Having met with many local residents in the past three months, incumbent Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said on Wednesday (08/02) that they agree to be relocated from their makeshift homes at the capital’s riverbanks to subsidized flats.
“The residents have agreed [to be relocated], also to our mission to normalize the rivers. They’ve agreed to it,” Ahok said after a visit to Kalideres area in West Jakarta.
Some of the residents expressed their eagerness to move out from the often flooded area.
“Sir, is it still long until we are relocated?” Encit, a 42-year-old resident asked Ahok.
Encit said he is willing to leave Kalideres if he receives reimbursement from the Jakarta administration.
“If [the area] is flooded, we will relocate [the residents]. But if not, we cannot do it,” Ahok said.
Throughout the Jakarta gubernatorial election campaign, Ahok has been often paying impromptu visits, or blusukan, to various regions of the capital city.
The campaign period for all gubernatorial candidates ends on Saturday.