Prof Chan Heng Chee gets first hand look of transformation of Jakarta
JAKARTA - The transformation of once-chaotic parts of Jakarta into orderly spaces in recent months has begun to attract attention from visitors to the city and on Tuesday, veteran Singapore diplomat Chan Heng Chee accompanied Governor Joko Widodo for a first hand look.
Prof Chan, who chairs the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, described the changes as "quite phenomenal" and the process by which Mr Widodo persuaded residents to relocate as worth studying by other cities.
She followed him on one of his regular walkabouts on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by Singapore's ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Anil Kumar Nayar.
Reluctant street vendors have been moved off the streets in central Jakarta's Tanah Abang neighbourhood and relocated into a nearby market complex, and the first batch of squatters from 7,000 families over the city's main dam in Pluit have been rehoused in new flats, achievements many once believed to be impossible.