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Want to stay in Jakarta? Put down a security deposit first, says deputy governor

JAKARTA: The Jakarta administration is considering charging newcomers to the capital a “security deposit,” emulating a move by its previous governor Ali Sadikin in the 1970s.

The Jakarta Globe, in its report, quoted Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat as saying that the move was a popular one back in the 1970s.

“During Ali Sadikin’s time, this requirement was a popular move. Newcomers are allowed to come and stay in Jakarta, but they have to pay the deposit as a kind of warranty,” he was quoted as saying.

Under the requirement, should the newcomers fail to secure jobs or get caught committing a crime, they will be sent back to their hometowns using money from the deposit.

The administration felt that Jakarta’s population is already teeming, and additional residents will only add to the burden.

“Don’t bring friends, families and especially people with no skills to Jakarta. They will be a burden to society and the government,” Djarot was quoted as saying.

Under the government’s plan, newcomers will be granted six months in the city. If they manage to secure jobs in that period, their status will be re-evaluated.

Djarot however noted that the policy will have to be fine-tuned first, including the development of a database system.

He said the city hall is considering expanding the existing Jakarta Smart City app to build the database. Read the original article here: http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/want-move-jakarta-put-deposit-sa..

– http://www.nst.com.my/

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