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Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) adalah ibu kota negara dan kota terbesar di Indonesia. Jakarta merupakan satu-satunya kota di Indonesia yang memiliki status setingkat provinsi. Jakarta terletak di pesisir bagian barat laut Pulau Jawa. Dahulu pernah dikenal dengan beberapa nama di antaranya Sunda Kelapa, Jayakarta, dan Batavia. Di dunia internasional Jakarta juga mempunyai julukan J-Town, atau lebih populer lagi The Big Durian karena dianggap kota yang sebanding New York City (Big Apple) di Indonesia.
Jakarta memiliki luas sekitar 661,52 km² (lautan: 6.977,5 km²), dengan penduduk berjumlah 10.374.235 jiwa (2017). Wilayah metropolitan Jakarta (Jabodetabek) yang berpenduduk sekitar 28 juta jiwa, merupakan metropolitan terbesar di Asia Tenggara atau urutan kedua di dunia.
Sebagai pusat bisnis, politik, dan kebudayaan, Jakarta merupakan tempat berdirinya kantor-kantor pusat BUMN, perusahaan swasta, dan perusahaan asing. Kota ini juga menjadi tempat kedudukan lembaga-lembaga pemerintahan dan kantor sekretariat ASEAN. Jakarta dilayani oleh dua bandar udara, yakni Bandara Soekarno–Hatta dan Bandara Halim Perdanakusuma, serta tiga pelabuhan laut di Tanjung Priok, Sunda Kelapa, dan Ancol.
Begitulah tampilan angka di depan laman PT MRT Jakarta saat saya menulis thread ini.
Bukan dibuat tanpa maksud, jumlah hari yang terpampang tersebut adalah perhitungan waktu mundur sebelum akhirnya target mass rapid transit ( MRT ) Jakarta dioperasikan pada Maret 2019 mendatang. Sebuah momen yang diharap dan dinanti-nanti khususnya bagi warga Jakarta yang mulai penat dengan kemacetan ibukota.
Bila membicarakan soal pembangunan MRT, taukah kamu Gan bahwa dibalik proyek besar tersebut ada salah satu sosok perempuan yang punya peranan cukup penting dalam pembangunan ini?
Seorang sosok yang menurut saya punya pandangan dan prinsip yang juga bisa jadi cerminan dari semangat Kartini modern masa kini.
Dialah Silvia Halim, Direktur Konstruksi PT MRT Jakarta yang menjadi satu-satunya wanita dalam jajaran direksi PT MRT Jakarta tersebut.
Perempuan kelahiran 18 Juni 1982 ini telah ditunjuk sebagai Direktur Konstruksi PT MRT Jakarta sejak 31 Agustus 2016 silam. Jangan ragukan kemampuannya di bidang pembangunan infrastruktur ya Gan! Sebelum di PT MRT Jakarta, Silvia sudah memiliki pengalaman 12 tahun berkarir di Land Transport Authority (LTA) Singapura sebagai Project Manager untuk beberapa proyek insfrastruktur di sana.
Kini, sebagai Direktur Konstruksi, Silvia mengemban tugas utama untuk menjaga dan mengawal pekerjaan di MRT dari segi progress, kualitas dan safety yang ada di lapangan agar sesuai dengan kriteria yang sudah ditentukan sejak awal.
Beberapa waktu lalu saya pun berkesempatan untuk berbincang langsung dengan sosoknya di kantor PT MRT Jakarta yang terletak di kawasan Thamrin. Dan dari perbincangan tersebut ada banyak hal yang semakin membuat saya kagum terhadap sosoknya. Mulai dari ceritanya dalam berkarir hingga soal pandangan terhadap kartini dan wanita masa kini.
Tak pernah membatasi diri hanya karena dia perempuan
Saat kuliah, Silvia mengambil jurusan Teknik Sipil di Nanyang Technologycal University dan pada akhirnya berkarir di sektor konstruksi di mana keduanya kerap di cap sebagai sesuatu yang “lebih laki” oleh beberapa orang. Meski demikian , Silvia tak pernah membiarkan hal itu mempengaruhinya dalam menentukan masa depan yang ia pilih dan jalani.
“Nggak. It didn’t really cross my mind at that point of time when i make those decision. Bahwa beberapa hal lebih cocok untuk pria dan bahwa saya perempuan lebih cocok apa. That never really became a factor for me.”
Pilihannya untuk berkuliah di Singapura dan mengambil jurusan teknik sipil, jurusan yang mungkin bagi banyak orang masih terlihat sebagai jurusan yang diminati pria tersebut bisa dibilang terjadi begitu saja. Saat itu ia mendapat kesempatan untuk bersekolah di Nanyang Techonologycal University. Kesempatan itu pun langsung ia ambil karena baginya bersekolah di Singapura saat itu adalah salah satu caranya belajar hidup mandiri, mengurus diri sendiri.
Begitu pula ketika memasuki dunia kerja, Silvia yang baru lulus saat itu langsung dihadapkan dengan mayoritas rekan kerja yang kebanyakan adalah bapak-bapak yang sangat berpengalaman di bidang konstruksi. Meski begitu Silvia tak pernah canggung ataupun merasa kecil hati karena menjadi minoritas di antara dominasi karyawan pria. Baginya, ketimpangan perbandingan jumlah wanita dan pria saat itu bukan jadi masalah yang menghambatnya untuk bekerja secara maksimal.
“I have bigger problem.Bukan gender, tapi masalah showing that i am capable. Saya bisa walaupun saya masih muda di posisi itu sebagai seorang Project Engineer. Jadi my focus is more on how to demonstrate that I capable to do that job that I was given. Dan nggak ada cara lain saat itu kecuali saya harus mau merendah untuk bisa belajar dengan bapak-bapak ini yang lebih berpengalaman, namun di saat yang bersamaan juga bisa menunjukkan kalau saya berani mengambil keputusan dan berkolaboratif dengan mereka dalam mengerjakan proyek.”
Pernah mengalami diskriminasi tapi tidak pernah membuatnya ingin berhenti
Meski Silvia sendiri tidak pernah menganggap gender sebagai penghalang untuk seseorang bisa berkarya di tempat kerja, namun Silvia pernah mengalami kejadian tak menyenangkan yang akhirnya membuatnya sadar bahwa dalam realitanya masih ada ketidakadilan bagi perempuan di dunia kerja.
Itu ia alami saat bekerja di Singapura. Saat itu ia dan salah satu rekannya yang pria sama sama memiliki perfomance yang bagus. Meski begitu, Silvia harus rela ketika hanya rekan kerjanya saja yang dipromosikan. Alasan atasannya saat itu adalah meski perfomance keduanya sama-sama bagus dan memulai kerja di saat yang sama , tapi tetap secara record rekannya lebih senior. Ini dikarenakan ketika seorang pria Singapura sudah menjalankan wamil, maka masa service dia selama wamil akan dihitung sebagai kerja secara tidak langsung. Hal tersebut membuat Silvia sadar bahwa adanya sistem tersebut membuat perempuan harus bekerja dua kali lebih berat dibanding pria.
