On June 22nd, Jakarta enters 490 years of age. There has been a lot of history that this city has been through. The hustle and bustle of the previous election also added to the long list of how this city has witnessed to a number of significant events in our country. There are various assessments and expectations towards the improvement and refinement of this city with the population of nearly 10 million people.
A student from the Faculty of Communication, Linsye Linori Tanama, considers Jakarta as a wonderful city with a condition, only if their citizens are willing to be discipline and foster it. The same thing is expressed by Riana Sahrani. This lecturer from the Faculty of Psychology admits that there has been an improvement, however there has to be a change in the behavior and demeanor from its citizens. As an example, she pointed out about the lack of traffic discipline, as well as the lack of concerns on environmental hygiene. Jakarta is the reflection of Indonesia as whole nation.
Ida Rohaena evaluates that Jakarta is now at least better in terms of cleanliness and transportation. “Jakarta is more humane,” added Ida Rohaena, the Head of the Student Affairs Division of Untar.
Paula Anggarina has her own opinion on Indonesia’s largest city. The Faculty of Economics lecturer, who is also the Head of Public Relations of Untar, highlights the importance of the character of a leader. A leader must have a vision and principle, along with honesty, to achieve a better Jakarta. “There has been a lot of progress, but there are still rooms for more improvements, and this is the responsibility of us all,” she stated.
Farid Rusdi, a lecturer from the Faculty of Communication, assesses that although we have entered the era of regional autonomy, it cannot be denied that Jakarta is still the center of it all. Jakarta is the reference, so that it must be managed and laid out appropriately.
As for the development, Kiky Saraswati stated that if Jakarta is managed properly, it is not impossible that Jakarta will be able to compete with other big cities in the world. The main concerns, according to the Faculty of Psychology lecturer, are the public facilities and the welfare of its citizens.
Despite all the problems that Jakarta is facing, we still have the spirit to better this capital city, as stated by Linsye, who yearns for a flood and traffic-free Jakarta. “And of course a corruption-free Jakarta,” she added.
Meanwhile, Ida Rohaena and Kiky Saraswati desire the city to be more comfortable, secure and peaceful. While Farid dreams of a Jakarta which is more humane for its citizens.
Expectations are also conveyed by Paula Anggarina, for Jakarta becoming a more pleasant and hospitable place for any of its inhabitants, as well as maintaining its diversity, consistent with the theme of this year’s Jakarta annual celebration, which is “Diverse, United, Serve”.
The theme “Diverse, United, Serve” in this year’s celebration according to the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, is to remind every citizen of Jakarta and also all the citizens of Indonesia the importance of knowing that God Almighty has destined that Indonesia is full of diversity, be it tribe, religion, custom, or even culture, but we are all bound by the awareness of uniting and becoming one: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.
It is certain that all their hopes are consistent with the desire of the rest of the citizens of Jakarta. But it is impossible to hand all of the responsibility to the government. Each and every citizen of Jakarta has equally the same amount of responsibility for the betterment of this city.
At the moment, there are several infrastructure projects being built. Roads and transportation which are the main issue are also being dealt with. Rivers appear cleaner and free from trash. Of course there are still a lot to be done, and with a lot of hard work. This is all is towards a better Jakarta.
Ciliwung River flowing across Jakarta will keep on being the silent witness on how this city is the pedestal and hope for its citizens; citizens coming from various cultures and backgrounds. Happy Birthday our Jakarta! (GS/Nat)