TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama responded to the objection from the Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) chairman Sofjan Wanandi, who said the 2014 provincial minimum wage will put small entrepreneurs in disadvantaged position. According to Ahok, the amount was correct.
"The minimum wage is accordance with the survey," said Ahok after attending an event at BPK Penabur School, Jakarta yesterday.
Sofjan said on Friday, small entrepreneurs asked for a delay of payment last year since they could not afford to pay the minimum wage set at Rp2.2 million. Now that the minimum wage has been increased, Sofjan estimated, small entrepreneurs will once again request for the delay of payment; otherwise, they will have to stop their business.
Nevertheless, entrepreneurs are not the only ones disappointed by the decision made by the Jakarta administration. Labors have also had to swallow bitter pills as their demand of a Rp3.7-million minimum wage has been rejected. The labors are now planning to bring the latest gubernatorial decree signed on Thursday to the State Administrative court.