Saturday, July 17, 2010

The President and Traffic Jam

On 17 November 2004, seven cars crashed against each other at the Jakarta entrance gate of the Jagorawi toll road leaving six people dead and ten others wounded.

The incident occurred just ten minutes before President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY), on the way to office in Jakarta from his private home at Cikeas, West Java, entered the toll gate, therefore has made some people blamed SBY's security men for not arranging the traffic properly, and caused the incident.

No investigation has been reported, but SBY and his family still took the same route quite often, and his men kept on harshly stopping other cars before and when they passed the roads, making the traffic more and more jammed.

Last Friday, a Chief Editor of an Automotive magazine i.e. Hendra NS wrote an open letter telling SBY that he has been treated badly by the security men. He also requested SBY and his family to move Jakarta so that people would not suffer more from the traffic jam.

Considering that the state has provide SBY and his family an official residence, I hope that they would spend more time there, so as to lessen the traffic jam.

Sources for this post :
Enough with the Motorcade Madness, Frustrated Jakarta Commuter Tells Indonesian President (The Jakarta Globe)
6 Tewas 10 luka luka di Tol Jagorawi (Suara Merdeka)
Polri Petieskan Kasus Tabrakan di Tol Jagorawi (Detik)

10 comments:

Rob Baiton said...

alternatively...if he does not want to spend anytime in the palace then they could let the homeless stay there for free!

colson said...

We inevitably have authorities = we inevitably experience nuisance. In this case I think it's not the location of the President's domicile, but the raw authoritarian attitude of those who are in his service.

munir ardi said...

Yes I saw this topic yesterday in TV One, thanks for share here

H. Nizam said...

@Rob,
Hey that's a very good idea. Or it can also be changed to a museum, that way lots of tax payers money for palace maintenance would not be wasted.

@Colson,
Although I agree than the blame should be put on the harsh security, but the problem is that SBY love to have events and meet ministers/officials in Cikeas very often, each of them have similar tight security arrangements. The common men must be patient and wait for some time until those big guys passed.

@Munir Ardi,
It's good to see you again. Thank you for dropping by.

ojeje said...

Umm, well..
I think President has to move to Presidents Palace soon :)

H. Nizam said...

Ojeje,
The best thing for all of us would be for the president to live at the palace.

ortsed said...

if the homeless stay there for free i could say that this is an alternative way for me.. i that the case i should watch harry potter and the deathly hallows online rather than that.

H. Nizam said...

@Ortsed,
It would be an alternative place to stay not just for the homeless but also for others as well.
Harry Potter's latest movie? I'll check it out

umihoney said...

“Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.” - William J. H. Boetcker

Wish leaders would be more considerate.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Umi,

I always love your quotes which are always suitable for the topics. That is why I want to re-quote :

“Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.” - William J. H. Boetcker