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Jakarta Post

No garage, no car

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, January 18 2020   /  01:40 am

Once they settle down, inhabitants of Greater Jakarta tend to buy cars, even though their homes often sit on small alleyways inaccessible by four-wheeled vehicles. Owning a car is a symbol of being established — successful. For Javanese people, the predominant ethnic group in Jakarta and its satellite cities, the desire to own cars perhaps comes from an old tradition that requires a “real” man to possess a horse (as a means of transportation), a wife, a weapon and a bird.But the New Year floods provide the latest evidence that the region is not prepared to deal with the adverse impacts of its demographic burden. With more people continuing to arrive and babies continuing to be born, the already densely packed Greater Jakarta continues to grapple with its well-established urban problems, including traffic, pollution, waste and flooding.In an apparent effort to keep the proliferation...