Another Fine Mess: Ahok to Be Summoned by Bekasi City Council Over Jakarta’s Garbage


OCTOBER 22, 2015

Jakarta. The Bekasi City Council will summon Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to address concerns over garbage from the capital, which is currently dumped at the Bantargebang landfill in Bekasi.

Ariyanto Hendrata, a Bekasi city councilor, says local authorities face a major problem as Jakarta garbage trucks continue to bring in quantities of waste well above the prescribed limit, and drive through Bekasi streets before and after permitted hours – which they are forbidden from doing.

These violations are a blatant disregard of a memorandum of understanding signed by the Jakarta and Bekasi administrations regarding Jakarta’s waste management, Ariyanto said.

“We will summon the Jakarta governor over the issue. The trucks have committed too many violations far too often. They even drive on the [Bekasi] streets outside their operating hours [9 p.m. to 5 a.m], spreading the horrible stench everywhere,” he said on Thursday.

On Wednesday alone, Bekasi officials spotted six Jakarta garbage trucks cruising through the city’s streets outside operating hours.

“At the time they were supposed to go to Bantargebang through the Cibubur Alternative Highways [but they failed to do so],” Ariyanto added, without specifying the precise time.

To make matters worse, two of the six truck drivers did not carry the requisite documentation required at all times, he added.

Basuki, responding separately, played down the issue, saying the idea of summoning him to testify before the council was “absurd and childish.”

“You [Ariyanto] are being arrogant because you are at the [Bekasi] City Council. We [the Jakarta administration] have a good relation with the [Bekasi] mayor,” he said at City Hall on Thursday. “We can discuss this issue together, this is our problem together. If the trucks were caught driving outside of operating hours, just ticket the drivers.”