[Hpn] ALERT: Jakarta City will arrest homeless people, Governor says (fwd) (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sun, 24 Dec 2000 16:18:30 -0800 (PST)

FWD  Brunei Press - December 23, 2000


       JAKARTA (AFP) - Touring markets, train stations, bus terminals, and
ports, the governor of Jakarta has urged thousands of home-bound travellers
not to bring their village relatives back to the capital when they return
from annual holidays.

       "Jakarta is not a nice place to live in. There are no places to stay
or jobs to do here," Governor Sutiyoso was quoted on Friday by the Jakarta
Post as saying.

       The Post said Sutiyoso used a mixture of persuasion and threats.

       "The City Public Order Officer will arrest you if you are homeless,
so don't come here," he said.

       Each year towards the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan,
millions of Indonesians crisscross the vast island archipelago in a mass
pilgrimage to their hometowns.

       This year's mass people movement is compounded by Christmas and New
Year celebrations falling in the same week as Aidilfitri, the end of the
fasting month.

       Those returning to Jakarta often bring with them relatives from the
cash-starved provinces seeking better prospects in the capital.

       Fearing further overswelling of the densely populated megalopolis of
11 million people where beggars crowd most intersections, Sutiyoso took to
the capital's packed transport terminals to drum home his message.

       As a sweetener, he reminded them that decentralisation was imminent,
and the country cousins are better off at home.


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