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'If we have done wrong, show us the right way'. 'Odong-odong' drivers ask city to reconsider ban plan

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 31, 2019   /  12:19 pm
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Haryono, 65, walks beside his parked odong-odong before hitting the road on Wednesday in Ciracas, East Jakarta. The Jakarta Transportation Agency planned to ban the operation of odong-odong for safety reasons, prompting drivers like Haryono to call for better solutions.(JP/Vela Andapita)

For many parents, odong-odong (amusement ride) are helpful whenever their children throw a tantrum or simply to get them to finish their food. So when news broke about Jakarta’s plan to ban the ride out of safety concerns, it was not only the odong-odong drivers that opposed the idea but also parents who had relied on such amusement rides to pacify their children. Nuriyanti, who lives in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta called on the Jakarta administration to find a better solution. “Please don’t take odong-odong away from us [parents],” she said on Thursday. Nuriyani said her 4-year-old son enjoyed odong-odong of any type, be it the ride that takes children around the neighborhood– which will be banned by Jakarta – and the mini-carousel ride. “My son likes to ride odong-odong as I feed hi...