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.


Author: Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email:

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