Ahok: Fines for Litterers Ineffective

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta deputy governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said that the regional bill number 3 that imposes fines for litterers has not been effectively implemented, despite its enforcement since 2013.

    "Since littering is categorized as a minor crime, the amount of its fine is still determined by a judge," Ahok said on Sunday.

    Ahok compared the system in Jakarta with other cities in other countries. When someone is caught littering, public order officer will gave the person a card containing an order to pay the fine. Ahok said if the fine was not paid within 24 hours, the fine will increase. Such system, Ahok added, would provide a deterrent effect for the litterers.

    Jakarta Sanitary Agency's deputy chief Isnama Adji also admitted that the regional bill has not been effective. To this date, no litterer has been fined since the regional bill has been in force. Isnama said that public has not been well-informed about the regulation.

    NINIS CHAIRUNNISA | AMIRULLAH