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Jakarta deputy governor elect elaborates on plan to recruit thugs as debt collectors

Kompas.com - June 2, 2017

Sherly Puspita, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor elect Sandiaga Uno has elaborated on his idea about how to solve the problem of thuggery (premanisme) in Jakarta. According to Uno, Jakarta can solve the problem by providing job opportunities to thugs.

"Actually if these thugs (preman) were recruited by finance companies as debt collectors (penagih utang) they would be very suitable", said Uno in Tamansari, West Java, on Thursday June 1.

Uno believes that it is appropriate to employ thugs as debt collectors because they are brave and daring. He hopes that the idea can be used as a solution to the problem of thuggery in Jakarta.

The government, said Uno, must become a bridge to forge partnerships between the community and the business world. "They (thugs) are brave, consistent, and hopefully the banks won't have any problems in managing them", said Uno.

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was "Sandiaga: Preman Sangat Layak Direkrut sebagai 'Debt Collector'".]

Source: http://megapolitan.kompas.com/read/2017/06/02/04020021/sandiaga.preman.sangat.layak.direkrut.sebagai.debt.collector..

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