Disabled communities demand attention from candidates
|Various disabled groups have urged presidential and vice presidential candidates to pay closer attention to them and to explicitly express their commitment to issues affecting the disabled.
The director of the Institute for Inclusion and Advocacy of Disabled People (Sigab), Joni Julianto, said he lamented the lack of strong commitment by both tickets to empower people with disabilities.|
Police keep eye on Dolly after closure
|The East Java Police say stern measures will be taken against any brothels attempting to reopen the Dolly after the Surabaya administration officially closed the red-light district recently.
“I don’t like violence, but we will act against those who continue operating prostitution businesses in Dolly,” East Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Unggung Cahyono said recently, adding that persuasive measures would continue to be used in dealing with the case.|
For first time, displaced Ahmadiyah receive aid from govt
|For the first time since taking refuge at Wisma Transito in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), dozens of Ahmadi children received donations of Rp 800,000 (US$66) from the Social Affairs Ministry ahead of Ramadhan holy month.
“We are thankful because this aid will help meet children’s school needs,” Syahidin, coordinator of the refugees, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.|
Brothels still running despite ban
|The Surabaya city administration has officially closed the Dolly red-light district and have aired plans to turn the brothel into a trade center. Meanwhile, sex workers are still offering services at discount prices.
Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini said her administration had set aside Rp 36 billion (US$3.05 million) to acquire land in the Putat Jaya subdistrict in Dolly.|
Surabaya bids farewell to Dolly
|Scenes of scantily clad women sitting on long sofas behind glass windows in the brothels of Dolly red-light district look set to be a thing of a past, as the Surabaya administration officially closed the area on Wednesday.
Witnessed by Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, East Java Governor Soekarwo and Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri, 100 residents of Dolly in the Putat Jaya area read the declaration of closure of an area once dubbed Southeast Asia’s largest red-light district.
Residents, sex workers vow to defend Dolly
|Workers and residents in the Dolly red-light district, one of Southeast Asia''s largest, have threatened to fight off officers that will be sent in to forcibly close down the area on Wednesday.
"We will defend Dolly and are prepared to fight for it. Our actions will be proof of our protest against the forced closure of the Dolly and Jarak red-light districts," Anik, a pimp, told reporters on Tuesday.
Residents Set to Fight Dolly Closure
|Sex workers, pimps and local residents whose livelihoods have been dependent on the Dolly red-light district in Surabaya, East Java, for decades, have pledged to resist the district’s planned closure, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, widely known as Risma, will officially close the red-light district, one of the biggest in Southeast Asia, at the Islamic Center Building.|
Govt To Spend Rp 18.8 Trillion On Rice Subsidies
|The government has decided to reform its rice for the poor (raskin) program for the 16th consecutive year by trialling access to the program through the possession of a Social Protection Card (KPS).
Safri Burhanuddin, the assistant deputy of social benefits for the Office of the Coordinating People’s Welfare Minister, said on Tuesday that under the improved program, the government would only sell subsidized rice to the bottom 25 percent of earners.|
Occupants Of City Shelters Receive JKN Cards
|Thousands of people living in the city administration’s 27 shelters received their national health insurance (JKN) cards on Thursday.
During the ceremonial event at the Bina Insan Bangun Daya social shelter in Cipayung, East Jakarta, Health Agency representative John Marbun said he hoped the new cardholders would benefit from the new system.|
Shelters Seek Simpler Health Procedures
|City administration shelters have found life more difficult since the introduction of the new national health insurance (JKN) program as the system obliges patients to get reference letters from their nearest community health center (Puskesmas) before being treated.
Yuni Purwaningsih, head of administrative affairs at the Tunas Bangsa shelter for toddlers in Cipayung, East Jakarta, said that since the implementation of the JKN, the shelter had to take sick children to different locations in order to get their bills covered by the JKN.|
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