Basuki to Block China Payment Over Broken Buses

By Jakarta Globe on 04:00 pm May 02, 2014
Category Jakarta, News
An investigation of the transportation office’s procurement process allegedly found several irregularities. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is refusing to pay for a fleet of buses that arrived with myriad problems. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Jakarta. Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said on Friday that City Hall would not approve payment to a Chinese company for 646 buses that were ordered for use on the city’s TransJakarta network.

“No matter what, we are not paying,” Basuki said, as reported by Indonesian news magazine

Jakarta purchased the buses for the TransJakarta and the new Integrated City Busway (BKTB) networks from a Chinese company through a third party. It was clear, however, upon delivery of the first batch of 90 ostensibly new buses that myriad faults, spanning broken air conditioners, rust and missing fan belts, meant that the buses had already run years of service.

Basuki said he was prepared to defend the decision in court, if the company decided to go down that road.

“We have the evidence,” he said. “We can sue them.”

Basuki previously alleged that officials within the city government’s transport department played a role in the failed procurement. The deputy governor added that the Chinese company could have the buses back, but that he would not be shipping them back to Beijing on the city’s account.

“It’s up to them whether or not they want to pick up the buses,” he said.

  • Valkyrie1604

    Way to go Ahok! Now the (China) Chinese are realizing/feeling that there’s truly an honest Indonesian Chinese they have to deal with. Crackerjack Ahok!!!

  • Giles Ensor

    Better yet, when they come over to pick up the buses, arrest them.

  • JadeMacaque

    Go Ahok, No Chinese business with this tionghoa !!! Buy German made busses. Much more reliable.

  • Max Headroom

    Good so Ahok! Put your feet down. You have been the cheated one and with it the people of Jakarta and you are representing them with your refusal to pay for junk well. Now of course what needs to be done is ensuring that the local “partners” of this deal get their proper punishment too.

  • BigMac

    Good for you Basuki! Stand your ground, and don’t take this second hand junk from the Chinese!

  • gyorotonic

    This should be required reading prior to our political rally. Yes, it’s time to clean out the stables.!! Well done Jakarta Governor Jokowi & Deputy Governor Ahok.

  • Pelan2

    Put all the broken buses in Fauzi Bowo’s garden and let him enjoy the view of his corrupt practices..

  • billy

    well, someone learned never to buy chinese junk….
    its been known for years not to touch it, and yet indonesia is full of chinese rubbish……
    i mean honestly who would touch a chinese bus???? come on you must be mad !!!!!
    lets hope brains think better next time….