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People in Jakarta banned from giving money to beggars JAKARTA - People who donate money to beggars, street musicians or food vendors in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, will face jail time or hefty fines under new legislation passed Monday, according to an official. The city council says they aim to clean up Jakarta. Residents who buy food or goods from hawkers operating outside the designated locations, give money to beggars, newspaper sellers or solicit for sex on the street could spend 60 days in jail or be fined up to 1,800 euro tells Arie Budhiman, a spokesman for the city.

"We want to clear Jakarta of beggars and street hawkers," he said, agreeing that it will not be easy to enforce the measure in the chaotic city of 13 million people. Most people buy at least one meal a day from vendors on the street. Young children knock car windows selling products and beggars are on sidewalks and overpasses with turned out hands. "Everyone will have to participate," Budhiman said. "It will require changing habits and a lot of discipline."

Many people in Indonesia, an archipelagic nation with 235 million people, are very poor and have to live on less than 2 U.S. dollars a day. Begging is common in many big cities. At least three other regions in Indonesia have already passed similar ordinances preventing people from giving money to beggars.



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andre
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Noooooo.... Emoticon: Angry

Now all of the begars and street musicians will come to Bogor and Bandung, just like the becaks ten years ago Emoticon: Eerie



Yerun
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Hahah.. but that means Jakarta is clean however.. That was the target of the local government there Emoticon: Shiny



Blorong
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very good idea better than NOTHING to do..... Emoticon: Yummie! Emoticon: Party!



dirgantara
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Totally useless and cosmetical plan. The beggars will maybe turn to criminal activities if they are unable to collect money.
The goverment should takle the root of the problems.



andre
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Emoticon: Yes! You hit the nail on the head dirgantara. Being poor in Jakarta means that you will constantly be bullied by the local authorities.

What the government (local and national) should do is use the poor as a workforce that can solve major problems in the country. The hoover dam (1930) was such a project in the US. Later President Roosevelt presented the new deal policy, which included all sorts of projects such as The Civilian Conservation Corps, which sent young unemployed people to rural areas to plant trees against erosion. (Kalimantan could use a project like that).

Why not solve the floods in Jakarta this way. Or improve the infrastructure (see also this topic)?



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solicit for sex on the street could spend 60 days in jail or be fined up to 1,800 euro tells Arie Budhiman


I totally support this one! But not the poor beggars for god's sake!





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