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Kalla Asks Ojek Online to Cancel Rally during Asian Games Opening
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Kalla Asks Ojek Online to Cancel Rally during Asian Games Opening

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice President Jusuf Kalla or JK asked the online ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers to cancel the rally on the day of the Asian Games opening. He invited them to maintain the image of the nation in the global community.

Kalla said the Asian Games is an international event that reflects the dignity and honor of the host nation. “To online ojek drivers, please don’t use this situation,” he said at the Vice President Office, Jakarta, Tuesday, August 7.

About 50,000 online ojek drivers have planned to stage a rally at the Asian Games opening on August 18. They demanded the fare to be returned to Rp3,000 per kilometer, as it was in 2005.

Read: Govt Ensures Online Ojek Not Stage Rally during Asian Games 2018


Jusuf Kalla handed over the drivers’ demands to the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, to cancel the plan. Even if it happens, the police will certainly maintain their actions to the predetermined location.

“But do not embarrass us, like blocking the road or all kinds of things because it is not sympathetic and damages the nation’s honor,” he said.

However, Jusuf Kalla believes that the online ojek drivers will not do the rally on the day of the Asian Games opening. “I don't think the management or the drivers dare to damage the dignity of the nation,” he said.


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