Sunday, February 03, 2008

When president and ministries trapped in floods...

As maybe you've read or heard yesterday (Friday, Feb. 1st 2008), Jakarta was 'attack' by heavy rain and follow by flood again. News and some people called last Friday as "Black Friday" for Jakarta. Today, The Jakarta Post serves us with an interesting news titled (President) SBY trapped in flood. I really love to laugh at loud that finally our leader may tasted the feeling of being trapped in such a routine disaster. Just like this,

As the entourage came to the front of the Sarinah Department Store, on a flooded Jl. MH Thamrin, Yudhoyono's RI 1 Mercedes-Benz sedan experienced engine trouble and he swapped vehicles to his guards' Mercedes jeep.

Although, as always, the president finally get a privillage to be able to escape from it via his expensive vehicle as easy as without yield for "Help!", I really hope that Mr. President could consider how despreate his people to face the flood and deal with all the consequences without any coping mechanisms being a real policy.

However, despite of Mr. President's experience being trapped on the flood, his ministries coping mechanisms really make me feel pitty. As telling by the news,

The rest of the cabinet's ministers arrived on time at the palace for the meeting in their SUVs (sports utility vehicles) that have higher ground clearance, instead of their official sedans.

Among them were Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal on a Land Rover, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Adm. (ret) Widodo A.S. on a Lexus Cygnus, Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie on a Toyota Alphard, State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar on a BMW X5 and Forestry Minister M.S. Ka'ban on a Toyota Prado.

Do you feel what I feel? How easy the ministries escaped from the flood by their SUVs? Well, we are not yet coming into the real critics, for sure. Could you help me by telling me what is the price of all of the SUVs (in total to make it easier, maybe?) that helped them to escape from the flood? Moreover, could you help me by calculating how many gasoline their SUVs consumed? In fact, I am curious whether they bought those luxurious vehicles with our state budget or out of their own pocket. I hope someone could help me answering such querry.

Lastly, I do not understand why The Jakarta Post should posted that part of information. I do not see the important of knowing the (expensive) brands of the Ministry SUVs, especially when they used it to free themselves from the flood. The flood is one of their responsibility to be stopped, but... Hey, they keep dry for sure inside their SUVs!

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