Mr. Ali Sadikin, governor of the Indonesian capital Djakarta, has changed the face of this?
Mr. Ali Sadikin, governor of the Indonesian capital Djakarta, has changed the face of this highly populated city during his eight years in office.
Big hotels and office blocks have sprung up along the main street through the city, traffic flows freely along wide - sometimes six lane - roads and there are many new schools in the suburbs, and night clubs and casinos for the increasing number of tourists.
These improvements have given Djakarta an appearance of prosperity. Now Governor Sadikin is borrowing from the World Bank and other organisations to do something about what many call "the real Djakarta" -- the miles of kampongs, small village communities, that engulf the central business and tourist area.
Most of Djakarta's five million people live in these kampongs. Their average income is 75 US dollars a year. The general lack of drainage and sewers makes the kampongs dirty and unhealthy and there are few hospitals or medical centres.
Government Sadikin has now begun a kampong improvement scheme and several of the communities had their roads, drainage, water supply and rubbish disposal improved. Health clinics and new schools have also been built. But Governor Sadikin has estimated it will take fifteen years to finish the necessary improvements for the people in the kampongs -- and by then the city's population is expected to be over eight million. To discourage the poor Javanese farmers from coming to the city Governor Sadikin has done little to provide low cost housing.
Since he came to power with President Suharto's administration in 1966. much of the damage to the economy done by the flamboyant Sukarno regime has been repaired. Governor Sadikin is running a city twice the size of Singapore with only half the income, most of Djakarta's citizens are hopeful that under his energetic rule things will continue to improve.
SYNOPSIS: The Indonesian capital of Djakarta has changed a lot in the last eight years. Traffic now flows freely along wide -- sometimes six lane -- roads, and office blocks and hotels have sprung up along the main street through the city.
The improvements have given Djakarta the appearance of prosperity and attracted an increasing number of tourists and foreign companies.
The man responsible for the new look Djakarta is the city's governor Ali Sadikin.
Mr. Sadikin knows he still has much to do. There are still miles of kampongs which most people regard as the real Djakarta -- than the modern night club and casino areas for the tourists.
Most of Djakarta's five million people live in these kampongs where there are few drains and sewers. Their average wage is seventy-five American dollars a year.
A kampong improvement scheme has now been started and several of them already have new roads, drainage, water supply and rubbish disposal. Health clinics and new schools have also been built. But Mr. Sadikin has estimated it will take fifteen years to finish the necessary improvements for the kampongs. By then the city's population will probably be more than eight million.
To discourage the poor Javanese farmer from coming into the city, the Governor has done little to provide cheap housing. His most successful experiment has been opening up Djakarta to foreign countries and tourists.
Governor Sadikin is responsible for a city twice the size of Singapore with only half the income, but most of Djakarta's citizens hope that under the Governor's energetic rule, things will continue to improve.