Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Beggars Call, Again

In the next few months, motorists in Jakarta will not probably be bothered anymore by beggars, buskers and street vendors. Commuters will not be disturbed by them while using public transportation in the city. No more "polisi cepek" collecting money at u-turns. City parks will also be cleaner.

Life and travelling in the city will be more convenient. No more grim signs of poverty will be seen on the busy streets of Jakarta. The image of Jakarta will be better among travellers. Those things are possible because on September 10, the Jakarta City Council had approved a new bylaw on public order that, among others, banning people for donating money to beggars, buskers and street children.

The bylaw lays out punishments of Rp.500,000 upto maximum of Rp.50 million in fines or a maximum 180 days of imprisonment for offenders.
Here are some of the points in the new bylaw that I got from the Jakarta Post:

  • Individual or institution is prohibited to be a beggar, busker, street vendor or car windshield cleaner.
  • No individual or institution may trade with street vendors or give money or goods to beggars, buskers or car windshield cleaners.
  • Individual or institution shall not force other person to be beggar, busker, street vendor or car windshield cleaner.
  • Individuals and institutions are prohibited from soliciting donations in the street, markets, housing complexes, hospitals, schools, offices and on public transportation without governor's permission
  • No unauthorized persons may manage traffic in return for money.
  • Public transportation passengers shall not litter, throw chewing gum, spit or smoke inside the vehicle.
  • Nobody may squat or stand on benches in public parks.
  • It is prohibited to leave chewing gum on park benches.
  • All individuals and institutions must register animals they own.
  • Food stalls and restaurants must display prominently the halal certificate.
Some of the points are really necessary to improve public order and it is only a matter of organizing public education programs to change the bad habits. Others, however, have broader social consequences that the city administration, lawmakers and the general public shall consider before enacting fully the bylaw.

I might be wrong, but to me the government or the society in general hasn't yet been able to take care of the poor people effectively. Hiding poverty for the sake of image is a crime. People shouldn't die because they can't buy food when they are hungry or can't buy medicines when they are sick. Beggars shall be able to find places easily to get assistance when they can't go anymore to the streets to collect donations. Crimes will be on the rise when people are in dire needs of money, and they don't know where to go.

The city administration shall also create programs to inform and assist people who are willing to give donation to the needy in a more effective ways. The city administration may also provide technical assistance to orphanage houses and other social organizations on how to be more transparent financially and be more effective in managing their institutions or organizations, that will foster public trust.

Meanwhile, street vendors are hardworker people. They are on the street because it's difficult to find jobs, especially for those who have no education or skills, and it is difficult to find customers other than on the street, when more people prefer to go to malls and hypermarkets instead of going to traditional markets.

The city administration shall help them, also the companies that get benefits from their hard works, such as cigarettes makers, publisher of newspapers and magazines, candies manufacturers, etc. These people are willing to work hard. They just need facilitation and a little assistance. Training or workshops will certainly be very helpful for them.

We maybe able to make Jakarta clean from beggars, buskers and street vendors, but there a lot more jobs to do to avoid the negative impact of the bylaw that may worsen situations. By helping poor people in fact we are helping ourselves to create better and safer place to live. Hope Ramadhan brings stronger social solidarity among Jakartans. Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa.

19 comments:

  1. see my opinion on my blog :)
    in here

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  2. it's like brushing the problem under the carpet

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  3. huhu, semacam dilema juga yah, kita gak pengen ada mereka, tapi di sisi lai kegiatan kayak getulah yang jadi mata pencaharian mereka..

    kadang we have to admit kalo kita butuh polisi cepek, ada beberapa kawasan tertentu yang udah gak terkendali arus kendaraannya, dan saya melihat keberadaan mereka sungguh membantu.. walaupun tak menutup fakta kalo beberapa dari emreka malah bikin macet..

    ngmg2 udah diberlakukan beneran yah Pak, jadi pengen liat..

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  4. whose fault is it that they're becoming what they are? is it their own?

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  5. Your thoughts and ideas are well-expressed. I would love to see your follow-up propositions implemented by the City Council, too.

