Ahok Asks Jakarta’s Rich to Relocate to Suburbs
Lenny Tristia Tambun
Newly installed Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said that the local government will begin constructing low cost apartments for middle- and low-income citizens, and recommended richer residents move to the suburbs to solve the city’s traffic issues.
“People who live on a tight budget should be able to live in the city,” he said on Thursday. “Wealthy people should live in the suburbs because they tend to have drivers and money. We want to build cheap apartments for workers who live in the outskirts but work in the city. That way, we could reduce traffic jams significantly.”
Basuki, also known as Ahok, said that the city’s congestion was caused by the high amount of workers living in the suburbs that commute on a daily basis because they cannot afford to pay housing rentals in the capital. Many middle- and low-income citizens live in Jakarta’s satellite cities such as Bekasi, Bogor, Depok and Tangerang.
“Kost [room rental] prices are also expensive in the city,” Ahok added. “That’s why workers search for rooms in the suburbs because they are still cheap there, and this causes traffic.”
The mansion blocks, in which rooms will be rented, out will be built near offices and markets to limit people’s commute.
Ahok also stated that he would make sure that the apartments would be subject to fair usage.
“If those who live in the cheaper apartments are no longer family members or their descendents, neighbors should report them so they can be ousted.”
The deputy governor recommended a lottery to decide which people would get to live on the upper floors.