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On Saturday night (16 January 2016), a number of non government organizations and community organizations held in solidarity with victims of Jakarta bombing. Hundreds of people participated in the rally in sidewalk near Starbucks Cafe which was one of the site attacks. Many of them brought a banner read : “We Are Not Afraid”.

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People brought a banner read : “Kami Tidak Takut” (We Are Not Afraid). Source : private collection

 

The Commission of For The Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KONTRAS) was one of the NGOs that participated in this rally.  Coordinator of KONTRAS, Haris Azhar said that people were not only expressed their their feeling of unfrightened but also rejected violence. “Terrorism is a form of violence that should be rejected”, he said in front of Starbucks Thamrin on Saturday night, January 16, 2016.

Azhar also emphasized that violence can not be combatted by violence. He invites people to participate in preventing terrorism in good ways .

Other people who joined this rally was Sumarsih. Besides condemning terror, she also stated that terror can be committed by the state. Her son, Benardinus Irmawan , was killed by gunfire on 13 November 1998 during riots and protests against the government of President BJ Habibie. The incident known as the Semanggi Tragedy.

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Sumarsih is praying . Source : private collection

Earlier, On Thursday morning (14 January), multiple explosion and gun attack rocked the Indonesian capital. In that incident, eight people were killed, including five terrorists and more than 20 people were injured. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the bloody events.

In response of  the attack, Indonesian authorities raises security alert to the highest level. Police officers with rifles are deployed in some places such as shopping malls, foreign embassies , five stars hotel, as well as places near to site attacks.

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Police officers with rifle are deployed in front of Starbucks, which was one the site attacks. Source : private collection

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Foto di atas saya ambil pada tanggal 10 Juni pada sore hari sepulang kantor. Ini adalah puncak kekesalan saya terhadap para pengendara sepeda motor yang tidak tahu diri. Ketika saya sedang berjalan di trotoar di Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, tiba tiba ada pengendara motor yang berkali kali membunyikan klakson. Saya terkejut ketika mendapati seorang pengendara motor yang berada tepat di belakang saya. Bukannya saya minggir, saya tetap berjalan santai dan sama sekali tidak memberikan ruang untuk si pengendara.

Setelah itu, saya mulai memarahinya. Saya bilang bahwa dia telah melanggar hak hak pejalan kaki. Saya juga bertanya apakah selama bersekolah dia diajarkan untuk menaati peraturan lalu lintas. Reaksi si pengendara : diam seribu bahasa. Mungkin karena terlalu kaget dan tidak menyangka akan “disemprot” oleh perempuan galak. Saya mengerti bahwa aksi marah saya menjadi tontonan orang. Saya pun tidak peduli. Sekali kali, galak itu memang perlu. Saya juga tidak segan segan “galak” terhadap ibu ibu yang pernah melanggar antrian ketika sedang menunggu bus transjakarta. Kadang saya kesal, mentang mentang usianya lebih tua dari saya, mungkin dia berpikir boleh melanggar antrian.

Dalam Undang-Undang Nomor 22 Tahun 2009 tentang Lalu Lintas dan Angkutan Jalan dalam pasal 106 poin 2 disebutkan bahwa: “Setiap yang mengemudikan kendaraan bermotor di jalan wajib mengutamakan keselamatan pejalan kaki dan pesepeda”. Lebih lanjut, dalam undang undang yang sama pada Pasal 284 yang berbunyi: “Setiap orang yang mengemudikan kendaraan bermotor dengan tidak mengutamakan keselamatan pejalan kaki atau pesepeda sebagaimana dimaksud dalam pasal 106 ayat (2), dipidana dengan pidana kurungan paling lama 2 (dua) bulan atau denda paling banyak Rp 500.000 (lima ratus ribu rupiah).”

Undang undangnya jelas berbunyi demikian tapi faktanya, polisi, yang seharusnya menindak, dengan memberikan surat tilang, seringkali mendiamkan hal itu. Saya jadi berpikir : pelanggaran HAM berat di negeri ini pun tidak diusut selama bertahun tahun, apalagi “cuma” pelanggaran terhadap hak-hak pejalan kaki. Di negeri ini , peraturan memang dibuat untuk dilanggar, bukan?

Kata-kata mantan walikota Bogota, Enrique Penalosa patut dicatat : “when you construct a good sidewalk, you are constructing democracy. A sidewalk is a symbol of equality”. Jadi, terbukti kan negara ini belum berdemokrasi….mungkin demorcrazy atau demorcrashit. FYI, sedikit cerita mengenai Penalosa dan opini saya mengenai trotoar dapat dilihat disini .

The Importance of Sidewalk

For some people, sidewalk is just a piece of cake, but for me or perhaps for majority of people, sidewalks is a big deal. It is one of the most important aspects to determine how healthy your city. Enrique Penalosa, ex major of Bogota said : “God made us walking animals, pedestrians. As a fish needs to swim, a bird to fly, a deer to run, we need to walk, not in order to suvive but to be happy”. I will explain later about what Penalosa did with Bogota during his term as mayor of Bogota.

Last year, I found an article called : “The Perfect Fascist City Take a Train in Jakarta” , written by Andre Vltchek. Things that surprised me were these words : Since 1965 the government worked hard to make sure that Indonesian cities would have no public transportation, no sizeable parks and no sidewalks. Public places in general were considered very dangerous, as that is where the people used to gather discussing ‘subversive’ issues like their plans for the country. Besides that, there are 1 sentence that made me shock : Sidewalks had to go, too, as they were not profitable and ‘too social’. I am suspicious that there is great conspiracy to eliminate sidewalk. :p

Well, of course I disagree with those statements because we can’t consider  sidewalk as a business. Sidewalk is a basic needs for everyone because everyone need to walk. Walk is the simplest form of sports. I remember someone told me that people in New York City walk 8 kms a day. It is not surprising  since New York City has good sidewalk. Furthermore, from health perspective, World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people should do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity 5 times per week.

Let’s switch to the next topic :  Enrique Penalosa.  I call him as “defender of sidewalk”. What he did when he became mayor of Bogota was very revolutionary. He reclaimed sidewalk for pedestrian by banning sidewalk parking. He admitted that that he was almost impeached for getting cars off the sidewalk. In addition he said that : when you construct a good sidewalk, you are constructing democracy. A sidewalk is a symbol of equality”.

It was Penalosa and his struggle to reclaim sidewalk. In Jakarta (place where I live), the Jakarta administration are repairing sidewalk, especially in main street, because some of them are in bad condition. Nevertheless, the main problem is not about its bad condition. Motorcycle users who drive down the sidewalk and street vendor are the main problem.

Last but not least, I will show you some pictures of sidewalks. I took it in Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Mexico City.

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Sidewalk in Old Town, Jakarta. Always be full of street vendors

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Sidewalk in Jalan MH. Thamrin. I took this picture on Sunday. No street vendor, but wait ….you have to come to this street on weekdays…and you will see the reality.

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Sidewalk in Bangkok is just the same as Jakarta, full of street vendor and…..oh wait there is “ojek” . Completely the same as Jakarta.

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Sidewalk in Kuala Lumpur. Most of sidewalks in KL are in good condition.

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Other sidewalk in Kuala Lumpur

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Sidewalk in Mexico City

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Other sidewalk in Mexico City