Monday, 17 June 2019 | 11:36 WIB

Djarot Reveals Philosophy behind the Semanggi Interchange

Illustration: simpang susun Semaggi.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The soft launching for Simpang Susun Semanggi or Semanggi Interchange is planned to be conducted by the end of this July. The grand launching (inauguration) is performed on August 17, 2017 by President Joko Widodo.

Prior to soft launching and inauguration, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat revealed the philosophy behind the name and construction of Simpang Susun Semanggi.

To note, the bridge Simpang Susun Semanggi was designed during the leadership of Governor and Vice Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok)-Djarot.

Djarot wrote the philosophy behind Simpang Susun Semanggi on his Instagram account, Tuesday (7/25/2017).

"There is a myth in Ireland, that the four-leaf clover is a lucky clover that is believed to bring good luck," wrote he.

“It is said that the area of Karet, Semanggi in Jakarta was the swamp that grew Semanggi plants. Was Ir. Sutami inspired by this plant for his idea project, or later that inspired Bung Karno [first president Sukarno] to name this bridge by the name of Jembatan Semanggi [Semanggi Bridge]?”

He also wrote: "Bung Karno once revealed that the philosophy of this Semanggi leaf is like 'suh' or broom stick wrapper. Sticks joint together with 'suh' will be solid. The united sticks will become strong. Semanggi with one bridge and four leafs symbolize the unification of the territory of the Capital, as well as a symbol of national unity." (*)