Najla Latifa Helmy Purnama Thrusday 5th July 2012 Argumentative Essay Young Thieves. There are many people that don’t have enough money to live their life. What’s the reason behind all of it? Jakarta. Well, it’s a big city isn’t it? It is. Many said that Jakarta is a good and educational city. But there are some areas that don’t have that situation. Senen, that’s located in Central Jakarta. There are people that should beg other people for get some money. Have you ever seen some thieves? How about young thieves? Why with those people? Why would they do that? Low income, low education and unemployment could be the reason behind all of these situations. Have young people worked yet? Yes they have. Some may have and some may have not. What are their jobs? Begging to other people, porters, and the other. How much do they get per day? It’s only around 5.000 – 10.000 if they beg other people. They are still young, so that they couldn’t work that much. What’s the impact because all of this? They get low incomes. After they have their revenue, they will not feel satisfy. They are still young, they want to get what they want not what they need. For example, when their friends have something that they don’t have and then they want it, they will try to get a way so that they
will get that something. Why don’t they just search for jobs? Why? They are still young. Young people could work but not the hard and difficult ones. After they found a way, they will do it. They would do anything for getting money. Maybe they have tried to suffer but in the long run, they couldn’t resist it. Maybe they try to get the money by do stealing. Who know? The data says that some of them are just like that. When they see the people that they think have enough wealth, they’ll try to steal their belongings. Not all their belongings but only the valuable stuff they’ll take. From the data, many said that they steal without doing that murdering action, but only by the silence stealing. They don’t mean to do that action, but what else could they do? They don’t have other options and choices. What’s great from them is that, they always be happy with the situation like that. But deep inside their heart, they really want to be like us. They want to live their life with happiness, just like the other people that could eat 3 times per day. They’re not necessarily eating 3 times a day. When they eat, they could only eat with tofu and some rice. They eat so little because they should divide it. They should share it with the other family members or maybe their friends. The portion is so little plus they should share it. It is poor and so sad if we have that situation in our life. But what else could they do if they don’t know what should they do and they don’t know which attitudes should they use to get some money? Education is very important in our, is it? But, how about them that don’t have enough money for school? They just stay at home, not doing anything. Their attitude could be based on how they’ve treated at home. If they go to school, they will know about what’s the right or wrong thing. They don’t know which one is the right or wrong. They don’t know that it is wrong to steal other people’s stuff.
They don’t have other options so that they do it over and over again. The data said that those children really want to go to school. But it is the fact. They want to go to school. Get more knowledge. Elaborate information. They want to study as well so that they will have a future. In Senen Slum Area, there are many children that don’t go to school. They said “It is fine”, “It is okay” but the truth is that they’re not okay. If you see them, you can tell with their eyes. There is sadness behind all of it. Some may go to school, and some may not go. Young pickpockets or maybe young thieves are not always wrong. They do that action because they don’t know either is wrong or it is right. Maybe in their family, it’s like a common habit. There are the children that go to school but still, they got influenced from their environment. From the data, the environment affects the people there. Once someone steal, the other want to do it either. Why? Because they feel like if someone has it, they should have it either. Maybe it is their perspective. Is ‘Unemployment’ word seems familiar? It is very familiar for the people in the Senen Slum Area. Many parents of the children there is unemployed. That’s causing those parents send their child to do pickpocketing or stealing other people’s stuff and thing. Not only the old residents, the young residents earn a living by collecting plastics waste to sell, or hawking small items from the carts. They don’t want to be like this but what else could they do? That’s because the parents is lazy. Why don’t they just try to search for other jobs of the different ones? So, they will not be unemployed. When they’re working and not unemployed, they could maintain their family. They could send their kids to school and their kids will be educated in the school. After the kids got some
education, that area will be developed nicely. With many nice and kind people, that area will have a great and unexpected progress. Young thieves keep on increasing. Why with that problem? As you know, young people love to have what they want, but not what they need. They’re easy to get influence by the other. Once the other people try to steal or pickpocket other person, the others will try to do that. This case already spread out into the other areas. Because of the dirtiness in Jakarta, many people already feel lazy and they don’t want to do some works or either search for some jobs. There are many houses that are located beside the train railway. The train passes only a few feet from a canvas shelter. Have you ever wondered that how do they feel when the train passed by? Do they feel scared or just normal? Time goes by, there are many young thieves. It is still increasing in Jakarta. Low education, unemployment, and low income made it. The environment has made them to be lazy. Look at the environment, it is dirty and not all the people would like to clean up their area. It is because their character has been made of their laziness. If they are lazy, they won’t clean up or sanitize their environment. It builds up the environment and it depends on the people. If they don’t want to clean up, the environment won’t grow. It is hard for them to find mineral water that is still clean. They clean up their body in the lake or the river near their house. It is very difficult for them to get some fresh air because the environment has been polluted with so many pollutions. The Jakarta’s air is thick with smells, some arising from the clogged Jakarta roads and their polluting traffic, others from the piles of rotten garbage. Sometimes, they cook their meal between the train tracks. Their house is connected with the place where they put all the unused things. How come they live at a place like that? They don’t complain, they
don’t argue, they just live their life there. Without complaining at all. Even though it’s hard for them to search for clean water, they will never give up with those probations. Why do low income, low education, and unemployment increase numbers of young thieves in senen slum area? Low income is the familiar thing on that environment. It is very ordinary because those people’s job is only begs or collect some unused things. It is very hard for them to get the money. So that, the other options for them is only to steal other people’s belongings. The low of education, their attitude isn’t very good. They don’t know is it right or is it wrong for them to steal other people’s belongings. Their attitude based on their environment. The environment already stuck with the laziness. They really want their life to be like ours. How to change their environment? It depends on how they treat the environment itself. Though they know how to avoid the train, it doesn’t mean they know how to change their environment into the good ones. Unemployment seems really common on their daily life. The unemployment causes the young thieves. Why do they cause the young thieves? It is because if you don’t have any jobs, what else could they do? Only steal, steal and steal. Last but not least, why do unsafe environment, low income, and dirty area become a common situation in senen slum area?