    Probably it's about time to start lobbying for change? :D

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  6. ya..jakarta harus ubah image sekarang juga...

    masa kawan malaysia bilang...
    hal pertama yg ditemui ketika melancong ke Jakarta adalah..
    anak jalanan yg maksa membersihkan kaca mobilnya..!
    malunya aq...

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  7. masalahnya ya itu tadi... harus ada solusi untuk pengemis, anak2 jalanan, dna orang yang kerja di jalanan...kalo emang udah bisa memberi lapangan pekerjaan dan bisa menghidupi mereka..ya ok lah ditetapkan peraturan semacam ini. kalo dengan peraturan kayak gini, orang2 yang tadinya bisa dapet uang secara halal (karena diberi orang) malah jadi maling?? cem mana coba?? itu kan sama aja, mendorong berbuat maksiat!

    ah nggak ngertilah...pening....

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  8. hukum gk akan berlaku mas klo selalu ada toleransi

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  9. kalo nggak tegas, jakarta nggak akan bebas dari para gembel dan pengemis, keberadaan mereka sebenarnya kan mengganggu kebersihan kota

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  10. Despite the fact that public opinion may vary, though personally I think that this would be burning-down-the-house-to-kill-a-mouse-policy, the authority should have begun sistematically erradicating povery by implementing real programmes, one among many; that is empowering small-businesses and intensive oversight of rural development.

    Anything less than that.. just like.., yes! - like burning-down-the-house-to-kill-a-mouse..

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  11. no comment lah, masalah klasik yang ga pernah nemu ujungnya....
    met puasa juga Om!

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  12. well, actually, when i heard the rule from the TV, i don't think it will solve the problem. i think it will make another problem as an effect of the rule. hmm, just wait and see aja deh.

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  13. kampret nyasar: how should the government go about it? i think both should be done simultaneously to get real results.

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  14. Ramadhan kan bulan pahala, ya jadi wajar lah byk kaum dhuafa yg mengharapkan menerima pahala itu..

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  15. sometime we have to admit it

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  16. Rame, ya komennya. Saya cenderung sepakat dengan Mas Kampret Nyasar, bahwa ada beberapa peraturan di negeri ini yang telah dibuat, belum mampu menyelesaikan masalah.

    sektor informal menjadi lahan pilihan, karena sulitnya mencari pekerjaan di sektor formal yang memang tidak sebanding dengan banyaknya jumlah pencari kerja dan Sumber Daya Manusianya yang belum "disiapkan" dengan baik. (terbukti RAPBN untuk sektor pendidikan masih melanggar Undang-Undang yang mewajibkan 20%) Jumlah pengangguran makin meningkat. Jika tidak ada sektor informal yang "menampung" mereka, apa jadinya jika semua menjadi pengangguran.

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  17. jarang2 nih aku ngasih comment,,,,, *ihiyyy*
    ada acc blogger sih tp ga mao make special bwt blog ini,,,,,
    hehehehehehehehehe,,,,,

    aturannya mengada2,,,,,
    eh,,,ga realistis deng,,,,, *sama ajah,hehe,,,*
    sapa juga yg mau ngawasin,,,,,
    e.g. ada gitu pengawas yg mau jaga 24/7 (ga sgitunya jg sih :P) d kndaraan umum???

    some rules are meant to be broken toh,,,,, *ngasal*
    kyk masyarakat mau aja naatin aturan gajelas ntuh,,,,,
    or is it just me.....? > . <

    baidewi baswei,8 kucing d rmh didaftarin ga.....?
    hehehehehehehehehehehe,,,,,
    kangen,,,,,

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  18. Goverment should knew better their citizen, specialize for beggars so they can solve this social problem. Nice posting mas.. :)

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  19. Untuk membuat Jakarta indah, aman, nyaman, peraturan harus dibuat komprehensip. Pelarangan di satu sisi, harus diimbangi adanya dorongan memberdayakan para anak/orang jalanan ini. Kalau tidak, malah menimbulkan masalah lain.

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