Fauzi Gets Tough On Smoking in Public Buildings

Jumat, 13 Januari 2012 | 07:41

In 2010, Fauzi issued a gubernatorial decree that prohibited smoking inside all public buildings. But even though sanctions for smokers could reach Rp 50 million ($5,400) or jail time of six months and business owners could lose their operating permits, enforcement has been virtually nonexistent.

| January 12, 2012

“We realized that it was impossible for BPLHD [the Jakarta Environmental Management Agency] to monitor compliance in all buildings in Jakarta, so the new decree will have the responsibilities distributed between other agencies under the supervision of BPLHD,” Dollaris Riauaty Suhadi, an adviser to the city, said on Thursday.

Dollaris is the executive director of the Swisscontact Indonesia Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is providing technical assistance to BPLHD in the drafting of the decree.

For example, the implementation of the decree at schools would be supervised by the education agency, in public transportation by the transportation agency and in hospitals by the health agency.

“The new decree will also be more detailed in terms of the procedures for imposing sanctions, such as when there are reports from the public or following an inspection from the authorities or a related agency,” Dollaris said.

Building owners or managers could face written warnings, be “named-and-shamed” via public announcement in the media, or temporary suspension or even revocation of their operational license.

Efforts to make Jakarta a smoke-free capital should start from government officials, she added. “That is why the new governor’s decree will also include sanctions against city employees who fail to implement the regulations,” she said.

Those regulations, which will apply to all officials, even the most senior ranking, range from demotion to dismissal.

Public officials who fail to respond to public complaints will also face sanctions.

Dollaris said that of the 55,000 public buildings in Jakarta that should be prohibiting indoor smoking, only 62 percent actually regulate it.

The decree, drafted in September, must receive the Regional Secretary’s approval before Fauzi can sign it.

The Jakarta administration has tried several times to stamp out smoking. The first was through a 2004 gubernatorial decree that prohibited smoking in government offices, followed by another decree and a bylaw in 2005 that required smoke-free areas and separate smoking rooms.

by Ulma Haryanto
Source : http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/