Jakarta's heavily criticized governor said he could not be held responsible for the worst floods to hit the city of 12 million in memory, saying they were a natural phenomenon.
"There is no point in throwing abuse around," Governor Sutiyoso, who like many Indonesians uses one name, told el-Shinta radio station. (Washington Post, February 5, 2007)
Yeah, right. As if the flood weren't the national capital's ANNUAL disaster, we can even dub it our rainy season festival! . While the residents may well be accounted for their environmental recklessness and ignorance, the governor -- whose responsibility (for his significant sum of paycheck) includes installing public facilities, and who witnesses how this so-called natural phenomenon affects his area every bloody year -- CAN be held responsible for not taking adequate and NECESSARY precatious measures.