“Awalnya saya ngerasa oh fine. Tapi sesudah itu saya berpikir. It was not because i was performing less than him. Its just because the system and the situation made did such that laki laki singaporean itu akan lebih maju karirnya dibanding sama saya walau kita masuknya bareng dan performancenya sama. Itu by sistem. Itu membuat saya sadar kalau saya mau lebih maju berarti saya harus kerja double. I has to show that saya better than that person baru saya bisa mendapat pengakuan yang sama. Itu sih the first reality check yang saya pernah alami bahwa dunia itu tidak as fair and square as you hope to be. Saya merasa i have to work extra hard kalau begitu.”
Beruntungnya Silvia, saat pindah ke Indonesia ia langsung masuk ke posisi yang cukup tinggi sehingga mungkin memberikannya sedikit keuntungan untuk tidak merasakan perjuangan dari bawah untuk ke atas dan tidak mengalami diskriminasi. Meski demikian, untuk konteks selama ia bekerja di PT MRT Jakarta dan kesehariannya di pemprov ia merasa perkembangannya sudah cukup baik. Bahwasanya gender bukan menjadi sesuatu yang dipermasalahkan di PT MRT Jakarta.
Meski ia menjadi satu-satunya direksi perempuan, namun dalam hal seperti memberikan pendapat menurutnya sudah cukup seimbang antara kesempatan yang ia punya dengan jajaran direksi lainnya. Tak hanya itu, ia juga merasa posisi dan kesempatan antara laki-laki dan perempuan di tempatnya bekerja kini sudah cukup seimbang. Hal ini bisa dilihat lewat diberikannya ruang bagi perempuan untuk duduk di posisi-posisi yang cukup strategis seperti kepala divisi dan department di MRT Jakarta.
“Kepala divisi operasi yang akan mengoperasikan seluruh MRT onwards itu perempuan. Kepala divisi business development yang juga berperan penting dalam keberlangsungan perusahan ini kedepannya, supaya kita bisa terus mandiri dan tidak bergantung terus kepada subsidi atau PSO dari pemerintah itu perempuan. Kepala department engineering kita yang mendesain dan melihat desain tunnel dan stasiun, itu juga perempuan. Sampai level bawah nanti seperti masinis pun ada masinis perempuan. The first in indonesia. It was quite a deliberate decision dari PT MRT Jakarta bahwa oke buat masinis lets open it even to the female. Bukan hanya laki gitu. Jadi so far my own experience has been positive. Bahwa untuk kesempatan perempuan dalam pekerjaan saya di Indonesia sekarang sudah cukup baik. “
Ingin berkontribusi dan membawa perubahan kepada masyarakat
The sense of being able to contribute in making a difference to the society. Itu adalah alasan yang menurut Silvia membuatnya senang sekaligus terus bertahan di jalur pekerjaannya sekarang.
Samahalnya dengan pekerjaannya dulu di Singapore, kini Silvia masih terlibat dalam pengerjaan proyek untuk publik yang menjadikannya tak hanya sebatas civil engineer namun juga berada dalam posisinya sebagai seorang public servant. Posisi yang menurutnya paling sedikit diapresasi.
Kalau ada yang sukses its taken for granted. Harus beres. Tapi kalau ada sesuatu yang gak beres atau sesuatu yang salah aja dikit aja, its really unforgiving. Publik akan komplain di surat, di sosial media bahkan ketika itu hanya kecil.
Namun hal ini tidak jadi masalah bagi Silvia karena ketika proyek tersebut selesai, ia bisa melihat bagaimana itu dapat memberikan manfaat bagi masyarakat luas.
“That is the job satisfaction. That knowing that we can do that for the peopleitu yang membuat saya bertahan di pekerjaan dan bidang ini walau suka dukanya kerja kok kayak gak diappreciate. Tapi kita tau bahwa itu bisa membawa perubahan di keseharian. Jadi itu yang jadi kepuasan bekerja di sini.”
Konsep “Perempuan Ideal” yang salah kaprah dan tantangan bagi perempuan Indonesia masa kini
Menurut Silvia, tantangan menjadi seorang perempuan Indonesia masa kini ada pada masih kuatnya persepsi soal standar menjadi perempuan ideal. Misalnya harus sukses di karir, di keluarga, dalam mengurus anak, dan sebagainya. Standar-standar dan persepsi yang menurut Silvia justru membuat perempuan seakan berada dalam sebuah box yang mengikat.
Itu yang bagi silvia adalah tantangan yang harus dipatahkan oleh perempuan Indonesia masa kini. Menurutnya tidak perlu ada definisi perempuan ideal itu tadi. Karena perempuan harus bisa menjadi apa yang ia inginkan tanpa harus merasa bersalah atau kurang karena tidak melakukan hal-hal tertentu sesuai standar yang dipersepsi orang banyak.
“Kenapa kita tidak bisa secara bebas mengejar kehidupan kita sendiri? Mau jadi wanita karir atau ibu rumah tangga pun tidak masalah bila itu dilakukan secara bebas tanpa tekanan budaya atau sosial. Itu sebabnya menurut saya tidak ada definisi perempuan ideal. There is no such thing. Apa sih ideal itu? Nggak ada menurut saya. The thing is that woman should be able to be whoever they want to be and whatever it is tanpa harus merasa bersalah atau merasa kurang karena mereka tidak melakukan hal tertentu berdasarkan standar tertentu. Harusnya everybody can be whoever they want to be.”
Berani dan kerja keras jadi kunci
Sama halnya seperti Kartini yang berani bersuara dan melawan persepsi terhadap wanita di zaman itu, Silvia juga selalu memegang prinsip untuk selalu berani. Khususnya berani untuk mengejar mimpi. Salah satunya caranya ya dengan tidak membatasi diri hanya karena gendermu perempuan dan tetap bekerja keras demi tunjukan bahwa kita mampu dan layak berada di posisi yang kita inginkan.
“Saya selalu bilang dan pegang apa namanya jangan takut untuk mengejar mimpimu. Dan itu bisa kamu mulai dengan berhenti membuat keputusan tertentu hanya karena kamu perempuan. Misalnya, saya nggak bisa ngomong seperti ini karena saya perempuan. Atau justru saya harus bertindak seperti ini karena perempuan. No! You can do certain things for other reason but not because you are a woman. Dan kedua adalah kerja keras.We have to work hard and to show with result and action that you deserve to be where you are or to do what you are to do.”
