Private lender Bank Central Asia (BCA) closed its outlets on Wednesday over security concerns after riots were triggered by the official announcement late on Tuesday that incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had won reelection.
BCA spokesperson Jan Hendra confirmed to The Jakarta Post that the bank had closed its outlets on JL. M.H. Thamrin and in the Tanah Abang area, both in Central Jakarta, the area where the rioting occurred.
“We only closed a small number of our branches located in areas that are impossible to operate in,” he said via text message.
He said the bank's electronic banking services and 99 percent of its branches across the country were still operating normally.
State-owned lender PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) director Herry Sidharta said BNI had advised its customers to obtain services at branches that were located well away from the affected areas or to use its electronic channels for transactions.
Meanwhile, state-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) president director Suprajarto said all of its branches were still operating as usual. However, he stressed that the bank had strengthened its security at all of its branches.
Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia had also stopped the operation of its mobile banknote-exchange service in Greater Jakarta, including the one at the National Monument (Monas) park that had been open since May 13.
Financial Services Authority spokeswoman Sekar Putih Jarot called on banks to continue their services, except those located in the affected areas. “Each bank has its own security measures and operational standards for times like these,” she said.
Bank Indonesia (BI) spokesman Onny Widjanarko said the central bank’s clearing and real-time gross settlement services were operating as usual.
He said BI would continue to undertake its function of stabilizing the country's monetary and financial systems and its payment system. (bbn)Artikel Asli