Friday, December 22, 2017, the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Anies Baswedan decided to do some adjustment in Tanah Abang by closing a street in front of Tanah Abang Railway Station, Jatibaru Raya Street, starting at 08.00 until 18.00.

The closing atmosphere of Jatibaru Raya Street (Source:

Anies said that the arrangement of Tanah Abang is done to benefit all parties, including street vendors and pedestrians. Street vendors can keep selling, pedestrians are also free to walk on the sidewalk.

Supporting the steps of Anies Baswedan, Vice Governor of DKI Jakarta, Sandiaga Uno, said that the arrangement of Tanah Abang area, Central Jakarta is the way of Jakarta Provincial Government in helping President Joko Widodo to narrow the economic imbalance in the capital city.



Anies Baswedan’s policy is cursory okay. Of course the arrangement is definitely into a better condition. And it is very profitable for street vendors (PKL) in Tanah Abang.

Jakarta Provincial Government gives free stalls. Tents also. Privileges for street vendors continue with no retribution fees. And the most delightful things for the street vendors are they are free to do selling during the road closure took place from 8 am to 6 pm, without being afraid of being chased by “Trantib” officers.

Anies Baswedan forgot that in Tanah Abang there are other components besides street vendors and pedestrians. There are local residents there. There are merchants of Block G, which nota bene is a former street vendor who has been painstakingly relocated from pavement to Block G by Ahok and Jokowi. There are also public transport drivers who for decades make a living by getting through Jatibaru Raya Street. Are their interests also considered?

The Jakarta governor also forgot that by closing the road to be used as a place where street vendors doing selling violate the rules of road use.

Law Number 38 Year 2004 (Undang-undang No 38/2004) and Government Regulation Number 34 Year 2006 (Peraturan Pemerintan No.34/2016) regarding Road clearly states that Public Road is a Road reserved for general traffic. And that any person deliberately carrying out activities that result in disruption of the function of the road by utilizing the benefit space of the road shall be subject to a maximum of 18 (eighteen) months imprisonment and a maximum fine of Rp. 1.500.000.000, – (one billion five hundred million rupiah).


Are there any Disadvantage Parties by Anies Sandi on Tanah Abang Arrangement?

Partiality! That’s the word most often spoken by Anies Baswedan when he was involved in a debate program againts Ahok during the campaign period.

Then, Sandiaga Uno confirms the same when visiting the office of Jakarta Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs) on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. “SMEs, entrepreneurship, and job creation will be the main program of Anies-Sandi within the next five years. Here Anies-Sandi will show its partiality to SMEs, “said Sandi at the time.

Partiality. it’s a word I think should be eliminated from a leader. Leaders should not take a side to particular group.

Leaders must be fair and impartial. Political positions such as President, Governor, Regent or even Village Chief, should treat everyone equally, choosing him or not for the post.

Back to the problem of Tanah Abang arrangement. Are there any disadvantage parties?


To take a side will harm the other side. There are any parties who are not considered their interests in the process of structuring of Tanah Abang, among others:

Public Transport Drivers

By closing Jatibaru Street, Tanah Abang public transportation drivers admitted that they experienced a 50% decrease in income.

Expedition Companies

The expedition businessman complained about the closure of Jatibaru Street, because the truck that usually goes in and out of the area can no longer pass. Which makes the process of loading and unloading goods can not be done. And this is clearly detrimental to the expedition companies.

Block G Merchants

If Sandiaga Uno ever said the arrangement of Tanah Abang area is a way of Jakarta Provincial Government to help President Joko Widodo to narrow the economic inequality in the capital, I think is not truly right. Because what is done by Anies Sandi is in the contrary to what ever done by Jokowi. If Jokowi struggles to relocate street vendors to Block G, then Anies Sandi is facilitating street vendors to sell goods on the roadside (more precisely on the street).

Street vendors on Jatibaru Raya Street (Source:

This fact makes Block G merchants feel disadvantaged, because visitors who are supposed to shop to Block G do not have to bother going up to Block G to shop because the same stuff is available on the roadside. whereas Block G Merchants still have to spend for the lease of the building, while street vendors even given a stall on the street and free tents plus no levy.

it is clear that partiality have taken place like Anies and Sandi promises at the time of the campaign. Partiality that are detrimental to Block G Merchants.

Local Residents

Other parties who are also experience disadvantages in the closing of Jatibaru Street are local residents who live around the area. It is, because the residents who have vehicles will be difficulty to get to their residence because their road access is disrupted by street vendors.


Arrangement of Tanah Abang is absolutely necessary.

If at the time of Governor of DKI Jakarta held by Joko Widodo, street vendors who sell on the pavement or on the roadside are relocated to Blok G in various ways and difficulties, for example through enforcement and providing free rent facilities for 6 months, then when the Governor is held by Anies Baswedan, street vendors given a place to sell their goods on the street. In addition to violating the Traffic Act, also too siding to Tanah Abang street vendors regardless of the interests of public transport drivers, expedition entrepreneurs and also local residents, as well as former street vendors who now occupy Block G. The Governor also do not think about the effects of the allowed street vendors in Tanah Abang selling on the road, because it could be others street vendors elsewhere in Jakarta requesting the similar facilities.

The partiality reason which can not be done by a leader. For a leader should be able to act justly to all his people indiscriminately, rich or poor, merchant or not. The partiality is clearly not in accordance with the 5th principle of Pancasila, namely Social Justice for All Indonesians.

If a leader must take sides with those who only choose him at the time of the election undoubtedly Indonesia will not be like what we see today. What I know 7 Presidents who once led Indonesia all acted fair for their people.

And I’m sure all the people of Indonesia want such leaders. Equitable!


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