Thugs to be hired for new Jakarta parking system

JAKARTA - Deputy Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama says the city administration will hire thugs to oversee parking meters, which will be installed in several areas.

He added that the new policy was aimed at eliminating thuggery in the city.

Ahok said that thugs employed in the new parking system would be paid about Rp 4 million (S$450) per month, which was far higher than the city's Rp 2.4 million minimum wage.

"They would certainly reject being paid the minimum wage. The policy will also help the city administration minimise thuggery in the city," he said as quoted by

The government is preparing the terms of reference for the procurement of parking meters, which will be done through an open tender.

Transportation Agency head Muhammad Akbar said earlier that the revenue share between the government and the private company entrusted to handle the new parking system should be clearly stipulated.

The new parking system will first be implemented in Kelapa Gading and Pantai Indah Kapuk in North Jakarta, Jatinegara in East Jakarta, on Jl. Melawai in South Jakarta and on Jl. Sabang in Central Jakarta.