Maladministration in Bukittinggi Government
I am assisting my family in Bukittinggi, whose access to their house is blocked by a two-storey building directly in front of the fence.
This is a clear violation of existing regulation. The house was inherited from my grandfather and is lived in my mother’s younger sister who is 85, and sickly.
For two years, I submitted protest to the Bukittinggi mayor and his deputy, but there has been no response. I also made my protest through the website Lapor.go.id, and also got no response. I then reported the matter to the Indonesian Ombudsman on February 12, 2018. The response was quick. Two commissioners handled my protest.
The West Sumatra Ombudsman followed up the case right up to the stage of mediation for settlement with the head of the relevant office there. The city government deemed there was nothing wrong with the two-storey construction. As a lecturer in city planning with a dissertation on licensing from the University of Queensland, Australia, I stated that it was definitely a license violation.
The Ombudsman concluded the mediation with a three-point conclusion: two items mentioned the presence of maladministration, and one point said there occurred no maladministration. I objected to the conclusion and detailed the violations made by the Bukittinggi city government.
The Ombudsman agreed to revise the conclusion, deciding the building construction was found to contain maladministration. Yet no settlement has been made. Neither has my request for the demolition of the building been replied to.
The Ombudsman has considered their job done, and is regarding my case as completed.
Is this how the authorities treat ordinary people?
Professor Roos Akbar, PhD
City Planning Professor, Bandung Technological Institute
Rowdy Noise in Housing Complex
MY family and I live in Jalan Pancoran Timur IIIB (formerly Jalan Mahmud II/3), Duren Tiga, South Jakarta. The house to the east next to ours has changed ownership, and the building is now used as a tabletennis club. The new owner and family live in a different house still in the same neighborhood.
My neighbors and I are now continuously bothered by the noise caused by the tabletennis activities, which start at 8 pm and go on until well into the night, seven times a week. On certain nights, we hear loud shouting and rowdy foot-stomping when a game is going on.
The specifications of the building obviously fail to meet the requirements for an activity of this kind. The construction is inappropriate for any sporting activity. Meanwhile, the club’s schedule is also non-appropriate for a residential estate. Yet, neither the owner nor the club-members feel they are doing anything wrong, disturbing the peace of the neighborhood during the night hours even though we have repeatedly lodged complaints to the owner.
Since September 5, 2019, we began lodging complaints to the authorities, from the neighborhood unit (RT) chief, the urban village administration, to the public complaint division of the South Jakarta Mayor office. We even ranted on the Instagram account of the Jakarta Governor and on several public grievance report websites. But nothing has happened.
To add fuel to fire, the club holds periodic competitions three days in a row, from Fridays to Sundays, and the rowdiness does not abate from morning time to very late into the night hours.
We now demand the authorities settle the matter once and for all, issue a letter of decision, and find a solution that is fair for all.
Pancoran, South Jakarta
Nationalism in North Natuna Sea
Basing a claim on their traditional fishing grounds through the Nine Dash Line, China is claiming the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters in the north of Natuna Island. While Indonesia is quite confident of its sovereign rights recognized by the United Nations through UNCLOS 1982, we have bolstered out strength with warships, reconnaissance aircraft and fighter aircraft. Indeed, all international ships may enter and cross the EEZ, but exploitation and exploration of our marine resources cannot be made without permission from Indonesian authorities.
Our reaction is normal when our yard is infringed upon by a neighbor, even though some think we are excessive, especially in the view point of possible open conflict. An odd reaction from many parties state that if there was a war against China, Indonesia would “surely” lose. Weaponry data is compared as if two fighters are going into a boxing ring. Pessimism has turned into cynicism even among the country’s own military analysts.
So a question arises: how can one win a war when even before its starts, one is already scared? Technological calculation and rational thinking should not give us a loser mentality. Does not this nation have a total defense system (Sistem Pertahanan Rakyat Semesta/Sishankamrata) doctrine, which essentially states that nationalism is not solely in the hands of the TNI, Bakamla, KKP, but also in the hands of all citizens, experts, the media, and all components of society included.
Nationalism is the “Great Soul” that left Palestinians battered, but remained honored when they fought against Israeli occupation. Nationalism is the fuel that ignited Vietnam’s patriotism when it made the US turn back in shame when they lost the war despite the fact their military was many times stronger. Nationalism was the stoke that boiled Indonesian blood in our war for independence. Even if we lost, we would have been remembered as a nation of honor and dignity, not a group of cowardly people hiding behind its intelligence, because with nationalism, humans can move beyond logic for their country.
Lecturer of Indonesia Defense University