Erections galore but failure at maintenance remains the bane

Drive down Jalan Sudirman today and what do you see? You’d probably say you see workers putting the finishing touches on smooth, wide walkways flanked by generous islands of grass, in a process of tarting up Jakarta for the Asian Games that starts on the 18th of next month. What I see, however, is a […]

Jakarta at 484 – alright if you have escorts through the traffic

Yeah, if you expect a 484-year old to be stricken with arthritis, osteoporosis and other ills of old age. The fact is that Jakarta is quite dysfunctional and quite unnecessarily so many-a-time. Take, for example, traffic. Sure there are more cars than there are roads but the cause of much congestion and traffic jams often […]