Mon, 12 May 2003

Betawi people want jobs

JAKARTA: Leaders of the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR), a non- governmental organization that often supports Governor Sutiyoso, met with the governor on Friday to convey a list of requests.

Among their requests were insurance for FBR members who work as motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers, public order officer jobs for unemployed FBR members, that Betawi dress be made an official uniform for city administration employees and that a certain number of low-cost apartments be set aside for Betawi people.

Responding to the requests, Sutiyoso said the city administration did not give special treatment to any group or community in the city.

He also said the administration would not give priority to FBR members for jobs in public order offices.

"If they want to become security and order officers they must compete with other applicants," Sutiyoso said.

During the meeting with the governor, the FBR members were led by group chairman Fadloli El Muhir.--JP