Jadi untuk perempuan Indosia yang masih ragu untuk mengejar mimpi, jangan lupa semangat dan pesan dari Silvia Halim ya Sis!Jangan
Special Capital Region of Jakarta – DAERAH KHUSUS IBU KOTA JAKARTA (DKI)
(From top, left to right): Jakarta Old Town, Hotel Indonesia Roundabout, Jakarta Skyline, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Monumen Nasional, Merdeka Palace, Istiqlal Mosque
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Nickname(s):The Big Durian, J-Town
Motto: Jaya Raya (Indonesian) – (meaning: Victorious and Great)
Location of Jakarta in Indonesia | Coordinates: 6°12′S106°48′E
Jakarta/dʒəˈkɑrtə/, officially known as the SpecialCapital Region of Jakarta (Indonesian: Daerah Khusus Ibu Kota Jakarta), is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the country’s economic, cultural and political centre, and with a population of 9,761,407 as of December 2012, it is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia. The official metropolitan area, known as Jabodetabek (a name formed by combining the initial syllables of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi), is the second largest in the world, yet the metropolis’s suburbs still continue beyond it. The metropolitan has an area of 4,383.53 square kilometres (1,692.49 sq mi) and population of well over 28 million.Jakarta is listed as a global city in the 2008 Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) research. Based on survey by Brooking Institute, in 2011 growth of economic of Jakarta ranked 17th among the world’s 200 largest cities, a jump from its 2007 ranking of 171. Jakarta has grown more rapidly than Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Bangkok.In 2014 A.T. Kearney as Global consultant released the Global Cities Index, which also includes the Emerging Cities Outlook 2014 which mentioned Jakarta as rank first among 35 cities.Jakarta has a bustling luxury property market. Knight Frank, a global real estate consultancy based in London, reported in 2014 that Jakarta offers the highest return on high-end property investment in 2013 as compared to any other cities in the world.Established in the fourth century, the city became an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. It was the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies (known as Batavia at that time) and has continued as the capital of Indonesia since the country’s independence was declared in 1945.The city is the seat of the ASEAN Secretariat. Jakarta is served by the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, and Tanjung Priok Harbour; it is connected by several intercity and commuter railways, and served by several bus lines running on reserved busways.
The place that is now called Jakarta has been home to multiple settlements along with their respective names: Sunda Kelapa (397–1527), Jayakarta (1527–1619), Batavia (1619–1949), and Djakarta (1949–1972).
Its current name is derived from the word “Jayakarta”. The origins of this word lie in the Old Javanese and ultimately in the Sanskrit language. “Jayakarta” translates as “victorious deed”, “complete act”, or “complete victory”.
Jakarta is nicknamed the Big Durian, the thorny foul-smelling fruit; the city is seen as the Indonesian equivalent of New York City (the Big Apple).
The area in and around modern Jakarta was part of the fourth century Sundanese kingdom of Tarumanagara, one of the oldest Hindu kingdoms in Indonesia. Following the decline of Tarumanagara, its territories, including the Jakarta area, became part of the Kingdom of Sunda. From 7th to early 13th century port of Sunda is within the sphere of influence of Srivijaya maritime empire. According to the Chinese source, Chu-fan-chi, written circa 1200, Chou Ju-kua reported in the early 13th century Srivijaya still ruled Sumatra, the Malay peninsula, and western Java (Sunda). The source reports the port of Sunda as strategic and thriving, pepper from Sunda being among the best in quality. The people worked in agriculture and their houses were built on wooden piles. The harbour area became known as Sunda Kelapa and by the fourteenth century, it was a major trading port for Sunda kingdom.
The first European fleet, four Portuguese ships from Malacca, arrived in 1513 when the Portuguese were looking for a route for spices. The Kingdom of Sunda made an alliance treaty with Portugal by allowing the Portuguese to build a port in 1522 in order to defend against the rising power of the Sultanate of Demak from central Java. In 1527, Fatahillah, a Javanese general from Demak attacked and conquered Sunda Kelapa, driving out the Portuguese. Sunda Kelapa was renamed Jayakarta, and became a fiefdom of the Sultanate of Banten which became a major Southeast Asia trading centre.
Through the relationship with Prince Jayawikarta from the Sultanate of Banten, Dutch ships arrived in Jayakarta in 1596. In 1602, the English East India Company’s first voyage, commanded by Sir James Lancaster, arrived in Aceh and sailed on to Banten where they were allowed to build a trading post. This site became the centre of English trade in Indonesia until 1682.
Jayawikarta is thought to have made trading connections with the English merchants, rivals of the Dutch, by allowing them to build houses directly across from the Dutch buildings in 1615.
When relations between Prince Jayawikarta and the Dutch deteriorated, Jayawikarta’s soldiers attacked the Dutch fortress. Prince Jayakarta’s army and the English were defeated by the Dutch, in part owing to the timely arrival of Jan Pieterszoon Coen (J.P. Coen). The Dutch burned the English fort, and forced the English to retreat on their ships. The victory consolidated Dutch power and in 1619 they renamed the city Batavia.
Commercial opportunities in the capital of the Dutch colony attracted Indonesian and especially Chinese immigrants. This sudden population increase created burdens on the city. Tensions grew as the colonial government tried to restrict Chinese migration through deportations. Following a revolt, 5,000 Chinese were massacred by the Dutch and natives on 9 October 1740 and the following year, Chinese inhabitants were moved to Glodok outside the city walls. The city began to move further south as epidemics in 1835 and 1870 encouraged more people to move far south of the port. The Koningsplein, now Merdeka Square was completed in 1818, the housing park of Menteng was started in 1913, and Kebayoran Baru was the last Dutch-built residential area. By 1930 Batavia had more than 500,000 inhabitants, including 37,067 Europeans.
After World War II, the city of Batavia was renamed “Jakarta” (short form of Jayakarta) by the Indonesian nationalists after achieving independence from the Dutch in 1946.
Following World War II, Indonesian Republicans withdrew from Allied-occupied Jakarta during their fight for Indonesian independence and established their capital in Yogyakarta. In 1950, once independence was secured, Jakarta was once again made the national capital. Indonesia’s founding president, Sukarno, envisaged Jakarta as a great international city, and instigated large government-funded projects with openly nationalistic and modernist architecture. Projects included a clover-leaf highway, a major boulevard (Jalan MH Thamrin-Sudirman), monuments such as The National Monument, Hotel Indonesia, a shopping centre, and a new parliament building. In October 1965, Jakarta was the site of an abortive coup attempt in which 6 top generals were killed, precipitating a violent anti-communist purge in which half-a million people were killed, including many ethnic Chinese, and the beginning of Suharto’s New Order. A monument stands where the generals’ bodies were dumped.
In 1966, Jakarta was declared a “special capital city district” (daerah khusus ibukota), thus gaining a status approximately equivalent to that of a state or province. Lieutenant General Ali Sadikin served as Governor from the mid-60’s commencement of the “New Order” through to 1977; he rehabilitated roads and bridges, encouraged the arts, built several hospitals, and a large number of new schools. He also cleared out slum dwellers for new development projects—some for the benefit of the Suharto family—and tried to eliminate rickshaws and ban street vendors. He began control of migration to the city in order to stem overcrowding and poverty. Foreign investment contributed to a real estate boom which changed the face of the city.
The boom ended with the 1997/98 East Asian Economic crisis putting Jakarta at the centre of violence, protest, and political maneuvering. After 32 years in power, support for President Suharto began to wane. Tensions reached a peak in when four students were shot dead at Trisakti University by security forces; four days of riots and violence ensued that killed an estimated 1,200, and destroyed or damaged 6,000 buildings. Much of the rioting targeted Chinese Indonesians. Suharto resigned as president, and Jakarta has remained the focal point of democratic change in Indonesia. Jemaah Islamiah-connected bombings occurred almost annually in the city between 2000 and 2005, with another bombing in 2009.
Kota or Kotamadya (Municipalities) and Regency of Jakarta
Officially, Jakarta is not a city, but a province with special status as the capital of Indonesia. It has a governor (instead of a mayor), and is divided into several sub-regions with their own administrative systems. As a province, the official name of Jakarta is Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta (“Special Capital City District of Jakarta”), which in Indonesian is abbreviated to DKI Jakarta.
