If you asked 20 million Jakartans what they wanted for the city, you would probably get about 20 million different answers. Everyone who lives in and loves Jakarta has their own vision for the future of the city.
So, in anticipation of Wednesday’s gubernatorial election, My Jakarta is urging all Jakartans to ask themselves, ‘What do I want for my city?’ Here, we’ve asked contributors, friends, students, scientists and journalists what they think about the gubernatorial election and what they want for Jakarta.
Denny Halim, 24 ,Cengkareng
I think that most, if not all, campaign ads on TV and radio are still intellectually insulting. Anyone who thinks a funny 30-second jingle can actually influence or gain sympathy from viewers definitely does not think that highly of people.
Isabella Apriyana, 23, Tanjung Duren
It’s weird when you look at the banners saying that some candidates will ‘ngeberesin Jakarta’ [‘tidy up Jakarta’], but their own banners eventually end up littering the city.
Maesy Angelina, 28, Sunter
I am excited that we have a more diverse collection of candidates this time around. We have a highly committed independent candidate and a candidate with a positive track record in his previous position. I sincerely hope that people are moved to vote and look up the track records and platforms of the candidates.
Jayadi Saputra, 28, Tanah Tinggi
I don’t really care that much about this whole election, so I’m not going to research the six different candidates. But I’ll still vote. So, what I’ll do is I’ll just keep my ears open to what my friends have to say. If they say something good that actually makes sense about a certain candidate, I will just keep an open mind and vote for that person.
Debby Devina, 22, Slipi Kemanggisan
I feel kind of pessimistic about all the sweet promises from the candidates. This is especially true for the incumbent governor, who has spent five years not doing what he had promised the last time. On the other hand it is also regrettable to see another pair of candidates clearly picking on the incumbent with the ‘Jakarta jangan lagi berkumis’ tagline. It makes you wonder what kind of a leader has to insult other people to gain sympathy from the people.
Enricko Lukman, 24, Kepa Duri
In the last gubernatorial election, to tell you the truth, I didn’t give that much thought to my options and eventually my decision. But this time, with quite a few candidates to choose from and the different track records they have, like being nominated as one of the world’s best mayors, I’ll have to do a lot more thinking before making my call.
Edison Lestari, 31, Jelambar
I don’t care who wins, but please solve Jakarta’s legendary problems: Traffic jams and floods.
Margareath Tirta Yahya, 27, Pasar Baru
I understand that nobody is perfect, and despite the complaints, we have to respect the efforts of our previous and current governor. We should realize how hard is it to run an entire city and think about if we were in his shoes. Think back to when you were in school and even being class president had its challenges, with people supporting and opposing you. Then think about Jakarta with its tens of millions of residents.
Richard Hanjaya, 21, Cengkareng
The interesting thing this election year is that I honestly still can’t understand what the independent candidates are doing running in the election, and I wonder, do they really think they can win? Maybe it’s because I find politics too dirty and think that there’s no way someone without the support of a political party can even have a chance of winning any election whatsoever. But one thing is sure, without any intention of showing support for any of the candidates, Jokowi and Ahok are really breaking the glass ceiling simply by being a very popular minority.
Rifa Nurbaiti, 27, Kalibata
I kind of feel that the election is still likely to be marred with smear campaigns, voter manipulation and possible security disruptions. Parties are still expected to give away money to buy votes from people. I think a second round of voting will likely occur with violent acts from the losing candidates.
These 10 Jakarta residents spoke to Antonny Saputra