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Anies unimpressed as City Council sets up special committee on flood mitigation

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 12, 2020   /  04:42 pm
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (left) gives a public statement.(kompas.com/Nibras Nada Nailufar)

Although opinions were divided at first, Jakarta’s councilors have finally come to an agreement on forming a special committee for flood mitigation amid public criticism over the weak measures taken to prevent the recent floods in the capital. City Council speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi approved the formation of the committee during a meeting on Feb. 24. The committee will start work after a confirmation hearing for Jakarta’s new deputy governor on March 23. The city councilors claimed the formation of the special committee was not intended as a rebuke to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan regarding his handling of the recent floods but rather was aimed at helping the governor find better solutions. Anies, meanwhile, appeared unimpressed with the council’s decision, claiming his administration had organized mitigation programs and was still focusing on the...