Jakarta is divided into five kota or kotamadya (“cities” – formerly municipalities), each headed by a mayor – and one regency (kabupaten) headed by a regent. In August 2007, Jakarta held its first ever election to choose a governor, whereas previously the city’s governors were appointed by the local house of representatives. The poll is part of a country-wide decentralization drive, allowing for direct local elections in several areas.
The cities/municipalities of Jakarta are:
Central Jakarta (Jakarta Pusat) is Jakarta’s smallest city and home to most of Jakarta’s administrative and political centre. It is characterized by large parks and Dutch colonial buildings. Landmarks include the National Monument (Monas), the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, the Jakarta Cathedral, and museums.
West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat) has the highest concentration of small-scale industries in Jakarta. The area includes Jakarta’s Chinatown and Dutch colonial landmarks such as the Chinese Langgam building and Toko Merah. West Jakarta contains part of Jakarta Old Town.
South Jakarta (Jakarta Selatan), originally planned as a satellite city, is now the location of large upscale shopping centres and affluent residential areas. Jakarta Selatan functions as Jakarta’s ground water buffer, but recently the green belt areas are threatened by new developments. Much of the CBD area of Jakarta is concentrated in Setia Budi, South Jakarta, bordering the Tanah Abang/Sudirman area of Central Jakarta.
East Jakarta (Jakarta Timur) territory is characterized by several industrial sectors erected in this city. Also located in East Jakarta are Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.
North Jakarta (Jakarta Utara) is the only city in Jakarta that is bounded by the sea (Java Sea). It is the location of the Tanjung Priok Port. Large-scale and medium-scale industries are concentrated in North Jakarta. North Jakarta contains part of Jakarta Old Town, formerly known as Batavia since the 17th century, and was a centre of VOC trade activity in Dutch East Indies. Also located in North Jakarta is Ancol Dreamland (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol), currently the largest integrated tourism area in South East Asia.
The only regency (kabupaten) of Jakarta is:
Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu), formerly a subdistrict of North Jakarta, is a collection of 105 small islands located on Java Sea. It has a high conservation value because of its unique and special ecosystems. Marine tourism, such as diving, water bicycle, and wind surfing, is the most important touristic activity in this territory. The main transportation between these islands are speed boat or small ferries.
In September 1945, the government of Jakarta City was changed from the Japanese Djakarta Toku-Betsu Shi into the Jakarta National Administration. This first government was held by a Mayor until the end of 1960 when the office was changed to that of a Governor. The last mayor of Jakarta was Sudiro, until he was replaced by Dr Sumarno as Governor of the province (as the city had now become).
In 1974, Based on the Act No. 5 of 1974 relating to the Fundamentals of Regional Government, Jakarta was confirmed as the capital of Indonesia and one of Indonesia’s (then) 26 provinces.Municipal Finances
The ability of the regional government to respond to the many problems of Jakarta is constrained by extremely limited finances. In 2013 the total budget available to the Jakarta regional government was approved at around Rp 50 trillion (about $US 5.2 billion), equivalent to around $US 380 per citizen. Priority areas of spending were listed as education, transport, flood control measures, environment programs, and various types of social spending (such as health and housing).
The Jakarta provincial government, like all other provincial governments in Indonesia, relies on transfers from the central government for the bulk of budget income. Local (non-central government) sources of revenue are incomes from various taxes such as vehicle ownership and vehicle transfer fees and so on.
In recent years, the Jakarta provincial government has consistently run a surplus of between 15–20% of total planned spending, largely because of delays in procurement procedures and other inefficiencies in the spending process. The regular underspending is a matter of frequent public comment but the legal and administrative blockages that cause the underspending problem seem very difficult to overcome.
Geography and Climate
Jakarta is located on the northwest coast of Java, at the mouth of the Ciliwung River on Jakarta Bay, which is an inlet of the Java Sea. Officially, the area of the Jakarta Special District is 662 km2 (256 sq mi) of land area and 6,977 km2 (2,694 sq mi) of sea area. The Thousand Islands, which are administratively a part of Jakarta, are located in Jakarta Bay, north of the city.
Jakarta lies in a low, flat basin, ranged from −2 to 50 metres (−7 to 164 ft) with average elevation 8 metres (26 ft) above sea level; 40% of Jakarta, particularly the northern areas, is below sea level, while the southern parts are comparatively hilly. Rivers flow from the Puncak highlands to the south of the city, across the city northwards towards the Java Sea; the most important is the Ciliwung River, which divides the city into the western and eastern principalities. Other rivers include the Pesanggrahan, and Sunter.
All these rivers, combined with the wet season rains and insufficient drainage due to clogging, make Jakarta prone to flooding. Moreover, Jakarta is sinking about 5 to 10 centimeters each year, even up to 20 centimeters in the northern coastal areas. To help cope with the threat from the sea, the Netherlands will give $4 million for a feasibility study to build a dike around Jakarta Bay. The ring dike will be equipped with a pumping system and retention areas to defend against seawater. Additionally, the dike will function as a toll road. The project will be built by 2025. In January 2014, Central Government agreed to build 2 dams in Ciawi, Bogor and a 1.2 kilometers tunnel from Ciliwung River to Cisadane River to ease Jakarta floods. Construction costs will be paid by Central Government, but land acquisitions is responsibility of Jakarta Authority.
Jakarta has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) according to the Köppen climate classification system. Despite being located relatively close to the equator, the city has distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season in Jakarta covers the majority of the year, running from October through May. The remaining four months (June through September) constitute the city’s dry season (each of these 4 months has an average monthly rainfall of less than 100 mm). Located in the western part of Java, Jakarta’s wet season rainfall peak is January with average monthly rainfall of 389 millimetres (15.3 in), and its dry season low point is September with a monthly average of 30 mm (1.2 in).
As the economic and political capital of Indonesia, Jakarta attracts many domestic immigrants who bring their various languages, dialects, foods and customs.
The “Betawi” (Orang Betawi, or “people of Batavia”) are the descendants of the people living in and around Batavia and recognized as an ethnic group from around the 18th–19th century. The Betawi people are mostly descended from various Southeast-Asian ethnic groups brought or attracted to Batavia to meet labor needs, and include people from different parts of Indonesia. The language and Betawi culture are distinct from those of the Sundanese or Javanese, forming itself as a language island in the surrounding area. The language is mostly based on the East Malay dialect and enriched by loan words from Dutch, Portuguese, Sundanese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Chinese, and Arabic. Nowadays, the Jakarta dialect (Bahasa Jakarta), used as a street language by people in Jakarta, is loosely based on the Betawi language.
Betawi arts have a low profile in Jakarta, and most Betawi have moved to the suburbs of Jakarta, displaced by new migrants. It is easier to find Java or Minang based wedding ceremonies rather than Betawi weddings in Jakarta. It is easier to find Javanese Gamelan instead of Gambang Kromong (a mixture between Betawi and Chinese music) or Tanjidor (a mixture between Betawi and Portuguese music) or Marawis (a mixture between Betawi and Yaman music). However, some festivals such as the Jalan Jaksa Festival or Kemang Festival include efforts to preserve Betawi arts by inviting artists to give performances.
