Below are excerpts and photographs from an unfinished post written this past summer regarding Jakarta’s continuing issues with infrastructure development and forced evictions.
A 2006 Human Rights Watch report on government orchestrated forced evictions of Jakarta residents summed up the dynamic that has dictated the relationship between the city’s working urban poor and the government in one sentence: “One of the overarching themes in the history of Jakarta is the conflict between the desires of its rulers to create a model city to display to the world, and the desires of the poor of Indonesia to seek opportunities within it.”
My latest piece for the Jakarta Post on the rapid demolition of informal homes along the Kali Mampang river in South Jakarta and mass evictions of the urban poor to make way for levies, gardens, and “inspection roads”. More to come soon on the subject of the City Administration’s often flawed approach to dealing with Jakarta’s congestion and overcrowding.
A somewhat dense and unclear, if out of context, Jakarta Post report on the KPU reaction to reports of voter fraud and manipulation coming out of various parts of Indonesia. A few scattered quotes were contributed by yours truly.
My latest brief write-up for the Jakarta Post, touching on water quality issues at Pluit low-income housing projects and poor communication between the City Administration housing management and tenants.
Empty water jugs outside Pluit low-income housing projects
Last Sunday the Jakarta Globe reported that a massive electrical fire had ravaged homes in the impoverished area of Muara Baru in North Jakarta, leaving hundreds homeless the day before on June 28th. The coverage was brief and stuck to the immediate facts, stating that the number of houses destroyed was around 500. Assuming there were families in each of those units, a huge amount of people had been displaced in the span of several quick and destructive hours.
Homeless Muara Baru residents outside of PMI provided tents