Deputy Governor Candidate Vows Indoor Smoking Crackdown

By webadmin on 04:45 pm May 14, 2012
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The running mate of Jakarta governor candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that should the pair win he would install security cameras in every building in Jakarta to track people who violated smoking regulations.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, said the closed-circuit surveillance system would help Jakartans live healthier lives.

“The system will work around the clock,” Ahok said at a pre-election debate on health at the University of Indonesia. “Every time someone is seen violating the anti-smoking regulation, we will send them a warning letter and fine them.”

Every request for a building permit would have to meet the requirement, he said.

“If they can’t meet the requirement, we’ll just revoke the permit,” Ahok said.

Jakarta’s next governing pair should set an example for the city’s citizens, he added.

“If the leaders do not smoke, the people they lead would not smoke either,” he said.

Jokowi is the mayor of Solo, Central Java, and Basuki is a lawmaker. The two are backed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party.