Fast-Tracking the Formula E Budget
DINO Patti Djalal immediately contacted Jakarta Governor Anies Rasyid Baswedan as soon as he learned that Formula E was looking for a host for the electric car race in June. The former foreign affairs deputy minister recommended Anies to propose Jakarta as a host city. “This is a car race of the future as (the cars) use electric power,” said Dino when Tempo contacted him on Friday, November 8.
According to Dino, Anies agreed to his suggestion. Dino asked Anies to meet with Singaporean Formula E consultants. Anies confirmed the story told by Dino, who was a fellow nominee in the Democratic Party presidential primaries. “Pak Dino was the one who introduced us,” said Anies.
Jakarta Tourisindo CEO Jeffrey Rantung, who was present at the meeting in June with the consultants at the Hermitage Hotel in Menteng, Central Jakarta, said Anies immediately expressed his interest to have Jakarta host the Formula E race. Anies then flew to New York, United States, in mid-July, to discuss this interest with Formula E founders Alejandro Agag and Alberto Longo. In mid-August, Anies met with President Joko Widodo to inform him of the plan to host a Formula E race.
On September 20, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Formula E’s parent organization, officially announced Jakarta as the electric car race’s host. At the time, Jakarta had already agreed to pay a guarantee fee of £22 million, or around Rp423 billion for the Formula E race within the next five years. The budget is now being proposed by Governor Anies in the 2020 draft regional budget (APBD). The Jakarta administration is proposing a budget of Rp934 billion to host the event and an additional Rp305 billion for preparations. The draft budget for the event totals at Rp1.6 trillion.
A number of politicians at Kebon Sirih, where the Jakarta Regional Representative Council (DPRD) is headquartered, say Anies did not stumble upon meaningful hurdles in budgeting the Formula E event. DPRD Speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi helped facilitate the process. Anies also met with Prasetyo and Indonesian Motorcycle Association (IMI) Chairman, Sadikin Aksa, on September 3 to discuss the event. Prasetyo says he supports the Formula E race. “Jakarta needs entertainment. Besides, the race will still happen even if Anies does not return to office as governor,” said the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician.
Jakarta DPRD members from the Indonesian Solidarity Party, Anthony Winza Probowo and Anggara Wicitra Sastroamidjojo, criticize Anies’ plan to host the Formula E race because the event is not included in Jakarta’s mid-term regional development plan (RPJMD). Anthony feels that the event’s budget does not equal its profit of Rp50 billion. Both accuse Anies of using the Formula E race as a political platform.
Governor Anies dismisses the allegation. According to him, the Formula E draft budget amounts to only around 1.8 percent of Jakarta’s total regional budget in 2010, of Rp89.44 trillion. Anies confirms that the Formula E plan did not go through the RPJMD mechanism and compares it to the 2018 Asian Games event, which was not included in the mid-term national development plan.
According to Anies, despite the not-so-great profit, as much as around Rp1.2 trillion of funds will be circulating during the Formula E event. “Jakarta’s name will become more popular globally,” he said.