The Jakarta Post
Recent flooding in Jakarta and its satellite cities has put the city’s administration under public scrutiny again.
Social media was the main platform for people to voice their complaints, especially toward Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.
Nevertheless, Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah took the problem lightly, adding that flooding was an issue faced by several previous governors.
“According to Bang [brother] Yos [former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso], all [of the capital’s] governors dealt with flooding. Meaning that in every [rainy season], we face flooding,” he said as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.
Saefullah downplayed the complaints, telling people that the administration was working on flood control.
“Just enjoy [the floods] [...] two thirds of the human body is water, as they say. At the end of the day, it’s how we manage the water that goes in and out of our body,” said Saefullah in a playful tone.
Instead of detailing the city’s strategic efforts to fight floods, Saefullah expressed support for Anies, asking the public to give the governor time to handle the floods.
Saefullah also claimed that Jakarta had been successful in tackling the recent floods, indicated by a “normal” situation in Jakarta within 24 hours post-flooding. Most public facilities and main roads were immediately accessible, he added. (gis)