Jakarta now has a Busway Transfer Station whereby 600 passengers at one time can switch between the three current busway routes. That's good news, according to Governor Sooty.
"This is the biggest station we have. People shouldn't have to wait any longer than 10 minutes between buses
(which are 'controlled by Global Positioning Satellite)," said Sooty in his speech.
He arrived 15 minutes late, presumably having journeyed in his official limousine.and Tide
Anon, in my comments
, wonders why I and my fellow bloggers cannot go easy on Abdurizal and his clan and wait for due process of the law
to determine that the Bakrie network of companies is responsible for failing to properly seal the hole it was drilling when volcanic mud started to flow in Sidoarjo.
Why do we suggest that in its haste (greed?) to boost its oil reserves, corners have been cut by Lapindo?
Why? Because it appears that Lapindo continues to be negligent in its drilling operations. In attempts to seal off the original flow, they have been drilling down thousands of feet at shallow angles a few kilometres away from the initial well. Now a new mudflow has been spotted in Porong, about a kilometre away. Could there be a connection?
As geologist Soffian Hadi told the Jakarta Post, "If Lapindo can stop it (the mudflow), it will be a blessing from God.
" You see mud volcanoes are a natural occurence and it is unlikely that any human agency would be able to intervene and overcome the power of nature..
It is paramount, therefore, that if Bakrie wishes to retain what he perceives to be the good name of his family, he (and they) should provide immediate compensation to the 10,000 folk now homeless in Sidoarjo. This compensation should be in the form of (more than) adequate finances to rebuild homes and businesses. By all accounts, his would not be bankrupted by this and may even benefit from such an overt display of Corporate Responsibility.
Failure to do so and the Indonesian blogosphere will side with the formal press
(source of my 'facts' today) in order to ensure some public accountability. Isn't that what democracy is about?NB. If you can read Indonesian, check out the Mud Flow Blog.More on Munir
Indcoup has dug a little deeper into the mystery of Munir's assassination. What is the connection between Gus Dur, Badan Intelijen Negara (BIN), the USA lobbying firm, Richard L. Collins & Cothe, miltary aid to Indonesia and the stripping of Indonesia's forests?NB. Much of Indcoup's information comes from an Indonesian journalist of great integrity, Andreas Harsono.