'What Else Do You Want?': Basuki Slams Evicted Fishermen

A number of people living together on the boat after his house was demolished two days ago in Kampung Aquarium, Luar Batang, North Jakarta, April 20. Dozens of villagers whose homes displaced aquarium chose to stay on board while waiting to get a new home. (JG Photo/ Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

By : Deti Mega Purnamasari | on 9:41 AM April 26, 2016
Category : News, Jakarta, Featured

Jakarta. Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has slammed Luar Batang residents who have stayed in the recently cleared area onboard fishing boats, rather than moving into housing provided by the city in Kapuk Muara, North Jakarta.

The Kapuk Muara low-cost apartments, known as rusunawa, were built for the fishing community with space provided for boats to be anchored. More housing is set to be released in Muara Angke, Basuki said at City Hall on Monday (25/04).

The governor threatened the city would sell the flats if the Budha Tzu Chi Foundation, who manage the apartments, fail to tighten supervision and end reports of fishermen selling on their flats for a profit.

The fishermen have been provided with Smart Jakarta Cards (education subsidies) for their children and school buses to take them to and from Kapuk Muara.

"What else do you want?" Basuki said.

Evicted residents whom have moved into the housing are grateful for the decent, secure and comfortable space and enjoy a better livelihood and education, he added.

“If anyone says it is troubling [to move into flats], compare the previous and current condition. Even residents of cities beyond Jakarta are envious,” said Basuki.

The city is also preparing more apartments and grouper fish farms in the Thousand Islands to support more fishermen.

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