Will we feel disappointed already THIS week, after Jakarta celebrated its 482nd anniversary with lots of promises LAST week? Tell us what you feel and expectThe city has heard lots of promises in the past, and experienced disappointment very quickly soon after the promises said. Maybe this time the promises will be kept?
One important promise is that an MRT line, running North South, will be operational within the next decade. A company is already founded, headed apparently by a seasoned professional. But MRT is a huge undertaking, costing perhaps 300 times more per kilometer than a busway system. Technically and operationally an MRT system is by far more complex. After the corruption case and flaws (and delays!) in the project management with the much simpler busway, can we really uphold our hope for the MRT? Can a bad bureaucracy produce good quality? We need to know how the bureaucracy is being reformed to make sure that it lives up to our expectation of a world-class infrastructure that Jakarta, a metropolis-capital, deserves and is in dire need.
The Governor also said on Sunday, June 28, 2009, morning that by now there are already hundreds of neighbourhoods doing waste separation and composting in Jakarta. Some got awards from the City. We are glad that our fellow citizens’ initiatives are recognised. However, I am still trying very hard to verify those “hundreds” of neighbourhoods. So, if you know anybody who has that magic list of outstanding neighbourhoods with complete addresses, please help get it. It would be nice to know they really exist and where to visit them. Not that I doubt that the Governor spoke empty words without data back up….
More importantly, do we know of any government support that citizens can apply for?
The bigger question is: How should government develop a programme to support citizens’ initiatives? Any idea? Any one?