There has been a significant Chinese community in Jakarta for many centuries. The Chinese in Jakarta traditionally reside around old urban areas, such as Pinangsia, Pluit and Glodok (Jakarta Chinatown) areas. They also can be found in old chinatowns of Senen and Jatinegara. Officially, they make up 5.5% of the Jakartan population, although this number may be under-reported. Chinese culture also had influenced Betawi culture, such as the popularity of Chinese cakes and sweets, firecrackers, to Betawi wedding attire that demonstrates Chinese and Arab influences.
Jakarta has several performing art centres, such as the classical concert hall Aula Simfonia Jakarta in Kemayoran, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) art centre in Cikini, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta near Pasar Baru, Balai Sarbini in Plaza Semanggi area, Bentara Budaya Jakarta in Palmerah area, Pasar Seni (Art Market) in Ancol, and traditional Indonesian art performances at the pavilions of some provinces in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Traditional music is often found at high-class hotels, including Wayang and Gamelan performances. Javanese Wayang Orang performances can be found at Wayang Orang Bharata theater near Senen bus terminal. As the nation’s largest city and capital, Jakarta has lured much national and regional talent who hope to find a greater audience and more opportunities for success.
Jakarta hosts several prestigious art and culture festivals, and exhibitions, such as the annual Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest), Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta Fashion Week, Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival (JFFF), Jakarta Fair, Indonesia Creative Products and Jakarta Arts and Crafts exhibition. Flona Jakarta is a flora-and-fauna exhibition, held annually in August at Lapangan Banteng Park, featuring flowers, plant nurseries, and pets. The Jakarta Fair is held annually from mid-June to mid-July to celebrate the anniversary of the city and is largely centred around a trade fair. However, this month-long fair also features entertainment, including arts and music performances by local bands and musicians.
Several foreign art and culture centres are also established in Jakarta, and mainly serve to promote culture and language through learning centres, libraries, and art galleries. Among these foreign art and cultural centres are China Confucius Institute, Netherlands Erasmus Huis, UK British Council, France Centre Culturel Français, Germany Goethe-Institut, Japan Foundation, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Centre.
The museums in Jakarta cluster around the Central Jakarta Merdeka Square area, Jakarta Old Town, and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.
The Jakarta Old Town contains museums that are former institutional buildings of Colonial Batavia. Some of these museums are: Jakarta History Museum (former City Hall of Batavia), Wayang Museum (Puppet Museum) (former Church of Batavia), the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum (former Court House of Justice of Batavia), the Maritime Museum (former Sunda Kelapa warehouse), Bank Indonesia Museum (former Javasche Bank), and Bank Mandiri Museum (former Nederlandsche Handels Maatschappij). There is also a very famous museum in Jakarta, dedicated to the famous music producer MOBZERO. It feature lots of his music and artworks. Several museums clustered in central Jakarta around the Merdeka Square area include: National Museum of Indonesia (also known as Gedung Gajah (“the Elephant Building”), Monas (National Monument), Istiqlal Islamic Museum in Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, and Jakarta Cathedral Museum on the second floor of Jakarta Cathedral. Also in the central Jakarta area is the Taman Prasasti Museum (former cemetery of Batavia), and Textile Museum in Tanah Abang area. The recreational area of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta contains fourteen museums, such as Indonesia Museum, Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum, Asmat Museum, Bayt al-Qur’an Islamic Museum, Pusaka (heirloom) Museum, and other science-based museum such as Research & Technology Information Centre, Komodo Indonesian Fauna Museum, Insect Museum, Petrol and Gas Museum, plus the Transportation Museum. Other museums are Satria Mandala Military Museum, Museum Sumpah Pemuda, and Lubang Buaya.
Jakarta contains the most museums in Indonesia with over 50 museums within its 661 square kilometers area. The museums in Jakarta cluster around the Central Jakarta Merdeka Square area, Jakarta Old Town, and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.
The Jakarta Old Town contains museums that are former institutional buildings of Colonial Batavia. Some of the notable museums are: Jakarta History Museum (former City Hall of Batavia), Wayang Museum (former Church of Batavia), the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum (former Court House of Justice of Batavia), the Maritime Museum (former Sunda Kelapa warehouse), Bank Indonesia Museum (former Javasche Bank), and Bank Mandiri Museum (former Netherlands Trading Society).
Several museums clustered in central Jakarta around the Merdeka Square area include: National Museum of Indonesia, Monas, Istiqlal Islamic Museum in Istiqlal mosque, and Jakarta Cathedral Museum on the second floor of Jakarta Cathedral. Also in the central Jakarta area is the Taman Prasasti Museum (former cemetery of Batavia), and Textile Museum in Tanah Abang area.
The recreational area of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta contains fourteen museums from the 1970s within its complex.
North Jakarta and Thousand Islands
Onrust Archaeology Park
Jakarta Old Town
Bank Indonesia Museum
Bank Mandiri Museum
Fine Art and Ceramic Museum
Jakarta History Museum or Museum Fatahillah
Jakarta Textile Museum
Museum Lukisan Universitas Pelita Harapan
Museum 12 Mei Universitas Trisakti
Bentara Budaya Jakarta
Gedung Joang ’45
Gedung Kesenian Jakarta
Gedung Mohammad Hoesni Thamrin
Jakarta Cathedral Museum
Museum Adam Malik (1985, closed in 2005)
Museum Anatomy Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Indonesia
Museum Jenderal Besar DR. Abdul Haris Nasution
Museum Kebangkitan Nasional
Museum Pers ANTARA
Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi (the site where the text of the nation’s proclamation of independence was composed in 1945)
Museum Puri Bhakti Renatama
National Gallery of Indonesia
National Museum or Museum Gajah
Museum Sasmita Loka Jenderal Ahmad Yani
Museum Sumpah Pemuda
Taman Prasasti Museum
Museum Loka Jala Srana
Museum of PKI Treason
Monument of Sacred Pancasila
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Indonesia Fauna Museum
Indonesia Soldiership Museum
Insect Museum and Butterfly Park
Komodo Museum and Reptile Park
Museum of Electricity and New Energy
Oil and Natural Gas Museum
Museum of Science and Technology
Indonesia Stamp Museum
Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum
Timor Timur Museum
Basuki Abdullah Museum
Harry Dharsono Museum
Museum Dirgantara Mandala
Museum Kriminal (Mabak)
Museum Manggala Wanabhakti
Reksa Artha Museum
Satrian Mandala Museum
Waspada Purbawisesa Museum
Jakarta has a vast range of food available at hundreds of eating complexes located all over the city, from modest street-side foodstalls and traveling vendors to the high-class expensive restaurants. One of the most popular local dishes in Jakarta is Soto Betawi, which is a cow milk or coconut milk broth with beef tendons, intestines, tripe. However since Jakarta is regarded as the ‘melting-pot’ and a miniature of Indonesia, many traditional food from other regions of Indonesia can be easily found in Jakarta. For example, traditional Padang restaurants and low-budget Javanese Warteg (Warung Tegal) foodstalls are ubiquitous in the capital. Next to a myriad of selections of Indonesian food and regional specialties from all over Indonesia, there is also international food, especially Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indian, American, French, Italian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, and modern fusion food. The other popular foods include Kerak Telor, gado-gado, sate, nasi goreng and kue cucur.
