Sunday, July 27, 2008

Old Batavia

Monday, July 14, 2008


Indonesia's kampungs (areas of housing occupied by the poorer people) are often pretty, traffic-free places full of flowers and happy people.

The kampungs should be preserved and improved (with the provision of clean water for example), rather than being demolished to make way for golf courses, luxury houses for the elite, shopping malls.

Venice would not be Venice if St Marks Square was replaced by a shopping mall.

Fes would not be Fes if its old town was demolished to make way for golf courses.

Indonesia would not be Indonesia if its prettier kampungs were bulldozed to make way for luxury houses for the elite.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Most beautiful city in the world being destroyed?

Indonesia does not protect its beautiful kampungs (housing areas for ordinary people).

"Indonesia which in January addressed an invitation to people around the world by proclaiming 2008 as "Visit-Indonesia Year" still has to work hard to achieve its target of attracting seven million foreign tourists this year.

"On several occasions, Culture and Tourism Minister Jedro Wacik expressed his optimism that the target of seven million of foreign tourist arrivals would be achieved. Yet, on Monday, he spoke in a `pessimistic tone` when he said Indonesia hoped to be visited by about 6.3 to 6.4 million foreign tourists by the end of the year." - RI must still work hard to attract seven million tourists