Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 | 19:54 WIB
‘It’s not that Difficult to be Jakarta’s Governor’ says Kalla
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Former Indonesian vice president Jusuf Kalla has offered several words of wisdom for Jakarta residents heading to the polling booth Thursday.
“We ask for a leader who is willing to listen to others, who listens to the people,” he said in a workshop entitled “ Kita Butuh Pemimpin Yang Bekerja” (We Need a Leader who Works) held in Menteng, Central Jakarta on Tuesday, September 18.
He said that a leader should not only listen to himself. “If that is so then he will think that all of his actions are right,” he said. Kalla said a leader must also listen to the people around him, including his staffers.
In his political discourse, he emphasized that Joko Widodo is a leaders that wants to listen to the people. “It means that there’s a desire to improve,” said Kalla, who was wearing yellow batik shirt.
“Being Jakarta governor is actually not so difficult,” he said. In his opinion, a leader just needs to provide a sense of comfort and security. A leader should also encourage citizens to work efficiently and productively, he said.
Specifically, he said that the capital’s transport problems must be remedied.
“Traffic jams must be overcome, Jakarta is one of the cities where people spend most of their time on the road,” he said.
A leader, said Kalla, must provide a safe and comfortable public transportation service to decrease traffic jams and increase efficiency and productivity.
Kalla also stated that a leader should consider the lives of those on a low income, including how to move the economically underprivileged into downtown areas.
Kalla said that a German doctoral graduate was not needed to fix Jakarta’s public services. In his opinion, a doctoral graduate from Makassar is sufficient if a leader works as hard as they can.
The workshop was held by the ProJakarta Community (the Indonesian Professionals Association) at Mooryati Soedibyo’s house, and clearly stated it support for Jokowi’s candidacy.
M. ANDI PERDANA