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Jakarta's dark culture swallowed by the wave of urban development



The label "blasphemy of Islam.

Thanks to the relocation of my wife's church from Cideng in Central Jakarta to Angke district in West Jakarta, every Sunday morning I enjoy a refreshing early-morning drive with nostalgic nostalgia as I look across the rubble layer under the ring road overpass that was forcibly removed by urban development.

In the PILKADA DKI JAKARTA (PemILihan KepAla DAerah) Jakarta special gubernatorial election on Wednesday, April 19, Governor Ahok, who is seeking a second term in office, was defeated by Anis, a candidate supported by the Grindra Party and the FPI Pro-Islam Front.

Governor Ahok was indicted under the Penal Code (Hukum Pidana) for desecration of the Koran and came close to imposing Hak Angket in the National Assembly.

Season City Pre-Chileun River Trash Cleanup

Season City Pre-Chileun River Trash Cleanup

In terms of the reaction to the election results, if you think about it simply, the majority of Indonesians, who make up 90% of the population, were labeled as blasphemous politicians against Islam, and the election results came at a time when a dual structure was created.

Karijodo district cleansing by Governor Ahok

Governor Ahok has made too many enemies, this election made me feel once again that politicians are loners, but the biggest break for Governor Ahok, who was not willing to be forced out with urban development, was the forced exclusion of Karijodo here in Angke District in February 2016.

When I first came to Jakarta 19 years ago, I had a culture shock that changed my outlook on life at Keramat Tengah in East Jakarta and Kalijodo here in West Jakarta.

Anke River

An antique group of houses along the Anke River

Kramatunga was demolished a dozen years ago, but Karijod has survived until just last year as a former Dutch colonial area of special restaurants, which in Japan would be marked by a red line on a police map, but now there is not even a trace of it.

It is a fair argument that the urban landscape needs to be cleaned up by economic development, but as I have memories that I will probably take with me to the grave, I am concerned about the destination of people who lived here and benefited from the local economy, and so on, I am prepared to criticize the arrogant and hypocritical Japanese.

By the way, Mr. Anis, who will take office as governor of Jakarta State in October, is a former president of Palamadena University and former minister of education and culture, and in contrast to Mr. Ahok, who has a powerful image, is described as a "polite and theoretical person.

A Chinese-Indonesian acquaintance of mine told me that he was so depressed that his wife couldn't even eat because of the election in Ahok.

It is said that 90% of Indonesia's economy is occupied by Chinese Indonesians, who make up 5% of the country's population, but just as the Chinese were targeted during the 1998 riots, the fear of an emergency because they are an ethnic minority is etched in their DNA, and I feel that the relief of finally being able to live a secure life after Mr. Ahok, who is of Chinese descent, took office as governor of Jakarta Province has been reversed, and the fear that the Chinese will be oppressed in the backlash is even in the bottom of their heart.