Indonesia: Jakarta Becomes Land of the ‘Free’

AKARTA – “Free” is the buzzword in Jakarta nowadays as candidates running for this week’s election for Jakarta governor are promising free education, free health care and a city that is traffic and flood-free.

Citizens of the capital are skeptical. But that hasn’t stopped the six candidates from flinging new freebies at them every day as the race to win the post to run the megacity of more than 10 million people heats up. The Jakarta government has declared the voting day on Wednesday as a public holiday. Results are expected July 19.


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