Jakarta Receives 3 Garbage Trucks from Bank Mandiri

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  • Jakarta city's garbage trucks. TEMPO/Eko Siswono Toyudho

    Jakarta city's garbage trucks. TEMPO/Eko Siswono Toyudho

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta city government has received three garbage trucks donated by Bank Mandiri. Deputy Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama received the trucks himself earlier today.

    On that occasion, Ahok said that he once told Bank Mandiri President Director, Budi Gundai, that Jakarta is short of garbage trucks. "I told him that if the banks wants to give donation to the central government, it would be better that the aids are in the form of goods, not money," Ahok said at Parkir Timur Senayan this morning.

    Due to the shortage of garbage trucks, many parts of the city are still littered with garbage. "However, I also call on all of you not to litter," Ahok said. "If one person litters, you can imagine if hundreds do that," he added.

    The government has decided to impose fines for those who litter. "Gradually, we will impose a fine of Rp1-2 millions. We have to do it to make Jakarta a better place to live in," Ahok said. "In order to make it comfortable, we have to abide by the law."

    The trucks received by the Jakarta government are worth Rp1 billion and will be managed by the city sanitary agency. However, it has yet to be decided where the trucks will be operated.

    Previously, the Jakarta city government also received four garbage trucks from the Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO), as part of the total 53 garbage trucks expected to be given by the foundation.