Daily newspapers in Jakarta include
Chinese language national newspaper: Indonesia Shang Bao
English language national newspaper: The Jakarta Post, The Jakarta Globe
Indonesian language national newspaper: Kompas, Koran Tempo, Media Indonesia, Seputar Indonesia, Republika, Suara Pembaruan, Suara Karya, Sinar Harapan, Indo Pos, Jurnal Nasional, Harian Pelita
Business newspaper: Bisnis Indonesia, Investor Daily, Kontan, Harian Neraca.
Indonesian language local (Jakarta) newspaper: Pos Kota, Warta Kota, Koran Jakarta, Berita Kota,
Sport newspaper: Top Skor
Television stations include:
Public broadcaster: TVRI
Private national television: MNC TV, RCTI, Metro TV, Indosiar, ANTV, SCTV, Trans TV, tvOne, Trans 7, Global TV, Kompas TV, NET., and Rajawali TV
Local television: Jak TV, O Channel, Elshinta TV, and DAAI TV Indonesia
Cable television: First Media, TelkomVision
Satellite television: Indovision, TelkomVision, Okevision, Aora TV, Yes TV
Many TV stations are analog PAL, but some are now are converting to digital signals using DVB-T2 following government plan to digital television migration.
Public broadcaster: RRI.
Investment and Finance Radio: [Radio Finance Indonesia]
Economy, Governance and Infrastructure
Jakarta’s economy depends heavily on financial service, trade, and manufacturing. Industries in Jakarta include electronics, automotive, chemicals, mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences manufacturing.
The economic growth of Jakarta in 2007 was 6.44% up from 5.95% the previous year, with the growth in the transportation and communication (15.25%), construction (7.81%) and trade, hotel and restaurant sectors (6.88%). In 2007, GRDP (Gross Regional Domestic Product) was Rp. 566 trillion (around $US 56 billion). The largest contributions to GRDP were by finance, ownership and business services (29%); trade, hotel and restaurant sector (20%), and manufacturing industry sector (16%). In 2007, the increase in per capita GRDP of DKI Jakarta inhabitants was 11.6% compared to the previous year
Both GRDP by at current market price and GRDP by at 2000 constant price in 2007 for the Municipality of Central Jakarta (Jakarta Pusat), which was Rp 146 million and Rp 81 million, was higher than other municipalities in DKI Jakarta.
A new law in 2007 forbids the giving of money to beggars, buskers and hawkers, bans squatter settlements on river banks and highways, and prohibits spitting and smoking on public transportation. Unauthorized people cleaning car windscreens and taking tips for directing traffic at intersections will also be penalized. Critics of the new legislation claim that such laws will be difficult to enforce and it tends to ignore the desperate poverty of many of the capital’s inhabitants.
Copying an idea implemented in Singapore’s Orchard Road, in 2011, the Jakarta administration said that it would restrict on-street parking on Jl Hayam Wuruk (Haram Wuruk St) and Jl Gajah Mada in Central Jakarta. It said it would also remove illegal vendors and beggars from pavements and streets in the area. In practice, these measures have only been partially successful.
Two private companies, PALYJA and Aetra, provide piped water supply in the western and eastern half of Jakarta respectively under 25-year concession contracts signed in 1998. A public asset holding company called PAM Jaya owns the infrastructure. 80% of the water distributed in Jakarta comes through the West Tarum Canal system from Jatiluhur reservoir on the Citarum River 70 km (43 mi) southeast of the city. Water supply had been privatized by government of then President Suharto in 1998 to the French company Suez Environnement and the British company Thames Water International. Both foreign companies subsequently sold their concessions to Indonesian companies. Customer growth in the 7 first years of the concessions had been lower than before, despite substantial inflation-adjusted tariff increases during this period. In 2005 tariffs were frozen, leading the private water companies to cut down on investments.
According to PALYJA in its western half of the concession the service coverage ratio increased substantially from 34% in 1998 to 59% in 2007 and 65% in 2010. According to data by the Jakarta Water Supply Regulatory Body, access in the eastern half of the city served by PTJ increased from about 57% in 1998 to about 67% in 2004, but stagnated after that. However, other sources cite much lower access figures for piped water supply to houses, excluding access provided through public hydrants: One study estimated access as low as 25% in 2005, while another source estimates it to be as low as 18.5% in 2011. Those without access to piped water supply get water mostly from wells that are often salty and polluted with bacteria.
The 2010 census counted some 9.58 million people, well above all government estimates. The area of DKI Jakarta is 664 km2, suggesting a population density of 14,464 people/km2 as the ninth largest urban population density in the world. Inwards immigration tended to negate the effect of family planning programs. The population has risen from 4.5 million in 1970 doubled to 9.5 million in 2010, counting only its legal residents. While the population of Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek Region) has risen from 8.2 million in 1970 jump to 28.5 million in 2010.
The city’s population in 2000 was 35.16% Javanese, 27.65% Native Jakarta (known as Betawi), 15.27% Sundanese and 5.53% Chinese. Jakarta is home to the largest population of overseas Chinese in Indonesia, even Jakarta does not then have the largest concentration of ethnic Chinese population. The Sumatran people of the city is very diverse. According to 2010 Census, there were roughly 346,000 Batak, 305,000 Minangkabau, and 155,000 The Malays. Batak ethnic group has increased in ranking, from eighth in 1930 to fifth in 2000.
Most of the visitors attracted to Jakarta are domestic tourists from all over Indonesia. As the gateway of Indonesia,
Jakarta often serves as the stop-over for foreign visitors on their way to Indonesian popular tourist destinations such as Bali and Yogyakarta. Other than attracted to monuments, landmarks, and museums around Merdeka square and Jakarta Old Town, tourist attractions include Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Ragunan Zoo, Sunda Kelapa old port and the Ancol Dreamland complex on Jakarta Bay, including Dunia Fantasi theme park, Sea World, Atlantis Water Adventure, and Gelanggang Samudra.
Tourism is contributing a growing amount of income to the city. In 2012, the tourism sector contributed 2.6 trillion rupiah (US$268.5 million) to the city’s total direct income of 17.83 trillion rupiah, a 17.9 per cent increase over 2011. Tourism stakeholders are expecting greater marketing of the Jakarta as a tourism destination.
On February 2014, the government provided city tour buses that offers sightseeing in Central Jakarta. The buses route covers tourist attractions, such as Monas, Istiqlal Mosque, the Cathedral, National Museum, Sarinah, Plaza Indonesia as well as Grand Indonesia shopping centers.
Jakarta is a shopping hub in the nation also one of the best places to shop in South East Asia. The city has numerous shopping malls and traditional markets. The annual “Jakarta Great Sale” is held every year on June and July to celebrate Jakarta’s anniversary with about 73 participating shopping centres in 2012.
