Ahok: Jakarta is like someone who builds a toilet after he needs to take a dump

Few would argue with the idea that Jakarta is a terribly designed and developed city.

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama blamed Jakarta’s poor infrastructure planning on previous administrations – in his own very colorful way, of course.

“[Jakarta has been planned] like it wants to defecate, then it builds a toilet,” Ahok said at City Hall today, as quoted by Vivanews today. 

Ahok was talking about the reactive manner in which the Jakarta provincial government only starts work on important projects after a disaster, such as fixing irrigation systems after a flood.

To reporters, Ahok said the Jakarta provincial government is going to change from that mentality so that from now on they can proactively fix many of the city’s problems, including floods and traffic jams.

About time. Because we really need that figurative toilet right about now. 

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