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Jakarta entertainment businesses feel the squeeze of raids, high taxes: Association

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 3, 2020   /  05:13 pm
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The Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) electronic music festival held in JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta on Dec. 13-15, 2019.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Jakarta administration’s decision to close down several night clubs and pull the plug on an annual electronic dance music festival has raised concerns over the fate of entertainment businesses in the capital, which have been consistent in bringing in substantial revenue to the city through taxes. Jakarta Association of Entertainment Entrepreneurs (Asphija) chief Hana Suryani said the industry had long been stigmatized as a so-called haven for illegal activities and the city administration itself seemed reluctant to engage with businesses directly. “If the entertainment industry is negatively stigmatized, then when would [the administration] embrace and nurture us?” Hana told The Jakarta Post on Thursday She pointed to the recent closures as proof that the city administration was actively fostering the stigma while imposing high taxes on the industry. She fu...