Malls such as Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan and Senayan City provides numerous selections of luxury brands. Mall Taman Anggrek, Pondok Indah Mall, Mal Kelapa Gading, and Central Park Jakarta cater high-street brands such as UK’s Topshop and Europe’s Zara
United Kingdom’s number one department store, Debenhams has 3 outlets in the city, the first one on Senayan City, Supermall Karawaci and Lippo Mall Kemang Village. Japan’s international Sogo department store has about 6 department stores which spread around shopping malls in the city. Seibu flagship store is located on Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. And French luxury department store, Galeries Lafayette will open its doors for the first time on South East Asia in Pacific Place Jakarta.
Internationally known luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Chanel, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga, and Giorgio Armani can be easily found on Jakarta’s luxury shopping malls.
Satrio-Casablanca corridor, 3.5 kilometre-long street that is a new shopping belt in Jakarta. Many multistorey shopping centres are located here, such as Kuningan City, Mal Ambassador, and Kota Kasablanka. Also Satrio-Casablanca’s largest shopping centre, LOTTE Shopping Avenue, opened in 22 June 2013.
Traditional markets include Blok M, Tanah Abang, Senen, Pasar Baru, Glodok, Mangga Dua, Cempaka Mas, and Jatinegara. In Jakarta there are also markets that sells specified collectable items, such as antique goods in Surabaya Street and gemstones in Rawabening Market.
Lapangan Banteng (Buffalo Field Park) is located in Central Jakarta near the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Jakarta Cathedral, and the Jakarta Central Post Office. It is about 4.5 hectares. Initially it was called Waterlooplein of Batavia and functioned as the ceremonial square during the Netherlands Indies colonial period. A number of colonial monuments and memorials erected on the square during the colonial period were demolished during the Sukarno era. The most notable monument in the square is the Monumen Pembebasan Irian Barat (Monument of the Liberation of West Irian). During the 1970s and 1980s the park was used as a bus terminal. In 1993 the park was turned into a public space again. It has become a recreation place for people and is occasionally also used as an exhibition place or for other events. The Jakarta Flona (Flora dan Fauna), the flower and decoration plants and pet exhibition, is held in this park around August annually.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Miniature Park of Indonesia), in East Jakarta, has 10 mini parks. But the most popular is The Bird Park or Aviary
Taman Suropati is located in Menteng city subdistrict in Central Jakarta. The park is surrounded by several Dutch colonial buildings. Taman Suropati was known as Burgemeester Bisschopplein during the Dutch colonial time. The park is circular shaped with a surface area of 16,322 m2. There are several modern statues in the park made by artists of the ASEAN countries, which contributes to the nickname of the park “Taman persahabatan seniman ASEAN” (“Park of the ASEAN artists friendship”). Also located in the Menteng area are the Taman Menteng and Situ Lembang pond parks. The Taman Menteng was built on the former Persija football Stadium.
Taman Monas (Monas Park) or Taman Medan Merdeka (Medan Merdeka Park) is a huge square where the symbol of Jakarta, Monas or Monumen Nasional (National Monument) is located. The enormous space was created by Dutch Governor General Herman Willem Daendels (1810) and was originally named Koningsplein (Kings Square). On 10 January 1993, President Soeharto initiated action for the beautification of the square. Several features in the square are a deer park and 33 trees that represents the 33 provinces of Indonesia.
In June 2011, Jakarta has only 10.5 percent Ruang Terbuka Hijau (Green Open Space) and will be added to 13.94 percent Public Green Open Space. Public Parks are include in Public Green Open Space. By 2030, the administration also hope there are 16 percent Private Green Open Space.
Jakarta was host to the Asian Games in 1962, host of the Asian Cup 2007 beside Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, and has hosted the regional-scale Southeast Asian Games in 1979, 1987 and 1997. In 2011, Jakarta again hosted the Southeast Asian Games, but this time as co-hosts with Palembang.
Jakarta’s most popular home football club is Persija, which plays its matches in their home stadium at Bung Karno Stadium. The home match of Persija often draws its large fan – cladded with Persija’s typical orange kit – to watch the match in the main stadium. The large spectators flocking to the main stadium usually worsen the traffic congestion in Jakarta. Another premiere division team is Persitara which plays its matches in the Kamal Muara Stadium in Kamal area. The biggest stadium in Jakarta is the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium with a capacity of 88,083 seats. The Senayan sports complex has several sport venues, including the Bung Karno football stadium, Madya Stadium, Istora Senayan, aquatic arena, baseball field, basketball court, badminton court, a shooting range, several indoor and outdoor tennis court and a golf driving range. The Senayan complex was built in 1959 to accommodate the Asian Games in 1962. For basketball, the Kelapa Gading Sport Mall in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, with a capacity of 7,000 seats, is the home arena of the Indonesian national basketball team.
The Jakarta Car-Free Days are held weekly on Sunday on the main avenues of the city, Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin, from 6 am to 11 am. The briefer Car-Free Day which lasts from only 6 am to 9 am is held on every other Sunday. The event invites local pedestrians to do sports and exercise and have their activities on the streets that are normally full of cars and traffic. Along the road from the Senayan traffic circle on Jalan Sudirman, South Jakarta, to the “Selamat Datang” Monument at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jalan Thamrin, all the way north to the National Monument in Central Jakarta, cars are cleared out for pedestrians. Morning gymnastics, calisthenics and aerobic exercises, futsal games, jogging, bicycling, skateboarding, badminton, karate, and on-street library and musical performances take over the roads and the main parks in Jakarta.
With 28 million people in the metropolitan area, nearly 10 million vehicles in daily use, and limited rapid transit system Jakarta is strained by transportation problems. The city suffers a lack of urban public transport services due to prioritized development of road networks, which were mostly designed to accommodate private vehicles. Most trips, however, are undertaken by non-motorized transportation (particularly walking) and numerous modes of public or demand-responsive transportation services.
A structured road network had been developed in the early 19th century as a part of the Java Great Post Road by former Governor-General Daendels, which connects most major cities throughout Java. During the following decades, the road network was expanded to a great extent, although it could not keep up with the rapidly increasing numbers of motorized vehicles, resulting in highly congested traffic.
A notable feature of Jakarta’s present road system is the toll road network. Composed of an inner and outer ring road and five toll roads radiating outwards, the network provides inner as well as outer city connections. The outer ring road is under construction, but it is largely in use. Six elevated toll roads are in tender progress.
The five radiating toll roads are the:
Prof. Dr. Sedyatmo Toll Road linking to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
Jakarta-Tangerang Toll Road linking to Tangerang and further to Merak in the west
Jakarta-Serpong Toll Road linking to Serpong
Jagorawi Toll Road linking to Bogor and Ciawi in the south
Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road linking to Bekasi and Cikampek in the east
Throughout the years, several attempts have been made to reduce traffic congestion on Jakarta’s main arteries. Implemented solutions include a ‘three-in-one’ rush-hour law, during which cars with fewer than three passengers are prohibited from driving on the main avenues. Another example is the ban on trucks passing main avenues during the day.
Public road transportation
In 1966, an estimated 160 thousand pedicabs (becak) operated in the city; as much as 15% of Jakarta’s total workforce was engaged in becak driving. In 1971, becak were banned from major roads, and shortly thereafter the government attempted a total ban, which substantially reduced their numbers but did not eliminate them. A campaign to eliminate them succeeded in 1990 and 1991, but during the economic crisis of 1998, some returned amid less effective government attempts to control them.
