Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, incorruptible. Fearless. Outspoken. These are just some of the words that incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has been associated with. Even his opposition can’t deny the truth in these words. More intimately known as Ahok, Jakarta’s governor is as efficient as he is straightforward.
During his thus-far short tenure as governor of Jakarta, he has already done more than any of his predecessors. He has resettled slum-dwellers into low-cost apartments while cleaning out waterways and drains, greatly reducing Jakarta’s annual flooding. He has improved traffic tremendously by resettling street vendors and illegal mass parking into corresponding buildings.
Under his leadership, Jakarta also has seen its slums turned into green open spaces comprising parks and recreational spaces. Taman Waduk Pluit is one such transformation: this area went from a dumping ground for the surrounding slums to a green area complete with sports and exercise facilities.
Read more about the man more popularly known as Ahok, and his visions in the August 2016 Edition of Indonesia Tatler.
(Text by Kevin Sjahrial)