcomers, they came to realize their Jakarta dreams.Operasi Yutisia was a waste of money, becaus...