“Auto rickshaws”, called bajaj, provide local transportation in the back streets of some parts of the city. From the early 1940s to 1991 they were a common form of local transportation in the city.
The TransJakarta bus rapid transit service (known as Busway) was developed in the context of development reforms (or reformasi) and used Bogota’s TransMilenio system as a model. Jakarta’s first busway line, from Blok M to Jakarta Kota opened in January 2004 and as of 14 February 2013, twelve out of fifteen corridors are in use. Currently TransJakarta has the world’s longest bus rapid transit routes (172 km in length) and has more than 669 buses in operation.
The Kopaja and MetroMini economy minibus systems also provide important services for Jakarta commuters with numerous routes throughout the city.
Although ojeks are not an official form of public transport, they can be found throughout Indonesia and in Jakarta. They are especially useful on the crowded urban roads and narrow alleyways, which other vehicles cannot reach. In November 2011, Taxijek was launched in Jakarta. It is essentially a taxi, but with a motorcycle instead of an automobile. Besides a taximeter and the company’s driver identity card, the passenger has access to a helmet, disposable shower caps to use underneath the helmet and an extra raincoat. Contrary to common ojeks, Taxijeks are allowed to enter gated communities and they usually charge a lower fare.
Electronic Road Pricing
Due to the city’s acute gridlock, the Jakarta administration will implement Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) in 10 districts: Tanah Abang, Menteng, Setiabudi, Tebet, Matraman, Senen, Gambir, Tambora, Sawah Besar and Taman Sari. The projects will initiate once approved by the Finance Ministry. The ERP will be implemented in the three-in-one zone and along Jl. Rasuna Said in Kuningan by the first quarter of 2014. Vehicles passing through the ERP areas will be charged Rp 21,072.
Long-distance railways and local tram services were first introduced during the Dutch colonial era. While the trams were replaced with buses in the post-colonial era, long-distance railways continued to connect the city to its neighbouring regions as well as cities throughout Java. The surrounding cities of Jakarta are served by KRL Jabotabek, a mass rapid transit system which serves commuters both in and around Jakarta. The major rail stations are Gambir, Jakarta Kota, Jatinegara, Pasar Senen, Manggarai, and Tanah Abang. During rush hours, the number of passengers greatly exceeds the system’s capacity, and crowding is common.
There had been plans for a monorail and part of it was already under construction, but the project stalled in 2004 and was officially abandoned as of 2008, mostly due to a lack of investors to fund it all. The monorail project was relaunched in 2013 and the groundbreaking was done in October 2013.
A two-line metro (MRT) system is under construction, with a north-south line between Kota and Lebak Bulus; and an east-west line, which will connect to the north-south line at Sawah Besar Station. In the end the JMRT will be a combination of both subways and elevated rails. Preparation works started in April 2012, with the first, 15.2 km-long line between Hotel Indonesia and Lebak Bulus, and the north-south line MRT network is scheduled to be operational by 2016.
The Jakarta Capital City Government had decided to build rail-based mass transits because this type of transport is capable of carrying passengers in large quantities quickly and cheaply. As of 2013 plans were underway to invest $4 billion in mass transit over the next few years including commencement of a subway.
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) is the main airport serving the greater Jakarta area. The airport is named after the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno, and the first vice-president, Mohammad Hatta. The airport is often called Cengkareng or Soetta by Indonesians. The airport’s IATA code, CGK, originates from the name of the Cengkareng locality, Tangerang, Banten, although the location of this airport is located outside of the city, it is used as a gate out by the Jakartans and citizen of the surrounding areas, therefore at the main gate of the airport, there is an inscription “Jakarta Airports”. It is Indonesia’s busiest airport handling over 50 million passengers annually. A second airport, Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP) serves domestic flight of low cost airline, private and VIP/presidential flights. Other airports in the Jakarta metropolitan area include Pondok Cabe Airport and an airfield on Pulau Panjang, part of the Thousand Island archipelago.
Jakarta Airport Quick Facts
Jakarta Airport is operated by PT Angkasa Pura II
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport IATA airport code is CGK and ICAO code is WIII
Located at 06°07?32?S 106°39?21?E, 32 feet (10 meters) above sea level, Jakarta International Airport is located 20 kilometers west of Jakarta city center.
Two runways Runway 07R/25L – 12,007 feet, 3,660 meters long – Paved Runway 07L/25R – 11,811 feet, 3,600 meters long – Paved
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has 150 check-in counters, 30 baggage carousels and 42 gates. Each sub-terminal has 25 check-in counters, 5 baggage carousels and 7 gates.
On 6 June 2007, the city administration introduced the Waterway (officially Angkutan Sungai), a new river boat service along the Ciliwung River. However, because of the large amount of floating garbage which kept jamming the propeller, it is no longer in service. The varying water levels during the dry and wet seasons were also a contributing factor to the close-down.
Jakarta’s main seaport Tanjung Priok serves many ferry connections to different parts of Indonesia. Tanjung Priok is the largest seaport in Indonesia, with an annual traffic capacity of around 45 million tonnes of cargo and 4,000,000 TEU’s. The port is also an important employer in the area, with more than 18,000 employees who provide services to more than 18,000 ships every year. The Port of Jakarta has 20 terminals: general cargo, multipurpose terminal, scraps terminal, passenger terminal, dry bulk terminal, liquid bulk terminal, oil terminal, chemicals terminal and three container terminals, 76 berths, a quay length of 16,853 metres, a total storage area of 661,822 m2 and a storage capacity of 401,468 tonnes.
In December 2011, Muara Angke Port has been renovated yet with cost Rp130 billion ($14.4 million) in 3 hectares area. Next, Muara Angke Port will be used for public transport port to Thousand Islands, while Marina Ancol Port will be used as tourist ship port.
Jakarta is home to a number of universities, of which the University of Indonesia is the largest. It is a state-owned university with campuses in Salemba and Depok. Jakarta is also home to two other state universities: the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta and the State University of Jakarta. Some major private universities located in Jakarta are: Trisakti University, Tarumanagara University, Atma Jaya University, Pelita Harapan University and Bina Nusantara University.
STOVIA (School tot Opleiding van Indische Artsen) was the first high school in Jakarta, established in 1851. As the largest city and the capital, Jakarta houses a large number of students from various parts of Indonesia, many of whom reside in dormitories or home-stay residences. For basic education, there are a variety of primary and secondary schools, tagged with public (national), private (national and bi-lingual national plus) and international schools. Four of the major international schools located in Jakarta are the Gandhi Memorial International School, IPEKA International Christian School, Jakarta International School and the British International School (BIS). Other international schools include the Jakarta International Korean School, Bina Bangsa School, Jakarta International Multicultural School, Australian International School, New Zealand International School, Singapore International School, and Sekolah Pelita Harapan.
Jakarta signed sister city agreement with other cities, one of them is Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, that have signed sister city agreement on 21 September 1990. To promote friendship between two cities, Jalan Casablanca, a main avenue famous for its shopping and business centers in South Jakarta, was named after Jakarta’s Moroccan sister city. Currently there is no street in Casablanca named after Jakarta, however on the other hand in Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, an avenue was named after Sukarno, Indonesia’s first president, to commemorate his visit in 1960 also as a token of friendship. Jakarta is also a member of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.